Merkur Bakelite - How is this razor not getting more love?
I have been around the block when it comes to DE razors. Off the top of my head I have used:
Gillette red tip
Gillette Superspeeds (two of 'em)
Gillette fat boy
Gillette NEW open-comb
Merkur travel razor
Merkur HD slant
Edwin Jagger 89L
These were honest efforts to get to know these razors, mind you, rather than trying them once and then adding them to the treasure chest. I really tried to like each and every single one, but I eventually always came back to my plain old Merkur HD. The others, to varying degrees, caused irritation or didn't deliver as BBS a shave as I wanted. The Merkur HD was perfect BBS, but it always seemed to irritate me, especially towards my 6th or 7th day shaving in a row. It is an aggressive razor, and although the shave was worth it, my skin was definitely expressing its anger towards the end of the week.
Enter: the Merkur bakelite. The bakelite it made of cheap-feeling plastic, and I found the color ugly, like something I would expect on a child's toy. My hopes were not high when I got this razor a week ago. But how it shaves! This razor shaves like none other. Perfect BBS. Three passes, one touch-up pass, and there is not a hair on my face. Moreover, I find it much less painful than my HD. It shaves just as close, mind you, so I won't say it is less aggressive. The bakelite just doesn't attack my face the way that the HD does. It is a kinder shave. And what a shave! This razor has finally replaced my HD as my regular.
I know many people must have experienced this process, so I would encourage you all to buy a bakelite, rather than dropping $100-$200 on a pils or a feather. It has received outstanding reviews from a lot of members, with good reason.
Just my two cents. YMMV!
As I told you, it would be absolutely, totally, and in all other ways inconceivable.