So this week, when I took out a fresh SuperMax Titanium blade, I immediately began by pairing it with the Merkur 33C Classic razor. This way I could compare it to my preceding shaves with the Personna red in the same 33C. Not surprisingly, the SuperMax shaves were as comfortable but perhaps not quite as close.
|Here is pictured the razor head from the Lord LP1822L razor|
paired with the handle from the Merkur Classic razor.
I find that the choice of handle is immaterial to the quality of the shave.
Then I remembered my Lord LP1822L razor. This razor is often incorrectly identified as shaving just like the Merkur 33C. They are similar in design, but have one salient difference: the blade-bar span in the Lord LP1822L's razor head is significantly wider. This larger blade-bar span allows the LP1822L to shave closer but with a bit more risk of weepers and cuts.
Yet when this razor is paired with the SuperMax Titanium blade, I can get a truly excellent shave. It does come with the predicted additional risk, but as long as I remember to take slow, deliberate strokes throughout my shave, I can get near-baby-smooth results -- absolutely top-drawer outcomes.
These observations are fundamentally a subtle case for having a small stable of razors to optimize choice of blade. For those like me with sensitive and highly-contoured skin to be shaved on face and neck, the following razors are my fewest-razor recommendations for those who take the equivalent of multi-pass shaves and seek optimally-close, comfortable outcomes:
- Merkur 33C Classic razor for the sharpest of blades
- Lord LP1822L razor for more moderate blades
- Weishi 9306-F razor as an alternative mild razor for the sharpest of blades
- Post-WWII Gillette Tech for moderate blades and those with smoother skin contours or less delicate skin for moderate blades
- Rimei RM2003 razor as a slightly more aggressive instrument than the preceding Tech