Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Double Edged Razor Review

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Sue McCarthy

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As with its brother, the classic Merkur 33C traditional double edge safety razor, the 34C Heavy Duty double edge safety razor is one of the most popular on the market. With its short, sturdy handle and ease of use, it is a bestseller amongst traditional and novice wet shavers.


4.7 out of 5 Stars

Product Contents List

  • Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Double Edge Safety Razor
  • One blade

Product Overview

German razor manufacturers Merkur have stormed the market in the past 10 years with their collection of highly popular double edge safety razors.

The 34C Heavy Duty razor is one of the most popular in the collection, appealing to both novices and hardcore enthusiasts of the traditional shave.

In addition, now that double edge safety razor shaving is becoming more popular with women too, Merkur razors are not just relegated to the face and neck anymore. People are looking for a reliable razor and Merkur never fails to deliver.

At less than $40, the Merkur 34C is highly affordable, especially for the great quality shave and durability that it provides. The short handle is reminiscent of the length of a cartridge razor which makes it a great transition razor.

But that’s where any comparison ends. The thick, sturdiness of the handle and the razor in general make shaving tremendously easy – there is no need to do anything apart from tilt the razor and let the blade do the work for a clean, smooth shave.

The non-slip grip area on the handle helps maintain a good hold during the shave, even with wet hands, and its sturdiness is fast becoming a favorite amongst women who are moving from disposable cartridge razors to double edge safety razors.

How it Works

Before using the razor it is always important to make sure that the blade is installed correctly. One of the many qualities of the Merkur 34C is how easy it is to add the blade.

Just twist the knob at the bottom of the handle, pull the top off, place the blade there and give it a little shake and tighten the handle back up again.

The blade will remain in place for a close shave. You can obtain a great shave with a quality shaving oil, cream or soap. Just prepare your skin, place the razor lightly against the skin, tilt it to a 30 degree angle and let the razor do its job.

No need to press down on the skin, the weight of the razor creates enough pressure to shave the hairs off without the worry of causing any type of skin irritations.

Always shave with the grain, passing once or twice, no more, over the same area of skin.

If you are a novice to the technique there may be a little learning curve to figure out what works for you, but once you have made the leap you will most likely never go back to the cartridge razor.

You can rinse the razor under running water and there is no need to worry about it rusting. We recommend changing the blade ever 3-5 shaves. You can buy replaceable Merkur blades, but there are a variety of different blades that you can try to see which ones work best for your skin and hair type.​

Is it Effective?

The reason why the Merkur brand is so popular is because of how effective their razors are. They are sturdy, easy to use, provide a great, close shave and are esthetically well produced.

The Merkur 34C is a great option for those who prefer the shorter, heavier handle, for those transitioning from a cartridge razor due to the similar size and also for women who want to try their hand at a traditional shave (another great option for women is the Merkur 23C Long Handled Safety Razor.

The shave provided by a good double edge safety razor is a pleasurable and smooth one, and changes the way you look at shaving.​

What Customers Think (Reviews)

The Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Double Edge Safety Razor has a 4.7 stars out of 5 rating on Amazon with 82% of customers giving the product 5 stars.

Reviews praise the smooth shave, how it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, how easy it is to use and it changes shaving into a pleasurable experience.

There is an overwhelming amount of people who found the 34C to be a great transition razor.

There were a few complaints about the chrome finishing chipping and flaking after a while, so this is hopefully something Merkur is looking into as their work is usually very long-lasting and durable.

Some Customer Comments

Great starter razor. There's not much more I can write about a Classic. A great starter razor, the Merkur blade is also a very forgiving blade and allows you to learn if you are new to wet shaving. I recommend this to everyone"

Outstanding razor. Outstanding razor. Solid construction. It will last me a life time.“

Awesome Razor. Just finished my first DE Safety Razor shave with the 34C, very gentle on the skin, didn't get any cuts but was left with an awesome shave after two passes. Highly recommend this product.”

Personal Experience

I liked how sturdy the weight of the razor felt in my hands and how easy it was to have a firm grip for a smooth shave.

It’s quite obvious why Merkur razors are so popular, and this one is no exception.

The 34C provides a great shave, helps avoid razor burn and looks great too.

Merkur definitely won me over to double edge razor shaving.​

In Conclusion…

Things we Liked

  • Great price
  • Easy to use
  • Chrome finishing doesn’t rust
  • Ease of changing blades
  • Great on sensitive skin

Things we didn't Like

  • Small handle isn’t for everyone
  • Some complaints that the chrome finishing chips after a while

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