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 ›
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!
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.
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.
Why? It's a very well made razor, reasonably priced and simple to use. Nothing fancy or over-thought; you unscrew the head from the handle, plant a blade on the posts under the head (holding the head upside-down) and screw the handle back on. The blade bends slightly and securely to the optimum angle and you're ready to go. The razor is heavy, the handle short, but with a nicely knurled grip which doesn't slip at all. I chose a Wilkinson Sword blade as they are most often recommended for the average shaver--which is me. My issues are a prominent chin, a few Old Geezer bumps here and there and an almost random pattern of growth on my neck, frequently causing me to over-shave and burn the area.
With this puppy, you prep, lather and "let the tool do the job"--meaning you are just cutting the hairs with the weight of the razor itself, It's very very precise shaving and with a few days' work, very natural. I like the WS blades as they are smooth and not overly aggressive. Other blades are sharper but can give a harsher cut, though I haven't tried 'em all.
This razor is real quality, easy to use and somewhat forgiving. A great starting point for the novice and a real step up for the cartridge razor slave. Royal Shave is a terrific vendor and they are very knowledgeable if you have questions. Buy with confidence!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been wet shaving for about a month with a Van Der Hagen razor I bought at Walmart. The difference is night and day. Super smooth awesome weight.Published 11 hours ago by Jesus Renteria
This is a great razor. I really like it. It's a bit shorter than I expected; but, I an new to DE shaving so I figure they are all like this. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Fried Eagle
Found out about wet shaving a little while ago and started doing a bunch of research and watching reviews. This one seemed to be most promising as well as very popular. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Josh Cecil
These reviews aren't kidding around. I bought a Van Der Hagen safety razor at Harris Teeter since it looked like a safety razor might be a cheaper and less wasteful replacement for... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amalfitano
Excellent razor. I use it with Cremo shaving cream. No nicks or razor burn.Published 8 days ago by MikeW
Coming from another DE Safety Razor, This is a little different but I have really grown to like it. The handle is really nice since my other razor does not really have the same... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Austin Rose
I like this razor because it really does the job. It works!Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a very great purchase! I wanted to get into safety razor shaving and this was my choice. I like the weight, feel, and length. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer