- Mild Razor that is good for beginners
- The Ivory handle looks nice
- Poor Grip
I have been a huge fan of Edwin Jagger ever since my very first wet shaving experience. In fact, my first safety razor was their DE89lbl! (On P&P’s ultimate best safety razor list). Edwin Jagger is a top quality shaving product company and make a variety of other great products as well. They have made our list for best shaving brushes and best shaving bowls as well. I decided to try out some of their other products and the DE87 kept coming up as one of people’s favorites. In this article I will be telling you all about my experience shaving with this safety razor over the last few months. I have tried different shaving creams and soaps along with different blades so I could get a full rounded experience of this three-piece ivory safety razor. Let’s jump right into my Edwin Jagger DE87 review so that you guys can find out if this is the right safety razor for you!
Weight and Balance
This ivory handled safety razor weighs in at 2.3 ounces. This is slightly heavier than my DE89lbl. This is right around the average weight for most safety razors so that it pretty normal to me. Just like the 89lbl it is slightly handle heavy, I would say this safety razor is a little bit more handle heavy but it is really hard to tell. The DE97 as a fantastic balance just like the 89lbl. It does not feel flimsy in my hand and although I like heavier safety razors, this razor did a lot of the work for me.
This is probably the biggest downfall of this ivory handled safety razor. If you have read any of my other reviews you will know that I prefer a gritty metal grip on my handles or at least some sort of vertical or horizontal grooves. I did have one incident where my hands where slippery and the safety razor almost slipped out of my hands completely. This is very rarely happens to me. If you do like the look of the ivory handle and decide to purchase this razor the extra careful while shaving.
The DE87 measures in at 3.75 inches, which is just barely a shorter than the DE89lbl. This is a very standard length for a safety razor and you should have no problem shaving with it or maneuvering positions whether your hands are large or small. In my opinion this is close to the right length for every wet shaver if I was to choose a certain length.
This safety razor is another mildly aggressive safety razor. I would recommend it to a beginner and would rate it approximately a 4/10 on my aggressiveness scale. Maybe just slightly more aggressive than the DE89lbl, but just barely. If you are a beginner that wants to learn how to wet shave, but you also have a thick stubble to cut through, I would recommend pairing this safety razor with a sharp blade such as feather or derby.
The DE87 is a three-piece safety razor just like all of the other Edwin Jagger safety razors that I own. It is extremely easy to replace the blade but not quite as easy as a butterfly open or a two piece safety razor. I do prefer three-piece safety razors overall because there are less moving parts and I feel like they will last multiple lifetimes. The head is very well constructed and the blade does not move at all from what I have noticed over a few months of shaving with this safety razor. Be sure to check out our article on the best safety razor blades.
Edwin Jagger de87 Review Conclusion
The Edwin Jagger DE87 would be an excellent beginners safety razor. It looks absolutely stunning and I really love the cool boxes that their products come in. The craftsmanship and quality control are definitely one of EJ’s strong points. The biggest downfall would be the grip on this safety razor. Especially if you are just starting out you do not want to cut yourself by having the safety razor slip out. If you have sensitive skin, the aggressiveness should work just fine for you. Overall I get fantastic shaves from the safety razor and you will also with very little practice. I hope you guys got some value out of my Edwin Jagger DE87 review. Please like it on social media if it was helpful for you! Don’t forget the importance of having a quality shaving soap or shaving cream to achieve that desired lather and quality baby butt smooth shave. Now get out there and start shaving and saving money with your new found hobby: wet shaving!
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