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Merkur Model 178 Classic Safety Razor, Straight

from Merkur
4.5 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • 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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Product Description

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.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 1 x 3.2 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000LY2AKI
  • UPC: 692991702102 014926017806 784922723789
  • Item model number: Model 178
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,574 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty)
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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.

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This razor has a small but important learning curve. If you're used to using something like a Mach 3 (as that was my first wet shave razor)or any of the multi-blades this will take some getting used to. Small easy strokes with absolutely no pressure except by the weight of this razor are the way to go. Do one stroke with one side, another stroke with the other then rense. One pass with the grain for most is the way to go but if you desire a closer shave then I suggest re-lather, (which is important for wetshaving) and lightly shave across, not against the grain. For those wanting a good shave, you will have to spend a little more time than using the multiblade razors. I suggest a badger hair brush with some traditional shave cream or soap like Geo F. Trumpers or Trufitt or Taylor of Old Bond Street. Plan on no less than five minutes for a good close shave from the start of lathering to toweling off. I also suggest a skin food from Trumpers or some preshave oil from The Art of Shaving that will help the razor glide. I enjoy this razor way more than any multi-blade and I think any user who will take the time to learn to use it will to. If you're constantly in a hurry to shave and be on your way, I don't suggest using this razor or any other double edge or straight razor for that matter.
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You can hardly do better than a non-adjustible safety razor made by Merkur if you're just starting out. The only one that might be a better choice is the "hefty" variant of the Classic, but it costs a bit more, too.

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.

Happy shaving!
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After 15 years of shaving with Mach3 or its predecessors, I decided to give double-edged razors a try. The results are so much better! You have to be careful the first times, as there is a tendency to apply too much pressure when you're used to M3. Since I started using this Merkur, six months ago, I haven't had ingrown hairs, and when I get nicks, they're much smaller and cleaner than those produced by multi-blade cartridges.

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.
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Because they're not worth the money.

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.
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Ladies like this razor too! I feel a bit odd writing this review about a traditionally men's product but I feel compelled to praise this excellent razor. I use this razor to shave my legs and I concur with many of the remarks made by the gentlemen. It gives a close and long lasting shave. There is a learning curve but I have never cut myself once in two years of use. Mainly because I just use the weight of the razor and I don't apply pressure. I cannot say that about the many disposable and cartridge razors I have used over the years, too many cuts to count. In addition, the blades are quite long lasting. Yes, the expense is upfront but the razor is well made and I fully expect it to last a lifetime.

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.
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