Closed Comb Versus Open Comb Razors

Closed Comb Versus Open Comb Razors

Referring to the two main styles of double-edged (DE) razors, the difference and benefits between closed and open combs is one of our most frequently asked questions. Formed of three parts, traditional safety razors consist of a handle, top and bottom plate with a blade sandwiched in between the two plates. The comb, whether open or closed, indicates the design of the bottom plate and therefore the blade exposure or closeness of the shave.

The Closed Comb

The bottom plate of a closed comb razor is designed with a flat edge that typically has grooves in it; it’s referred to as ‘closed’ because the safety edge has no gaps or teeth. The flat edge of the bottom plate keeps the skin stretched tightly across the bar whilst shaving, providing a ‘’safer’’ shave. Considered the gentlest of safety razors it’s perfect for daily shaves and well suited to sensitive skin as well as beginners.

The R89, the most iconic MÜHLE razor is a classic example of a closed comb safety razor. Long-lasting and corrosion-resistant, the MÜHLE R89 provides incomparable quality and longevity. A premium product that produces a distinctly close and lasting shave.

Did you know?

  • Excluding the ROCCA range, the closed comb razor head is available across all MÜHLE ranges and razors.
  • The MÜHLE R89 Replacement Head (MÜHLE R89GESCHL) is sold separately and can be used with all MÜHLE DE Razor Handles, (other than the Twist).

 

 

The Open Comb

Designed with distinctive "teeth" the open comb razor head, unlike the closed comb, has no straight bar left to touch the shaver’s face leaving more blade exposed the ideal set up for the ultimate close shave. The open comb is a much more direct shave, with many enthusiasts considering it to be the most direct DE razor available. The teeth, whilst not sharp, effectively channel beard and hair to the blade, whilst allowing more lather to remain on the face. Developed specifically for experienced wet shavers, the open comb style razor also tends to be preferred by those with denser or thicker beard growth. With more blade exposed, the open comb allows for a more direct shaving technique and is also less likely to become clogged by lather and hair.

A premium product that produces a distinctly close and lasting shave: the R41Black is a great purchase for fans of the open comb style. Presented in classic black with chrome metal highlights, the razor makes a striking addition to any bathroom shelf.

Did you know?

  • The MÜHLE R41 Replacement Head (MÜHLE R41OFFEN) is sold separately and can be used with all MÜHLE DE Razor Handles (other than the Twist) thus transforming them into more direct razors for the ultimate close shave.
  • The open comb razor head is available across the MÜHLE Traditional range, however with the heads sold separately (see above point) different razor styles such Hexagon, Purist, Sophist, Kosmo, Stylo and Intro ranges can be also be transformed, into an open comb style.

 

 

 The ROCCA

Finally, the ROCCA, still considered a closed comb style as the comb has no gaps, it lies somewhere between the typical R89 open closed head and the R41 open comb head and offers the best of both worlds. More direct than the closed comb, but with the safety of the flat-edged bar, the ROCCA razor can be a fantastic middle-ground for shaving. Formed of stainless steel, the latest addition to the ROCCA series is as strong as it is beautiful. An elegant design with great balance and grip.

 

 

Illustrations: Arina Shabanova


Closed Comb Safety Razors

MÜHLE COMPANION Unisex Safety Razor
Regular price £39.00
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Cord colour
Series

COMPANION

The first safety razor designed with the needs of all users in mind, regardless of gender. The details of the razor head give the razor a very smooth finish and significantly reduce the risk of cuts when shaving the body. A special design feature is the slightly longer handle. This means that the razor lies particularly well in the hand and is ideal for all body parts (legs, intimate area, armpits and chest). A cord made of pure cotton is attached to the end of the handle of the COMPANION, available in various colours.

Developed for people on the lookout for a genuine unisex product, without compromise – also in terms of sustainability and zero-waste. Pure, durable materials combined with a contemporary design that caters to everyone’s needs.

Razor Head

Classic razor blade (closed comb)

The MÜHLE safety razor with closed comb promises a thorough yet gentle shave. In combination with a slightly steeper blade angle, this safety razor promises a particularly gentle shaving technique, which is also suitable for beginners with a little practice. The finest contours and clear lines at the base of the beard are just the icing on the cake.

Blades are easily replaced by unscrewing the head of the Safety Razor. Replacement blades can be purchased from us, we recommend the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades, a perfect match for this timeless razor.

Properties

Width: 49mm

Length: 112mm

Weight: 88g

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MÜHLE RYTMO Closed Comb Safety Razor in Black
MUHLE RYTMO Black Closed Comb Safety Razor
Regular price £40.00
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The Material

High-grade resin

A high-quality synthetic material, the surface of which is processed and refined separately.

To begin with, the aesthetic basic shapes for brush and razor handles are turned out of solid rods. Then each individual work piece is polished in several passes to give the surface its special gleam. This processing method lends the models a pleasant feel and secures their beauty for many years to come.

