I don't remember what is different about the 1912 minuteman but the 1912 Is a great razor. My back is still tender but much better than Wednesday when I re-injured it after it was feeling a lot better from the re-injury the Friday before. On Wednesday I only had cake for breakfast then went out to work on my lawnmower, after I pulled the muscle I went inside soaked in a hot bath and laid down. I didn't get up for lunch or much else till around 5 when my wife was home and some friends dropped by to give us something. I didn't want to be rude so I hobbled downstairs and ended up getting really light headed from the combination of lack of food and the pain, I ended up passing out three times. Luckily I felt it coming and sat down first.