Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor
- An extra close shave
- Merkur high quality shaving
- Chrome finish sturdy razor
- Long handle - great for people with large hands
- Made in Germany
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Size: 4 inches
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So if you're here, it's either because (1) you're one of the old schoolers who recognized the brand and was looking for another razor like the one you had back when shaving was an art form, or (2) you're a young buck who has done studying and have heard the recent hype: That straight razors and safety razors are making a comeback.
Unfortunately, I can't speak to the 1st audience, because I wasn't born when Merkur was made popular. I can, however, speak to the 2nd audience, as I somewhat fit into that category.
First some history. I'd been a Gillette man for the longest time. I had the old Mach 2 Turbo, then the Mach 3, then the M3 Power, then the Fusion. Yes, I've wasted a lot of money, between the handles and the replacement razors. I'd estimate it to be in the $1,000 range. Well, as you can probably understand, I didn't want to spend that money on razors anymore, plus I'd read stories that the straight and safety razors of old times are supposed to be better for your shaving area than the newer razors with multiple blades and lube strips, mostly due to the frequency of razor burn. So I decide to pick one of these up.
Just so you know, I use (and recommend) various shaving products, listed as follows:
- Somersets Extra Sensitive Shaving Oil, 15ml Bottles (2 Pack) - I use this now, quality pre-shave. Not only travel friendly, but works excellently enough that you will feel zero drag from shaving no matter how dull your blade is. In fact it works so well you could shave with this and water and be good enough. Has a light menthol effect but not overpowering.Read more ›
I didn't find many reviews from women/leg/underarm shaving, but I decided to chance it anyway.
I bought the Merkur, along with a starter variety pack of blades (mine included Feather, 7 am, Derby, Shark, and Bluebird). The included Merkur blade didn't do much for me, and I had to go through every brand in the variety pack until I found my brand, Shark. Incredibly close shave, and no irritation on underarms or legs, even in the bikini area. But because mine's Shark doesn't mean yours will be. It's a satisfyingly personalized experience, and I know I can't get anywhere near as close a shave from a conventional modern razor.
And it's durable! I've dropped this razor on porcelain and tile on several occasions. No dents or dings on the razor.
So ladies, it takes some getting used to, figuring out the angle & figuring out your blade. But once you have it down you won't go back to those ridiculous triple & quadruple bladed monstrosities, where you're paying $4 a blade, irritating your skin, and throwing away tons of plastic every year. If the blade is good, it should be about 15 cents and you only need one of them!
Several people stated that they cut themselves with this "safety" razor. That makes sense: it does house a sharp blade. I'm 68 and while I can remember cutting myself with a straight razor occasionally, safety razor cuts are a rare occurence. Bless them all, there are people who frequently cut themselves with paper, glass, knives, and even safety razors; others, like me, seem to be largely immune. Therefore, I would not rate this razor on the basis of its proclivity to inflict extraneous cuts. In my hands, when applied to an adequately softened/lubricated beard, cuts are rare.
Some went on to mention that changing blades is dangerous. Now that word - dangerous - is relative, no? I load shotshell for skeet and .40 cal ball ammo for silhouette shooting - both of which I consider minimally dangerous. At 68 I still ride my Harley Low Rider without a helmet in NM: a great danger to some. There is a review here at Amazon by someone who considers hot air popcorn poppers dangerous because some of the kernels pop when in the bowl sending popcorn flying (they were worried about their small child becoming blinded by flying popcorn). Obviously then, people whose lives are fraught with danger or who, otherwise, place themselves at great risk when using various implements should avoid the occasions of danger, whatever that entails. The thought occurs to me that, if razors are a danger, then electric shavers might be the answer. Then I thought of the shock hazard.
One reviewer dispelled the notion that using the Merkur was a life changing event. Then I noticed that there were 11 people who agreed with that statement.Read more ›
This is my third safety razor, my other two being a Parker twist-to-open and a 1959 Gillette super speed. I had to ditch the parker because of poor quality, the blade sat in the holder at an angle which led to many bad cuts.
I can get a very good shave out of the Merkur 180, but have to put some effort to that end. This is a fairly aggressive razor, meaning that the guard sits a farther distance from the blade than a milder razor. This means that you can get a closer shave but run the risk of nicks if not careful. My Gillette super speed is by comparison much less aggressive. For the first several months getting used to the Merkur, I would sometimes get the cleanest most refreshing shave ever, and other times would get an awful shave with many cuts, bad razor burn and still feel rough. After weeks of experimenting with technique and going through different blades in my sampler pack I discovered the root cause of my problems were the posts that center the blade. They are too small and allow the blade to sit unevenly, so when you tighten down the handle, it has the potential to be clamped off-center. In this scenario, one side of the razor shaves nicely, the other cuts badly.
Since I learned this, I have taken care to align the blade carefully and have gotten more consistent shaves. For me, the Feather blades work best. Astra, Sharks, and Merkur blades also treat me well. I have noticed this razor is fairly unforgiving of less quality blades and can get many nicks off some brands, esp. Wilkinson Sword.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was expecting this razor would be at least as sharp as Gillette razors. It is sharp enogh, but it takes me just as long to shave with this razor than with a Gillette razor. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Electrical Residential Service
The long handle makes it much easier to shave without nicking myself. Fairly mild razor, I hardly ever get any razor burn.Published 1 day ago by Kyle
This was my first razor of this type I wanted to try an older approach as I've been dissatisfied with modern ones. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Josh Jeffords
I've owned Merkur safety razors before so I trusted the brand, but my new one just doesn't work at all. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer