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    Calling all experienced razor connoisseurs,

    I am looking for my second straight razor in my shaving career. Though I have been shaving with a straight for over three years now, I still consider myself to be a newbie. I know it it is a horrible faux pas, but I have been shaving these past few years with the Chinese made "Gold Dollar" razor. I have read the threads regarding the sub par quality, and for this reason I am now in the market for a quality straight razor. I have been looking at razors by Dovo and Boker, but would like some advice for makers and models under the $200. I appreciate any help that could be given.

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    Ralf Aust 7/8 from straight razor designs seems like a big upgrade, is under your budget and you get a free honing. I also have an 8/8 Sheffield razor on the classifieds for less than $200.
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    i would look in the classifieds here and get a super vintage razor. in fact i did just do that and will be shaving with it for the first time this morning
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    You could consider Thiers-Issard and Revisor, especially Revisor has plenty sub-$200 razors. Their website is a bit unclear, but their razors are of high quality and well-finished.
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    I have a Ralf Aust from Straight Razor Designs and it is great. Around $100.

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    Hi, not sure re an upgrade though the classifieds advice is probably a good start, but if you have been getting good shaves with the gold dollar, then there is nowt wrong with that, in fact Laurens has about eight of them I am only slightly wary as I can't hone my own razors and I know they often need a tweek when new, I have been offered free honing but would feel cheeky sending someone a gold dollar. I may just ask them though and see what they say.
    Do you know what sort of size grind, and shape you would like?
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    Yeah depends on what you're in to. If you like vintage, the classifieds are the way to go in my opinion. You get a trustworty source there.
    For new, you have a ton of options in the major brands. I have a Ralf Aust also and can't say enough about it. No frills 5/8 in black plastic, but it wipes away those whiskers.
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    thanks for all of the helps thus far, I am looking in the range of the Dovo Forestal, Dovo Bismark, Thiers-Issard Evide Sonnant, Ralf Aust 7/8 Round Point, and the Boker Silver Steel. Because the Gold Dollar is the only razor I have used, I am not particular to different grinds or shape. I bought the Gold Dollar from a respected honing service that I heard of from the forums, but came to the same conclusion as everyone warns of (lots of honing needed, even with free honing offered). Any advice within those I am now looking at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bombay View Post
    i would look in the classifieds here and get a super vintage razor. in fact i did just do that and will be shaving with it for the first time this morning
    Best advice you could get, you can get a couple quality vintage razors that will widen your experience without breaking the bank. Most will guarantee their razors.
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