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Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic Double Edge Safety RazorMerkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic Double Edge Safety Razor
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Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic Double Edge Safety Razor

(153 reviews)  

£38.99  including VAT

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A durable razor for the Real Man!

Sometimes you hold a razor in your hand and it feels just right. The chrome finish 34C is one of those razors. The combination of weight, craftmanship and looks make it the perfect entry into double edged razor shaving. A true heavyweight classic!

Length: 8 cm
Weight: 80g

Comes in a Merkur branded cardboard box with a single Merkur blade.

Important! Before purchasing, please read the Maintenance of Merkur Safety Razors.

Press coverage names Merkur 34C world's best razor

The Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic has been named the world’s best razor. The iconic shaving product took first place in the 2011 Readers’ Choice Award for best razor. You can read the full article online by clicking here.

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153 Most useful customer reviews (see all reviews):
Mr Michael Hall
Mar 10, 2022
Excellent razor for anyone new to DE shaving. Closed comb so not too aggressive. Nice weight to razor . Worked well with Bluebeard’s revenge blades bundled with it from shaving shack
Mr Ian Rigby MBE
Oct 13, 2021
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Ordered this razor from Shaving Shack a couple of days ago as an upgrade and replacement for a cheaper DE razor which I have used for years. Great service from shaving shack, prompt delivery. Merkur 34c is very impressive, great weight, feel and good grip on handle. Just used it for the first time and what a great close shave. Don’t know why I waited so long to upgrade. Really happy with the purchase, along with a few other items, and Shaving Shack is now my go to place for shaving items.
Mr Luca Verger
May 9, 2021
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I was recommended to switch to safety razors and I must say it changed the way I see shaving. This razor is very balanced even in big hands and has a perfect weight. It creates way less irritation than any razor I tried before. Would definitely recommend.
Mr David Cunniffe
Jul 15, 2020
I agree with everything everyone has to say about this 2-piece razor. It has a nice weight, good diameter, non-slip grip and very manoeuvrable. No wander the shave experts recommend this razor to beginners and experts alike. It’s very forgiving if your technique isn’t perfect but still gives you a close BBS shave in 2 or 3 passes. I’ve found the perfect blades for 34c are the Astra SP’s or Voskhod. They are sharp enough to give a close shave yet mild enough to reduce irritation. Great razor highly recommended.
If you’re looking for an alternative which is the same size and has similar performance try the 3-piece Edwin Jagger Kelvin. Another great razor.
Dunc Gordon
May 11, 2020
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This is my first ever DE safety razor and after spending a fortune over the years on Gillette cartridges I am now kicking myself I never made the switch before.
For a complete beginner of this traditional style of saving I was a little nervous so I ensured I took my time, after a good hot shower and a lather with the fantastic Taylor’s if Bond Street cream with the supplied Mercur blade installer I began, and quickly found the correct amount of pressure to remove the whiskers.
I was lucky enough not to endure and cuts however I had a little nick on a small spot on my left cheek, and a slight case of razor burn on my neck. This was down to my technique as after a second shave a few days later there was hardly any burn at all.
This is without question a very easy razor to use and with more practice I will be getting a much closer shave than any of the cartridges I have ever tried and for a fraction of the price.
Mr James Hitchings
Dec 28, 2019
Why didn't anyone tell me sooner... Amazing shave, my first safety razor and my introduction to proper shaving. Gave me an incredible close shave. My son will be shaving soon and this will be on his Birthday list. Shame I have only just discovered it. Wife loves it too and it has led to some desirable outcomes ;-)
Matt Johnson
Jun 23, 2019
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I bought this razor from the shaving shack and it arrived a few days later. Delivery is really quick. This is my first step into shaving with a DE razor. Was very impressed. Lovely grip. Easy to use. Only one little nick but that's down to my technique I'm sure. All in all a cracking razor. Very happy.
Dec 27, 2018
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The Merkur 34C Heavy Duty is a great product. Great feel and the weight just right in my opinion. Great value for money.
Oct 22, 2018
Really nice little razor. I'm new to de shaving relatively, but shaving now is enjoyable. I almost look forward to it, taking time to lather up etc. The razor works well, I use the blades a few times before I change. Using this may take longer but the end result leaves you feeling spot on.
Mr Neil Vernon
Jul 21, 2018
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What a great bit of kit! Really well crafted and top quality. Popped in a blade from The Bluebeards Revenge and de-stubbled. All I can say is WOW! A lovely close, comfortable shave. It’s left me properly impressed. Of all the combinations of razors and blades that I’ve tried this was faultless.
Mr Dave Wing
Jun 11, 2018
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I've been wet shaving using cartridge razors for nearly 30years and decided to give this 'old fashioned' razor a try, mainly to do my bit for the environment. This is without doubt, the best wet shave i have ever had !! First shave with the Merkur 34c was amazing. No nick's or cuts at all, just a perfectly comfortable smooth shave and the closest i've ever had. Highly recommended whether you're new to wet shaving or an old hand, simply first class and with 'The Shaving Shack's' second to none pricing and service !! Cheers.
Mr James Johnson
Jun 2, 2018
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This is my first dip into the DE Razor world and after a lot of research settled with this 34c. I was quite dubious to begin with but with my first shave i am converted. 3 passes after a hot shower and the result was probably the best shave i have ever had (to the point where the Mrs told me to shut up about it as i was so surprised and kept banging on!!) Highly recommend for beginners as supposedly is rated as medium aggressive. I had no nicks or cuts and the angle is super easy to find.
Aug 8, 2017
This is the bees' knees as far as I am concerned! The two piece construction is simple and keeps fingers away from sharp blades ! The shape finish and balance are great!
Mr Matthew Stevens
Jun 29, 2017
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I've had this razor for about 4 years now and it still looks brand new. Exceptional quality and all the razor you could ever need. I'd say its quite a mild razor so but still has no problem giving a smooth shave. This razor just makes me furious every time I see a Gillet fusion mach 3 advert...
Dylan Law
May 5, 2017
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This is the first double edge razor I have owned after using many other razors (various Gillette which always nicked me, Wilkinson Sword Quattro & Hydro 5 both good, Boldking and various other supermarket multi blade razors) and electric razors but I have to admit I'm glad I tried it. I was apprehensive at first, thinking I was going to need skin grafts to fix me up afterwards but I worried over nothing. The Merkur 34C along with some Astra Platinum blades I have produces great close shaves, without any irritation or nicks. Also works out so much cheaper to own than the mainstream multi blade razors so it's definitely a keeper. Also the service from the Shaving Shack was great, receiving my order very quickly and well packed. Top marks all round and I recommend this razor to anyone who may be worried about trying a DE razor, excellent results eve for a newbie like me.
Mr david ramplin
May 5, 2017
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Wow - 1st time user of a DE. Easy, quick, no nicks or burns. Wish Id given it a go sooner.
Mr Michael Walker
Feb 17, 2017
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Fantastic razor, does the job very well and very well made. Great service from Shaving Shack too.
Highly recommend this razor to anyone new to DE shaving.
Mr P Little
Jan 12, 2017
I bought the Merkur 34C and wasn't happy with it at all. It took several passes over the face before it had cut 2 days growth. I have used this type of safety razor for several years and not had this problem. Definately wouldn't buy one again and the retailer was unhelpful - said he couldn't exchange a razor!
Mr Tony Mooney
Mar 23, 2016
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I remember my Dad shaving with a double edge razor when I was young but since I was old enough to shave it was always "trendy" to use the readily available disposable type razor. I eventually got fed up with the poor quality of these razors and began the search for a better option. I came across the Shaving Shack and spotted the numerous DE razors and it took me back to my childhood memories. I then read the many reviews and found that the Merkur 34c seemed what I was looking for. When it arrived I was astounded by the sheer quality and feel of the razor and I was looking forward to my first shave. Boy,was this an "experience" it felt "just right" in my hand even though the razor has a small handle but I found it comfortable and simple to use. When I had finished shaving I was very impressed and will Never go back to the disposable razors and I'm confident you won't either.
Mr Steven Sutton
Mar 9, 2016
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Just had my first shave with this and what can I say. 100 & 10 % happy with this. Very good build and a great shave. Get it if you want a very good razor, even better if you are starting out with Wet DE shaving as well.
Mr James Jordan
Mar 3, 2016
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After 14years of shaving, I had my very first razor burn free shave last night! Fantastic stuff, feels excellently made, sturdy, well weighted and worth every penny of the price!

Wish I had of bought this years ago!
Feb 4, 2016
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First time using a DE razor after using a shavette for just over a month and a cartridge before that for seven years - I'm young and looking for a cheap way of shaving comfortably. Bought a DE for convenience as I have to have a close shave every day for work. First shave with the Merkur 34c came with apprehension... Would it cut my face up? Would it get close enough? Will it take me ages to get the technique right? Turns out even with a pretty rubbish lather and not a lot of preshave oil that this was the easiest shave of my life. Not a single cut and after two passes, one with and one against, it was like I'd never grown stubble. Also pretty quick after the minute it took me to find the cutting angle.

