So I made my foray into DE shaving with a Merkur HD which I have been enjoying over the last 5 months and getting progressively better shaves.
I have been wanting to try an open comb razor though, party because it looks cool and partly just because I want to see what all the buzz is about. Initially I thought I would get the Merkur travel razor open comb version - it looks like a neat little unit. Then I started doing some poking around and found the Muhle R41. What I like is that it is a three piece razor - I would feel more comfortable packing this thing (disassembled) in a soft shaving kit and not worry about breaking the head off like I might with my HD.
There is still something attractive about that little Merkur travel razor, but right now I'm leaning strongly toward the Muhle R41. So what, it's a little bigger . . . it's not like I take a razor backpacking with me or anything.
I found a retailer in the UK that has the R41, included with the nickel plated box . . . Right now I'm waiting to hear back if the R41 in the box is the newer, chrome plated, '2009' version, or the older nickel plated one which I'm not interested in. We'll see!