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    Incidental to this thread I shaved a 30-hour beard yesterday - shaved half my face with a GIllette Slim Adjustable and the other with a (new-ish) 2014 Muhle R41. The vintage Slim was set at #7 and both razors had new Personna Blue blades; I prepped with warm water and Noxema cream, lathered with Stirling soap - three passes and warm- then cold water rinses.

    Conclusion? From first pass to last I couldn't tell a difference - the results seemed identical.

    The Slim (in the photo below) is opened up to #9 and seen next to the R41 where blade exposure seems similar. If anything this test left me more impressed than ever with the 55-year old Gillette's quality and versatility. I think the Muhle R41 would be harder to clog than the old Gillette but I shave often enough that a clogged razor isn't a concern. Besides, I never clogged a straight razor so there's always that if I ever seriously beard-up and then decide it has to go.

    With either the Muhle or the Slim I can easily get by with a single (ATG) or double pass at 24-hours - about the same as a straight. Neither of the safety razors provoked redness or irritation nor would I reccomend the R41 or the Slim (set above #5) for rookies.

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    Yes, the shave from my Gillette Fat Boy @9 with a feather blade is pretty close to what I get from the Muhle R41 with a feather blade. Close enough that it is hard to really tell if there is any difference. I can see the Gillette slim adjustable being the same as the Fat Boy. Couldn't agree more that Gillette adjustables set too high or an R41 are really not for beginners.

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    Forgot to ad that the Gillette Open Comb DEs seem the most clog proof that I have tried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    I don't know if the Muhle R41 is the most aggressive DE but it is more so than my Merkur 37c slant.

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    I do not know either, just what I have seen described by reviews.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mainaman View Post
    I do not know either, just what I have seen described by reviews.
    If you have a Gillette adjustable handy set her to 9 with a feather blade and you can get a pretty close idea of what the Muhle R41 is like. Personally I think the R41 might be a tad more aggressive than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    If you have a Gillette adjustable handy set her to 9 with a feather blade and you can get a pretty close idea of what the Muhle R41 is like. Personally I think the R41 might be a tad more aggressive than that.

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    Don't have feather but I'll try with Super Iridium and see how it is.
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    The 2013 R41 is an excellent razor, though I certainly didn't like the 2011 version, which was much harsher. Even a Gillette adjustable on 9 would not match the R41 for aggressiveness. The only razors I've tried that match its aggressiveness are the Merkur Vision and perhaps the Futur.

    To answer the OP's question: I also have some vintage razors and some new ones. The best of the vintage ones are the SE's and the Gladweg pushbutton. The new ones I have are the 2013 R41, the Standard, Futur, Vision, and some cheaper ones. They're all pretty good, but I'd give them all up before I parted with my SE's and the Gladweg.

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