Razor Head

Classic razor blade (closed comb)

The MÜHLE safety razor with closed comb promises a thorough yet gentle shave. In combination with a slightly steeper blade angle, this safety razor promises a particularly gentle shaving technique, which is also suitable for beginners with a little practice. The finest contours and clear lines at the base of the beard are just the icing on the cake.

Blades are easily replaced by unscrewing the head of the Safety Razor. Replacement blades can be purchased from us, we recommend the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades, a perfect match for this timeless razor.

Properties

Width: 42mm

Length: 107 mm

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MÜHLE ROCCA Stainless Steel and Birch Bark Closed Comb Safety Razor
Regular price £105.00
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The Material

Birch Bark & Stainless Steel

For thousands of years birch-bark held a similar technical ranking to that of synthetic materials in today's modern world. With the varied and, at the same time, discrete texture, the bark convinces at first touch with its pleasant, comfortable warm feel. The material is extremely long-lasting, easy to grip, even when wet and easy to care for. The soft birch bark cork contrasts with the cool elegance of stainless steel.

Razor Head

Classic razor blade (closed comb)

The MÜHLE safety razor with closed comb promises a thorough yet gentle shave. In combination with a slightly steeper blade angle, this safety razor promises a particularly gentle shaving technique, which is also suitable for beginners with a little practice. The finest contours and clear lines at the base of the beard are just the icing on the cake.

Blades are easily replaced by unscrewing the head of the Safety Razor. Replacement blades can be purchased from us, we recommend the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades, a perfect match for this timeless razor.

Properties

Width: 42mm

Length: 103 mm

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MÜHLE HEXAGON Closed Comb Safety Razor in Forest Green
Regular price £60.00
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The Material

Anodised Aluminium

The handle made of anodised aluminium is wonderfully light, but feels good in the hand. The perfect contrast is ensured by the high-gloss, chrome-plated surfaces of the product.

Razor Head

Classic razor blade (closed comb)

The MÜHLE safety razor with closed comb promises a thorough yet gentle shave. In combination with a slightly steeper blade angle, this safety razor promises a particularly gentle shaving technique, which is also suitable for beginners with a little practice. The finest contours and clear lines at the base of the beard are just the icing on the cake.

Blades are easily replaced by unscrewing the head of the Safety Razor. Replacement blades can be purchased from us, we recommend the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades, a perfect match for this timeless razor.

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MÜHLE RYTMO Closed Comb Safety Razor in Petrol Blue
MUHLE RYTMO Petrol Blue Closed Comb Safety Razor
Regular price £40.00
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The Material

High-grade resin

A high-quality synthetic material, the surface of which is processed and refined separately.

To begin with, the aesthetic basic shapes are turned out of solid rods. Then each individual work piece is polished in several passes to give the surface its special gleam. This processing method lends the models a pleasant feel and secures their beauty for many years to come.

Razor Head

Classic razor blade (closed comb)

The MÜHLE safety razor with closed comb promises a thorough yet gentle shave. In combination with a slightly steeper blade angle, this safety razor promises a particularly gentle shaving technique, which is also suitable for beginners with a little practice. The finest contours and clear lines at the base of the beard are just the icing on the cake.

Blades are easily replaced by unscrewing the head of the Safety Razor. Replacement blades can be purchased from us, we recommend the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades, a perfect match for this timeless razor.

Properties

Width: 42mm

Length: 107 mm

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MÜHLE ROCCA Matt Stainless Steel Closed Comb Safety Razor
Regular price £90.00
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The Material

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel stands for cool elegance and robustness like hardly any other material.

Razor Head

Classic razor blade (closed comb)

The MÜHLE safety razor with closed comb promises a thorough yet gentle shave. In combination with a slightly steeper blade angle, this safety razor promises a particularly gentle shaving technique, which is also suitable for beginners with a little practice. The finest contours and clear lines at the base of the beard are just the icing on the cake.

Blades are easily replaced by unscrewing the head of the Safety Razor. Replacement blades can be purchased from us, we recommend the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades, a perfect match for this timeless razor.

Properties

Width: 42mm

Length: 103 mm

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MÜHLE SOPHIST Porcelain Closed Comb Safety Razor
MUHLE SOPHIST Porcelain Closed Comb Safety Razor
Regular price £115.00
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The Material

Porcelain

Its manufactures dates back to ancient China; in Europe, 'white gold' was first produced in 1708. An elegant, delicate material which must be worked with extreme care, from the manufacture of the blank shapes to the completed individual piece. Each body is shaped, glazed and fired by hand.

Razor Head

Classic razor blade (closed comb)

The MÜHLE safety razor with closed comb promises a thorough yet gentle shave. In combination with a slightly steeper blade angle, this safety razor promises a particularly gentle shaving technique, which is also suitable for beginners with a little practice. The finest contours and clear lines at the base of the beard are just the icing on the cake.

