I received my new Merkur 41C "1904" at providential time this morning (i.e. just before my shower) so that I could use it for the first time. I had not used an open comb before, but they have been recommended to me to help my perpetual fight against ingrown hairs on my neck. I also received in the package a Fatip Grande as well (more on that one tomorrow or Saturday). The 41C was nicely chromed but lighter than I thought it would be—lighter than my EJ DE89 Barley, which I very much enjoy. It was nicely made in the same basic three pieces that the EJ is made in, unlike the authentically early made Gillette razors that screwed together in the handle. I appreciated the yielding to modern practice here, as I think it is a much better design mechanically. The handle pattern is attractive and certainly gives it a period look. I decided to compare my shave on a parallel a plane to my EJ as I could, so I used the exact same blades that I have been using for a while now (Persona Red) and resist the temptation to put in one of my new Feather blades. The blade does not have a great deal of exposure beyond the top plate of the razor which gives it a very mild shave. This was something of a surprise to me. I had thought the OC would be more aggressive than my EJ, and found that the Merkur 41C was on a very even par with my EJ in regards to aggresiveness. This may have been because I was very conscious about applying absolutely no pressure given all of the things that I had heard in the past. The shave was very comfortable, with no weepers or nicks, and I ended up with a DFS. I had rather expected to have a BBS, but that is not usually my goal and so I wasn't disappointed with it. There was also no irritation from the razor which was confirmed by my alum bloc. The Merkur 41C "1904" OC is a very good razor for those DE shavers who wish to try an open comb. Were I to advise new wet-shavers though, I would advise them to start with an EJ DE 89 in the handle of their choice ($35-$47) and get comfortable with wet shaving for a couple of months at least, learning the technique required. But the 41C OC is perhaps the ideal first open comb razor. I have no regrets at my purchase and will enjoy having it in my rotation—though now I wish it had been perhaps a little bit more aggresive.