Our of curiosity, why not an aggressive muhle r41?
It's really not that aggressive if you don't go at it haphazardly. It's a much smoother shave.
Kindly requesting again the assistance of my fellow Basenoters, this time regarding a DE razor purchasing advice.
Found insanely good deals with an authorized Mühle distributor at producer, ex works prices and been considering to get a DE razor lately.
But having a very sensitive skin and needing some time to fully switch again to DE shaving (have done it before in the past, then reverted to cartridge shaving due to often good, thorough, yet sometimes aggressive, skin-irritating results), would like to know which of their razors is less aggressive, more mild and also good for a relative beginner in DE shaving, gradually switching back to a DE razor.
The have R41, R89, R101, 102, 106 and 107, R226SR and R220SR in stock, but I still don't know which one to choose. Ideally, I milder razor, better suited for sensitive skin and with less probability of nicks, cuts and/or razor burns after the first shaves would be ideal, even at the expense of a little less closeness, thoroughness or smoothness. Minimal or less direct blade exposure could also be a decisive argument before settling on one DE razor.
Staying receptive to any suggestions, posts and/or completions to this thread, with many thanks in advance.
The R89 is best when starting out...the most gentle one but still very effective
What you need to do is sample different blade types and find out which works best for you.
Only the razor alone wont work pair it with a blade which suits your skin and face and you are golden!
For me what has worked after experimentation is the Wilkinson Sword blades paired with R89...even for two weeks growth and zero nicks or irritation.
I also use Razorocks creams and they are fantastic!
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I'm not familiar with all the Mühle models you list, but I suggest avoiding slanted or open combed razors. Also avoid really sharp blades in the beginning.
I know that doesn't really answer your question but honestly, I think good preparation counts for more (a well made lather and a softened beard).
Go slowly, don't push the razor against your skin and you'll be fine.
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I don't know which is the mildest Muhle razor, but that's only half the story. The mildest blades I've come across so far (and I still have 20 types to get through) are Shark Stainless steel. On me they're only good for a few shaves, whereas I can get 20 or 30 shaves from sharp ones like Astra Superior Platinum. But I get a lot less aggravation from the Shark SS than from Astra SPs. (Though I prefer blades between these two extremes)
When you get your nice new Muhle, I suggest also getting a sample pack of different blades, so that you can experiment and find what you like best loaded into your razor.
Thanks for the detailed, thoughtful and informative replies so far. Most likely, it will be an R89- will probably return with a review/progress report, once the purchase is made and also the first few DE shaves went well. Also, getting sample packs with different De blades will not be a problem.
Personally I use a straight razor, which is very sharp indeed and needs more maintenance than a DE, but I wouldn't change it for the world.