Wet Shaving, Luxury Grooming and Smiles
Price: $39.99
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  • 2-piece double edge safety razor
  • Textured handle for secure grip
  • Finished in polished chrome

Item Number: RZ-MER-34C
Availability: In Stock

I believe this was the very first razor we carried at West Coast Shaving and it remains one of our most popular of all time. The Merkur Heavy Duty Safety Razor is a chrome finished 2-piece DE razor. The comfortable handle is approximately 3" long and is designed with a thicker grip with non-slip knurling. It's shorter than something like a Fusion, but the shorter length actually makes it more maneuverable and is typical of the old Gillettes. One of the most well known wet shaving products on the market.

Due to the popularity, this item has taken on a number of names over the years such as Merkur HD, Merkur Heavy Duty, or 34C and combinations of all of those names as well. It's all the same product and it's remained unchanged since we've carried it. 

It is average on the aggressiveness scale and, therefore, a continual first choice for new wet shavers. At the same time, it's not too mild so experienced classic shaving fans love it as well. You could buy this and be set for life...and even pass it along to your grandson. Just make sure to clean it per manufacturer recommendations and it will last for decades.

This razor uses all standard double edge blades for a close and comfortable shave and features a twist-to-open design. Replacement blades are available. 

Handle length: 3 inches

Made in Germany.

Product Reviews
Go to razor
So this was my first DE razor at first I would look at all these choices and want to pick out what ever I thought looked good. But after much research and trying to take in all the advice found online from guys that have a wealth of experience. I decided to go with what I thought was a classic proven preformer.the 34c did not disappoint. I have now tryed a couple others and still like this one the best. Close comfortable shave every time. Great first choice !
First DE razor and it feels good
For being a middle aged guy, I'm late to the wet shaving method but I do remember my father wet shaving when I was a young pup. I was getting tired of paying for the 4-5 blade cartridges and started to research options that's when I came across the Merkur 34C. Needless to say I'm hooked. Its a great razor, not too aggressive, I haven't nicked myself once after my 4th shave, I'm trying different blade types now......its a fun process..
Merkur 34 C
I purchased the Merkur 34C and the plastic travel case to use when on the road. I own an Edwin Jagger 89 DE and have been well pleased with it, so was a little worried as to what to expect with the 34C. The 34 C is actually shorter than the EJ 89 and the weight is well balanced. I think I actually like the way the 34 C feels and handles a little better than the EJ 89.

My only concerns is that the finish is not as nice as the EJ. Does look like it could eventually start to flake off. The blade does not align real well and can set at an angle. Not a problem with the EJ 89. So care needs to be taken when tightening down the blade as to the angle of the blade.

The 34 C does feel and handle well, so hopefully it holds up.
Safety razor design got it right
<p>I started shaving with Gillette DE razors in the early 50s; butterfly and adjustable. Later I found a Ball End DE razor and used it 20 years 'till I lost it. As lightweight disposables were trendy, I went with them. With age, my sunburned skin was constantly irritated by the multi-blade scraping of a lightweight razor that needed more pressure as the blade dulled. A year ago I rebelled and bought the Merkur HD 34C razor; and, brush/soap/blades/etc. DE blades don't cost much so I change them after 4 or 5 shaves. The HD Merkur razor is GREAT! It's got the right heft. I say, draw the razor slowly over the face with only razor-weight, feeling the whiskers being cut. Once with the grain, once across the grain, and then touch-up. There you have it - a clean shave with 3 or 4 blade rubs versus up to 16 blade rubs with multi-blade modern razors. My rough old skin has healed and feels normal again. And, too, I've rediscovered the manly feel of shaving my face with a man's razor.</p>
Not for me
I bought this based on the reviews. I tried my first shave with the Merkur blade that came with it and it was horrible. I found the short handle and weighting difficult to use and the shave inferior. I then tried a feather blade and it was really bad. Got a DE 89 razor and love it. I also use the futur and it performs much better then this. Just doesn't fit my hand or shaving technique.
Just my size
<p>Of the five safty razor that I have,this is the best one. Not to say that my other Merkur razors are inferior, it's just that this model and my Merkur "Red Chunky" Razor #30 that I take with me traveling (friends get a kick about how funky it looks) are of the same caliber. It fits to my Vienna sausage fingers with ease. I have full control when shaving. If I were to give a razor to a future nephew who is comming of age, than this would be the one. He can get a Red Chunky on his own.</p>
Number of questions: 2
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What if any, are the advantages of an adjustable DE razor?
October 15, 2015 11:28 AM
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The advantages of an adjustable razor is the ability to adjust the blade exposure to give you a more or less aggressive shave depending on what you are looking for. Please note the Merkur 34c is NOT an adjustable razor.
kbowser48786 October 15, 2015 11:53 AM
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Have a 34c looking for a longer handle which model?
September 12, 2015 8:10 AM
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The 38C is a great option. The Merkur 38C is a longer handle and has a little more weight to the razor than compared to the 34C. https://www.westcoastshaving.com/Merkur-38C-HD-Long-Handle-Barber-Pole-Safety-Razor_p_38.html
kkish57673 September 12, 2015 11:12 AM