My experience with DE razors is limited... but here are my 2 cents... My Merkur HD has a great finish and none of the flaws that are mentioned in other threads are visible on it. I am not sure what the percentage of "bad" razors actually is, especially since usually only flawed razors will be posted about. I have rarely seen people posting that they received their Merkur in perfect condition. However I have seen many shavers post that they are happy with how their Merkur razors shave, and they can't all be wrong.
Originally Posted by VR6ofpain
Secondly the Gillette's are old razors as you already mentioned. This is an important point, since to me this suggests that possibly flawed or bad Gillette's have already been filtered out over a period of at least 30-70 years. Maybe the older gentlemen on this forum could give more information on whether or not people received flawed or bad Gillette razors back in the day.
Is it possible that modern razors are of a different standard than older Gillette's. I am sure it is possible. But don't forget that the prices of the raw materials have gone up, there are different regulations concerning environmental issues and the price of labor has gone up significantly in western countries (hence more and more products are produced in the third world by now), etc. If Gillette would still be producing DE razors today, I am sure the quality would be at most equal to Merkur.
There is something to say for both Merkur and Gillette razors and each has it's share of followers (and there are even others). Regardless of brand, if you can find a razor that does if for you, all the more power to you!
sorry for the rant and hijacking of the thread...
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