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Your Complete Guide to Merkur Safety Razors-West Coast Shaving

Your Complete Guide to Merkur Safety Razors

If you spend any time at all on our website, you will discover that many of our bestselling safety razors bear the Merkur name. That's because Merkur is synonymous with great tools.

From its inception in 1896 to today, Merkur has served their customers with quality and distinction. When Emil Hermes went to register his new blade company, he found the name "Hermes" already taken. So, he took as his brand “Merkur”, the Roman equivalent of the messenger of the gods, Hermes. And clearly the word got around. Today the winged messenger logo graces their high-quality grooming utensils used the world over.


Merkur logo in bright blue

Merkur makes great razors, no nicks, ingrown hairs or irritation, nothing but a surgically smooth shave” Reviewer Walter P.

West Coast Shaving is pleased to carry the following Merkur safety razors:

    Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety RazorMerkur 34G Heavy Duty Classic Safety Razor, Gold


      Merkur 34 safety razor
        • #1 bestselling razor on WCS
        • 2-piece design
        • Get it in chrome or gold
        • Reviewer Earl W. The folks at Merkur got it right. They seemed to have hit the "sweet spot" concerning the angle of the blade. With very sensitive skin, I can get a near perfect shave without irritation or nicks. No hesitation in recommending this product.”
        Merkur 15C Classic Safety Razor, Open Tooth
          Merkur 15C chrome safety razor

            • Open Comb head for wiry beards
            • 3-piece design
            • 3” handle length
            • Reviewer Greg.The 15c is lightweight, yet the knurled handle keeps it stable while shaving. This open comb version provides a slightly closer shave than the closed bar version, which is also an excellent razor. The MERKUR 15c is a liitle gem!”
            Merkur 23C Long Handle Safety Razor, Closed & Merkur 25C Long Handle Safety Razor, Open
              Merkur long handled double-edge safety razor

                • Closed comb (23C) or open comb (25C) option
                • 3-piece design
                • 4” handle length
                • Reviewer David C. The longer handle makes shaving much easier. Good balance, good weight and great feel.”
                Merkur 30C Black Double Edge Safety Razor 
                  Merkur 30C black handled safety razor
                    • Closed comb
                    • 3-piece design
                    • Uniquely textured, black handle
                    • Reviewer Greg. This razor is perfectly balanced and features a non-slip handle. Everything that MERKUR makes is great, but the 30C really stands out among the different models. It's handsome to look at and a real pleasure to shave with.”
                    Merkur 33C Classic Safety Razor
                      Merkur 33C chrome safety razor
                        • Closed comb
                        • 3-piece design
                        • Knurled, chrome handle is 3.3”
                        • Reviewer Mark T.Purchasing the Merkur 33c is a decision you won't regret. The quality, feel and performance are top notch! I highly recommend it!”
                    • Merkur 37C Heavy Duty Safety Razor, Slant Bar

                    • Merkur Slant bar safety razor

                        • Slant bar
                        • 2-piece design
                        • Larger diameter, knurled handle
                        • Reviewer Paul C. Without a doubt one of the best shaves I ever had. So well built and so efficient hard to compare with my other safety razors. HIGHLY RECOMMEND”
                    • Merkur 38C HD Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor & Merkur Black Handle 38 HD Barber Pole Safety Razor
                    • Merkur long handle barbershop handled safety razor
                      Merkur safety razor with long handled barbershop handle  and slant head


                        • Slant bar head
                        • 2-piece design
                        • 3.75” knurled, chrome handle (heavier than the 34C)
                        • Reviewer Michael F. Great weight and feel. The razor does the work, I just guide it. Great slant razor and just a great quality product overall. Closest shaves I get with a DE razor is with this bad boy.”
                    • Merkur Classic 1904/1906 Safety Razor with Bar & Merkur Classic 1904/1906 Safety Razor, Open Tooth
                    • Merkur Classic 1904/1906 open comb safety razor

                        • Closed or Open comb
                        • 3-piece design
                        • Traditional, faceted handle is a throwback to the advent of DE razors in the early 1900s
                        • Reviewer John M. “Whether you are new to DE shaving or just want an inexpensive, quality safety razor that recalls the beauty and style of the classic Gillettes from a bygone era, you can't go wrong with this one.”
                    • Merkur Futur Safety Razor Polished Chrome & Merkur Futur Safety Razor Matte Chrome & Merkur Futur Safety Razor Gold

                    • Merkur Adjustable Futur Safety Razor matte finish

                        • Adjustable head, razor available in gold colored, polished chrome, or matte chrome.
                        • 2-piece design
                        • Manufactured since the 1980s to give you options in your shave.
                        • Reviewer Maurice S.Great adjustable razor. Quality build. First class all the way. Close shave with six settings. Love it.”
                    • Merkur Progress Adjustable Safety Razor & Merkur Progress Long Handle Adjustable Safety Razor
                    • Merkur Progress Adjustable safety razor
                        • Adjustable head to dial in the perfect shave
                        • 2-piece design
                        • 3.3” or 4” handle
                        • Reviewer Seagull Quality shines throughout, I especially like the long-handled version. Easy to adjust setting and control. Another fine Merkur razor to add to your rotation!”
                      • Merkur Stainless Steel Long Handle Double Edge Safety Razor (43C)


                      Merkur Stainless steel long handled safety razor
                      Merkur travel size safety razor
                        • Closed or Open comb
                        • 3-piece design
                        • Knurled, chrome handle breaks down for travel, get the compact handle or the long/full-sized handle (3.4 in).
                        • Reviewer BCAlbin.Lovely razor, great shave. Excellent Merkur quality, as expected. Compact, but DO take the gentleman's advice about reversing the shaving head in the case to protect the cutting edge of the blade!”

                      What is your favorite Merkur shaving product? What do you love about this world-renowned brand? Is there are Merkur razor that you wished we carried? Let us know in the comments below.
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                      West Coast Shaving - March 2, 2021

                      All blades will last approximately three to five shaves. As soon as you feel tugging you should switch the blade.

                      Robert J Kimmel - March 1, 2021

                      How often should I change the blade? The blade is the feather .. Thank you

                      Harry R - February 22, 2021

                      I have two Merkur razors and love them both. I use a 46C for travel and a 34C when I’m home. I use the Merkur blades with them and couldn’t be happier. Smooth, close, consistent shaves!!

                      Pickles - October 24, 2019

                      I have three Merkur razors (15C, 34C, and 37C), due to trying to find the right one for my beard. I have a very strong, somewhat wiry, not particularly thick or dense, beard hair. I’ve been using Reef Point and Mitchell’s soaps and Feather blades (bc they cut my beard hair without tugging). And with all that, and mapping my beard, I have not been able to shake ingrown hairs. On a tip by a fellow safety-shaver, I switched back to Mach3 cartridges, kept the soaps and technique, and have not gotten ingrown hairs since…. What am I doing wrong? I like these razors so much more than cartridges, but given about a year of trying, had more ingrown hairs than ever before. Is it the blades? My technique is 2-3 passes; First, with grain; Second, 45 degrees off grain, then 45 degrees opposite grain. Why are the awful Mach3’s that feel like I’m raking my face not giving me ingrowns, but all Merkur’s + Feathers giving me ingrowns? Any advice / tips would be greatly appreciated. My favorite Merkur is the 15C due to my tendency to grow the beard out for 3-4 days, then wet shave. The 15C + Feathers was tug-free, and looks great for the first 36 hours…. then the ingrowns make me look like a teenager for two weeks. Help!

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