Difference between Open Comb and Closed Bar Razor?
September 12, 2010 9:04 AM Subscribe
I'm considering switching to a Safety Razor. What's the difference between Open Comb and Closed Bar? I've never seen these and scouring the internet has yielded no real usable explanation.
posted by rwheindl to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Originally, I taught myself to shave with an electric. A few years later, I switched to a Mach 3 (again self taught) to see if I could get a nice close shave and have used it a long long time.
From some Youtube tutorials, I recently discovered other razors (double edge, single edge, safety) so I'm thinking of switching from the Mach 3 to some sort of double edge safety razor for cheaper replacement blades, but while researching around the internet, I haven't been able to get a decent definition of the difference between an Open Comb or Closed Bar razor. In particular, I'm talking about the Merkur 34C vs (I think?) 11C.
Am I correct with these two razor models? What is the difference? Which brand and type do you prefer and why? What is your favorite? Where is best to buy online or retail (I'm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)?
If possible, I'm interested in hearing from people who have tried several brands or types.