just wanted to post my setup/experience from my 4th or 5th ever safety razor shave! i opted for my 1st open comb razor this time, the fatip piccolo special edition. this was also my first time trying an erbe solingen blade.
i had about 3 or 4 days of growth, my hair is coarse, and the erbe seemed to struggle with that a bit on the first pass. once i got through the first pass, it really started to perform wonderfully. to me, it is a very mild blade, even in comparison to the green astra i tried previously.
i almost felt like the open comb was easier to use than a closed comb - not a single nick and 0 razor burn. it seemed to perform better for me as well. i really enjoyed this shave! i think i may be an open comb convert after this one. i really love this razor. i would say for other new folks out there, using this makes me wish i would have never even bothered with the cheaper fendrihan razor in the first place. spending a bit extra definitely seems to be worth it. the only thing i'll say is that it could probably benefit from a weightier handle, at least for my preference. turns out i do like the shorter length of the handle though. i have seen mixed reviews of this razor, and it could just be that i am not experienced enough at this point to be as picky as some, but to me it seems nice and works great so far.
the fendrihan brush gets the job done just fine, it almost makes me wonder if a more expensive brush is really necessary when you aren't a barber shaving a ton of faces per day. what are some more experienced shavers thoughts on nicer brushes? just nice to have or actually game changing?
PS - is cella cream usually super dense or do i just need to warm the tube up first? its really difficult to get it out of there. works great though.