(Video) The Stahly Live Blade

This is the Stahly Live Blade razor.  There were several safety razors with vibrating heads over the years but the Stahly was probably the best-known.  It was produced from the 1940’s into the 1970’s and had a reputation as a very well-designed and well-built razor.  Some called it the Cadillac of safety razors.   [Read more…]

The Evolution Of Parker Razors Demonstrated: The 90R

The 90R's

I recently posted an article discussing the “evolution” of Parker razors.  I mentioned the first Parker razor I bought in 2006, the 90R.  As I was working on the post Howie Woda suggested I compare my 90R with a current version as an example of how the razor has progressed, and he was kind enough to send me one.  There have definitely been some changes: the new version is noticeably heavier ( 2.7 oz. vs. 2.1 oz. ), a fraction longer (4.625 inches vs. 4.5 inches total) and the TTO mechanism has obviously been beefed up (Howie says the metal is three times thicker in the new version). [Read more…]

The Evolution Of Parker Razors

Parker Evolves

Parker Safety Razor has evolved significantly over the past few years, having “hit its stride” as a double edge (DE) razor manufacturer and becoming a more important player in the traditional shaving community. I quite like my Parker model 92R–in fact it’s in the top 3 of my razor collection (and I have a lot of DE razors). [Read more…]

(Video) How To Change A Safety Razor Blade

My friends at Stag Barbershop, the place in Milwaukee I gave a presentation at last year, contacting me recently with a problem.  It seems like some of their clients have difficulty replacing their safety razor blade and wanted to know what the right way was to do it.  Well…I don’t know if it’s the “right” way but I can show you how I do it. [Read more…]

(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!