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Merkur Model 178 Classic Safety Razor, Straight
- An extra close shave
- Merkur high quality shaving
- Chrome finish sturdy razor
- Straight edge for a luxurious shave
- Made in Germany
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The Merkur Safety Razor has a chrome finish. Its double edge design provides a very close shave. Its comfortable handle is designed for a non-slip grip. The safety razor has a straight edge especially great for an extra close shave. Blade replacement is so easy - simply turn the knob on bottom of handle turns to screw or unscrew head. Comes with one stainless steel razor blade. Made in Germany. Razor 3" in length. Merkur Replacement Blades available.
Top Customer Reviews
I've been shaving with this razor for a year now and I really love it. Remember: the blade you put in it is even more important than the razor! Your milage may vary, but the Merkur blades are not the best. Try Swedish Gillettes or Derbys, Israelis, or - my fav - the ninja-sharp Feathers from Japan.
Also remember: no pressure when you shave with these! Let the weight of the razor do the work, and make multiple passes, lathering each time.
The proof of the pudding for me is how painless it is to shave long growth with a double edge razor. If you've tried to shave a 7 day growth with a Mach3, you know what I'm talking about!
A related recommendation is that you use real shaving soap or cream, not canned foam.
First of all, to clear away any confusion, the #178 is the same razor as the 34c and the HD Classic/Hefty Classic. Like many people I did a lot of research before deciding to upgrade to using a double edged (DE) safety razor. I've used every single type of mass-market plastic razor, from single blade to five blade, none of them remotely compares to the Merkur in terms of functionality, aesthetics, or price. Many people who use DE razors buy shaving brushes and various products, which tend to intimidate people due to the time, expense, and technique necessary to use them. These products aren't necessary, but they do add significantly to the pleasure of shaving. Just like with cheap plastic razors, I usually lather with plain soap in the shower and shave quickly. You do not press down when you shave, you let the razor glide across your skin while slightly changing the angle you hold it. This allows you to race across your face with practice. I can also shave without fear of irritation or ingrown hairs, allowing me to do the unthinkable: shave with the grain, across the grain, and against the grain, resulting in the smoothest shave of my life.
By switching I have lost the terrible, scarring ingrown hairs, the patchy rough spots, the excessive expense of buying replacement cartridges, and instead gained smooth skin, a high quality piece of machined and chromed metal, and shaving has gone from daily chore to a great pleasure. Note: you will have to get to know your face, you will have to unlearn the bad habits gained from disposable razors, you may shed a few drops of blood, but in the end you will change your life for the better.Read more ›
I decided to try the Merkur after being rather less than thrilled with the "modern" razors and the cost of replacement blades has gotten absolutely absurd! If you are using the higher end razors and cartridges as I was, switch to the Merkur, you will break even in a year or less and be ahead the game for the rest of your life.
My husband has used this type of razor for twenty-five years and says that there is nothing better. Judging by his face and my legs, I agree.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After using this product for a very long time I'd say it's great. Blades are cheap and last a while for it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ryan Arther
I have worn a beard for years - not because I prefer the look, but because shaving has been intolerable until recently. Scrapes, cuts, ingrown hairs, razor burn... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Derek
Wonderful, shaving with a brush, shave cream, safety razor and blades you can afford to change every day, or more likely every three, and still do it for under $50 total, is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John J. Elert
Been using this for 7 years now. Only complaint is that it is a chore to keep clean but it does the job, have saved a ton on razors.Published 4 months ago by Gabriel
This is my first safety razor that I have purchased and have loved it more than I thought I would. I use it 3-5 times a week depending on how often I need to be clean shaven. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Josh Hunsaker
Wonderful first DE razor - not too aggressive and heavy for a nice shave.Published 12 months ago by Highspeedforlife