The first DE that I ever shaved with was the 1904 Classic open-comb. I purchased it based on the following description that I read about it.
"This Open Comb version will permit the closest shave possible while still offering maximum protection from razor rash. An especially good choice for tough, heavy beards."
I shaved with this razor for several months and received many good shaves from it. Later, I bought the regular version of the HD and have been getting great shaves from it. Honestly, I'm not sure of any dramatic differences in the two shaves. I like the HD better, but I think it is just personal preference.
If I were you, I would buy an open comb razor and give it a shot. Odds are that you'll never be able to let it rest until you experience for yourself.
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