open vs closed comb

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My most aggressive razors (so far) are my Gillette New, Gillette Old Type and Merkur 11c, all open combs. My mildest razors are Techs, all closed.

Having said that my Souplex and my Merkur 41c are mild-ish and they are OCs, whereas my Aristocrat Junior is pretty aggressive and close comb.

I have been using a Gillette New as a daily razor for the last 4 days and have had lots of minor cuts and a bit of razor burn. I will use it one more time then "retire" it as a daily razor. I'll still use for 2-3 day stubble because it shears though that brilliantly.

Obviously this is my own personal experience and as the saying goes YMMV. [emoji2]
 
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....... And the Ikon Tech is a safety bar razor ........ reputedly a bit of a beast in terms of aggression .......

On the subject of Ikon ...... Their standard safety bar razor is also more aggressive than their OC Deluxe .......
 
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I have been using a Gillette New as a daily razor for the last 4 days and have had lots of minor cuts and a bit of razor burn. I will use it one more time then "retire" it as a daily razor. I'll still use for 2-3 day stubble because it shears though that brilliantly..

What blades have you been using? Only blades I could bear were Perma-Sharp Supers and 7 o'clock yellows.
 
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I'm using Voskhod Teflons. I usually use "mild" blades, like the Voskhods and 7 O'clock Greens in aggressive razors and more "aggressive" blades like 7 O'clock Yellows and Sputniks in mild razors.
 
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I tried feathers in a Merkur 34c and I've never used them since! One of these days I'll work up the courage to try them again, preferably in a late model US Tech or a Feather Popular (if I had one that is).
 
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I had thought the 34C and EJ89 had very similar heads but the former, like you found out, wasn't good with a Feather. The latter though was fantastic, much more comfortable and closer. My best DE shaves have been with the Tech and really sharp blades.
 
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I was considering the Muhle R41 Grande after the members said it a good choice if you don't shave every day. But, again, youtube videos are portraying it as "the most aggressive razor in the world". Do I take a chance on it, or will I be committing a self-sacrifice? I'm just looking for a larger razor than my R89 Twist.
 
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The difference is nil. Open combs cost more to make, and are more easily damaged during production. This is why manufacturers started to produce closed comb (bar guard) razors starting in the late 1930's.

The perception that open combs are inherently more aggressive than bar guard razors is due to the fact that the earliest models of Gillette razors were designed to take a thicker blade. They take modern blades just fine, but are more aggressive as a result.

My 1930's Cooper MonoBilt razor is very mild indeed, as are the Gillette Sheraton and Senator open comb Twist-to-open razors. So is the modern Pheonix Double Open Comb razor, for that matter.
+ 1..The Open Comb thing is Largely a Myth..,o_O

Billy
 
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