I took the plunge,
I bought something I thought I would not do for a long time. I got a new adjustable DE. I have been so happy with the old Gillette’s that I figured, who in the world would ever pay for a new one with old ones so cheap. Well I think I know why. While the Gillette’s are great shavers, they just dont have the weight behind them that I like. Not to mention there looks arent the best, more utilitarian looking than something you would display.
What to do what to do, buy a new razor of course. I went on Em’s place, my favorite shave joint at the moment, and picked up a Merkur Progressive Long Handle. I just couldnt wait to give it a try. Gillette got the adjustable design down pretty good, lets see how the Germans improved upon it. I must say they did a good job. Not only is it an excellent shaver, but looks and feels good in the hand. I would also have no problem displaying this as it is very nice to look at.
For the shave, it is smooth and glides like a dream. The added benefit of this razor is its weight. With the Gillette’s you have to apply some minor pressure because they are just so light. With the Merkur no pressure is needed, especially since you can dial in the exact blade gap you want. I think the merker is probably more adjustable as well, seems to be able to select more in between the numbers.
I will give it one down fall compared to Gillette’s. It is not as easy to replace the blade. With the Gillette’s the head swings open like part doors, with the Merkur you have to remove the head to insert the blade. This just makes it slightly more cumbersome to change the blade, with the possibility of cutting you self. Really, it’s not big deal though.
For a visual description, here she it;
I look forward to many more mornings shaving with this razor. The Gillette’s will just have to take a back seat in my over night bag for now.