I think I need an open-comb razor...

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Currently using an electric razor (Philips Oneblade) to shave face & head. It can tackle anything from a day's growth to a full beard (profile pic was taken after a camping trip) and I'm looking for a safety razor which can do the same. This will be my first safety razor so I've been googling around trying to figure out what to buy.

I guess I need an open comb design to handle longer hair?

So far I like the look of the Muhle R41 and the Fatip Piccolo. I know these aren't recommended for beginners but if I need an open comb to handle week-long growth I'll just have to bite the bullet and keep a bottle of type A in the fridge.
 

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The Muhle R41 is not a true open comb razor, it is more of a hybrid, a cross between a safety bar razor and an open comb razor. However saying that a Muhle R41 would have no difficulty in mowing down a weeks growth, is not the savage razor that it has become to be known as and with care it will give you a fantastic shave..
Have a look around for other open comb razors before you buy because there are a lot to choose from. :) P.
 

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I know these aren't recommended for beginners but if I need an open comb to handle week-long growth I'll just have to bite the bullet and keep a bottle of type A in the fridge.
Hope it's a big enough bottle for using with a 41 if you have never shaved with a safety razor before. You could end up taking the word 'safety' out of the phrase.

To be honest I have never though an open comb shaves any better, closer, handles longer hair or anything else differently to a closed comb. They are just a different way of tackling the same issues. I have an Ikon closed which makes the 41 look suitable for children (okay, not quite) and yet the same razor with an OC plate is Andrex mild. With a slightly different application to Andrex of course.

What you need is something which is not going to happily slice you open and something which would help you get in to wet shaving yet still shift your weekly growth. You could get a Muhle R89 with a decent blade to do everything you want and yet remain free of bits of toilet paper. Or Andrex if naming your toilet roll brand is a must.

In all honesty something down the likes of an 89 will be more than suffice. Once you've mastered this level then you can leap down rabbit holes
 
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An open comb might not make that much of a difference on a week's worth of growth, but if you needed to tackle more than that, an razor that clamps the blade close toward the blade edge is going to be less fuss, as with something that clamps a blade like an Edwin Jagger/Muhle/Timor closed comb (or a Timor open comb, which is almost the same design, just has an open comb), you're likely to have hair neatly gathered underneath the blade that are quite difficult to rinse out.
I second the FaTip Special Edition and Merkur 41c recommendations and would add a Parker 24C to the lot.
Having said that, if a week is the most you'd go without a shave, just about any safety razor would do.
 
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