(Left to Right: Fatip Retro Chrome Safety Razor, Right, Muhle R89 Twist 2 Piece Closed Comb Safety Razor)
A common question we get asked is whether one should use a closed comb razor or an open comb razor. Here’s our take:
Each razor is tailored to a specific purpose. On the closed comb razor (like the Muhle R89), much of the blade is covered by the razor head edge. This produces a less aggressive shave, but it also means that if you’re just beginning your wet shaving journey, the learning curve is not as steep. In other words, you’re less likely to cut yourself. We also recommend the closed comb razor if you have finer hair or want a touch up.
The open comb razor (like the Fatip Retro Chrome Safety Razor) is excellent for shaving thick or coarse hair because its ridges expose more of the blade. The blade gets closer to your skin even without much pressure. Because you can get a closer shave with fewer strokes, you minimize your chances of irritation, redness, and razor burn.
The type of safety razor you choose depends on personal preference, hair thickness, patience, and shaving style.