TL:DR young guy looking for close, comfortable and cheap shave for everyday. Would 10/10 recommend.

Just don't pull the bottom of the handle all the way out...
Lyndon Dudding
Aug 3, 2015
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A great little razor. Small and compact yet sufficient heavy to have a good feel in the hand. Great razor for a beginner as it's pretty forgiving. I prefer to use Astra blades in the 34C.
Mr Alan Haydon Cooper
Jun 23, 2015
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Having just got back into shaving properly this is my first decent razor bought from The Shaving Shack and I love it. It's a decent weight maybe the handle could be longer but despite this it works like a dream. With your blade of choice its a great razor to use if your looking for a heavyweight razor. I love it.
Mr Gary Rainey
Jun 10, 2015
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I'm not quite sure what all the fuss is about. Ok I'm a relative newbie but thought I needed this due to the reviews. However I find I don't get as close a shave compared to my Muhle R89 or my Ikon using the same blade(Gillette Silver Blue). Maybe I need a different blade in it. Don't get me wrong it's a beautiful razor and very well made and balanced but doesn't seem to work for me. Will report back after I try it with some feathers.
Mr Aaron Cooper
Jun 7, 2015
I had very high hopes for this razor, and who doesn't given the vast praise it gets from other users? Sorry, but my feedback isn't so chart-topping I'm afraid.

See the issue is.. I also have a Merkur 37c. I bought the 34c expecting a somewhat similar shave but a bit less aggressive. What I got was a very solid razor indeed and yes a much less aggressive shave... But very little hair removed at all.

However, I do feel that this razor definitely demands multiple passes to achieve a truly great shave. It took me 3 full passes going down, left and right across my entire beard and tash to get close to what the 37c does in one downward pass. Huge disappointment for me.

Wait just a sec review critics! There's a reason why this is such a big deal to me: I have incredibly sensitive skin. I'm not talking a bit of soreness from a rough shave, I'm on a drug currently called roacutain for severe adult acne. When I need to do a 2nd shaving pass, even reapplying lather over my shaved areas causes high irritation. I've tried multiple creams and all produce similar burning sensations. So when I use my 37c, one pass is a great shave that'll last me a few days. The 34c demands at the very least 2 very thorough passes, and leaves me in pain.

The blades I've used: Wilkinson Swords, Blue Personal (personal fav), Feather, Derby.

I'd recommend this razor for first time DE razor shavers and for those that don't mind multiple passes for a really nice stubble-free shave. It's incredibly well made and blades don't move at all once seated inside- the 37c requires a little coaxing to get the blade lined up perfectly. Sorry 34c lovers, it's just not for me.
May 1, 2015
Bought this from shaving shack before making an account, my first switch over from cartridges. Really nice! Perfect for a beginner like me and so far good results with wilkinson blades. Thumbs up.
Mr George Christou
Apr 15, 2015
I received this razor as a gift and have been very happy with it. It is a nice size, especially since I prefer smaller handles which give me more control, and it is a well made piece. It's not the most aggressive of razors but this works well for me as I usually use an ultra sharp feather blade. A good all round razor, I would recommend it to beginners and those wanting a reliable day to day razor.
Neil Ridley
Feb 24, 2015
An absolute revelation. I have just used my Merkur 34C for the first time (a luxurious Christmas day shave) and the quality and ease of using this is astounding. I have been a fan of shaving well for about a year (ie using a brush, soap and a variety of pre and post-shave treatments) but this is the first experience of using a DE. It is so light, accurate and precise that they could probably issue a guarantee with these- you'll NEVER go back to a cartridge ! As long as you think about your shave, you won't get any nicks or cuts. It's shocking to think that we have supposed to have moved on in gentlemen's grooming, when the simplicity of this razor,coupled with some Astra blades, a rich, thick creamy soap and enough time is all one really needs. Gentlemen, seize back your mornings from the grip of the likes of Gillette and Wilkinson Sword!
Dec 26, 2014
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Having sensitive skin, I have always found it difficult to have a comfortable shave. I have tried many manual razors (Gillette, Wilkinson etc.) and electric razors (Braun), but I would still end up with cuts, irritation and dreaded ingrown hairs.

I then conducted my own research and found that using a DE razor with DE blades could reduce the amount of irritation associated with shaving. Based on many recommendations, I decided to purchase the Merkur 34C as it is a good razor for beginners like myself. After finding out The Shaving Shack had the best price, I purchased this razor (along with shaving cream, shaving brush and an alum block). I also received 10 free razor blades (you can pick which ones you would like).

The item was delivered extremely quick (within 2 days) and I had no issues at all.

The razor itself was packaged well and it is a pleasure to use. The construction is very sturdy and will last for years if it is looked after properly (instructions in the box). Using the razor to shave is a pleasant surprise. Firstly, you will need to adjust your technique (holding the razor at a 30 degree angle etc. - more information on this website) in order to shave efficiently.

Having used the razor for a few weeks, I have had no ingrown hairs, no irritation and no discomfort. It really is a pleasure to use. Note: you should invest in some pre-shave and post shave products in order to facilitate a better shave. My personal recommendation would be to purchase the Osma Alum Block that is also sold here. This is a tiny block which soothes the skin after a shave (and stops bleeding). This alum block will last for years and will be very useful for your shaves (especially the first few).
Nov 26, 2014
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After deciding on a double edge safety razor as I wanted to move away from my Mach 3 I opted for this 34C HD due to the fantastic reviews for a beginners razor.
After now using it as my only shaver for 2 weeks shaving every other day I can say that I am very impressed and actually enjoy shaving!
At first I thought it was a bit small as I am 6ft with reasonable sized hands but it is a perfect size and I realised I do not need a longer handle at all. The weight and quality are great and it seems as though it will last many many years.
Overall I am very happy with my purchase and the rapid delivery and great customer service from Shaving Shack
Richard Wilson
I was originally shopping around online for a new electric shaver, when I came across The Shaving Shack. After reading the reviews and talkng to Dan, I bought a 34C. It's a functional, beautifully crafted, compact but hefty instrument. I had to re-learn the shaving techniques I last used over 30 years ago, but it's well worth it - you cannot get this quality of shave with an electric or multiblade cartridge razor. It does take longer, but it's not an unpleasant task any more! Great service from Dan too.
My wife bought me the Merkur 34C for my birthday. I was a bit sceptical at first – if DE razors are so good, why did they invent the cartridge style ones. As soon as I used my new razor, I realised that my doubts were completely unfounded. After following the wet shaving tips on this website and others I managed to have a comfortable, nick-free very close shave first time round. You really appreciate the weight of the 34C and quality of the craftsmanship when it is in your hand. Using light, short strokes the blade glided across my face. Even the potentially more problematic mouth and neck areas were a breeze to shave. Afterwards my skin felt supple and smooth, and the subtle smell of sandalwood (I used Taylor of Old Bond St Sandalwood shave cream applied with a brush) that emanated from my skin was the icing on the cake.

The best analogy I can think off to using a DE razor is that of pens. You can use a bic to scribble a note on a scrap of paper. It’s quick and easy but a bit of a chore and instantly forgettable. Or you could use a beautifully made fountain pen and write with black ink on thick, quality note paper. It might take a bit more skill and it will take more time because you have to be more careful, but the end result will be so much more satisfying and the task itself so much more fun and memorable. It is the same with saving. Using a DE razor does take longer, you do have to be careful and implement some skill but the end result is worth it – shaving becomes a joy, not a chore.
Will I ever use a modern cartridge razor again? Probably – when I wake up late and need a quick shave before going into work. But for the height of luxurary, maximum pampering, totally indulgent I feel great shave I will always use my Merkur 34C.

Thank you Caroline,


P.S. The service and delivery from Shavingshack was spot on. Order now and you will not be disappointed.
Seppi Evans
My first DE razor at the age of 42! For years been using the multi blade cartridges believing that buying newer technology meant better. How wrong could have I been?

The 34C gives me a “really good and close” shave, without the expense or numerous razors burns courtesy of Gillette. Mach 3 blades (for me) are blunt on the fourth day, using the 34C with the Israeli blades last ages and ages, in fact I think I change them too regularly as I cannot adjust to their longevity.

My five o'clock shadow now appears around 10pm, there is no way I will be going back to the Mach 3. Just take your time and over a few weeks you will become skilled in the “art of shave”
John Burgess
This has got to be one of the most effective DE razor available for the price.
Its solidly built (German of course) easy to handle and gives the closest shave I have ever had. Once you get one of these you know you will never need another razor again, these are built to last a lifetime and no doubt longer.

This is the third razor I have bought from shave shack I also have a Vision and merkur 570 every one is top class
Do I need three razors, not realy but when I can get all three for less than a cheap set of hair straightners that the wife buys once a year, and know these will see me through a lifetime of top shaves then yes I can have all three.

One thing I can say for certain Once you learn how to wet shave, it could take a week or two, you will be converted for life.
Tony Esinov-Jack
Good build quality
Good balance and weight
Close shave (although not with the merkur blades for me).
Shaving shack provided a very good delivery service and advice.
Warren Simpson
A work colleague told me about this website and how he now,will never go back to disposable shaving,saving himself a small fortune as well as getting a far closer shave and an all round better experience.After spending over £25 each month on inferior disposable razors and being unhappy with the results.I decided to see if wet shaving was the answer.So I ordered my Merkur HD - Omega Cream - and also recieved my Israeli blades..It took a little getting use to @ first,Having only used the dreaded disposables most my life.But now i can honestly say i would never go back.Shaving is no longer something
i depise,its an experience i enjoy having and its a far sight cheaper than the disposable cartridge way.Thanks to John Burgess and Shaving shack
For showing me the better option of doing things.
Glenn Roberts
This is my first purchase of a DE razor, a decision reached for various reasons. One, the sheer cost of blades, for my latest offering from Gilette; two, the idea of going back to basics appeals to me and three, felt worth a go if it can help with shaving rash after having tried so may different options over the last couple of decades! Having read other reviews and general discussion around what's best, I felt slightly apprehensive, about using a DE razor but can honestly say that I have had no problems so far.
The shaving rash has reduced, I have extra cash in my wallet in the longer term, and I'm enjoying it so far.
Zac Barnett
I had many reviews about different DE razors and finally decided to go with the 34C. I am new to DE shaving, but wanted to change because i kept getting awful shaving rash and the cost of mach 3 blades were becoming ridiculous. I had my first shave this morning and it was great. I watched the videos on youtube of how to shave properly and so didnt cut myself at all. Its very easy to use and my skin looks and feels so much better.

Also would like to mention the very good service from shaving shack, giving me advice when emailed and a prompt delivery.

I did not realise that there would be such a difference between this and my mach 3, but there was. However, beware of the need for a quality brush and shaving cream to finish the job off properly!
S. Allen
Well some have tried it earlier in life so at 48 I thought - Ok, I will give a DE razor a go but it surely cannot be any better than three blades on a Mach 3 etc. How wrong could I be? I chose the 34c having read several reviews of this and others. Seemed liked a good, reliable and sturdy first choice for a DE razor. REALLY close shave with the Merkur blades supplied. N/S pass followed by a bit of a mix and match with direction has given SUCH an excellent shave , best ever!!! The only negative I can think of is _ maybe the longer handled version would be better for me but, hey ho, will only add one of those to this one, not replace it.

Well done Shavingshack!!!! great service, fast efficient delivery and - Good price too!!
R Haggart
Tried the 34C HD after years of Gilette cartridge razors. I couldn't believe the quality of the shave on my first attempt! It was a particularly close shave, and nowhere near as difficult as I was led to believe. The razor itself is a lovely piece of equipment, and looks good in your bathroom. It seems bullet proof, and is a joy to use. The shorter handle ensures tricky spots (like under your nose) are still simple to shave, with no nicks.

The razor seemed a lot sharper than my multiblades I used previously, resulting in fewer passes. My face is now smooth to the touch, and the girlfriend noticed a change completely unprompted!
neil wilby
My first venture into the world of shaving was at the tender age of sixteen,and that involved purchasing an electric razor,a few years on I had moved onto the wet shave using disposables and shaving foam,I can now state I have seen the light!.After reading a number of reviews on safety razors and the old method of using shaving cream and a badger hair brush I decided too investigate all the hype myself and purchased a Merkur 34 HD,I can now confirm it is not hype these old tried and trusted safety razors leave everything else in the shade.

Along with the razor I purchased the Taylors of Bond st Eton College shave cream and a badger hair brush.The results were unbelievable,my skin felt very smooth and fresh.

Would also like too thank Shaving Shack for their quick and excellent service.Thanks for converting me.

imran ansari
Well, it arrived today and is my entry in to the world of DE shaving. After great anticipation, I'm not disappointed AT ALL! The packaging is excellent, and the razor itself looks solid and as if it will last a lifetime. I toyed with the idea of going for a Merkur Progress or Futur, but was worried they may be too aggressive for a newbie.

This razor is PERFECT however! Nice and easy to use and causes no upset to my sensitive skin.

I've been using electric shavers all my life and while they cause no irritation, the result has not been very close; this system and razor has changed all that, for the better!

Well done to Dan for the great help and advice. I will be returning here to buy future shaving supplies.

Used with Taylors of Bond Street cream and a good badger brush, the shave is unsurpassed.
Got my 34C, my first DE razor after using a Mach 3 then Quattro in my quest for a 'perfect' razor.

For me, 'perfect' is a close shave with little irritation as I suffer from adult acne.

I was not disappointed, getting the closest shave in my life (though it took some practice as it was my first DE experience) and my skin feels fine not scraped like it did after the Quattro!

Almost forgot, thank you The Shaving Shack for the cheap price and quick delivery!
kevin gibbs
After several days of research I decided to take the plunge and buy my first ever DE razor. After a few weeks of usage I am blown away by what a great shave I get from my 34C. If you are sitting on the fence about getting rid of your mach3/fusion dont hesitate. Do it now and and you'll never look back.
Kudos to the Shaving Shack for delivering within 2 days as well!
Richard Clarke
After trying disposable, cartridge and electric razors, i still had quite frequent flare ups of razor burn and ingrown hairs on account of my extremely sensitive skin. After doing some research on DE razors I decided to go for the Merkur 34C because it was a good choice for a beginner. Immediately noticed the shaving rash clearing up and my face feels much softer and less irritated after shaving. It is far less irritating using 1 extremely sharp blade than it is to use the double, triple etc blade cartridges they have out today, and also far less costly. Definitley worth the try if your skin is sensitive, the shaving experience is much better and more comfortable!
Kamran Farooq
Well, what can I say. My wife ordered me one of these beauties on the 31st December, and it arrived on the 2nd Jan, just in time for my birthday. I've been using it ever since, and everything I've heard is true. This really is a very remarkable razor. Heavy, well made, tactile, and gives a great shave. A definite recommendation to DE shavers of any experience level.
E. Cracknell
I was unsure at first as to the quality of the razor or whether or not it would improve over a modern 3+ blade cartridge razor. Well let me tell you don't hesitate in buying one!

The Merkur 34C is a well finished and strongly built razor which handles effortlessly and is well balanced. It has over the last few months provided many first class shaves. I now fully believe that with the right blade, soap (or cream), brush and the Merkur 34C you can get better, closer and more enjoyable shaves.

One other thing, this may be a "old style" razor but it performs better than any modern alternative. Dont let it's style put you off whether you are young or old, Im in my 20's and now proud to be a DE shaver. Thank you Shaving Shack for helping me improve my Shave.
Jakob Elbæk Egegaard Pedersen
This is an excellent safety razor for the beginner and experienced wetshaver alike. No shave-den should ever be without a Merkur HD 34C. The quality, heft and balance of this razor is perfect. Of all my razors this gives my some of the best and most enjoyable shaves - I doubt it will ever loose it's well earned place in my daily rotation. If you are a beginner - og looking for a razor to give to a beginner this is it!
Paul G
As a 22-year old starting my first real job in the City after graduating, I felt that the perennial nicks and razor bumps caused by my 'juvenile' shaving with a Mach 3 had to be banished for good. After a bit of searching on the net on how to get a better shave I came across the Shaving Shack and I haven't looked back since. The Merkur HD Classic is an excellent example of German engineering at its best. It's perfectly weighted which means no more pressing down on my face and thus no more hacking away at my skin. The knurling on the handle makes it easy to grip even with wet hands and the screw down design works perfectly. Although many say you have to be more careful with DE safety razors, I'd disagree to a certain extent. Although it does take more time to get an even shave (10mins as opposed to 2-3mins), I very rarely cut myself with this little beauty and razor bumps are a thing of the past. Although there are cheaper DE razors out there, if you are a first time entrant into the market I cannot recommend this model highly enough. Although the razor itself may seem expensive, in the long run with the low cost of DE blades it works out far cheaper than my Mach 3. Go on, spoil yourself!
Alan Messenger
Shaving is not something I never look forward to. I’ve always found problems with both electric and modern cartridge razors including ingrown hairs, razor burn etc. I had become resigned to the fact that this was just the way the world was until I did some further research on the internet. Many people suggested using a traditional safety razor such as the Merkur 34C. After using this razor for a week, with traditional shaving cream and a badger brush my response is simply this: “Where have you been all my life?”. Although shaving in this way takes a little longer (particularly for an inexperienced user like myself) the shave is pain free during and after and I’m getting a closer shave than ever before. I no longer dread the morning shave, in fact, I rather look forward to it. Also the money saved on razor blades is really quite something!
The razor its self feels like a quality solid tactile instrument, which is something I have come to expect from German engineering. I’m sure this will last me a lifetime!
Sami Al-Adawy
Had heard great things about this razor and after much research decided this would be a good choice for its greatly praised high quality shave, and also not to burn too big of a hole in my pocket. And this razor certainly lives up to its reputation, an affordable, beautiful piece of shaving equipment that like it did with me, will convince you to never, EVER, go back to shoddy overpriced cartridge razors available today. Having quite large hands I was at first worried about the size of the shaft, but soon found it easily managable to hold and control. Great stuff, shaving has never been so easy, enjoyable, and close. If your contemplating getting into traditional wetshaving, go ahead and start right here!
Giles Loxton
After reading a bit about DE shaving and safety razors I decided to give it a go and purchased the 34C after reading such glowing reviews. I've got to say it lives up to its reputation and I'm more than pleased.
I used to use a Mack3 but the shave you get with this is so much better (girlfriend loves it as well) that I'm never going back.
A word of warning if your intent is to save money (which you will on blades in the long term). I find myself wanting to buy and try other DE razors and already have two on my list (38C and the Futur). I feel an obsession coming on.
I chose this razor as my first safety razor after experiencing nothing but razor burn from disposables and cartirdge razors. After reading around, it seemed that this was almost universally recommended as the perfect starter razor: medium aggression, comfortable to hold, easy to control and well-balanced. Having used this razor for several weeks, I can report that its reputation is well-deserved, and I have no hesitation in recommending this product to new shavers or those who have been shaving "properly" for a while.
Northumberland's Finest
I have returned to the DE shaving fold about 30 years after leaving it.

