My wife picked me up a 1920s vintage Gillette as an anniversary gift this week, I've been using a Murkur for the past 14 or 15 years, it was my first experience with an open comb razor and I noticed a huge difference, much more so than I expected.
First of all, the shave seemed considerably closer and although it didn't draw any blood I had quite a bit of stinging when I applied after shave. I thought for sure that meant I was going to have serious razor burn but it never materialized.
I think it will require a lot more attention to technique than my Murker and I doubt I'll dare to try any against the grain shaving with it just yet.
Anyone else use an open comb? Thoughts, opinions or tips?

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I switched to a current production open comb 15c Merkur from my mid 1960s vintage Gillette Adjustable a month ago and I found I got superior shaves with next to no nicks and I have not had any trouble with razor burn since the switch over.
I switched back to DE saftey razors awhile back after finding my grandfather's Gillettes in a box one day.
After using both his 1960's Superspeed and the 1920's open-comb short handled safety razor, I find that the open comb allows for a very close shave with fewer nicks than the Superspeed. Although it takes a little longer to use, the open comb has become my favorite razor, bar none.

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My gillette old feels about as aggressive as my tech, but it doesn't block with lather as quickly. If you apply too much pressure you might get the skin into the grooves and burn your face a bit, but without weight there shouldn't be a difference (i think the blade exposure on the olds/news is pretty tame).
I use an open comb Merkur, and I like my results. If I get lazy with it, I'll get a nick or two, but none usually, just a close shave. I've never used another DE before, as I only made the switch a few months back.

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