I started with an open comb Merkur, the only real reason for this was my barber shop had one that was reduced.
I thought they were for heavier beards as they don't get clogged so quickly rather than offering a closer shave.
[SIZE="1"]Ah... You can't beat the cold steel and the badger. All this electrical rubbish, little wheels spinning around all over the place for callow youths and peach fluff, Not for a man's beard. Razor blades for men! I think we'll have this on number 9. If you're going to have a shave have a close one!
Tony Hancock, The Bedsitter, 1961.[/SIZE]