I have only used the r41 once so far, so very small sample size. It did not cut me and I had less irritation on my neck than usual. I'm still new to DE razors so could it be a technique thing, but I get irritation on my neck even with a 34c. One of the worst shaves I've had was from a Henson "mild".The R41 is on my list as the 34C everyone raves about is no better or efficient than the Gillette C King razor in my opinion. I don’t understand its reputation. It doesn’t slice off the stubble as thoroughly or smoothly as I’d envisioned safety razors doing.
Does the R41 cause more razor burn or nicks to your sensitive areas like your neck? Does it take off more hair per pass relative to the 34C? The Merkur gets it done after three passes but it’s like cutting a steak with a butter knife. You can make it happen but it’s not an enjoyable experience.
On my current to-buy list:
- Rex Ambassador/Konsul - haven’t decided which
- Muhle R41 - Maybe this is the safety razor nirvana of slicing through stubble like a laser…we shall see.
- Rockwell something - gotta see if they’re as buttery smooth and accident free as people claim. The Merkur 34C hype was certainly unfounded so maybe Rockwells will also disappoint me.
By the way, what does RAD technically stand for?
Although it sounds counterintuitive, I am really starting to believe that efficient razors cause less irritation for people like me with sensitive skin and a coarse beard. I think this is because with an efficient razor I don't need as many passes to achieve a nice shave. YMMV