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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigspendur View Post
    The original R 41 is no monster any more than a straight will "kill you". It just takes a learning curve longer than other DEs and even then you have to go slowly and think as you shave. It stretches the definition of safety razor.
    If I reach for a safety razor, I usually reach for my R101 (R41 with black handle), or sometimes for my Rocca.

    When I read about “The Beast”, “The Monster”, or similar nonsense it makes my cringe and I wonder whether the writer is trying to elicit some applause for his “bravery” (Think “lion tamer” )

    To me the Mühle interpretation of the open comb design makes for an extremely capable tool, one of the few safety razor designs where results come close to a straight, and like any tool you should know what you are doing.

    My common blades are Feathers or Astras and with both I get excellent results, even though I favour Feathers slightly. This razor may be more aggressive (and more efficient) than most safety razors, but I get consistently close yet smooth shaves from it without drawing blood.

    Not an act of bravery, but an entirely enjoyable morning shave.

    It has not replaced my straight razors though....



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    For anyone who is used to shaving with a mild DE or cartridge razor, the R41 would indeed be a "beast". However, shavers who are accustomed to the feel of a naked steel blade on their face have learned to shave with the right angle and with minimal pressure, so the R41 would be all in a day's shave.

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    if your looking for aggressive ill give you one, Fatboy with fresh Feather and I usually use the 9 setting, but since last time I used it I always leave the mechanism a little open. been a couple of months and forgot it was open. can you guess what the first pass was like? I now have a blade width skinning for an inch or so. Tc
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    I haven't tried a Muhle, though I too love my FatBoy that I bought from TinTin/Vern on an aggressive setting (around a 7, but I'm still learning with it) with a fresh Voskhod blade-smoothest shaves I've ever had!
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    Gents, I rarely wax lyrical about DE razors, it's been years since I've used one and I normally use SE razors when travelling.

    I am flying to Spain tomorrow with carry on luggage only. Single edge blades are hard to find and I cannot imagine using a cartridge razor, so I purchased a Muhle R41 today in the hopes that I will find some DE blades to purchase in Madrid.

    I took it for a test drive before it's packed in my dopp bag and was pleasantly surprised by how well it performed . I used the muhle blade it comes with and got a very close and gentle one pass shave.

    I can truly say this is the best DE razor I have ever used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badgister View Post
    Gents, I rarely wax lyrical about DE razors, it's been years since I've used one and I normally use SE razors when travelling.

    I am flying to Spain tomorrow with carry on luggage only. Single edge blades are hard to find and I cannot imagine using a cartridge razor, so I purchased a Muhle R41 today in the hopes that I will find some DE blades to purchase in Madrid.

    I took it for a test drive before it's packed in my dopp bag and was pleasantly surprised by how well it performed . I used the muhle blade it comes with and got a very close and gentle one pass shave.

    I can truly say this is the best DE razor I have ever used.
    If you look around you'll find the quality of shave and DE's have really improved markedly over the last few years.
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    There were three original versions. The first was relatively mild. The second was the "aggressive" one that earned the ongoing reputation. The third one split the difference. They were released sequentially, all within a year or two of the previous one. With experience and doing a side by side comparison you will notice a slight difference in blade exposure that will tell you which is which. The second gen was my go to for years until I discovered that a Futur on setting 6 gave me equal closeness with more comfort. Still will pull out my V2 occasionally but all my other DEs and SEs (around 40) are gathering dust.
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