The Merkur Heavy Classic Double-Edged Safety Razor 34c is one of those razors that are built for a lifetime. It is handcrafted to have superior durability and strong resistance. The Merkur safety razors are made from Germany and are famous for lasting for so many years. The brand is popular for making double edge razors among experienced shavers. For beginners who have the chance to discover the brand, they are simply hooked to the razor. Most newbie shavers have their first razors as those multi-bladed disposable razors. While those types of razors are very easy and convenient to use, they often cause razor burn due to the multiple blades used. With a classic double edge razors you are forced to take things slow and be careful with how you control the razor.
The Merkur 34c is a special razor because of its weight. It weighs 4 ounces which makes it very heavy compared to most double edge razors and those cartridge razors. The weight of razor is important because of the balance that it provides. The heavier the razor, the better it is to control. Another thing that makes this razor special is its handle. It is especially made shorter than other DE razors. The short handle combined with its weight, make shaving require very little pressure. The key to having that very close shave when using a DE razor is to use the least pressure as possible and let the blade do all the work. The problem with short handled razors is that they can be difficult to use when you have large hands. This is remedied with continued use and mastery of the razor.
- Quality: 10/10
The razor is made from stainless steel and coated with a chrome finish. This puts the razor among the most durable metal DE safety razors there is. Merkur razors are known to last for many years and are even passed down to next generations.
- User Friendly: 8/10
Using this razor for the first time is not going to be easy. For starters, this razor needs to be used for wet shaving. Lather or cream must be applied and you have to get used to moving the blade around your face and chin area without cutting yourself.
- Grip: 10/10
The handle of the razor is designed to be non-slip and will remain in the shaver’s grip even when used wet and with shaving lubricants.
- Ease of Blade Replacement: 9/10
The razor has to be taken apart before the blade can be replaced. The head can be unscrewed from the handle and its cover removed to bring out the blade.
- Aggressiveness: 9/10
A safety razor will not be as aggressive as a straight razor. Nonetheless, with the right blade and skill, shaving with this razor can achieve barber-shop-like shaving results.
- Adjustability: 8/10
You can’t really adjust anything about this razor. This is not entirely a bad thing for a razor. Some people just want a simple razor that can perform its main purpose.
- Balance: 10/10
A weight of 4 ounces makes the razor a heavy weight among all other safety DE razors.
- Value for Money: 10/10
With what the razor is able to provide, the price is well worth it. Additionally, DE razors cost less than the disposable and electric type ones especially for a long term basis.
- Overall: 10/10
The Merkur 34c is an excellent razor. Its weight is very ideal for an effective wet shaving. If you want to go back to a much cheaper classic wet shaving, then this razor is definitely among the choices that you can choose from.
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