So frustrated have I become with the gloop foams/soaps and the bewildering array of, frankly dreadful, modern 'razors' (and I use the term very loosely) that something had to be done.

Blind E-searching led me to Shave Shack and the immediate purchase of an Merkur HD 34C and it is an item of absolute beauty which works like a dream with my (Jordanian) Erasmic cream.

Only tried the free Israeli blades so far but Derby's and Omega cream are winging their merry way to join what will be a magnificent and probably costly obsession.

One question,why did Gillette, makers of such great kit in the 50s & 60s, leave such a huge potential market?

I love the look of the Edwin Jagger chrome 89 so that may be next but only after a badger brush.

The service from Dan at the Shack has been first class as have the products.

I'm in!!
Shaher Ashhab
I don't think that I need to add another word, just look how many reviews this razor got!!
I am 22 years old and shaving was like hell, until I've searched the internet and bought this razor with a good badger brush and a descent shaving cream... the results; fascinating, no more red nicks and shaving is just about enjoying my time.
This was the best decision I've ever made, definitely going to recommend it to everyone I know.
Daniel Lorey
If you are new to safety razors, this is the perfect start.

Slightly shorter than you would imagine (you might want to go for a longer handle if you have large hands) but otherwise it's very rugged and easy to hold thanks to it's nice handle.

Get some decent blades and a nice pouch for travelling and you'll own this razor for a long long time :)
Graeme Couttie
Bought one from Dan, great price and quick delivery. This razor is immense it has a great machined handle that grips you rather than the other way about! Well made with a lovely chrome finish and simple blade changing. Effortless close shaves can be obtained with a little practise, its weight is enough to get the job done. Great all-round package! Looking at the Slant next!
Jamie Quan
I had a Parker for my first safety razor, then tried my brothers Merkur. I noticed the difference so much I got one for myself. Great solid razor gives out consistent shaves. Despite it not being twist to open as with most of the Parkers the blade is alot easier to change compared to the other Merkurs. Comes in a very nice chrome finish feels solid and like a well engineered piece of equipment.

Highly recommended for a mid-priced razor I'm actually buying one for my Grandad now!
Ben Watson
Its hard to say anything about this cracking razor that hasn't already been said. It really is a great shaving tool from all aspects. It feels good, it looks good and it shaves amazingly well.

I went to a 34c after using a Wilkinsons Sword Classic DE razor. I wanted to use something that was a bit better quality, as the Wilkinsons Classic has a plastic handle and head, which makes it very light and flimsy feeling. I checked about several web sites and found the Shaving Shack to have the biggest selection of quality razors as well as a great number of user reviews. I chose the 34c, and it arrived through the door very promptly.

Overall I am very happy with the product and service, and I have already recommended several friends and colleagues to check out the shaving shack and to get rid of their mach 3's.
Sully Hussain
My brother bought me this last year from shaving Shack and let me tell you it was worth every penny, Initial price may seem steep but with the cost of the blades at dead cheap prices, the razor has paid for itself.

Now onto the Razor, I was skeptical at first, how could an old tech from yesterday beat the likes of Gillette mach 3 and fusion today which I was so used to. must admit it took me a while to get used to.. This Merkus has given me the best shave ever and I have no no more razor burn!!! :o
Joe Kempson
Took the plunge into DE shaving recently after getting fed up with razor burn and redness around the neck area from my mach 3, so purchased this razor after all the rave reviews it was getting.

It took a few days to get my technique spot on but now, combined with a good brush and cream i get a smooth shave every morning with no irritation. Would highly recommend this razor!

Very helpfull and great service as well!
Mark Taylor
This razor was part of my first order from Shave Shack,after using my trusty old gillette D/E SR for a good few years(and a little foray into the world of mach 3) I decided to treat myself and spoke to Dan for a bit of advice. Ordered on Wed night and my order arrived on Sat morn, well! what a fatastic bit of kit! could not believe how close the shave was and only 2 passes.I cannot reccomend this razor or Shave Shack enough. Big thankyou to Dan and his staff for the excellent service,I will certainly be using you for all my shaving needs in the future.
Jacob Wells
EVERY man should be aware of first, the Shaving Shack and second, the joy of a Merkeur razor.

There is something enjoyably old school about the shaving experience now whilst getting a far superior shave at the same time.

How on earth did Mach 3 corner the market!!! It must be true what they say, marketing is an evil, evil thing.

Well. Now, I am laughing at the Mach 3 sitting pathetically at the bottom of my bathroom bin and will no doubt chuckle to myself everytime is see Mr.Beckham and Co. don their Mach 3 hats on TV! Fools!
Glenn Bautista
After shaving many years on multi bladed cartridges, i got fed up with the pulling, tugging shave experience and the cost of very expensive replacement blades. 5 blades never made any diffirence and all a marketing hype. So i decided to do my research and came across DE safety razors, reminded me of grandad's razor. I then purchased the Merkur 34c HD as it was considered an entry level DE... I never looked back since, I've had the best shave since. No nicks, no ingrown hairs and a very close shave. Partnered with Taylor's sandalwood cream and badger brush, my shaving wet shaving is no longer a chore but almost like a very pleasant hobby. Old school it may be but great craftsmanship and engineering produced precise cutting edge technology and not forgetting low cost in the long run as blades are dirt cheap. Brilliant! Get all your shaving needs here at THE SHAVING SHACK WITH DAN AND THE TEAM.
John Shuttleworth
Having never tried a DE razor shave before I thought it wise to go for the 34C as it seems to be so popular with other reviewers. I had to wait a couple of months as there didn't appear to be a single razor to be had on British soil! Can only say I'm glad I waited as it works a dream and was very easy to get used too. I'm still experimenting with which blades suit me best but so far Derby's seem to be the favourite.
Rob Thorne
I started shaving with a plastic DE razor a couple of months ago just to see if it was for me. As soon as I was happy with my technique I upgraded to the Merkur 34c and I haven’t looked back. It is a superb piece of craftsmanship and an absolute joy to use. I’ve become a bit of a shaving nerd and my girlfriend laughs every time she catches me looking on-line at different soaps and blades. I don’t care though. For the first time in over twenty years I am happy with my morning shave, in fact I actually look forward to it. Never thought I would ever say that. The service provided by The Shaving Shack was excellent and I shall definitely be using them again.

M Darke
Most websites related to DE shaving will refer to this as the ideal starter razor for new comers and as a new comer it is hard to imagine how another razor could better this.

Simple and well weighted, and a few shaves in with the Merkur blade provided and I'm already getting good results.

If you are considering converting I'd really start here, well worth the price and will ultimately save you more - you'd even get a free pack of excellently rated blades if you order from here!
100X better than a plastic DE razor.

10000X better than a million blade cartridge razor.

This is my first metal DE razor and so was very smooth on the skin and feels and looks like a quality product. The razor itself has a large enough gap between the blade and bar to help prevent a build up of stubble (particularly good if you have a thick bristle) in the razor.

Instead of debating if you should buy it, just take a chance, it is worth the money and the customer service and delivery speed of The Shaving-shack is amazing. Possibly the best customer experience I have experienced, in particular the ability to ask a question, Dan was exceptionally helpful in answering any questions I had.
Mark Baker
I have now had this razor for 3 weeks now and I am getting wonderfully close shaves now, the first week was quite a steep learning curve with quite a few nicks, But i am now glad that I persevered with it
I would say that now my perpetration and technique has improved may shaves are 8 to 12 hours closer than my Gillette fusion
Peter Summersell
This is the perfect razor for beginners and experts alike, and a great introduction to DE shaving.

