01-03-2013, 07:43 AM
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  • Songwind
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I was hoping I could solicit some suggestions from you gentlemen for a current production open comb razor for a first OC.

I specifically mention current production just because I wanted to get an idea what's available in stores. I'm given to understand the Gillette NEW or Merkur 11C would be a decent starting point if I can find one.

I took a liking to the look of this Cadet razor, but I don't know anything about them.

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 01-03-2013, 07:50 AM
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From what I understand the cadet oc are more on the aggressive side, the Merkur oc from I understand are more mild.

That being said I recently purchased the new ikon Deluxe oc, and I find it to be a great shaver. It doesn't seem too aggressive but it really does a great job.

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 01-03-2013, 09:00 AM
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  • Songwind
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Sadly, I don't think a stainless razor is in the cards for me for a while.

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 01-03-2013, 09:02 AM
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  • Dave
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I think a Merkur OC or a Goodfell OC would be right for you. They're both mild and good shavers.

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 01-03-2013, 09:05 AM
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Is the Merkur 41C "1904" similarly mild to the 11C? That one's definitely in the range I could spend.

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 01-03-2013, 09:18 AM
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It's basically the same head but the 11c is a two piece instead of a 3 piece.

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 01-03-2013, 09:41 AM
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(01-03-2013, 09:05 AM)Songwind Wrote: Is the Merkur 41C "1904" similarly mild to the 11C? That one's definitely in the range I could spend.

Hi Eric

Adding onto what Dave said above, the "1904" is a (very) mild razor, I would rate it below an Edwin Jagger DE89x on the aggression scale.

Take care, Mike

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 01-03-2013, 09:45 AM
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Hmm. I handle the DE89 just fine, was actually looking into this partly to try a more aggressive razor.

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 01-03-2013, 10:00 AM
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(01-03-2013, 09:45 AM)Songwind Wrote: Hmm. I handle the DE89 just fine, was actually looking into this partly to try a more aggressive razor.

Hi Eric

Then I would look into a Gillette New open comb head or if you want to buy new look at the "Cadet" open comb offerings.

Yes the "Cadet" open combs are on the more aggressive side, but the shave is smooth and optimum shave angle is easy to obtain and feels natural, plus the build quality for the money is excellent (IMHO).

If interested you can read my review of "RazoRock Jaws Three Piece Open Comb Double Edge Razor" (apparently a rebranded Cadet) here...

Take care, Mike

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 01-03-2013, 10:06 AM
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I got the Cadet as my first OC razor, and yes it is on the aggressive side. But I adapted to it, and now other razors seem to be too mild to me.

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 01-03-2013, 10:10 AM
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The Merkur OCs I own - a 25C and a 958CL - are both rather mild... at least compared to the Cadet TO-01 I have.

Love all three of them though, for different reasons. My suggestion would be to go for a Merkur OC as your first OC, unless you like fairly aggressive razors.

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 01-03-2013, 11:14 AM
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Eric, you may want to also consider a vintage Gillette such as the Single Ring or the Old Type; good and moderately aggressive shavers. Good luck.

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 01-03-2013, 11:16 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

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 01-03-2013, 01:14 PM
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The 11c / 1904 OC is indeed a very mild razor. I think it is more mild than my 34c (I have the 11c and 12c).

If you are looking for something with some aggression I would consider either the Cadet Excalibur OC from Phil, or if you have a long handle which would fit, I'd consider the FaTip Grande also from Phil. The FaTip to me is more aggressive with the default light and short handle than it is with a handle with some beef. A Weber Wave should fit, The Cadet handles fit, Mühle handles do not nor do the Merkurs. The UFO handles do fit.

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 01-04-2013, 08:32 AM
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The Cadets are less forgiving to user error such as too much pressure.
I don't have the Merkur, but in comparison the Gillette NEW is very forgiving.
I almost sold my Cadet at first, but my technique over time improved and now i find the Cadet design now excellent. It gives just the right of blade exposure to let the blade glide on the skin. IMO it is a better tool than the NEW, i keep the later around for sentimental reasons mostly.

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 01-04-2013, 09:28 AM
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If money is an issue then you can look around on The Bay or the Forums and buy an Old Gillette. As Celestino said a Single Ring or the Old Type are good and moderately aggressive shavers.

I bought several Old Gillettes and other Razors on The Bay but, some of them are new looking but most of them are not.

But, I was not buying to collect the Razors but, to use them and to see how they shaved.

Then, after I did that for a while ... I bought some of the newer razors.

I like the weight of the older razors and the weight of the more expensive new ones.

I have not picked up any of these razors yet Cadet/1904/FaTip but, they are on my list of razors to acquire.

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 01-04-2013, 10:49 AM
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I'm interested in an OC also. Y'all keep referring to a Gillette NEW. Is that the full name- Gilllette New Open Comb? Just wondering, I haven't learned all the slang and jargon yet.

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 01-08-2013, 08:47 AM
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I got a good deal on a fellow forum member on a couple of Cadet Excalibur razors, and had my first OC shave yesterday.

I'm pretty impressed so far.

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 01-08-2013, 03:10 PM
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  • ben74
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The Goodfella is even more mild than the Merkur 11C. The finish is superior, but it's more expensive.

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 01-08-2013, 03:12 PM
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(01-08-2013, 03:10 PM)ben74 Wrote: The Goodfella is even more mild than the Merkur 11C. The finish is superior, but it's more expensive.

Yes, indeed the Goodfella is even milder. Considering I think the Merkur 11c/12c is the mildest razor in the Merkur line, that isn't good news for Goodfella. Biggrin

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