Author: William Black So, I've worn a full beard for over two decades but I've been to India for a couple of years where you don't wear a full beard because it's not comfortable in the summer heat there.
In India you can get a shave in a good barber shop for about 20p, but in the UK it's about £15!
On returning home I'd brought proper soap and a brush with me, but the only razors I could get in India were either the single edged 'cut-throat' things that take half a razor blade or a ghastly plastic safety razor that wasn't any good at all and threatened to fall to bits at every shave.
My old Gillette (a present in 1966 when I was 13) had long since disapeared and so it was time to either go for something complicated and modern or get a decent safety razor.
I bought the Merkur because I liked the look of the long handle.
It gives an excellent shave, is easy to control and feel good in the hand. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Author: Scott Dunn I've just had my first shave with the 23C & have to say I'm absolutely delighted. I found it nice to hold & managed a good close shave. The longer handle makes it much easier to control, very reassuring. So a good shave & something that looks stylish as well!
Author: Nick Pinn A fantastic razor for newcomers or old hats at DE shaving. Very mild yet gives a close comfortable shave and is easy to manouver, and very forgiving. I have used it for 2 months and have yet to cut myself. Excellent value for money, a complete steal at just over £20.
Author: Chris Fisher I bought this as my first DE razor having got fed up with the price of cartridge razor heads. This gives a great shave, so far I have used it with Merkur, Feather and Israeli blades. It works well with all these, but the Israeli are my favourite and fantastic value. I chose the 23c as I wanted a longer handled razor, and I find it very comfortable to use.
DE shaving is rather different to shaving with the multiblade cartridge razors so it is worth doing a bit of research into how to shave if you have not used a DE before. It is well worth it, a better shave and for less money.
Author: Jon French My first DE razor for about 20 years. I selected it as I have large hands (ape like is one description!). It arrived very quickly and I couldn't resist having a go - hey it's a new toy. It has a very pleasing weight to the head and although described as long handled, it isn't unwieldy. I went with the grain first off and was quite disappointed if I'm honest, tried it going across the grain and it was better. Finally I tried how I've always shaved, against the grain, and yep, a great close shave and no soreness and issues. I now shave against the grain straight from the off and find it to be excellent for me, far closer than the mach 3 and less irritation. OK, so now I'm a sucker for these razors and have just ordered the small travel Merkur to take on my travels with me.
I think it is a nice looking razor and I am a bit upset that it now resides in the bathroom cabinet rather than on display after my 2 year old son started casting admiring glances at it whilst I cleaned his teeth. Ah well, may be he can inherit it when he's old enough to shave and I can get another new shiny one - do you think 3 is too young to shave?
Author: Peter Gigg My first 'real' DE razor, having made do with the plastic Wilkinson DE which costs about £3.
The level of quality is unmatched, providing the smoothest, most comfortable shave of my life, and this is only with the included Merkur blade. Have since ordered Derby and Feather blades to see which works best,
Overall a beautiful to look at, excellent value, excellent quality DE razor - Highly recommended!
Author: Andrew Walker (email@example.com) At the age of 53 I've just bought this as my first DE razor. I'm now kicking myself for all the years I've wasted using cartridge and disposables. The shave this gives you is incomparably better. It looks good and is easy to use . Handle offers an excellent grip and the head is easy to manoeuvre. Makes shaving a pleasure and is a bargain at the price- even better it works well with the Israeli blades, which are great value in themselves,
Author: Niall McCracken Very pleased, bought this as the Heavy Duty was out of stock, but shave is excellent so don't feel the need to change it. Excellent quality, very easy shave - and while it might be "lighter" the long handle gives it some extra weight and great balance. The only caveat is the long handle can make it a bit tricky around the base of the neck, but thats prob a technique thing. Looks great too - would absolutely recommend.
Author: Stuart Lamont This is an excellent razor. I have been using a quattro for ages now and it does not compare to the double edged razor, i have never had a better shave other than a cutthroat at the barbers. the textured handle is a brilliant touch as wet soapy hands don't slip. 10/10
Author: Brian Greenwood Just received my Merkur 23c and had my first shave,useing the Merkur super blade,and had a comfortable close shave.Highly recommended. BG.
Author: Richard Price I've had my merkur 23c (or 180 as it's known in the states where I bought it) for about six years now and I have to say I'm impressed with the build quality.
It has a bit of weight to it (which I like) and the long handle makes it ideal for people such as myself with gorilla hands.
Although I wouldn't shave my entire face with a double razor I find them ideal for the hard to reach places such as under the nose and doing delicate work on sideburns.
Merkur makes probably the best double razors out there so if you like that old school retro feel with a bit of quality behind it i'd recommend a Merkur!
Author: Matt F My first DE razor handle and what a lovely item. It's a great quality thing; easy to handle, the weight's just right, and it's nice to look at. You can't go wrong!
Author: Adam Clish After nearly a year using the mighty merkur 34c! i opted in and purchased the 23 c!! not that there was any wrong with the "classic" 34'c! but allways felt a touch short in the hand personally myself. The 23'c feels & gives vertually the same perfect performance as the 34'c! but is much longer in the handle! thus giving more controll.
i love using both merkurs! but the 23'c is now my everyday razor due to the longer handle.
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