I know that a Merkur HD is often given as good advice for a good first razor. The closest Gillette I'd compare to the HD in weight, size, and aggression is a Red Tip. Anyone feel the same?
The hype about the Red Tip is much like the hype about a Merkur Slant.
They are both fine razors, and the Red Tip is a very comfortable easy shave.
I would have no problem at all recommending the Red Tip to even a noob.
The Slant does take a little getting used to, but it's no monster either.
When I first tried my Red Tip I was spurting blood from me juggler vein! Good thing I keep two pints of me blood in the fridge.
I think the Flare Tip Super Speed is the perfect 'ginner razor.