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nice introduction to open comb,
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The Merkur 15c is my first open comb safety razor, and I must say I'm really impressed so far. Open comb razors tend to have a reputation for being very aggressive, but this is certainly not the case with the Merkur 15c. If anything it feels less aggressive than my Edwin Jagger Chrome-Plated Lined Handle Double-Edge Safety Razor.
But that doesn't mean that the Merkur 15c can't give you a close shave. The first time I used the 15c I felt as if I was struggling to get the correct angle, because it was as if the blade wasn't actually in contact with my skin. But once the first pass was done, I was amazed to find that my skin was already really smooth. Although it felt mild, it had actually given me a nice close shave. I was even brave enough to do another pass against the grain - that is something I just can't get away with when using my other razors.
So, in summary, if you are the type that really likes to feel the sharpness of the blade against your skin, then I would recommend you stay away from the 15c. But if you want a nice comfortable introduction to open comb safety razors, then you could do a lot worse than trying out the 15c.
UPDATE 7/1/14: after a bit more use I've decided to downgrade it to 4 stars rather than 5. The reason: it is perhaps a little bit too lightweight for my liking. Don't get me wrong, it does give a really nice shave, but I've started using the head of the 15c with the handle of my Edwin Jagger DE89 - this gives it a bit more weight and helps it to feel a little bit more aggressive.