In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by Shave4Fun » Wed May 16, 2018 7:06 pm

CMur12 wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 1:33 pm
Roger, if the 34C is a Merkur with a fixed head, I believe the Edwin Jagger is a tiny bit milder.

I'm intrigued by the General, but I'm wary of the blades. I require a mild razor (Mergress on lowest setting; Rockwell on 2) and a sharp blade (but not Feather-sharp). I see people here saying that the Feather blades complement the mild General razor, but I heard similar things about Feather DE blades in mild razors. I tried a Feather blade in a Gillette Tech (actually a milder razor than I like to use now), and I still experienced the infamous "skin-thinning" attributed to Feather blades. For this reason, I have held off on the purchase of a General.

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Murray,

The Merkur 34C does have a fixed head. I like the Merkur well enough but it is an aggressive razor for me.

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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by TRBeck » Wed May 16, 2018 7:30 pm

CMur12 wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 4:50 pm
Tim, if you are considering the aluminum version of the General, you might also consider the chrome version of the Rockwell (6C). It is half the price and the functional equal of the stainless steel version (6S) and I would judge the finish to be on par with the Edwin Jagger. I'm sometimes tempted to get the 6S as well, but I'm actually very happy with the 6C. (I'm also giving some serious thought to the General, thanks to Gene's feedback.)

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Murray, I hear you on the chrome, but I pulled the trigger on steel. I got a 10 percent off coupon and had some Paypal money I'd forgotten about, so it's on the way.

And the General...yeah, it's in consideration still. And so it goes. :lol: :D
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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by CMur12 » Wed May 16, 2018 8:31 pm

I think you'll like the Rockwell, Tim.

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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by TRBeck » Thu May 17, 2018 7:40 am

Thanks for the feedback, Murray et al.

I expect it'll be a great razor for me. I also see the benefit of having access to milder or more aggressive shaves as needed, and in the end, I have to admit I just like trying new shave gear.
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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by Nitrox » Thu May 17, 2018 2:49 pm

Tim, you made a great choice. Let us know how you like it when you get it and try it out. :D
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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by CMur12 » Thu May 17, 2018 4:52 pm

I like three-piece razors because they are easy to disassemble and clean after a shave. Not so much the case with TTO and two-piece razors are a little more awkward, too.

With the Rockwell, you get both a three-piece razor and you get a true adjustable: the best of both worlds.

(I consider the Merkur Progress and Mergress "true adjustables" because they maintain the same blade geometry throughout the adjustment range. Gillette TTO adjustables cannot raise the whole head unit, so they produce adjustability by changing the angle of the blade as the only way to change the blade gap. For this reason, I don't consider Gillettes "true adjustables.")

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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by TRBeck » Fri May 18, 2018 10:13 am

Murray,

Thanks for that explanation of the Mergress vs. the Gillette adjustables. I did enjoy my long-handled adjustable for quite a while, but I think things were smoother for me with the Mergress. The distinction between changing only the angle and changing the head geometry is likely one reason why.

I am very much looking forward to the Rockwell.
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