Merkur 34C HD Safety Razor Review
When I set out to try a safety razor, the top two most popular picks for someone starting off were the Merkur 34C or the Edwin Jagger DE8x line. I went to a local shaving shop and they were sold out of the Merkur 34C HD, so that made my choice very simple.
I did however continue to see the Merkur 34C getting rave reviews and recommendations. As I was falling in love with my Edwin Jagger I came to the fortunate realization that I was allowed to own more than one safety razor. Both of these safety razors are essential to a well rounded collection, or can easily be the perfect stand alone if you only need or want one.
As with the Edwin Jagger, this is a safety razor that is great for beginners, but it is not a beginners razor. This means you will enjoy either of these safety razors long after you begin shaving with a safety razor.
The Merkur 34C is on the milder end of the aggression spectrum, although I find it slightly more aggressive than the Edwin Jagger. Don’t let this scare you off if you are just starting off, it is not overly aggressive. I use the Merkur 34C both on my face and head with excellent results.
The Merkur 34C is a 2 piece safety razor which I prefer to a 3 piece. I did find there was some “slop” in the blade when it is loaded, so as it is tightened you will want to make sure that there is an even amount of razor blade on each side and that the edge is parallel to the guard.
The handle itself is great. The HD stands for Heavy Duty, which does give it some weight. I like that you do not feel the need to apply any pressure because of this, and the short length gives a lot of control.
I highly recommend the Merkur 34C, whether you are buying your first safety razor or just adding a classic to your collection. The Merkur 34C HD is basically a legend in the safety razor world, you will not be disappointed.
Overall Subjective Rating = 5/5
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