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    So I had also ordered a Merkur Progress, as I wanted to try an adjustable DE as well. I paired it with an Astra SP blade, and I think it gave a good shave. But, I again went to the slant bar this morning, and it was closer. I have noticed that neither the Progress or the 37C slant give as aggressive a shave as the R41, but they are definitely more comfortable for day-to-day use.

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    I really like the 2011 R-41 but it will always be a razor I'll only use if I'm really in the mood for it and never if I'm in a hurry. The 137C OTOH, that has been, and still is, my go to DE, if I'm shaving with a DE. Probably not quite as close a shave as the Muhle, but smoother, more comfortable, and way less unforgiving of pilot error.
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    You are absolutely right about that Jimmy!

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    I always strive for a close, comfortable shave.........with an emphasis on 'comfortable'. The 2013 R41 will get me there, but so will a Progress or a Slant. If I adjust my technique to accommodate the razor design, the shaves are usually great. If not, I may pay for it.

    Everyone has their own preferences, though. There's no point in using a razor that is not satisfactory.

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    Gents:

    To me the Progress is the best razor ever made. Its so special to me. When I used I shave my face under the 5+ setting (what a shave, using a feather). The R41 is used when I want to do a 2 pass shave on Fridays for example. On Mondays if I used is a 3 pass shave and the feeling in the face its just awesome. But either the progress or the R41 are NOT BEGGINERS GUNS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick31 View Post
    So I had also ordered a Merkur Progress, as I wanted to try an adjustable DE as well. I paired it with an Astra SP blade, and I think it gave a good shave. But, I again went to the slant bar this morning, and it was closer. I have noticed that neither the Progress or the 37C slant give as aggressive a shave as the R41, but they are definitely more comfortable for day-to-day use.

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    Did you use the razors most aggressive setting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    Did you use the razors most aggressive setting?

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    Bob, I actually did this morning and surprised myself! The Progress can be made quite aggressive actually, and it was a great shave. And as is true of all razors with a lot of blade exposure, there's no room for carelessness!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick31 View Post
    Bob, I actually did this morning and surprised myself! The Progress can be made quite aggressive actually, and it was a great shave. And as is true of all razors with a lot of blade exposure, there's no room for carelessness!
    Thanks for the reply. I was wondering as my Gillette Fat Boy set at 9 with a feather blade feels pretty close to my Muhle R41 (2013) with the same blade as far as aggressiveness goes. Pretty close in the quality of shave too. You are so right about there being little to no room for error with these razors. Used well they are hard to beat though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiruiz View Post
    But either the progress or the R41 are NOT BEGGINERS GUNS.
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