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Regarding open comb/closed comb, I also think they give the same shave. The key different is, if you'e taking a couple of weeks growth off, the open comb is far less cumbersome to unclog while you're shaving. Likewise, razors with a large gap ... or adjustables set to 10. Those circumstances are the only ones I see adjustables as any actual use.

When Gillette released the three colour SuperSpeeds (the red, blue and unpainted), more than coarseness of beard, I think it was geared more towards shaving frequency - the blue for the office daily shaver versus the burley woodsman who might shave once a week with the red. Cue adjustables. Or rather, market a secondary cause for non-adjustables.

One type of razor that I think does make an actual different is the torsion slant, like the Merkur 37C.

Regarding combs, take a look at the DEvette. There was a minor side-road a few years ago, snipping the comb off safety razors. The blade shaves you. The comb is simply there to prevent the blade beaching into your face in the even of a mistake in angle. Look at the shavette ... or straight.
 
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(the) old ones make me happy, even when I'm not shaving.
Folks who see my collection often ask what the point is as I can't possibly shave with them all. Fact is, I don't. I shave with maybe five very specific ones as a happy coincidence. I do like them as objects and that's why I collect them. If I shaved with a modern cartridge, I'd still collect them. Indeed, they give me joy even if they're not going to be used for shaving.
 
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Blade gap and blade exposure make a difference so the design is important. Large blade gaps and extreme blade exposure I don't think are necessary.
At the end of the day, it is the blade that does the cutting if presented correctly.

I like short handles like the Merkur 34C, standard EJ DE89 and even the Piccolo are just fine.
I always wondered about the longer handles but cannot see the benefits.
I personally like a long handle as i hold the razor at the bottom and let the weight of the head so it’s thing. it’s a learning process for us all and it takes a while for us to fully understand what we like or more importantly what we don’t like
 
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Better to hold at the balance point for control, The knurling on a Durham Duplex handle is the correct place for two fingers and a thumb.


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When trimming accurately at the edge of something I hold about an inch below the head.



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Better to hold at the balance point for control, The knurling on a Durham Duplex handle is the correct place for two fingers and a thumb.


These handles


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Tech on the left


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When trimming accurately at the edge of something I hold about an inch below the head.



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This is perhaps what i’m doing wrong with the Rex
i’ll give that a go tomorrow
 
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I find the balance point and put my index finger and thumb either side and then use other fingers for steadying. Its an old ingrained habit to always find the CoG of anything from having built model aircraft in the past :unsure:

I prefer a longer handle, but it's more prone to wobble i think and takes a bit more concentration than a shorter handle. Overall weight , or lack of, seem to make a difference to how a razor feels and performs.

In terms of the original question, i have razor heads which are, to the naked eye, identical, but do shave quite differently, so i think that tiny engineering differences do make quite a change to the nature of the shaving head.
 
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One the one hand, I would say they are just blade holders. But on the other, it's how they hold the blade.

My early days were spent suffering under the Gillettes of the 50's and 60's. Functional, yes; enjoyable, no! I had enough scraped ear lobes and nostrils to want something better. The Good News appeared. Stayed with them for many moons, avoided the slime strip models.

When I moved to the far east, they were near impossible to acquire, so I saw my old Gillettes in my trunk, and gave them a shot. A bit of a re-learning curve was involved, but I wanted something better. You could bounce an old Gillette off of a shower room floor with no problem, but most of the newer stuff was not quite up to snuff.

The current/modern offerings are such an improvement that I am glad I am around to enjoy them. Those dreadful tabs are finally covered, and the offerings of blades are beyond my wildest imaginations, so many more soaps too!

As to a lot of the questions, I have only one, a Mamba. I did have to improve on the basic offering as I acquired a titanium handle. It's a bit longer and lighter, but the balance is just about perfect for me. Never considered an open comb, it looks like it belongs in "The Little Shop of Horrors."
 
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