Unless you're looking for adjustability, it's hard to go wrong with the 34C.
Atholl Murray
1st class. Been using disposable Gillette 2 blade things which have been quite good. Tried all the mega bladed razors but they were not a huge amount better and very expensive. Thought I'd give this a try!! After days of research went for this and its brilliant. Not cuts at all, 3 days worth of stubble gone in no time. So smooth and easy. Take your time and its the best shave ever. Nothing else comes close. Great site, great customer service, well done The Shaving Shack!!!
Jason Murkin
What can I say? Although I am relative newbie to DE shaving (about 2 months), in that short period time I have amassed quite a considerable collection of safety razors (verging on obsessive...actually not just verging!), ranging from 1950s vintage to the modern versions. This particular razor, in my opinion, beats the rest hands down and if I could use only one razor for the rest of my life then I wouldn't hesitate in choosing the 34c. As well as incredible build quality for the relatively small investment (definitely the correct term) this razor gives an incredible shave (close and comfortable). A lot of people say this is good for beginners but I can honestly say I do not believe ANY razor can out perform it!
Dave Brennan
As a relative newcomer to DE shaving, I opted for this razor and have to say I'm not disappointed at all. I've never had shaves this close with any other razor.

If anyone is thinking that the price is a bit steep for "just a razor", then think about how many blades you got though normally and how much they cost, the quality of this razor far outweighs the price paid in the long run.

Jon Ruben
The 34C has been called the world's best DE razor probably because it is. Beautifully balanced and weighted with a perfect length handle that is easy to grip. The weight is in the head so you just need to glide the razor across your skin for a perfect rash free shave. It works very well with Derby and Merker blades but for experienced shavers, the Feather blades give the closest shave but not to be rushed!
Greg Hesp
After shaving with Fusion Power, I was fed up of the expensive blades and the not-so-close shave they gave so was recommended to try a DE razor. The 34C was recommended to be and I cannot complain.

It takes a bit long to shave, but it is a much more enjoyable shave leaving a very close cut with no shaving rash.

I was a little bit weary of it on my first use, thinking I would end up with cuts over my face, however this wasn't the case. I even tried shaving against the grain, however this proved to be a little trickier than expected, however a lot easier that with a Fusion Power

Would highly recommend this. I found the blade it comes with the best compared to the Derby blades. Unfortunately they don't seem to sell them here, so i've just bought some Feather blades.
Adnan Khan
I bought this Razor and at arrived not long ago (10th Nov 2011).

This is my first jump to a double edge razor from the crappy cartridge based system. I have to say I was gobsmacked by the build quality of the razor. The craftsmanship is incredible. The weight is also perfect. It's got a fair bit of weight which allows for maximum control over each stroke of the blade.

I have so far shaved with it twice as the time of this review and I can say it is a pleasurable experience. I love shaving with it!
James Dimock
After shaving with disposable cartridges for all of my shaving days I decided to take the plunge and equip myself with something of vintage quality and manly appeal. After much deliberation over which DE razor to buy I settled on the Merkur 34C and let the face grow long or a week so I could lather up and put it through its paces. Well, I have just taken the plunge and am beard (and cut) free and feeling very gentlemanly. I paired it up with a Buccaneer badger bush and Truefitt and Hill soap also from The Having Shack. I've already ordered cream and some different blades and can't wait for my next shave. The shave was super lose and smooth, no razor burn at all. The 34c is a great weighty piece of kit - it feels great in my handand looks the buiness. Buy one.
João Teixeira
Being a newbie on this terrain, i´ve read a lot of reviews and guides. Almost all of them recommended the Merkur 34C for starters. A couple of months passed since i bought one and could not be happier with it. It´s all they say it is and even more. I´ll buy one for my father too. No more supermarket razors!
Richard Wager
Got this razor for Christmas, I have used it for past week with a featherlight blade, one beautifully made, feels and looks great as for the shave it is effortless and very close with just 2 passes. Best present this year.
Thinking about DE Razors? I had a Wilkinson Sword something or other 3, and before that a Gillette Mach 3. To be fair it was the Wilkinson Sword that really pushed me to look for something better.

I bought a cheap £3 DE handle and a pack of blades from Boots just to give it a try. Even that was immediately better!

Then I ordered this razor, from here, with the Bluebeard pre shave oil, luxury shave soap, and the post shave balm.

Wow. What a diffence. Want to know exactly whatbthat difference is? Simple really. First shave with your Mach 3, both with and against the stubble. Then rince the sink out completely.

Now shave with a DE razor.

Everything that is left in the sink is what your Mach3 couldn't shave. You'll be very surprised indeed.

You won't need to look in the sink to be impressed though, you'll run your hand across your face and you'll feel the difference.

It's not just a shave either - you feel completely 100% better on a morning after this type of shave. I can't explain that.

You do have to be careful though, and you need to look at some of the advice on technique, and you may cut yourself a few times as you learn - but my goodness, there is no looking back.
My current razor of choice with Feather blades. Gives a superb shave, feels perfect in the hand and seems like it will outlast me as it is so well made.

I also have the 34G in gold, which performs identically but feels a bit special for high days and holidays.

Whichever finish you choose this may be the last razor you buy!
10/10 Top recommendation.
John Forbes
Bought this just before Xmas as I was getting fed up with price of triple blades etc. So glad I did as I love this razor and get a terrific shave when using it. Its put the enjoyment back into shaving for me.

Puts the style back into shaving.
I bought this DE in order to get rid of borring and paintful multi-blade shaving. And I didn't regret!

This 5* masterpiece turned my shaving to hedonistic ritual. It took less than 10 shaves before me and my face got used to this razor and now I just can't wait for new shave.
After a lifetime of overpriced cartridges and an electric razor I decided to try DE safety razors. The cartridges and electric razor worked but failed to give me the quality of shave I really wanted (not to mention the obscene overpricing of cartridges). There were always bits of stubble left and the end result always looked uneven to my critical eye.

Researching the razors available this one seemed very popular as a beginners razor so I went for it. I also got some proper shaving cream (rather than the crappy aerosol stuff from supermarkets) and a nice quality brush.

What a difference it was as an experience shaving this way - like night vs day! The shave was clean and no uneven bits of stubble left. Finally I'd achieved the quality of shave I'd always wanted.

For those starting out I would recommend purchase of a good quality shaving cream (such as Taylors products) and also Proraso shave cut healing gel - works as advertised and stops bleeding fast which may be useful while you are getting used to shaving this way.

This particular blade is very nicely made - high quality and pretty much perfect. I can't think of any way it could've been better - so no regrets choosing this model at all

If you are thinking of trying safety razors - in my opinion - just DO it! You won't regret it and this model of safety razor is a perfect starting point.
Edward Imber
This is an excellent razor. My brother bought it for me as a present and I'm absolutely thrilled with it.
More aggressive shave than my EJ DE89 but I think the better for it. Seems extremely well made, though superficially perhaps not as well chromed as the DE89.
Highly recommended.
I have only just got into DE shaving at the tender age of 40, I decided to buy the Merkur 34c HD razor having been through almost every 1-2-3-4-5 blade razor available on the market.
I can say no more than that I wish I had found this razor 25 years ago & saved myself some very sore faces along the way I now get the smoothest shave I have ever had along with no razor burn or any rashes....what more could you ask for! Buy one, you won't be sorry.
Emil Tihane
Im very pleased with this blade. The shave was so smooth and i've never been this excited to shave again. No wonder its the best razor blade in the world. :)
Janne Taanila
My first DE razor was a cheap plastic model from Boots, and Merkur 34C "HD" was second. I noticed few key differences between these two. Although Merkur is a quality piece of equipment compared to some cheaper brands, it took some time to get used to. At first I noticed that it's quite heavy, much more than I expected; even though the handle is quite short. I used to have Mach3 razors before my discovery with safety razors and the 34C really seemed to be a bit too short. After the the first shave I was a bit disappointed with the result because it didn't cut as good as I expected. But the reason come clear when I examined the blade more closely. The head of the razor seemed to bend the blade a little, so the cutting angle wasn't the same when shaving with a straight blade. That's why I had to learn to use my new razor in a different angle, which took some time to get used to. Also inserting the blade wasn't so easy as I thought. The head didn't tighten just by screwing the nob at the bottom of the handle, so I had to use my other hand to push the head downwards to get the blade become strained. The safety bars of the razor's head are also quite thick, so the head tends to clog when shaving a longer stubble. I use the razor to shave my bald as well, and especially hair seems to clog more than beard. For that reason I guess my next razor will be an open comb model.
Richard Tomlinson
After using Mach 3 style razors for the best part of my adult life I decided that it was time for a change. Unfortunately I have a very thick set beard when it grows in and the razor rash that I suffered with convential razors and store bought shaving creams was immense. There was certainly no glide to those products. After reading many reviews I decided that I was going to try something completely different and go for a straight razor which was bought very cheaply from ebay. I have to say that it provided good results but so difficult to use. Not to be discouraged I pressed on and opted for the DE syle razor. One day in and i'm hooked. I get a smooth, comfortable shave, can use the techniques that ive taught myself for years and the shave actually lasted me almost 24hrs before my growth started to show. A must have for anyone who A) lothes shaving, and B) is looking for that quality they know is out there. A professional wet shave for me from now on
Gareth Shaw
As with many other reviewers on here, the Merkur 34C was my first DE razor. I had previously been using a mixture of electric and cartridge razors over the years with varying results.

