by The Handsome Lawyer
Ahhhh, the legendary R41. What can one say that has not already been said about this exquisite razor? Well, I can tell you that my experience has been positive. I have a medium beard and fairly sensitive skin, especially under the nose, the chin and neck. I am prone to ingrown hairs, so I avoid any product that causes them. Despite these challenges, the R41 suits me just fine. I have been DE shaving for many years, so my technique is well developed and I adapted to the R41's design within a few strokes using the Derby blade it came with, a Thater silvertip brush and Geo F. Trumper's Limes cream. The results were unparalleled. Each shave is as good as the last. 3 passes WTG, XTG and ATG produces a smoothness bordering on perfection. To avoid weepers and razor burn, I prep with hot towels for 5 minutes and don't over do it with the brush on the face, especially in between passes. I would also recommend shaving every second day with the R41, especially if you do a three pass shave. This razor shaves very close and may irritate your skin with daily use. That said, if used properly this beautifully crafted instrument will spoil you and no other razor will satisfy.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars]
by Zaine Ridling
Quite the fine razor, but as others have noted online, it's extremely aggressive. The head is lighter than I expected, but the open comb is nice, doing 80% of its work on the first pass. Problem is, that first pass is a rip even being cautious. Yet the second pass is as smooth as silk. The R41 really shines when it comes to edge work and shaving around the nose and lips. If you use it every other day or as an everyday razor, its aggression is reduced to assertiveness, and you may really like it.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars]