07-13-2013, 04:42 PM
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  • if6was9
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Greetings! Yesterday I received a new Muhle R41; its only my third razor since starting to wet shave a few months ago and it’s my first OC razor.

My first shave with the R41 was….interesting! It was a little unnerving but not unsatisfying; it certainly felt different than my R89. The R41 provided a close shave but I had to concentrate on every stroke being deliberate and intentional. No autopilot with this razor!

I used a new Derby blade and switched the R41’s regular handle to the R89’s Grande handle. The R41 head seemed lighter than the R89 and along with the lighter handle, it didn’t feel right to me.

I used I Coloniali shaving cream with mango oil, mixed in a few drops of glycerin and added a small dollop of AOS shaving cream. The I Coloniali is sold as a cream but it’s hard, more like a soap (it has a great smell, btw). The lather was rich, creamy and warm (due to the GP scuttle). I used and a Plisson brush and my own mixture of AOS' version of pre shave oil as part of the face prep.

The moment I put the blade to my cheek I knew that I was going to have to be careful. I noticed a difference in closeness, over the R89, after the first pass. The only area that I had difficulty with was the underside of my neck, the area below the chin and down just past the Adam’s Apple. The skin is so thin and soft in this area that I had to pass very lightly, barely touching the blade to it for fear that I’d cut the skin. I did get a slight scratch (no blood) just above the Apple.

The R41 provided a close shave on every part of my face, even the areas that I usually have difficulty getting baby smooth. The razor was so effective that I felt I could have stopped after the second pass. But my third pass is usually performed differently than the first two.

For my third pass I use a translucent shave cream like Jack Black’s Beard Lube or I Coloniali Delicate Shaving Cream. I used the Jack Black for this shave. I also switch to a lighter, milder razor for the third pass. With this method I can see the skin that I’m shaving and I can go over the problem areas while applying a little more pressure and using more frequent strokes.

I had been using the very light Merkur 45 Bakelite for my third pass but with the lighter handle affixed to the R89, it's proved to be more than suitable.

The bottom line is I liked the R41. When I first started wet shaving, it took about a month for my face to become accustomed to it. I think it will take a few shaves for my face to get acclimated to the R41.

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 07-13-2013, 04:54 PM
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Great post! My experiences mirror yours with the great R41. Pay attention to how long that close shave lasts (and how there is relatively less stubble for you to address on the next shave).

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 07-13-2013, 05:58 PM
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(07-13-2013, 04:54 PM)kentclark Wrote: Great post! My experiences mirror yours with the great R41. Pay attention to how long that close shave lasts (and how there is relatively less stubble for you to address on the next shave).

Will do Tom, thanks. - Gene

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 07-13-2013, 07:24 PM
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If you can use it and tolerate it the R41 is a top razor IMO. It sounds like you can.

Good write up.

You might find a replacement handle of benefit if you want the razor heavier. I put a UFO handle on mine and it made mine sooooo much better. It was well worth the $ for me, and the handle is simply gorgeous. One of the biggest benefits, and the reason I changed handles was to get real grippy knurling. Not the smooth "for looks" knurling on the stock handle.

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 07-13-2013, 10:57 PM
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(07-13-2013, 07:24 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: If you can use it and tolerate it the R41 is a top razor IMO. It sounds like you can.

Good write up.

You might find a replacement handle of benefit if you want the razor heavier. I put a UFO handle on mine and it made mine sooooo much better. It was well worth the $ for me, and the handle is simply gorgeous. One of the biggest benefits, and the reason I changed handles was to get real grippy knurling. Not the smooth "for looks" knurling on the stock handle.

Thanks for the advice! I have a UFO Zeus on order and was hoping that it would help. I'm glad to hear that it does.

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 07-13-2013, 11:18 PM
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Sounds exactly like my first shave with it too! I like the Muhle handle myself. It's not slippery to my touch. However those UFO handles are in another league!

