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    Default Got a Merkur 34c today and it worked great!

    I'm a newbie and my straight is out being honed, so I ordered in this Merkur 34c and WOW!

    I prefer the straight so far, but this was amazingly EASY. And I'm one of those guys who suffer from ingrown hairs a lot with cartridge razors, so this is going to be a GREAT tool for days when I'm rushed for time!

    No nicks first time out with it. But there were lots of times when I felt like I was just moving soap around. Turns out, the blade was DEFINITELY removing hair! I just didn't feel it! WOW!

    My straight razor was never that sharp!

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    Reading posts like that, I wonder:

    . . . Why did we start using cartridges ????

    And a question --

    . . . What blade were you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjmacnevin View Post
    I'm a newbie and my straight is out being honed, so I ordered in this Merkur 34c and WOW!

    I prefer the straight so far, but this was amazingly EASY. And I'm one of those guys who suffer from ingrown hairs a lot with cartridge razors, so this is going to be a GREAT tool for days when I'm rushed for time!

    No nicks first time out with it. But there were lots of times when I felt like I was just moving soap around. Turns out, the blade was DEFINITELY removing hair! I just didn't feel it! WOW!

    My straight razor was never that sharp!
    The 34C is a very nice razor. I, too, prefer straights, but I definitely keep a 34C in the shave den. It is one of the more aggressive standard DE razors.

    For many years I didn't think I had an alternative to multiblade disposable and cartridge razors. I'd get a good shave Monday because I deliberately avoided shaving on the weekend, but Tuesday wasn't as comfortable and Wednesday-Friday my face felt like scorched earth. I also tried electric razors several times because that's what dear old dad used.

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    Indeed, gentlemen, the Merkur 34C HD is an impressive little razor. I sold mine recently, because I use mostly open comb razors. For those who fancy the closed comb, however, the 34C is a keeper.
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    People switched to cartridges because they were effective, easy to use, didn't generate nicks and provided a quick shave. I still keep mine around for a change of pace. You don't have to hate cartridges to like straights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ace View Post
    People switched to cartridges because they were effective, easy to use, didn't generate nicks and provided a quick shave. I still keep mine around for a change of pace. You don't have to hate cartridges to like straights.
    Oh, I loved my Sensor Excel when they came out (switched over from an Atra Trac II system in the 80's I think). But it's those ingrown hairs I couldn't escape. The straight and DE razors appear to have solved my dilema.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpcohen1945 View Post
    Reading posts like that, I wonder:

    . . . Why did we start using cartridges ????

    And a question --

    . . . What blade were you using?

    Thanks --

    Charles
    I think the switch to cartridges was a function of time-saving. And if that's your primary concern, why not? But I stopped evolving with the Gillette Sensor Excel. And I outright rejected any notion of using these silly 3-blade monstrosities.

    Blade type? The Merkur Super (the one that came with it).

    I was amazed because these blades are SO PAPER THIN! Wow! I don't know how many shaves I can get out of one yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ace View Post
    People switched to cartridges because they were effective, easy to use, didn't generate nicks and provided a quick shave. I still keep mine around for a change of pace. You don't have to hate cartridges to like straights.
    You make a point in that someone had to like them for them to gain such widespread popularity. I learned to shave for the first time at the age of 54 when I started with DE razors and straights because I began to notice the direction my whiskers grew. It was a must to succeed with the straights.

    I have been tempted to try a cartridge with the knowledge I have gained from learning to shave the old fashioned way. I keep putting it off, though...

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    I tried it a few times. Always results in ingrown hairs for me. DOH!

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    34c was my first wet shave razor. definitely a keeper, it doesn't get much attention these days because of the Gillettes.
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