12-22-2015, 02:57 PM
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I tried one today for the first time, admittedly with What now is a suspect blade (Crystal) for me. But I assumed it would be a very aggressive razor and seemed anything but. Was I wrong in my expectation? I guess I still fall victim to that open comb = aggressive train of thought.

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 12-22-2015, 02:58 PM
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Not aggressive, not mild. A very nice down the middle razor.

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 12-22-2015, 03:52 PM
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I found them way to mild for my taste. Both the old and new type NEW's. Never understood the hype.

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 12-22-2015, 04:04 PM
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So are the long comb versions even milder then?

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 12-22-2015, 04:20 PM
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(12-22-2015, 04:04 PM)BigCabDaddy Wrote: So are the long comb versions even milder then?

Personally I saw no difference between the 2. Maybe it's just my face lol. I tried them starting out and then gave them another run after about a year and a half when I was more seasoned. Just not for me.

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 12-22-2015, 04:32 PM
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(12-22-2015, 04:20 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote:
(12-22-2015, 04:04 PM)BigCabDaddy Wrote: So are the long comb versions even milder then?

Personally I saw no difference between the 2. Maybe it's just my face lol. I tried them starting out and then gave them another run after about a year and a half when I was more seasoned. Just not for me.

Well, they're "for me" because I'm trying to build a collection of at least one from each era/type but I want them to be users, not show pieces.

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 12-22-2015, 04:36 PM
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  • chamm
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I would say a NEW LC is a great razor to have in any collection. They are not aggressive, but,I don't consider them mild, either. (For a great example of mild, try a Tech.) I don't note a whole lot of difference between the LC or the SC, but I personally prefer the LC slightly. I can get a pretty good shave from it, and I have a very difficult beard.

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 12-22-2015, 04:38 PM
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(12-22-2015, 04:32 PM)BigCabDaddy Wrote:
(12-22-2015, 04:20 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote:
(12-22-2015, 04:04 PM)BigCabDaddy Wrote: So are the long comb versions even milder then?

Personally I saw no difference between the 2. Maybe it's just my face lol. I tried them starting out and then gave them another run after about a year and a half when I was more seasoned. Just not for me.

Well, they're "for me" because I'm trying to build a collection of at least one from each era/type but I want them to be users, not show pieces.

Sounds good. They are beautiful razors and I enjoyed having them in my collection but if I wasnt going to use them it just seemed a shame to let them sit.

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 12-22-2015, 05:08 PM
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I have a Delta Echoed New LC and really love it. For me it is in the medium range which is what I like for my daily shaver.

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 12-23-2015, 07:39 AM
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(12-22-2015, 02:57 PM)BigCabDaddy Wrote: I tried one today for the first time, admittedly with What now is a suspect blade (Crystal) for me. But I assumed it would be a very aggressive razor and seemed anything but. Was I wrong in my expectation? I guess I still fall victim to that open comb = aggressive train of thought.

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 12-23-2015, 08:15 AM
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Open comb DOES NOT equal aggressive. For an example of an extremely mild OC try the modern Merkur OC (they have a few variants, but the head is the same on all). That thing barely shaves at all. You almost need to apply pressure to get some cutting action. I think this misconception is common, but not true. Now most OC razors tend to be on a more aggressive side, but that is totally coincidence and not a design trait. As for Gillette vintage OC razors, I find them not to be super-aggressive, but not mild either. I do not remember trying an Old type OC, but I did try all other non-TTO Gillette OC heads and my very favorite is by far the New Improved head. This is the design that was made between the Old type and the New (LC and SC) types. This head was only made for like 6 years, so they are more rare, but IMO the best vintage Gillette shavers by a long shot. These New Improved are the only Gillettes in my collection. I tried all others and let them go. Just not compelling enough to own a razor I do not fully enjoy. As with everything in wet shaving, YMMV and I do not expect anyone to have the same results as I do. Just my personal experience from trying MANY razors out.

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 12-23-2015, 08:42 AM
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(12-23-2015, 08:15 AM)vferdman Wrote: Open comb DOES NOT equal aggressive.

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For what it is worth I find that the aggressiveness of the Gillette Old Type OC I own - part of a 1918 Kakhi set - is between my Merkur OCs (a 25C and a 985CL, which have the same head) and my Cadet OCs (a TP01 which is somewhat aggressive and a TTO-11 that is very aggressive). If anything it leans more towards the Merkur head than the Cadets.

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 12-23-2015, 08:53 AM
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Another anecdote - the iKon Tech (SB) is far more aggressive than its OC counterpart. I would go so far as to say that it is, with the exception of the no-guard DEs, the most aggressive razor out of the 70 or so razors I've ever used.

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