The Muhle Open Comb Double Edge Safety Razor, R41, Chrome Plated Metal has a small head with an open comb design. This is the common design among safety razors for seasoned shavers. The small head angles the blade for aggressive shaving and the comb makes up for the increased aggressiveness. The comb exposed the blade a bit more for a more effective shaving.
Shaving with straight razors is really difficult for first timers. The same goes for double edge safety razors although the level of difficulty is quite less. Straight razors are the most effective razors but again, they’re not very easy to use. That is why a lot of people prefer safety razors over the straight razors. There are safety razors that are comparable with straight razors but a bit safer. The Mühle R41 is exactly that kind of double edge safety razor.
The common results with first time safety razor users are cuts, nicks, and poor shaving results. While it is ideal that a razor should be as aggressive as possible, some people are not skilled enough to shave properly with a very sharp and tilted blade. The head of the razor primarily dictates how aggressive the razor will be. But once you become very skilled, starter razors will not work for you anymore. You need something more powerful.
The head of the razors is made from stainless steel and the entire razor is chrome plated. To provide a good grip, the handle of the razor is detailed with numerous knurling that spiral around the handle. This detail together with the small head gives the razor its characteristic features. Unlike the classic designs where the detail on the handle is crisscrossing, the knurling of the handle looks like a barber pole. This design was quite common to the much older designs of safety razors.
A user friendly DE safety razor is kind of rare. Oftentimes, DE razors are known to be difficult to use and would require a lot practice before a smooth and worry-free shaving can be achieved.
- Grip: 10/10
- Ease of Blade Replacement: 8/10
- Aggressiveness: 9/10
The aggressiveness is intentionally bumped up to allow experienced shavers to get the most of their shaving.
- Adjustability: 8/10
- Balance: 9/10
- Value for Money: 9/10
Avid DE safety razor users usually use around two or three razors in their entire lifetime. Some even have only one or two depending on how early they’ve found the perfect razor for them. Commonly, the “perfect razors” are the first razors that they’ve used. But once you’ve spend a lot of time with the razor, sometimes you realize that you want to upgrade to a more aggressive razor.
The Muhle R41 has all the features of an excellently functional safety razor. First time users of safety razors should really put a lot of thought to the first purchase that they make for the razor and the products that they’re going to use. This is also true for experienced shavers.