After a few months considering it I took the plunge and move up to a DE razor. I must say the first shave was incredible, much closer than I have ever shaved before. It takes a bit of time and effort to get your skill level and complimenting products right, luckily I fluked it from the word go. A decent brush and soap makes all the difference.
F Jarvis
Following some particularly bad razor burn I started trawling the internet looking for solutions and the consensus was to go for a double edged razor.

The Merkur 34C seemed to have consistently high reviews and came recommended by a number of experts in the field. I took the plunge and ordered one from The Shaving Shack, I ordered on a Sunday and it was delivered on the Tuesday so great, quick service.

The razor is small, but has a good weight to it and is very well put together. The included blade seemed sharp enough and with a two pass with and across the grain shave it felt significantly less harsh than my previous Gillette Fusion razor, with better results.

Very glad I've chosen this razor!
Being my first ever DE razor I have little to compare it to. However I bought this razor as it was suggested as a very good first razor for anyone new to traditional shaving and I have to say it was excellent advice. After spending hours researching forums and watching mantic59's YouTube videos I have just had my first shave with this razor. The build quality is excellent and it feels solid and nicely weighted. Combined with a derby blade I managed a very good first shave and felt completely in control with this razor. I hope to build up my collection over time, but I'm sure this will always stay with me and may even get passed down the generations.

For anyone new to DE shaving I would thoroughly recommend.
Ross Muir
Ordered Wednesday night and it arrived Friday morning. Was worried that the handle could be too short when I first got it out of the box but it's a nicely balanced razor and handle length was perfect when shaving. Used with a feather blade and combined with the 34C gave me the finest shave I've ever had. Very, very impressed with the Merkur 34C. A fine piece of kit.
Patrick Britton
Quality piece of kit. The weight of the razor does all the work, you don't have to apply any pressure. Looks great & expensive too.
Daniel Devine
This has to be the best razor I have ever used, the craftsmanship of this razor is absolutely superb, I believe this razor combined with a feather blade is a match made in heaven, I suffered irritation with my Mach 3, and the Fusion, after my shave no irration whatsoever, this razor just glided across my face it was such a wonderful shave, I have never had such a close shave, it is truly a wonderful experience, the overall cost of blades is much cheaper by far compared to the other leading disposable brands, Mach 3 has gone in the bin and this is now my razor of choice combined with the feather blades.
Chris Richmond
Beautiful piece of German engineering. It has a lovely weight to it and is perfectly balanced, the handle in shorter than your 'off the shelf' razors but that just adds to the beauty of of it.

I would definitely recommend this razor
Henrik Fredriksson
HERE I urge you to start and if you want- you can stop here. For life. Great razor.
Many razors on (for me)- this one is a keeper.
Lars Karlsson
Daniel Warry
What on earth have I been doing to my face all these years? and how much has it cost me ?
My brother talked me into buying a decent Badger brush, 34c razor, some Proraso menthol cream and a selection of blades. I can honestly say that it's been the best purchase I have ever made...£60 the lot !!!!
And what a website !! Just waiting for the shavette to arrive now, hopefully I wont be waiting for the ambulance to arrive after my first crack at straight shaving !!
Andrew Oliver
This is an amazing DE razor. The balance and weight make shaving with it a breeze. It's shot handle and textured grip made handing it even with wet hands easy. I've been shaving with mine for some time now and love it!

I would recommend this DE razor to any beginner to traditional wet shaving. When you start with this DE razor you rest assured that you've made the right choice, then you only need to worry about choosing the right blade! Happy shaving :-)
Patrick Higgins
I am stunned by this razor. For the first time in my adult life, (and I'm 39...) I have been able to shave my sensitive neck competely clean, with NO irritation or redness. I have previously used various Multi-cartridge razors, and I simpy wish I had found this razor 20 years ago. The weight of the whole thing is perfect, and the headpiece seems to hug your face effortlessly, making the whole process easy and pleasurable. I cannot recommend this razor enough, it has transformed my whole view of shaving. Thanks to Shaving-shack for great advice, quick delivery and an unbeatable product.
my girlfriend just bough met the merkur 34c hd classic and i cant believe why i didnt discover this years ago spending a fortune on Gillette sensor this and mach 3 that with a turbo! and all the gimmicks they have ! when all you need is one of these and never have to be sucked into buying these cheap plastic gillete razers which are overpriced and burn and irratate ive just shaved with the 34c hd and its the best shave i have ever had by miles i am never going back ! why dont all men know about this great product!
Iain Sutcliffe
Had my first shave with this today - in fact its the first DE shave ever... what i can say is it just screams 'quality' and i managed to get through my first DE shave without any real drama (thanks to much advice on shavingshack and reading the tips section.

I was worried that as a raw beginner, I would be wasting my money and almost bought a much cheaper DE razor on here but im so glad i took the advice and went for the 34C - it was the right choice i think. Now i just need to get another for my travel bag and improve on my technique over the coming months !!

Being a 21 year old student the excessive expenses incurred by using cartridge razors has over time become a real annoyance. After some research I discovered the many great benefits that come from DE shaving. The reduced expense, closer and more comfortable shave being the most alluring.

The first DE razor I purchased was a cheap model from a local pharmacy. The results were a definite improvement over my fusion razor. However it was only after my first few shaves with the Merkur that I truly understood all the claims made by others about DE shaving.

This razor has an amazing quality feel to it. Although it is the amazing shave that I get with the razor that really has converted me to a full time DE shaver. A truly great shaver that I recommend to you all with no hesitation.
Pardeep Sidhu
I just happened to bump into this website recently having decided to research into why i kept suffering from bumps around my neck after shaving. It turns out 1 blade is better than 3!

Anyway, i took the plunge having read the reviews into the Merkur 34C HD and decided that if so many people had given it positive reviews, it must be one of the best out there. Having now used it for a month or so, i can say with full confidence that i will never go back to the expense and pain i suffered from all those years of using Gillette Mach 3 blades. Further more, when my son starts shaving in 12 or so years time, he'll be taught to use a DE razor!

I am completely satisfied with this product and only wish i had come across this razor when i started shaving.
Martin C
As others have said, this is a great Double Edge razor. Having had, and used mine for the last couple of weeks I certainly won't be going back to the multi blade efforts you see advertised on TV all the time.

Since buying the Merkur I've had a closer shave (even though I'm still trying to decide on which brand of blades to finally go with). The razor itself is easy to hold and control, and certainly appears well built. There's absolutely no plastic in sight - hurrah!
James Ashman
As it has always been necessary for me to shave because of my work (being in the forces then as a firefighter) I dreaded shaving everyday and making the rash on my neck more noticeable and irritated with every shave. I couldn't wait for a couple if days of to let my face heal. I've looked into causes and cures many times and found that I suffer from ingrown hairs which get really bad especially around my neck. I had tried power shave and ingrow go which can sting and only sometimes work.
I read about safety razors, using badger hair brushes and a good pre shave cream and shave soap so thought "why not give it a try" as I've tried everything else. I purchased the merkur 34c from shaving shack along with a brush and some shave cream and soap (I went with proraso for both as it was a good price and had good reviews) and I couldn't be happier with my purchase!!
I've only been shaving like this (old skool) for a week and notice the difference already!! My neck has improved....a lot!! And it's great being able to put on a soothing after shave balm instead of some ingrown hair solution that stings and irritates my face!!
I never comment on purchases (this is my 1st time) but I think I've found a cure for my dread of shaving, I'm actually looking forward to my next shave as its an enjoyable experience now.
The razor felt and looked like a good quality, heavy, classic old skool razor and would recommend it to a newbie to safety razor shavers like myself
This is my first proper DE razor and have been using for a while now. I would say the finish is ok though some flaws from machining noticeable. A moderately aggressive razor but weight is nice and is more at the end of the razor than the head. Easy to manoevere due to its compact size. Blade loading is quite easy being a two piece design - unscrew knob at the handle end, lift cap off and invert. Load the blade on the cap, flip over and screw back in. Just be careful to check blade evenness and sometimes putting a finger on top of the cap before tightening can help.
Robin Hughes
I knew that I had to add the 34c to my collection. Having used it for around a month now I can say that it is a great razor. It is really well made and looks really nice. I don't use it everyday as it is a little too aggressive for my skin but it can handle a few days' growth with ease. I would buy this again.
Robin Hughes
Really nice little razor. After I realised that the 34c was voted 'Best Razor in the World' by readers I knew that I had to at some point add it to my collection of razors.

