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My fathers birthday is around the corner and with myself just recently getting into the DE wet shave world, my knowledge is limited. I want to put together a nice little set up for him to get him going. I am looking for a DE razor and Brush mostly, I will handle the cream. I want to know what a good middle of the road set up would be for a newbie. For the brush and razor, I have about $100 budget, but that has to allow me some cream and a pack of blades, so $80 range. Thanks in advance.
 
That's very generous.

My normal brush on a budget recommendation is a Semogue boar, but maybe not for a first brush, as they take a good 20 shaves to break in, which can be frustrating for a new shaver.

Badger in a budget is harder, but I think there are two really nice options (though I've not used either). The
Vintage Blades house brand have gotten great reviews and are around 30 bucks depending on size. Whipped dog brushes are supposed to be great as well. In either
Case, 22-24mm is probably a good starting point, since that is about medium
 
Despite the break-in, I would recommend a boar brush. You can get an excellent boar from Semogue and Omega for well under $30. My personal favorite is the B&B Essential boar brush from West Coast Shaving (WS), which runs around $30, IIRC. The Semogue 1305 is also excellent. There is a great post about breaking in a boar brush in the shavewiki at http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/How_to_Break_in_a_Shaving_Brush that is required reading and that will greatly expedite the break-in process.

Regarding the razor, I would recommend a 3-piece style, since there is a fair amount of interchangeability among brands and types, which would give him some flexibility that he wouldn't get with, say, a one-piece twist-to-open design. Does he have large hands and do you think he would want a longer-handled heavier razor? Let us know, one way or the other, and we can give you some direction. After that, we can address the blade question.

BTW, welcome to B&B!
 
I think your budget works fine for a nice Simpson best badger in the $45-55 range. Paired with an EJ 89x razor, he is set for a long time. If you want to spend more on the brush, check out the Maggard house branded razors which are similar and about half the cost.Maggard also carries a pretty full line of Simpsons and has great customer service.
 
Welcome!

A great starter kit for $100 would be from Connaught Shaving:

- Muhle R89 razor
- Muhle 21mm STF brush
- Taylor of Old Bond St bowl
- Astra SP blades x 50

That comes out to $99 with free shipping.

Another kit with a boar hair brush would be:

- Edwin Jagger DE89 razor
- Semogue 830 brush
- Taylor of Old Bond St bowl
- Astra SP blades x 100

That comes out to $94 with free shipping.
 
I have a Merkur 180 long handle and love it its a good mild starter razor and the ej89 also seems like a great choice which is my next im going to try. As for a brush the Semogues seem like a very popular lineup and get great reviews. You could get any choice of cream, I would recommend one in a bowl or tub already unless you have something to store them in or you will end up like me going to walmart to find mugs or glad containers to store them in ;) and I would go with a sampler pack of blades and include some of the tops like, astras, feathers, personnas, gillettes, sharks, etc... different blades work for different people just because you like a brand he may prefer another. You can build real nice kits for $80-100. Welcome to b&b!
 
Whipped Dog Silvertip www.whippeddog.com for 24mm x 50mm (requested to be drilled to 50mm loft) $35

The rest can be found on Amazon:

Edwin Jagger Lined DE89l $33
TOBS Sandalwood $15
Blade Sampler $12 to $30

Optional Stand (puts you over $100)
Razor/Brush Stand $20
 
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Jarick suggested the Muehle R89. I bought that as my first DE razor this past year, and enjoy it very much! Just echoing his suggestion on razor. I spent a little more on the brush, starting with the basic travel brush from Art of Shaving, and then purchasing their silver tip badger after a couple months.

Rich


Welcome!

A great starter kit for $100 would be from Connaught Shaving:

- Muhle R89 razor
- Muhle 21mm STF brush
- Taylor of Old Bond St bowl
- Astra SP blades x 50

That comes out to $99 with free shipping.

Another kit with a boar hair brush would be:

- Edwin Jagger DE89 razor
- Semogue 830 brush
- Taylor of Old Bond St bowl
- Astra SP blades x 100

That comes out to $94 with free shipping.
 
I would skip the sampler blades and just get a bunch of one. When you are first starting, you don't want to change any variables because you need to work on your technique. Save the sampler for when you are getting the same great shave every day.
 
In no particular order. You do not have to go with some fancy nigh dollar name brand... You can find a Relaly nice set with like a merkur 33c silver tip brush shave cream and a stand for like 70$ look through a few of these and dont break the bank. Breaking the bank does not necissairly mean better quality. Also Low price does not necessarily mean bad quality. This industry is not a you get what you pay for industry People with better quality than top brands are willing to sell you their wares for pennies on the dollar because they have a cost of living of 7$ a day. So search and enjoy yourself.

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