FAQ – What’s all this comb stuff (open comb vs. closed comb) – I thought we were talking about Razors?

So, why do we talk about Open Comb vs. Closed Comb?

Open Comb Safety Razor:

Example of an Open Comb Safety Razor

Example of an Open Comb Safety Razor

The open comb safety razor exposes more of the cutting surface of the blade to your face.
This is generally viewed as a more aggressive style of head, best suited to tougher beards and less sensitive skin.
Some say the open comb models are more resistant to clogging with shaving soap or shaving cream.
It makes for faster beard reduction, and is typically recommended for more experienced Wet Shavers.

Go here to see some safety razors with open comb heads.

Closed Comb Safety Razor:

Example of a Closed Comb Safety Razor

Example of a Closed Comb Safety Razor

The closed comb safety razor design adds a safety bar that reduces the amount of blade exposure to your face.
These *tend* to be less aggressive (a larger blade gap can still make for an aggressive safety razor).
Closed comb safety razors tend to be more forgiving, and are generally recommended for rookie wet shavers and for guys with more sensitive skin.

Go here to see some safety razors with closed comb heads.

If you want something even more aggressive than an open comb safety razor, check out the slant bar models here.

If you want to learn more about how safety razors are categorized by various design features and try to figure out what is the best model for you, click here.

 So, that’s how open comb and closed comb applies to Safety Razors for classic wet shaving - take me back the FAQs.

About John Gluth

I'm an engineer-turned-salesman living in the valley of the sun.
In my spare time, I like to work on old MOPARs and I blog about my experiences shaving with safety razors and all the assorted acoutrements (various double edge razor blades, shaving brushes, shaving soaps/creams, after shaves, alum blocks, styptic pencils, shaving scuttles, etc.)

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