Blades are easily replaced by unscrewing the head of the Safety Razor. Replacement blades can be purchased from us, we recommend the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades, a perfect match for this timeless razor.

Properties

Width: 42mm

Length: 122mm

Weight: 90g

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MÜHLE STYLO Spalted Beech Closed Comb Safety Razor
MUHLE STYLO Spalted Beech Closed Comb Safety Razor
Regular price £110.00 Sale price £77.00
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The Material

Spalted Beech

The natural grain is accentuated by the hammering of the wood. Soaked with resin, the handles made of spalted beech allow water and lather to drip off with ease. A delightful contrast made from a local raw material.

Razor Head

Classic razor blade (closed comb)

The MÜHLE safety razor with closed comb promises a thorough yet gentle shave. In combination with a slightly steeper blade angle, this safety razor promises a particularly gentle shaving technique, which is also suitable for beginners with a little practice. The finest contours and clear lines at the base of the beard are just the icing on the cake.

Blades are easily replaced by unscrewing the head of the Safety Razor. Replacement blades can be purchased from us, we recommend the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades, a perfect match for this timeless razor.

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Open Comb Safety Razors

MÜHLE TRADITIONAL Chrome R41 Safety Razor - Open Comb
Regular price £36.00
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The Material

Chrome

The material is corrosion-resistant, very long-lasting and has a luxurious, alluring lustre.

Razor Head

Classic razor blade (open comb)

Only straight razors are even more traditional. The MÜHLE safety razor with open tooth comb clearly requires a watchful eye and a steady hand. The comparatively wide teeth and flat positioning of the blade promise an extremely direct and aggressive shave – this makes wiry and longer beard hair easier to reach and shave off. For advanced and professional shavers who know exactly what they’re doing during their daily care ritual.

Blades are easily replaced by unscrewing the head of the Safety Razor. Replacement blades can be purchased from us, we recommend the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades, a perfect match for this timeless razor.

Properties

Width: 42mm

Length: 94mm

Weight: 68g

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MÜHLE TRADITIONAL Rose Gold R41 Safety Razor - Open Comb
MUHLE TRADITIONAL Rose Gold Open Comb Safety Razor
Regular price £39.00
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The Material

Rose gold-plated metal

With a tender shimmer, softer in appearance, yet long-lasting and durable. The soft hue of the rose gold-plated handle blends in with the fine chasing.

Razor Head

Classic razor blade (open comb)

Only straight razors are even more traditional. The MÜHLE safety razor with open tooth comb clearly requires a watchful eye and a steady hand. The comparatively wide teeth and flat positioning of the blade promise an extremely direct and aggressive shave – this makes wiry and longer beard hair easier to reach and shave off. For advanced and professional shavers who know exactly what they’re doing during their daily care ritual..

Blades are easily replaced by unscrewing the head of the Safety Razor. Replacement blades can be purchased from us, we recommend the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades, a perfect match for this timeless razor.

Properties

Weight: 70g

Width: 42mm

Length: 94 mm

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MÜHLE TRADITIONAL Black Chrome R41 Safety Razor - Open Comb
MUHLE TRADITIONAL Black and Chrome Open Comb Safety Razor
Regular price £36.00
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The Material

Chrome & black plated chrome

The material is corrosion-resistant, very long-lasting and has a luxurious, alluring lustre.

Razor Head

Classic razor blade (open comb)

Only straight razors are even more traditional. The MÜHLE safety razor with open tooth comb clearly requires a watchful eye and a steady hand. The comparatively wide teeth and flat positioning of the blade promise an extremely direct and aggressive shave – this makes wiry and longer beard hair easier to reach and shave off. For advanced and professional shavers who know exactly what they’re doing during their daily care ritual.

Blades are easily replaced by unscrewing the head of the Safety Razor. Replacement blades can be purchased from us, we recommend the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades, a perfect match for this timeless razor.

Properties

Width: 42mm

Length: 94mm

Weight: 68g

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MÜHLE TRADITIONAL Grande Stainless Steel R41 Safety Razor - Open Comb
Regular price £130.00
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The Material

Stainless steel

Stainless steel stands for cool elegance and robustness like hardly any other material. It is particularly durable and brings a timeless beauty that lasts.

Razor Head

Classic razor blade (open comb)

Only straight razors are even more traditional. The MÜHLE safety razor with open tooth comb clearly requires a watchful eye and a steady hand. The comparatively wide teeth and flat positioning of the blade promise an extremely direct and aggressive shave – this makes wiry and longer beard hair easier to reach and shave off. For advanced and professional shavers who know exactly what they’re doing during their daily care ritual.

Blades are easily replaced by unscrewing the head of the Safety Razor. Replacement blades can be purchased from us, we recommend the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades, a perfect match for this timeless razor.

Properties

Width: 42mm

Length: 94mm

Weight: 64g

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