Merkur HD 34C, Chrome Plated
- Extra thick handle
- Reliable grip
- Made in Germany
- Allows for a close, comfortable shave
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I decided to purchase this razor after 3 weeks of research into wet shaving and in all honesty with much reluctance to try something that held a razor capable of leaving you in need of stitches. In essence this was a "last resort" in an attempt to get that close shave that lasted more than half a day and didn't leave me feeling uncomfortable.
When my razor arrived, I inserted the Merkur blade that comes with the razor, lathered up and began to shave after taking a deep breath and resigning myself to potential nicks and scrapes...I was so wrong in thinking this way. The 34c provided a smooth, comfortable shave with no pulling of my beard, no unpleasant burn after each stroke and surprisingly it was even fun.
The 34c is brilliantly designed and the chrome finish and heft make it a pleasure to own and to use. The knurled handle offers plenty of grip, loading the razor is incredibly easy and it feels sturdy and stable in your hand.
My very first shave was closer than any I've ever had before and so much more pleasant. My wife is amazed and incredibly happy with my shaves now.
If this is your first DE razor you are on the right track. I must offer a bit of advice though: Do not think that the short handle is going to be a burden, this design actually makes it easier to use and to apply the proper technique.Read more ›
I wanted to venture into the world of "double edge wet-shaving" and after many exhaustive hours on various shaving forums (such as Badger and Blade) it's clear that the best all around razor to use is the Merkur 34C, especially for newbies (its just as good in the hands of experts as well.) The quality is top notch of course and it works very well. To access the actual blade you turn the knurled knob at the end of handle which releases the top half of the head (the part without the grooves). I was caught off guard with the small over-all height of the unit, but I have come to understand that that is necessary for the technique, there are longer handled versions out there if you prefer. Lets be clear though, handle length is just a personal preference, it has no bearing on the head, quality of the shave or razor itself. The knurled body is very grippy and the razor has a nice heft to it. There isn't much left to say. Do you research on how you want to approach wet-shaving and then come back here to purchase this item.
The texture on the handle allows for a good grip and after 5 months of use it still looks new.
I started out using Derby blades with mine but after getting a sampler I am leaning toward Shark or Feather as my growth is generally pretty thick.
Before I did though, I decided to order this Merkur 34C HD razor. Many guys view this as the all around best razor. Well, they were right. My first shave with the Merkur HD and an Astra SP blade....Smooth as silk. Not a single cut or nick. Unbelievable. The next day, tried with a Derby. Smooth as silk. Not a single cut or nick.
TIme to sell my Edwin Jagger on EBAY! The Jagger is shinier, with much more attention to detail. The Merkur is not as shiny, but has the vaunted German engineering. Clearly the Merkur is the better product in my opinion. I think that all the positive reviews for the Jagger is because it is "pretty"!
Don't wait. Just buy the Merkur 34C HD. It's an excellent investment. I'm considering buying a second one as a back-up in case they stop making these!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too expensive and my husband has gone back to using his disposable razors.Published 5 days ago by Connie
This razor is the BOMB!!!!!!. If you have sensitive skin, or not, this razor shaves really close without any irritation and the blade sits perfectly in the blade holder to give you... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Cliff Webre
This is the perfect razor for the new DE user, and for the old guy who needs a solid performer for everyday shaving. It's literally a classic design for a reason. Read morePublished 6 days ago by D. Noble
I used this particular Merkur for two years. Never had any issues with it or with standard blade usage. Handle maintained a tight grip even with soapy hands.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am 65. I hate to shave. I have tried everything under the sun, for a razor, all the expensive and discounted electric, wet/dry, throw aways, modern multiple blades,,,,, all of... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Best straight razor in my collection! No need for a long feedback on this one. If you want the best de razor in my opinion and many other people's opinion then this is it!!Published 17 days ago by Brystol Badgett
Makes shaving a beautiful experience. Nice weight and short handle makes manipulation easy. Also on the cheaper side for safety razors.Published 27 days ago by Ed Griffin
Love the look and feel. First DE razor...and so far I love the experience. This razor will out live me.Published 1 month ago by Marcus W Austin