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Safety Razor Merkur 34C Review

Updated on December 18, 2012

A great safety razor for beginners...

There are many ways a man can shave. Classic shaving tools such as the Merkur 34C HD safety razor provides a very close shave and saves money too compared to using disposable razors.

I was new to the art of safety razor shaving and it's important to know that it does take a few shaves before you learn how to use a safety razor correctly.

This minor learning curve is worth the patience however because shaving with a double edge razor not only gives you a close shave but it also prevents many shaving problems such as razor bumps and ingrown hair. It's important to keep in mind that you don't need to press the blade against your skin, just let it glide along your skin.

It is also a great shaving razor for men with sensitive skin because a double edge razor uses only 1 razor blade and fewer blades means less irritation.

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Safety Razor Shaving Tools

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The Merkur 34C HD.T.O.B Almond Shaving Cream.Another view of the Merkur 34C HD out of the box.Close up of the Merkur 34C with the razor blade in place.Bottom view of the Merkur 34C razor.The tweezerman shaving brush, a basic and affordable shaving brush for a beginner.
The Merkur 34C HD.
The Merkur 34C HD.
T.O.B Almond Shaving Cream.
T.O.B Almond Shaving Cream.
Another view of the Merkur 34C HD out of the box.
Another view of the Merkur 34C HD out of the box.
Close up of the Merkur 34C with the razor blade in place.
Close up of the Merkur 34C with the razor blade in place.
Bottom view of the Merkur 34C razor.
Bottom view of the Merkur 34C razor.
The tweezerman shaving brush, a basic and affordable shaving brush for a beginner.
The tweezerman shaving brush, a basic and affordable shaving brush for a beginner.
Merkur 34C HD
Merkur 34C HD

Where and Why Did I Buy My Merkur 34C Heavy Duty?

Where: On Amazon.com of course. It's a safe place to shop and shipping was even free for my purchase. The product came on time and in perfect condition. No long cashier lines, just a few clicks and I bought my first safety razor.

Why: Merkur is one of the most suggested razors for safety shaving newbies. Other suggested razors are the Wilkinson Sword Classic, Edwin Jagger and Gillette.

The Merkur 34C is a basic safety razor with a regular weight and is non-adjustable.

Some double edge safety razors have an adjustable blade feature that allow you to adjust how much the blade is exposed.

Merkur 34C Review

Switching to safety razor shaving is a smart move. Although it does take a few days or weeks (depending on how fast you learn) to master the art of safety razor shaving, but it's worth the time and patience. After a week I already noticed a difference, less irritation, no razor bumps or ingrown hair.

How to Shave with a Merkur 34C HD Razor

This video explains how to shave with a safety razor with a 3 pass shave. When starting be sure to take your time, use short strokes and don't apply pressure, let the weight of the blade do the work.

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Along with my Merkur 34C I also bought a tub of the Taylor of Old Bond Street Almond Shaving Cream.

It smells great but most importantly it lathers up nicely with a shaving brush for a comfortable shave. Using a shaving brush and quality shaving cream makes a big difference in the outcome of your shave. These two tools are essential for safety razor shaving so don't skin on investing a few bucks on a starter brush and quality shaving cream.

You don't need a shaving bowl, because you can lather up the cream on your face, but you can use one if you prefer to create the lather in the bowl then then apply to your face.

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