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    Check out SRD way better option than Amazon. You can also visit a local shaving supply store if you live close to Englewood.
    PM if you want the address.
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    Not even going to read everyone elses post but will say I would start with a Ralf Aust with acrylic scales < the base model in 5/8 if you like and is an exceptional shaver and best money spent and worth twice the price! If you are dead set on the three you listed I would go Boker personally.
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    Here you go if you want a truly shave ready very nice first razor!!! I can't say enough about this simplistic little beauty!

    Ralf Aust - Solingen 5/8 Black - $102.99 :
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    +1. That Aust was what I learned to shave on. Its a great blade!
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    I just got the Aust 5/8 round point in acrylic scales a couple of weeks back. You are spot on, a great razor for $100 and it comes shave ready from SRD
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    I would choose the Aust or check the classifieds here, there should be a few choices in your price range.
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    The A.P. Donovan looks a lot like a Titan razor, so I would definitely avoid that one. Haven't heard one bad thing about the Ralf Aust, that is what I would go for if I was in the market for a new razor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostinhk View Post
    Don't look on amazon or ebay. I would suggest the same as prodigy. Reputable vendor or classifieds. The only modern razors i have all came from SRD. Better value if you buy with the strop as a set. If money is an issue, have heard good thing about whippeddog sight unseen razors.
    Quote Originally Posted by neehooya View Post
    Check out SRD way better option than Amazon. You can also visit a local shaving supply store if you live close to Englewood.
    PM if you want the address.
    Quote Originally Posted by Michael70 View Post
    Not even going to read everyone elses post but will say I would start with a Ralf Aust with acrylic scales < the base model in 5/8 if you like and is an exceptional shaver and best money spent and worth twice the price! If you are dead set on the three you listed I would go Boker personally.
    Quote Originally Posted by Aldwyn View Post
    +1. That Aust was what I learned to shave on. Its a great blade!
    Quote Originally Posted by miller1952 View Post
    I just got the Aust 5/8 round point in acrylic scales a couple of weeks back. You are spot on, a great razor for $100 and it comes shave ready from SRD

    Well after reading all the posts, first off, the Boker does NOT come shave ready like they say. I have seen too many complaints on them not being shave ready. Although I forgot to add Gugi's post, I agree with him so I will say that here. Also the classifieds here or buying a Ralf Aust from Straight Razor Designs is you most affordable one to buy plus it is a quality razor. Yes, it is only $102 from them but if you buy the razor & strop setup, which a strop is a must when using a straight razor, you will be better off plus you have to option to upgrade to a better strop when you make your purchase & even buy Lynn's dvd. Lynn is an owner in SRD & he hones & strops each razor before it goes to it's new owner plus you will get a free honing when it is time for it again, later down the road. I don't think you can get a better deal than that. Also at first instead of cutting up a new strop with a new sharp razor, you take the chance on cutting your strop & affecting the sharpness of it so you can first practice your stropping with a butter knife & if you have one, an old wide leather belt will substitute for practicing as well. Here's the link to the razor & strop set:

    Ralf Aust 5/8 Black Straight Razor & Strop Set - $123.99 :

    You will be better off IMHO if you buy from a reputable vendor like this or you can also shop in the classifieds but at SRD, you can get the strop also & since it is over $100, shipping is free!~Good luck!
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