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

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So now I'm looking at some lightweight razors. Weight is a BIG issue on a camping trip.

The Merkur 933 looks very nice. 34C head seems to be popular.

Also from Merkur, the 45 bakelite is an incredible 14g and gets lots of good reviews. £30 is a lot for a plastic razor but if it's well-made and well designed I could swallow that.

Could these really slice through a beard (fine-medium hair) without having to stop every couple of strokes to clean the head?
 
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So now I'm looking at some lightweight razors. Weight is a BIG issue on a camping trip.

The Merkur 933 looks very nice. 34C head seems to be popular.

Also from Merkur, the 45 bakelite is an incredible 14g and gets lots of good reviews. £30 is a lot for a plastic razor but if it's well-made and well designed I could swallow that.

Could these really slice through a beard (fine-medium hair) without having to stop every couple of strokes to clean the head?
At around £30, you. can start looking At RazoRock Lupo. Having said that, I think the Merkur 45 could've been had under £20 without the case not long ago.
Also, the Merkur 41C is about 64 grams and shouldn't really have issues with clogging.
 
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So now I'm looking at some lightweight razors. Weight is a BIG issue on a camping trip.

The Merkur 933 looks very nice. 34C head seems to be popular.

Also from Merkur, the 45 bakelite is an incredible 14g and gets lots of good reviews. £30 is a lot for a plastic razor but if it's well-made and well designed I could swallow that.

Could these really slice through a beard (fine-medium hair) without having to stop every couple of strokes to clean the head?
Are you planning on DE shaving on a wild camp? That's intense!
I do a lot of bivvying myself, but I've never shaved on a trip before, unless it was a walk between two cars job, or a route with a BNB on the last night or something.
 
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Certainly not every day but would be nice to have the option once or twice a week.

Plus I'm planning a kayak expedition which will last several months. A razor which can tackle any length of beard, shave my head etc would be good to have. It's just easier to keep clean with no hair when you're washing in cold water (and cold weather!). Quick sponge bath and your done.
 

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I used be a kayaker. More sprinting than anything, but I don't think between a decent razor and a lightweight is going to me that much of a difference.

I have travelled all over the place for the past 45 years (a seaman) and I have to admit little travel razors have always made me giggle. I usually take two full on razors and the normal software and seem to get on fine. What is important to me is kit which does the job. One decent razor, a jar of good soap and a small brush should last the distance.

I have to admit a kayak expedition for several months sounds great and good luck with it all.
 
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Just ordered a Merkur 985C - the open comb version of their 933 travel razor. Not 100% convinced about the short 63mm handle but the size & light weight appeals to me. I guess it's easy to get a longer one if it feels hard to control.

AFAIK it's the same head as the 15C. Most people seem to think this gives a mild shave so hopefully the learning curve won't be too steep.

It'll arrive with some Astra platinum and Bic chrome platinum blades so I can try a moderate & sharp option. I'll tell you later which one cuts better, after I've dressed my wounds.
 
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Hello there,

Whatever the razor you shave with it'll takes a few shaves to adjust. Technique & shaving confidence are the key to good shaving results...My humble advice to you is 'Shave the lather from your face,rather than the stubble'! this will help you to tell yourself to let the weight of the razor & blade do the work with virtually no pressure when shaving.
I always apply this method when shaving with all my razors ' aggressive or non-aggressive. '

Last but not least, don't expect too much too soon.!.Go for comfortable irritation free shave, don't go for BBS shaves..go for enjoyable ones that cause you no irritation or discomfort .

Enjoy your new way of shaving.

Regards. Barry. (y)
 
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Thanks for the tip. I think all I'm really looking for is a "socially acceptable shave". At least at first. I don't think I've ever had anything which could do BBS.

I gave up on cartridge razors a while ago: maybe OK for short stubble but useless on longer hair. And every couple of years they seem to sprout more blades...

I've tried a few electric shavers but none work quite as well as I'd like. I'm hoping the right safety razor will just charge through anything I put in front of it quickly & effortlessly - once I get the hang of it :)
 
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Thanks for the tip. I think all I'm really looking for is a "socially acceptable shave". At least at first. I don't think I've ever had anything which could do BBS.

I gave up on cartridge razors a while ago: maybe OK for short stubble but useless on longer hair. And every couple of years they seem to sprout more blades...

I've tried a few electric shavers but none work quite as well as I'd like. I'm hoping the right safety razor will just charge through anything I put in front of it quickly & effortlessly - once I get the hang of it :)
"socially acceptable shaves". are the way forward. (y)
 
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