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 07-14-2013, 05:12 AM
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(07-13-2013, 11:18 PM)Ronnie Aloha Wrote: Sounds exactly like my first shave with it too! I like the Muhle handle myself. It's not slippery to my touch. However those UFO handles are in another league!

I like the Muhle handle too but like you said, the UFO's are special and once I saw the Zeus I couldn't resist getting one.

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 07-14-2013, 05:20 AM
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It takes awhile to get used to the R41 but once you master it the shaves are great.

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 07-14-2013, 05:54 AM
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Thanks! As everyone is suggesting I'll keep adjusting the head angle to find the sweet spot. It's too bad that I have to wait a full day between shaves. When I was learning to play the guitar, I practiced non stop until my fingertips bled. I guess that's not a good formula for perfecting a shaving technique though! LOL

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 07-14-2013, 06:49 AM
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  • Macko
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Even Geofatboy of all people calls it a most aggressive beast. He certainly would know...

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 07-14-2013, 07:16 AM
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(07-14-2013, 06:49 AM)Macko Wrote: Even Geofatboy of all people calls it a most aggressive beast. He certainly would know...

True that!

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 08-21-2013, 12:51 PM
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my first shave with my r41 was pretty bad. all i got was irritation and a bloody mess. horrible. no i couldn't be happier with the shaves it's giving me.

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 08-21-2013, 01:17 PM
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The Muhle R41 is a very particular razor.

The first time you shave with it, you seem to have a fight with a cat. You get microcuts, and irritation red spots all over my face.

You wonder, but this is?

Holy shit (excuse) ... With this I hit twenty razor cuts!

You give him a second chance, this time squeezing less ... Oh, it gets better. You cut much less frequently ...

You give a third, this time gently stroking the face, without any pressure, sliding your weight just by leaning on the face.

Oh my God, this razor is great, but beware! We must learn to use it properly, but when you get used to it, do not change for no.

Without a doubt, is my favorite razor.

And if you place a wonderful top handle UFO, the result is spectacular.

[Image: 995946_403959696381916_1601809524_n.jpg]

A hug.

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 08-21-2013, 01:36 PM
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(08-21-2013, 01:17 PM)El Druida Wrote: The Muhle R41 is a very particular razor.

The first time you shave with it, you seem to have a fight with a cat. You get microcuts, and irritation red spots all over my face.

You wonder, but this is?

Holy shit (excuse) ... With this I hit twenty razor cuts!

You give him a second chance, this time squeezing less ... Oh, it gets better. You cut much less frequently ...

You give a third, this time gently stroking the face, without any pressure, sliding your weight just by leaning on the face.

Oh my God, this razor is great, but beware! We must learn to use it properly, but when you get used to it, do not change for no.

Without a doubt, is my favorite razor.

And if you place a wonderful top handle UFO, the result is spectacular.

[Image: 995946_403959696381916_1601809524_n.jpg]

A hug.


completely agree. also, what brush is that? looks nice as hell.

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 08-21-2013, 06:11 PM
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Is your R41 a 2011 version? If so where did you get it from?

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 08-21-2013, 07:09 PM
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You've got a great razor there! Love my R41

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 08-22-2013, 02:29 AM
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I Would have never used a Derby blade for any razor, they are not good blades.

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 08-22-2013, 12:41 PM
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I agree Alex. IMO the R41 requires an extremely sharp and smooth blade. Any tugging whatsoever leads to disaster, so the blade must cut cleanly. It's counterintuitive to use an extremely sharp blade in an extremely aggressive razor, but I really do believe that it's the right way to go.

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 09-10-2013, 12:31 AM
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I hear the 2011 R41 is much more aggressive than a 2013 R41.

I just got a 2013 R41 but have not had a chance to try it yrt.

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 09-10-2013, 01:36 AM
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  • if6was9
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(08-21-2013, 06:11 PM)oasis man Wrote: Is your R41 a 2011 version? If so where did you get it from?

Mine is a 2013 and I bought it from Connaught Shaving, they have the best prices but are not the quickest shippers!

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