I am a newbie (1 week into DE wets shaving). I purchased a Merkur 34C HD; but after reading some threads and blogs, it looks like the vintage Gillettes are the way to go. My question is, do I really need a Gillette or will the Merkur be fine? I am looking at the Gillette adjustable slim. I am happy with my Merkur, but it feels like the Gillette would give me a better shave.
I think if you’re happy with your 34C you should stick with it; no need to go with a vintage Gillette. The 34C’s are enormously popular for a reason. Plus the fact that you’ve only been into traditional shaving a week means you shouldn’t be changing too many variables for a while.
(FWIW I’ve used both the 34C and vintage Gillette Superspeed razors and I definitely prefer the 34C.)