It is a great little razor. Very convenient for traveling due to it's small size. It is satisfyingly aggressive and produces a great shave. I don't use it every day but when I do it is a treat.
Dominic LeGros
The Merkur 34C is my first safety razor and I was immediately taken by the quality of it.
Despite being smaller than I imagined it would be, it is a very heavy razor yet very well balanced.
From the first shave (using the supplied Merkur blade) it has been close and comfortable and a sheer pleasure to use.
Shaving has gone from a simple function to an enjoyable ritual - a bit of "me time" as I go through prep, lather and shave.
My King of Shaves Azor has now been consigned to history!
Alin Patru
This is a first class razor.

It is very well made and has a good heft to it as well. It is said to be a good begginers razor, well I can tell you that it also a good old hands razor as well.

It is not aggressive at all, however, it is a truely fantastic shaver.
Christopher Parry
My introduction into the life of proper shaving, and extremely pleased I am too! Like the weight, very solid. Shorter handle than I was used to only took a couple days of adjustment. Used a Wilko cartridge before now, only shaved because I had to and very rarely felt satisfied with the shave. Now it's such a pleasure I even shave on my days off. I'm excited now at the prospect of getting a slant bar, but this one's a true beaut and always will be even so.
Andrew Brown
Fantastic razor, so easy to use. Loaded up with platinum astra blades - unbeatable.
Carl Stubbs
I've been using the Merkur 34C now for around 8 months. It doesn't even look like it's been used.

It's got a nice weight to it to make shaving very easy (you literally apply no pressure) and, for me, the shave angle is just right.

As a 'starter' shaver this is highly recommended and, due to my experiences with this one, I'd look to buy Merkur again.

As people have previously posted in comparison to Gillette electrics, etc. this has paid for itself and I can quite easily see me using this shaver easily in 10 years time.
Gordon Robb
I had been using a cheap DE razor for about a month and decided to treat myself to a more top of the range razor, and what a treat this Merkur was. I knew as soon as i took my first stroke with it that i was dealing with a high quality razor, it's chrome finish and cutting angle glided through my 5 day stubble like a hot knife through butter. It's true what they say, you only get what you pay for and i must say, i did and more.
Paul Fitzsimons
Ive never had a comfortable or enjoyable shave in my life, multibalde cartridge razors always felt like they ripped and pulled hairs from my face and electric razors started to give me ingrown hairs. Ive just used the Mekur coupled with a feather blade for my first ever DE shave and it was heaven, if you're reading this and debating trying out DE shaving all I can say is 'go for it'. The actual razor itself is nice and heavy, feels really well made and is nice to hold, especially when compared to the lightweight plastic sticks you get with cartridge razors. Id also like to add that customer service from Dan was spot on.
Stuart Rielly
First de razor what can I say this thing makes shaving an experience not a chore. Using real shaving company cream with it and works Excellent. Also using feather blades and an alum block and can't believe I have waited 25 years to do this. Excellent service to.
This is my first DE and I am really pleased with this razor!

It is heavy so you don't need to push it to your skin to have a close shave. The build quality is superb, and yeah I am one of those guys who miss the old times where things last forever.

This razor seems to be expensive for any DE newbie, but trust me - it is well worth the price!
James Bailey
I am a novice to traditional shaving and this razor was recommended, and I can say it didn't disappoint. Very good razor and reasonable price for a starter razor.
Alan Fleming
Looks good and shaves really nicely. First week of de shaving ( can't believe took so long to give up other methods) and tried couple of blades as well as the merkur that came with the razor. For me, the razor is very easy to use and not aggressive at all so I found best results came from sharper feather blades.
Really looking forward to trying other shaving products and expanding my repertoire. Really enjoying shaving now! Do it
Dan Chandler
I put in a fair bit of research before I took to DE shaving and for me it came down to the 34c and the EJ DE89. I chose the Merkur and I couldn't be happier. It feels nice and balanced and while the first time I used it was a little scary, I needn't have worried.
Great service from the shaving shack as well, I'll be buying all my shave gear from here for the foreseeable future!
Adam Clish
im no newbie to wet shaving! but i can guarantee every man at some point in his his life will say "enough is enough" to the ridiculous high end prices of todays standerd shaving cartridges! and look into switching over to the "old skool" classic style of double edge shaving. i can also bet you have got your eye on the merkur 34c! searched the internet high & low reading reviews, were to buy it ect.. (and at the right price!!) and allways keep coming back to Shaving-Shack. and thats exactly what i did.
trust me.. place your order with these guys! you wont be dissapionted in any shape or form. you will recieve a BEAUTIFUL!!! razor wich if used correctly and taken care of could easily one day be passed down to your son.
ive been using the merkur 34c for aprox 3 months now after trying a few "cheaper" double edge razers off a certain bidding site (wink) used along with proraso cream and feather blades i havent once considerd going bck to cartridge's!

Scott Byrne
I bought this as my first DE razor after reading the reviews. For many years i have used either a cartridge razor or electric shave for convenience. I had no idea if it I would get on with it and was sceptical whether i would ever begin to 'enjoy' shaving like others but with so since there are so many positive comments, I took the plunge. I could not be happier and actually look forward to using it. The short handle may not suit everyone but I can't recommend it enough.
Kevin Gard
My first double edged razor. I did a lot of research first before deciding on this razor. When it arrived it was a little smaller than I anticipated but soon got used to it. It is a nice weight and after over two months now I am very pleased with the results. Would certainly recommend this razor to anyone new to DE razors, just be patient when shaving and let the weight of the razor work for you.
Darren Boyce
This is the first DE I have ever owned, purchased after reading reviews and very happy with it. Looks great and feels reassuringly heavy with much better performance than my Mach 3 (and feels like a special occasion every time I use it)
Lars Sinder
This is the best razor I ever tried. After I prepared the skin with almond oil and the excellent lather of the Omega cream this razor, equipped with the Wilkinson blade, was just sailing through the 3-day stubble.No nicks, no cuts, just smooth skin.
Richard Wager
I have been using the Merkur 34c for the last 10 months, teamed up with the Featherlight blades this thing is brilliant. cheaper to use than Gillette cartridges, a more comfortable, closer shave than anything else I have tried with the added bonus that it looks great sat in my bathroom. Couldn't recommend this razor enough.
Simon Peter Golightly
I decided on this razor after reading all of the rave reviews I went through my pre shave ritual using all Bluebeards products.The 34c gave me a lovely smooth shave gliding over 5 days heavy growth with no tugging or even a nick! I finished the shave with Bluebeards post shave balm which I would also recommend.
The only fault I would say the 34c has is the handle is way to short and found it awkward to hold comfortablely,Think I will upgrade to the 39c when they are back in stock.
Eero Laaksonen
Had been shaving with Gillettes and others for over 20y. Then last year came across a thread on an online forum about DE razors. Many people had positive things to say about them, especially those with sensitive skin. This site was highly recommended due to the great selection of items and delivery.

Decided to start with this and some Feather blades plus other accessories. The first shave didn't go so well but then I got the hang of it and couldn't belive the results! :-) My skin feels great after a shave and can do it more often.

I've recommended this razor and site to my mates. Some of them seem to be realising the superiority of DE razors and thinking of switching :-)
The Merkur 34C was my introduction the world of DE shaving. I have not looked back since.

For years I've tried all types of cartridge shaving systems, electric razors (paying more than £200 for some models), all in the pursuit of the perfect shave.

I finally found it with DE shaving and Merkur 34C. It's very forgiving for the beginner and solidly built. I find the handle a bit short, but you get used to it. I recommend watching videos on youtube for DE shaving to learn the technique and improve your shaving experience.

I'm in the Armed Forces and sometimes I need a super quick shave. For those that state that DE shaving cannot be quick, I would suggest otherwise (with the requisite experience and diligence) other it will get messy.

A good introductory razor worth the investment.
Adam Ford
First time I have ordered from The Shaving Shack and I had received a first class service from ordering the items to delivery. So just wanted to say how good the service was first.

