Try an Edwin Jagger Safety Razor for Classic Wet Shaving
So, you want to ‘dare to be different’ while practicing the manly art of shaving with your favorite Double Edge Razor Blade?
You’re not looking for a Chevy or a Ford economy model, that’s for ‘regular folks’. You appreciate fine craftsmanship, excellent fit and finish, and face it, you’re worth a little luxury…but you don’t want to get a Mercedes (Merkur) like every other Tom Dick or Harry on the block…no…you’re looking for something a little bit off the mainstream, but something sporty, that handles really well…maybe something like a classic Jaguar? Well, have a look at the Edwin Jagger line of safety razors.
Hailing from the same country as Jaguar (UK…though not owned by an Indian conglomerate as Jaguar is now), Edwin Jagger, of Sheffield, England, has been in the business of crafting fine wet shaving tools since 1988. Each item is designed by the founder, Neil, combining modern design with old English style and contemporary manufacturing processes.
In 2009, Edwin Jagger teamed up with Muhle to develop a new head. The new head is said to use a different design for the grooves on the safety bar and it has a steeper curve from the Merkur head, changing the blade angle somewhat. The razor has a somewhat different balance than the Merkur (balance point closer to the head) and the new design is said to be easier to clean that the Merkur head. The chrome plating is also superior (they purportedly use the same plater as Rolls Royce, and it is said to have a more bluish tone than the chrome finish we’re used to).
(Also note that all Edwin Jagger Safety Razor models are available with matching badger hair brushes…just in case your SWMBO likes matching sets on the bathroom counter.)
Edwin Jagger DE89 Safety Razor
The DE 89 is the basic Edwin Jagger Safety Razor. This is a 3 Piece Safety Razor with a closed comb head.
The razor is about 3 3/4″ long, and weighs about 2.2 oz, and is of medium aggressivness (often compared to the ‘standard’ Merkur 34C)
Edwin Jagger DE89L Safety Razor
The DE 89L is basically the same as the Edwin Jagger DE89, but the “L” in the part number stands for “Lined”. Where the DE89 has a smooth, polished finished handle, the DE89L adds coaxial lines that keep the handle from twisting in your hand (or maybe just look different, for those who want to see something other than a smooth, shiny surface?)
Edwin Jagger DE86 Safety Razor
The DE 86 appears to be a DE89 with a ‘faux ebony’ handle.
Edwin Jagger DE87 Safety Razor
The DE 87 appears to be a DE89 with a ‘faux ivory’ handle.
Edwin Jagger DE8911 Safety Razor
The DE 8911 is an update to the 2009 design of the DE 89. The main change is the addition of some knurling to the end of the handle, and that it is about 1/8 of an oz heaver than the DE 89, and the balance point is even further toward the head.
- Edwin Jagger DE86811 Safety Razor
The DE86811 is the 2011 design update of the Edwin Jagger DE86, with the knurling near the end of the now heavier handle, and an octagonal shaped ‘faux ebony’ handle.
Once again, the DE87811 is the 2011 design update of the Edwin Jagger DE87, with added knurling at the end of the now heavier octagonal ‘faux ivory’ handle.
Edwin Jagger DE89811 Safety Razor
The DE 89811 is like the 89L, but with an octagonal shaped chrome handle.
Edwin Jagger DE89BA11 Safety Razor
The DE 89BA11 is like the 89811, but with an elegant ‘barley pattern’ engraved into the chrome finish. It’s a lighter texture than knurling, but should help with gripping with wet hands. (Larger image to show the delicate texture.)
Edwin Jagger Chatsworth Model Safety Razor
Using the standard Edwin Jagger head, the Chatsworth model has different handle shape (more curves) and comes in Chrome, Barley pattern, ‘faux ebony’, ‘faux ivory’ (shown) and ‘faux horn’ finishes.
Edwin Jagger Plaza Model Safety Razor
The Plaza also uses that normal Edwin Jagger head, but has a handle with a sort of teardrop shape. It comes in Chrome, Barley Pattern, ‘faux ebony’ (shown), ‘faux ivory’ and ‘faux marble’ handle finishes.
Edwin Jagger Briarwood Model Safety Razor
Using the standard Edwin Jagger head, the Briarwood model uses briar burl in the handle (reminiscent of your grandfather’s pipe) and is trimmed in Chrome. It is also longer and heavier, at about 4 3/4″ and tipping the scales at a bit over 3 oz.
Edwin Jagger Bulbous Model Safety Razor
With the standard Edwin Jagger head, the Bulbous model has a handle shape that is…well…bulbous, and has coaxial lines in the finish a la the DE 89L. This razor is about 4.5″ long and weighs nearly 4 oz.
If you want a great safety razor that’s not ‘just another Mekur’, it’s hard to go wrong with an Edwin Jagger.