(Video) The Muhle R41 Razor

[UPDATE: HERE is a post about the newer, 2013 R41 head that is not quite so aggressive.]

The muhle R41 is one of the latest in a series of recent engineering design changes going on through the double-edged safety razor world (in addition to new razors such as the Weber and the Ikon one-side-open-comb-one-side-safety-bar).  It sports an unusual razor head, a hybrid of the classic open-comb razor and the more recent scalloped safety bar design.  It has generated some interest in the safety razor world recently, particularly in some of the discussion forums, for not only its innovative design but also its aggressiveness.  Some are saying shaving with the R41 is about as close as you can get to shaving with a straight razor, using a double edged tool.

The new design sports fewer teeth and the teeth are set deeply into the safety bar rather than mounted on the razor cap.  The new razor head is a bit thicker than its older brother as well.

The Muhle R41

Open-comb razors have a reputation of being more aggressive than regular safety bar designs.  A casual glance comparing the R41 to a typical safety bar may look similar but the R41’s deeply notched teeth exposes much more razor blade than the mildly scalloped safety bar design.  By the way, the fit and finish of this razor is excellent.

But the only way to find out how the R41 performs is to shave with it.

The aggressiveness is apparent right away and careful attention to razor angle is important.  It’s easy to tell that there is a lot of blade exposure, but on the other hand it is not a harsh shave where you can easily feel the teeth like other open comb razors.

If you have used an R41 please comment on your experiences with it!

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  1. Rejean D. says:

    This is really a beautiful razor. Be gentle with it otherwise it will leave some traces. Aggressive razor but when you find the good angle, you’ll be happy with because it does a pretty good job. Remember, let the razor do what it’s meant for. It will soon be one if my favorite.

  2. Ahmad Jaber says:

    I have used the progress, slant bar and a shivatte but this one is the best. Although sometimes I nick myself but it gives me very good shaves if I do my 3 passes every 3-4days. I love it and I am trying to avoid the redness and small nicks by paying attention.
    I recall using this one with a Gillette blade and the British brand Wilkson or something like this and it gave me horrible shave. So choosing a blad with this one is important
    I wonder if anyone has an idea of how to improve the shave with it

  3. I’ve been using the Mühle R89 grande with good results but thought I’d give the R41 a try to make the matching pair (it’s the 2013 version – I went for the grande version again as I have big paws).
    I attacked a 3-day growth using a Voskhod blade and got a great shave on 1 pass. I followed up with a 2nd pass ATG using the R89 & a Personna – one step at a time! The result was a very smooth BBS. Subsequent shaves all very good but you beed to take care.
    It’s the Mongo of the shaving world: treat it right and you’ll get great results, mistreat it and things will not go well for you.

  4. I’ve been shaving with the “new” R41 (my big hands opted for the Grande) for about two months now (upgrading from a DE89) and it is by far the best shaving experience I have had in my life. I have the worst skin/beard combination for shaving in that I have a very coarse, fast growing beard and ultra sensitive skin. My R41 with Polsilver Super Iridium blades and an ultra light touch have made all the difference. It’s a good razor that demands respect. Come in cocky and you’ll get bit…


  5. hi mantic.

    I just got the 2013 r41 from connaught (tested by measuring the cap width from corner to corner. 2011 version is just over 18mm. 2013 version is just over the 20mm). I’m rolling over to the r41 from an r89. as many others have said, it’s a lot more aggressive than the r89, but not to the point of being unusable. I did a 3 pass shave (w/a/x) and seemed to get away with it with no sign of the trouble you saw in your vid. :-)

    very nice razor to use, although may become more trying if used on consecutive days….



  6. I love my r41 grande ,i shave twice a week ! i switch between feather asd2 and the r41 ! both razors demands a different way of shaving and for me thats cool , 2 pass wtg and im done for a perfect shave !!!!and i have a very coarse beard.

  7. Ho usato sia il mod R41 che il mod R41 2011,ora il nuovo mod.non l’ho ancora approntato, certo forte aggressività,comunque non dimentichiamo il mod. Fatip (Made in Italy) in fase di rasatura non tralascia niente… siete d’accordo?? Buona rasatura a tutti gli amanti del DE—-

  8. Looks like it’s not coming…or is it??

    • mantic59 mantic59 says:

      Well I was hoping to have it done by now but I ran into a problem. It turns out the “new” R41 I bought for the update post was actually the older 2011 version. I’m trying to get the new version but there’s some confusion in the vendor community about the different styles. I imagine it will be June before I get the appropriate razor, give it a test drive, and write an update. Sorry about that!

  9. …waiting patiently…patiently….

  10. …will it happen? Stay tuned…


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