12-28-2013, 05:31 PM
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  • Blue line
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First shave this morning with my Merkur 41. Loaded a Titanium SuperMax Blade. Lathered up with C.O. Bigelow Green. I was stunned that an OC could be so benignly mild. This is the least aggressive OC I have tried. No nicks at all. But I had to follow up with a SABI T2 to get smooth. I'm kinda confused.

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 12-28-2013, 06:38 PM
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  • Harvey
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Would that be the older 2009 model or the newer 2011/2013 model (aka tooth comb)?

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 12-28-2013, 10:32 PM
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(12-28-2013, 06:38 PM)Harvey Wrote: Would that be the older 2009 model or the newer 2011/2013 model (aka tooth comb)?

* Harvey, you may be thinking of the Muhle R41. Muhle also had the older 2009 & 2010 R41 that were quite mild also. Very similar to these Merkur OCs.

The Merkur open-combs are and have always been very mild, as far as I know. I have the 1904 model and had the 11C and they are both very mild shavers.

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 12-29-2013, 12:15 PM
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Isn't the 41 model the same as the 1904? I use it with a Feather blade and a heavy BRW handle and while still mild it gives a nice close shave. At a minimum you will likely need a sharper blade to make this razor work for you.

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 12-29-2013, 12:41 PM
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(12-28-2013, 10:32 PM)celestino Wrote:
(12-28-2013, 06:38 PM)Harvey Wrote: Would that be the older 2009 model or the newer 2011/2013 model (aka tooth comb)?

* Harvey, you may be thinking of the Muhle R41. Muhle also had the older 2009 & 2010 R41 that were quite mild also. Very similar to these Merkur OCs.

The Merkur open-combs are and have always been very mild, as far as I know. I have the 1904 model and had the 11C and they are both very mild shavers.

Ah...missed that...Merkur (same as the Muhle when they used the same head).....2009 OC...quite mild but still effective..

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 12-29-2013, 12:49 PM
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(12-29-2013, 12:15 PM)AFG008 Wrote: Isn't the 41 model the same as the 1904?

* Yes, it is the same razor; 1904 = 41C

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 12-29-2013, 08:11 PM
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SuperMax TITANIUMS have done well in all other razors. It is an open comb. I'm just so used to pretty aggressive open comb razors.

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 12-31-2013, 08:42 AM
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It is certainly a mild razor and also known as the 1904. The short handle allows great control if you hold it right and makes it a great razor to pack for travel. This Merkur head is the same mild OC Head that was used by Muhle on their 2009 version of the R41 which does not resemble the complete redesign for the 2011 version. The 2011 was such a good shave I don't know why Andreas tweaked the design into what shave forum members have dubbed the 2013 model. There were so many other less aggressive razors available to folks who couldn't handle the aggressive 2011 but now I am afraid this version of the R41 will become difficult to find unless Muhle has a change of heart and manufactures more of them.

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 01-01-2014, 07:01 PM
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With the TITANIUMS it has a microscopically narrow sweet spot. My beard grows in 5 directions. You can be mowing the whiskers down SNIIIIIIIIIICCCCKKKKK and change the angle VERY SLIGHTLY and nothing but silence. I'm happily amused.

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 01-02-2014, 06:26 AM
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(12-28-2013, 05:31 PM)Blue line Wrote: First shave this morning with my Merkur 41. Loaded a Titanium SuperMax Blade. Lathered up with C.O. Bigelow Green. I was stunned that an OC could be so benignly mild. This is the least aggressive OC I have tried. No nicks at all. But I had to follow up with a SABI T2 to get smooth. I'm kinda confused.

My first experience with this particular razor head was a Muhle with a Bog Oak handle. It was always a mild BBS shave. The Merkur 1904 (41C) is no different. It is the same head. It works well with Astra, Derby, Wilkinson and even Dorco. Most any blade will work well because of the forgiving design of this razor. It is so mild you will probably be going much longer between blade changes. It is the perfect razor for a beginner or any level of experience. The beginner will be prompted to change the angle when the comb leaves tracks in the lather instead of a clean path showing skin only. There shouldn't be a need to change razors to get a smooth result on the final pass. If you can't get it all off with this razor, you should just use the one that you have mastered the correct angles and strokes with. The Merkur is the same basic razor as the Muhle (2009) R41 and is a great first pass razor when and if you acquire the (2011 or 2013) R41 and are learning the best angles and strokes. The Merkur 1904 is short handled and agile. It is the ideal travel razor which doesnt take much room in your Dop Kit. Unfortunately I've been using mine every day since before Christmas. I've been living in hospital and rehab rooms since my wife had a stroke before Christmas Eve. The Merkur 1904 and a small tube of C O Bigelow have packed and served me well since then. Another reason I took this razor with me is that I didn't want to bring anything that would cause nicks or weepers to have to deal with in the hospital.

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 01-02-2014, 04:17 PM
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(12-28-2013, 10:32 PM)celestino Wrote:
(12-28-2013, 06:38 PM)Harvey Wrote: Would that be the older 2009 model or the newer 2011/2013 model (aka tooth comb)?

* Harvey, you may be thinking of the Muhle R41. Muhle also had the older 2009 & 2010 R41 that were quite mild also. Very similar to these Merkur OCs.

The Merkur open-combs are and have always been very mild, as far as I know. I have the 1904 model and had the 11C and they are both very mild shavers.

Funny I read Muhle 41 as well and was wondering for just a second if his face was made out of iron. LOL

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