I truly enjoy shaving with a DE razor. Wielded with a bit of skill a DE razor can shave competitively with any other razor, and better than most. But why must we continue to endure three piece razors?
I’m not talking about vintage razors now…but new, 21st century razors from Merkur, Edwin Jagger, Muhle, etc. Why must we fiddle with three small bits of metal every time we need to change blades (and who hasn’t accidentally mounted the bottom plate upside down every once in a while)? Yeah, yeah…they’re based on time-tested designs out of patent so they’re cheap and easy to produce. OK, then why is a Weishi or a Parker less than $30? Licensing a 60+ year old technology from Gillette for a twist-to-open TTO razor head can’t cost that much, can it? And Merkur proved an alternative design is possible (albeit in the Vision 2000’s case over-engineered).
I can tolerate a two-piece razor like a Merkur HD. I can understand that the typical three piece razor can have a thinner head than a TTO so it may be easier to maneuver around those difficult areas like under the nose (just look at the profile of a Goodfella razor). I can appreciate the engineering that goes into Pils and Ikon razors (some of them are quite beautiful-looking). But is there no other design alternative?