Merkur 39C DE Razor (Slant Head)
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- Merkur 39C Slant Bar DE Long Handled Safety Razor
- Long handled version of the 37C (3.75 inches).
- Slanted head exposes more of the blade at one end and is very similar to the cutting angle of a straight (cut-throat) razor
- Chrome plated. Serious shaving kit from Germany
- Comes in a Merkur branded cardboard box with a single Merkur blade.
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Handle with care! A mean yet highly rewarding tool for tough beards and sensitive skin! The Merkur 39C, the the long handled version of the 37C, is a serious bit of kit designed for the more experienced DE shaver for an extremely close shave. The slanted head exposes more of the blade at one end and is very similar to the cutting angle of a straight (cut-throat) razor. This means it is ideal for cutting through heavy beards and tough stubble. It is also highly regarded as one of the best DE razors for sensitive skin sufferers because of the way it shaves. It's heavy head means that the experienced shaver only has to use light pressure to get the best shave of his life! The main difference between this and the 37C is the fantastic long handle with barber pole design (3.75 inches). Comes in a Merkur branded cardboard box with a single Merkur blade. Please note! We weren't joking when we said this razor is for the more experienced shaver!
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It must be said though, if you are new to using a double edged safety razor you would be wise to opt for the Merkur Progress as this is an adjustable razor so you can opt for a safer cut until you feel more confident and up the setting somewhat. I only say this because it would be a shame to go straight for the slant and wind up with a face like a slaughtermans apron, you have to bear in mind that the reason this razor is so effective is that the head of the razor is of a twisted design to slant the razor blade so that its actually slices through your beard rather than chop as every other wet shave razor does and this baby isnt taking any prisoners, if you don't pay attention she's likely to up and bite you. If you are careful or maybe a little older and are familiar with DE razors you are gonna be thrilled with the superb quality of the shave and the build of this razor, if not go for the Merkur Progress that too is a beauty.
This is a Beast of a razor - all the cutting ability of the short handle slant with all the weight of the Barber pole handle.
Its a big and VERY hefty razor.
Used correctly with a good blade and its hard to get a closer shave with Safety razor than this.
But with that comes a warning.
This razor requires the utmost attention and care. Because of the blade exposure at one end its all to easy to give yourself
a painful slice ..
But if you know your stuff and your looking for a quality tool - you cant go wrong.
I first bought a Merkur 34c which is great. But double edged shaving seems to have an addictive quality & I found myself drawn to the 39c. And if you do any amount of research you'll see tales about how aggressive the razor is due to its slanted bar & how it's not for beginners. In my opinion that's rubbish. If you've been using a double edged razor for any more than a couple of months & take care & time, you'll be fine. That said it's probably not such a good idea if you're moving from cartridge or electric to double edge to have this as your first razor.
So far as the razor itself is concerned, it's top quality & has a great heavy feel to it. (It's one of the heaviest on the market I'm given to understand). Quite frankly, this is the razor I've been yearning after for years, but wasted my time with cartridges. I'd suggest trying a few different blades. Most people rave about Feather (which are the sharpest), but personally I prefer Derby blades. I think it's very subjective & very much "one man's meat is another man's poison". I've tried a wide range of blades. Do yourself a favour & buy a variety pack of blades. Don't hesitate with the 39c though. It's great. Just buy one, you'll not look back once you have.
Here's a few examples of things that did not happen when I went in at the deep end: I did not decapitate myself. I did not die from blood loss. I did not remove my lips then have to glue them back on. I did not shave a hole in the space time continuum. In fact, it's surprisingly user friendly if you just take it easy and prepare yourself first. I don't just mean pre-shave prep, watch some videos on the internet's leading free video sharing website. If you try to use it like a cartridge razor, then yes, you're going to probably have a mishap, but I can't see this being different for any other DE razor. Don't fear the Slant Bar, just treat it good, and it'll treat you good. The weight allows the blade to do the work rather than you, and the length means it sits nicely in my big silly ape paws. Very nicely put together as well. First time I've EVER had a BBS shave on my face, neck and head. I'm well chuffed.
Also, it's taken me a few experiments to figure out which blades I like best, this is important. If you get it and don't like how it shaves with the blade it comes with, try others. The ones I've found work for me are Wilkinson Sword. The blade makes all the difference and preference varies greatly from person to person.
I'm not going to lie by the way, it does feel mighty manly shaving with something called "The Sledgehammer".
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