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I am thinking about an open comb.

Postby NickNCut » Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:15 pm

I try not to repeat old questions but cannot find a good answer.

I have been wet shaving for close to 15 years now and have used at least a dozen different razors and more blades than I can count.

I have never used an open comb and want to try one. My question is where to start. My goto razor is a late 40's Tech. I like it better than a TTO because the head is so much thinner. I know most consider this a very mild razor (which is one of the reasons I like it) but more for the thin head which allows me to get under my big nose better. And with good technique I can get a great shave with it

Should I be looking old Gillette or a new razor? My gut says go old but they seem to cost about as much as new if they are in good condition.
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Re: I am thinking about an open comb.

Postby CMur12 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:59 pm

Hi NickCut -

Hopefully, you will get some good responses to your question.

As far as I know (have read), the older Gillette open-comb razors are much more aggressive than a Tech. I tried a Gillette NEW, which everyone was talking about at one time, and it was the most aggressive razor I ever tried. I never got past the start of a shave because it took the skin right off. As you would expect, others have different opinions about the NEW and other Gillette open combs.

Some say that the Merkur with open comb is very mild and some say that it isn't, so once again, you may have to try razors for yourself to see what suits you. Let's see what others have to say. Feedback will depend on how aggressive a razor a respondent likes. (I believe Brian/ShadowDad has some experience with these.)

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Re: I am thinking about an open comb.

Postby ShadowsDad » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:32 pm

Have you tried a Single Edge razor (aka SE and not straight edge).

If you're mind is open let me know.
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Re: I am thinking about an open comb.

Postby BPman » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:17 pm

CMur12 wrote:...As far as I know (have read), the older Gillette open-comb razors are much more aggressive than a Tech. I tried a Gillette NEW, which everyone was talking about at one time, and it was the most aggressive razor I ever tried. I never got past the start of a shave because it took the skin right off...


I had both a SC & a LC NEW and sold the short comb. No one wanted my LC. :( I last loaned it to a Newbie and it literally slaughtered him so he said. I can use an OC razor on my cheeks & neck, but not on my chin or around the mouth as they have more blade exposure and are not smooth for those parts IMO. Others swear by them however. In essence, OC razors are for those who enjoy more aggressive razors IMO. I don't. [-X
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Re: I am thinking about an open comb.

Postby brothers » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:26 am

You should probably give the old Gillette NEW a try, just because. Regarding new razors, I recommend checking out the large variety of different brands and price ranges available on Italian Barber's website. Many of them are open comb designs. PS: have you tried the Merkur Progress? Not an open comb, but one of the best all around adjustable razors. Good luck with your search. Please come back and let us how it's working out, as you go.
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Re: I am thinking about an open comb.

Postby blantyre » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:40 pm

The Merkur 1906 is relatively mild as OC razors go. It's also quite a deal at about $30. I think that the head is similar to the Gillette old type -fairly light and thin compared to th e new.
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Re: I am thinking about an open comb.

Postby Shave4Fun » Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:14 pm

blantyre wrote:The Merkur 1906 is relatively mild as OC razors go. It's also quite a deal at about $30. I think that the head is similar to the Gillette old type -fairly light and thin compared to th e new.


I thought all the heads were the same on two-piece Merkurs except for a slant. That is, all open combs are the same, and all closed combs are the same. The reason I ask is that I have a 34C, which is aggressive to me on high spots, so I wanted to try the 1906.
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