07-11-2015, 10:34 AM
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I know there have been a lot of threads about the Muhle R41 razor. Now that things have kind of died down a bit I’m just curious how many guys still use the R41 as their daily driver?

If you use the R41 more than any other razor, please post here.

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 07-11-2015, 10:46 AM
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One nephew, age 29 swears by the R41. 
With Super Max titanium blades. 
He could shave 4x a day: his facial hair is very coarse and grows quickly too.

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 07-11-2015, 11:39 AM
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Now that I have my technique down, the R41 2013 is a "gentle giant", and used with respect I have no problem with daily use. (My first efforts when I tried it shortly after starting wet shaving, last November, were bloodlettings.)

The KISS principle (Keep It Shallow, Stupid), an Ikon OSS handle, and no pressure and no hurry are the keys for me. 

Wonderful shaves!

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 07-11-2015, 12:03 PM
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I used the muhle 41 last night. It's a pretty good shaver, but I don't think it's as smooth as a shaver than say the only other de razor I own, the ikon sb.

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 07-11-2015, 12:27 PM
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(07-11-2015, 12:03 PM)nota33 Wrote: I used the muhle 41 last night. It's a pretty good shaver, but I don't think it's as smooth as a shaver than say the only other de razor I own, the ikon sb.

I found that the Muhle 2013 was not smooth at all.  It felt like it was pulling my beard out instead of cutting it.

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 07-11-2015, 12:31 PM
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(07-11-2015, 10:34 AM)shave/brush Wrote: I know there have been a lot of threads about the Muhle R41 razor. Now that things have kind of died down a bit I’m just curious how many guys still use the R41 as their daily driver?

If you use the R41 more than any other razor, please post here.

I still use the R41 more that any other razor. 75-80% of the time. I did just get a Shavecraft Tech and put it on a OSS handle. Used for the last two days and like it a lot. Other favs are Gillette Slim, Fatip Piccolo and Merkur Progress.

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 07-11-2015, 01:06 PM
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I have had my 2013 R41 for a week now and shaved with it about 4 times. I did use it two days in a row with good results but had some cuts from the first shave that opened back up. I blame this on technique because I had no issues on the left side of my face, and I am left handed, it was when I crossed over to the right side that I cut myself in two spots. I did experience some tugging like some other users on here but only on my neck while going slow, however I am still testing different blades which I believe will resolve that issue. What did surprise me though is how smooth it was when shaving across my face, side to side. Tonight I am going to use a Feather blade and Barrister and Mann in hope of a BBS shave. Regardless of the minor issues, I am loving this razor because it is so aggressive, which my beard seems to like. My other razors are a Maggard MR8 and a EJ 89Lbl, but I use the MR8 handle with whichever head I shave with. In comparison to the EJ the R41 is not as smooth so far, but maybe the Feather blades will change that, yet it is WAAYYY more aggressive.

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 07-11-2015, 02:51 PM
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I don't have a dedicated razor I use everyday, but the razor I use the most is the r41,IMO it just doesn't get any better than it.

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 07-11-2015, 04:12 PM
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Between my R41 and my Feather AS-D2, the Feather sees more action, but the R41 comes in a close second. They are completely different animals.

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 07-11-2015, 04:15 PM
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(07-11-2015, 04:12 PM)primotenore Wrote: Between my R41 and my Feather AS-D2, the Feather sees more action, but the R41 comes in a close second. They are completely different animals.

That's an odd  combo to have as your favorites. Polar opposites or so Ive heard.

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 07-11-2015, 04:18 PM
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(07-11-2015, 04:15 PM)Otis375 Wrote:
(07-11-2015, 04:12 PM)primotenore Wrote: Between my R41 and my Feather AS-D2, the Feather sees more action, but the R41 comes in a close second. They are completely different animals.

That's an odd  combo to have as your favorites. Polar opposites or so Ive heard.

I'd like to know what blades primotenore uses in the R41 and AS-D2

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 07-11-2015, 04:19 PM
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(07-11-2015, 04:15 PM)Otis375 Wrote:
(07-11-2015, 04:12 PM)primotenore Wrote: Between my R41 and my Feather AS-D2, the Feather sees more action, but the R41 comes in a close second. They are completely different animals.

That's an odd  combo to have as your favorites. Polar opposites or so Ive heard.
I have been accused of worse.  Angel  But they are my two favorites.

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 07-11-2015, 05:36 PM
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You like what you like, just seems some people like either mild or aggressive razors. To have someone like the polar opposites and use them as number 1&2 is interesting.

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 07-11-2015, 06:01 PM
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(07-11-2015, 04:12 PM)primotenore Wrote: Between my R41 and my Feather AS-D2, the Feather sees more action, but the R41 comes in a close second. They are completely different animals.

I always said that anyone should be able to get a good shave from most any razor. If your technique is good that's all it takes.

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 07-11-2015, 07:07 PM
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I use my R41 about 50% of the time and an EJ89 about 50% of the time.

The R41 is a serious tool and complements the milder EJ89 quite well.

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 07-11-2015, 07:22 PM
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" No razor can beat the Cobra Classic". Then I got the 2013 R41 head and found the shaves as nice as the Cobra's. Recently I am finding the Ikon Tech head is even more aggressive than the R41 and delivering better shaves . The perfect razor is a moving target.

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 07-11-2015, 07:31 PM
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(07-11-2015, 07:22 PM)Hanzo Wrote: " No razor can beat the Cobra Classic". Then I got the 2013 R41 head and found the shaves as nice as the Cobra's. Recently I am finding the Ikon Tech head is even more aggressive than the R41 and delivering better shaves . The perfect razor is a moving target.

I'd really like to try the Tech! 

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 07-11-2015, 09:06 PM
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  • Hanzo
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(07-11-2015, 07:31 PM)Stubble Daddy Wrote:
(07-11-2015, 07:22 PM)Hanzo Wrote: " No razor can beat the Cobra Classic". Then I got the 2013 R41 head and found the shaves as nice as the Cobra's. Recently I am finding the Ikon Tech head is even more aggressive than the R41 and delivering better shaves . The perfect razor is a moving target.

I'd really like to try the Tech! 

Yep, I can tell the Tech and 2013 R 41 are going to be permanently in my rotation. No, they are not hand crafted stainless steel beauties but I need an aggressive razor to work on my hard stubble and they just flat perform.

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 07-11-2015, 10:33 PM
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  • chamm
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I have a Cobra as well, and while it isn't as efficient as the R41, there is definitely something about it that really works well with a tough beard. I have a Shavecraft Tech head on the way, and I'm anxious to try it out.

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 07-12-2015, 01:46 AM
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The R41 is still a daily driver, nowadays mostly in its Twist version.
It shares the top spot with the Mongoose.

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