The Merkur 34c HD razor is the first DE Razor I have, first thing I noticed was the work that goes in to this piece of kit and how good it looks, the second is the weight a nice heavy feel to it, and for my first shave with it, felt comfortable in the hand. I have nothing to compare it too but safe to say I am now a convert to DE razors, the Fusion will be taking a back seat from now on. 5 out of 5 for me.
Andy M
After many years of cartridge and disposable razors, I decided to return to DE shaving. I chose this, and I'm glad I did. The quality is excellent, feels very solid in the hand, and once used to the weight is very easy to use.
Alan Hughes
This is my first ever DE razor and i'm seriously impressed! Fantastic build quality, weight and feel. Still looks like brand new, I strip it down and give it a good clean in soapy water when I change the blade and it seems like it will last a life time! would recommend this to anyone new to DE shaving!
Ryan Cooke
Feels wonderfully weighted in the hand, heavy, yet petite in size, giving a feeling of great control whilst shaving. Recommend strongly for beginners; all the way through to advanced shavers. Fantastic razor.
Seo Wook Kim
This was my first wet shaving razor and I have been using it for 8 months, now. Since, I do not obtain enough shaving goods to compare, I can only compare my experience to the cartilage razors.

First two months, I did not find much difference due to the lack of my shaving skill. However, the irritation reduced dratically. In fact, I felt like I was not getting close shaving because there were no irritation at all. Hugh misunderstanding.

My true experience comes from my business trip. This even occured when I got used to wet shaving. I sitll had some cartilage type razor and I decided to use it for the business trip and trash them. This is time I realized, I am never going back to the cartilage razor ever again and I simply had my meeting with half shaved face. I just could not complete the shaving.

The razor itself is very satisfying. I used Merkur blade came it with the razor as sample, but I like to use Feather blades. I do like the heavy feel on the hand. I did not understand the other reviews, "no effort due to the hafty weight." Now I understand. I like the size, it is perfect. My hand is about 19.5cm from tip of middle finger to lower part of the palm and it is actually comfortable.

Performance is great except one thing. I have hard time shaving under my nose on the first pass. Other than that it has been a good experience for me. Also, I notice that after first initial investment to wet shaving, I saving alot of money.

The customer service was also great. English is my second language so I had some difficulty with understanding thick accent, but the lady on the phone help me with great patient.
A perfect introduction for me to wet-shaving! Tried 34C HD and 33C before deciding and it's worth that something extra, an investment well-placed. The extra weight of this razor will help you in the long-run, as it will require minimum effort from your side. No pushing is needed since basically the razor will slide and shave deep using its own weight.
It's also a beautiful piece, makes me want to shave everytime I look at it! I've been wet-shaving two weeks now and this razor has really helped me get a smooth start as possible. Highly recommended if you're a beginner like me!
Gary Brittain
This is my first safety razor and I am really impressed with it. It feels very solid to hold, and it's done a great job along with the included blade. I can tell this is going to last a long time, which is also good as I can't see myself going back to an electric razor now!
Damien White
I used a generic multiblade razor for years, decided to take the plunge and buy a DE razor. Read some reviews about different razors and settled for the Merkur 34c, after using it for some time now I can honestly say it is a fantastic bit of kit, shaving is now a lot more enjoyable and the results are superb. My advice would be to buy one of these but also make sure you buy some good quality shave cream and aftershave balm. You'll feel like a new man each time you shave.
Brian Pytlak
I mean wow no wonder it was voted best razor, first time using it and that was it razor burn was gone, I'm so impressed i wish i bought it sooner, it really is amazing and not only that the shaving shack was really quick so my thanks go to them for selling these great products.
Devesh Shah
This was my first DE razor that I bought on advice from the blog here and shavng 101. I've been using it 3x per week for 6 months or so and it's been a great change from a Mach3.

Lovely piece of engineering, reassuringly heavy and has a great grippy handle. Easy to put blades into and disassembles nicely for cleaning.

The only criticism I have is that the handle is a touch short, perfect for small-medium hands but you may prefer the 38c for a longer pole.

Tie together with a quality badger brush, tub of Taylors or Proraso cream and you'll have a smooth, close and gentle shave miles above a cartridge razor.
Joe Beeston
I bought this razor after reading on some forums about the benefits of using a DE razor over the usual Gillette Mach 3 offerings. I have been suffering recently with bad razor rash so decided it was about time I treated my face to a decent shaving setup! I opted for the 34C as it is pitched as a good beginners razor. I was not disappointed. The weight is just right and it is very easy to use. I no longer suffer from razor burn and the cost savings are significant over my old Mach3 setup.

I'd recommend this razor to anyone willing to listen to me!
Samuel Richens
I spent a while trying to decide which DE razor to buy and eventually decided on this Merkur 34C because of great reviews. I was not disappointed and was glad i didn't buy a cheaper razor first and then eventually buy one of these after. Looks great, smaller than imagined but is perfectly formed. Am now using with feather blades.
My first DE razor - and very pleased! Making the switch from cartridge razors, this feels rather small in my hand. If I had to buy another I would probably opt for one with a slightly longer handle. Otherwise very impressed with the quality.
Absolutely amazing razor. I must say I am certainly no expert in DE shaving, this is my first DE razor, however I'm fully confident this will be my last too. It's just brilliant and well worth the money (especially when compared to those multi-cartridge type razors with like 15 blades or however many they have nowadays).

At first I struggled, I had horrendous razor burn and rashes etc, but after a bit of practise it's now going great - each shave is better than the last! The main thing I recommend if you have similar problems is to lather your face properly with a badger brush, and do not press with the razor at all, just let it glide across your face. No force is needed, just let gravity do it's thing.

Overall, just a brilliant razor. Now I believe i have mastered the shave using the Derby blades I'm going to move on to the Feather blades, which I'm told are for the more seasoned shaver.

Buy this product now and save time looking around for anything else, you won't regret it.
There are numerous sites online that have DE razor reviews, and the Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic features at the top end in almost all of them...I can see why! The product is made to an incredibly high standard, and with a bit of TLC now and again, I envisage it lasting a lifetime (if not longer). It gives a good shave, and the lack of adjustment means that you spend less time fiddling and blaming the razor, and more time finessing your technique. The cost of the razor is also affordable. I cannot recommend this razor enough.
Paul Johnson
Superb razor. Perfectly balanced, and the weight is just right.
I regularly shave my head and if anything the short handle helps with control on the back of the head.

Perfect shave every time with either Feather or Shark blades (think I prefer the Shark tbh).
Matthew Brown
I've been going backwards for while. Started with a DE safety razor (cheap and nasty thing) when I was 15 and predictably cut my face to ribbons. Went up through the Gillette range and stopped at the Mach 3, which I hated, and went back to the two-blade sensor excel. I've stayed there til now - I'm 45.

I decided I wanted to go back to DE shaving now I'm older (if not wiser) and bought the Merkur 34C. I had my first shave with it today and have thrown away my hateful cartridge razor. What a joy and what a pillock for waiting so long. Lovely feel, no nicks, no cuts. Shaved about five hours ago and still feel smooth and fresh - it's been a muggy day here in London and on those days my neck is normally on fire by now - nothing. Looks and feels great. I'm made up about this razor and feel on top of the world - might go out later and see if I can take over a small South American country...

My skin felt like glass afterwards - very happy chap here!

I am grateful for the video tutorial on how to shave properly as well - that was 10 minutes well spent and I recommend anyone starting on this path watches and reads the tutorials - it will save much carnage!
James Goddard
I bought this as a starter razor - after 4 years of having a big beard, then embracing a handlebar moustache.
I say "starter razor", but I'm so happy with the balance and quality of build that I can't imagine how any other razor could top it. But of course I'll try another one eventually.
So for the price I'd recommend it to add to your collection.
sead mehmeti
Amazing.. I don't even know what more to say. Just amazing. I always shaved with gilletes razor and thought they were good with 3 or 5 blades, and was skepctial about this. But after seeing alot of reviews saying only good things about this razor, I now can say that I am one of these people.
After using it for more than 2 months, i can say this is like heaven, it's like CHanging from driving a Lada car to a Bentley.
Andy Jones
After many years of using disposable razors, I've always viewed shaving as a bit of a chore. But not anymore! Since buying the Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic, my morning shave has become something I really look forward to. I was a little apprehensive at first as I've not used a DE razor before - imagining I'd cut my face to shreds on my first go - but really this razor is so smooth and comfortable its a real joy to use and I get the best shave I've ever had.

The razor itself feels very high quality, fits in the hand nicely and is just the right weight. I can understand why this razor gets so many good reviews. I'm extremely happy with it and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good quality DE razor.

The service from Shaving Shack is also worth a mention. Not only was it excellent, but it was delivered quickly and I also qualified for a free gift (I chose the Derby razor blades, also excellent). I'll certainly be placing more orders in the future.
Im new to DE shaving but got fed up buying fusion blades at £10 a go that got kinda blunt after 4 days. So bought a cheap boots razor and nearly gave up after all the nicks and cuts i got. Watching you tube videos learned a lot and not to give up. Bought a parker 99r to start with but i read that german razors are even better. SO bought the mekur off here only shaved twice with it yet and LOVE it not a single cut or nick amazing. I think the indian parker doesnt hold the blade as firmly as the mekur razor does . Only used persona blade so far just got feather blades but not tried them yet. Terrific razor i recommend it to anyone
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