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Merkur

Merkur double edge safety razors are a household term among wet-shavers! These German-crafted shaving tools have become a standard in the industry. They are part of Dovo, who was founded in 1906. Merkur offers very interesting options and are far more expansive than many other safely razor companies. You can get a variety of head styles ranging from a straight safety bar, open comb, or slant bar. In addition to the heads, there are a variety of handles from 2 piece, 3 piece, and adjustable razors. They tend to have very good knurling on the handles, which is helpful when your hands are slippery. Merkur is a great brand to explore if you have not found exactly the perfect razor for cutting those whiskers and need to try another razor style, or if you are the kind of guy (or gal) who just likes to change it up a bit sometimes.

  • Merkur Double Edge Razor Blades-10 Blade Pack (Single)-West Coast Shaving
    from $6.25

    Merkur Double Edge Razor Blades

    83 reviews

    Traditional double edge razor blade Stainless steel, platinum-coated Available in packs of 10 blades OR grab in bulk with 50 or 100 blades Merk...

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  • Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $46.50

    Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor

    224 reviews

    Best selling safety razor German made  Industrial design with chrome finish One of our most popular items, the Merkur 34 C Heavy Duty Safety Razo...

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  • Merkur Futur Safety Razor Matte Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $68.00

    Merkur Futur Safety Razor Matte Chrome

    46 reviews

    Adjustable safety razor Chrome-plated, matte finish Merkur quality Over 100 years ago, Emil Hermes started a little cutlery company in Solingen...

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  • SLANT BAR - Merkur 37C Heavy Duty Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $48.95

    SLANT BAR - Merkur 37C Heavy Duty Safety Razor

    81 reviews

    Popular safety razor from Merkur Slant bar, 2-piece razor Heavy duty, chrome-plated finish When Emil Hermes hung out his shingle in 1896, he cer...

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  • Merkur 25C Long Handle Safety Razor, Open Tooth-West Coast Shaving
    $38.95

    Merkur 25C Long Handle Safety Razor, Open Tooth

    18 reviews

    This version of the classic Merkur safety razor features a longer handle for superior shaving control and a safety bar with open teeth. At 4" long,...

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  • Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor with Bar-West Coast Shaving
    $30.00

    Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor with Bar

    45 reviews

    Chrome faceted handle Classic 3-piece safety razor German engineering If you spend any time at all on our website, you will discover that many o...

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  • Merkur Double Edge Razor Travel Case-West Coast Shaving
    $16.00

    Merkur Double Edge Razor Travel Case

    22 reviews

    This travel razor, made of genuine top grade leather, will fit most Merkur classic or Futur razors and many other double edge razors. Black leather...

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  • Merkur Futur Safety Razor Polished Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $68.00

    Merkur Futur Safety Razor Polished Chrome

    38 reviews

    Adjustable safety razor Chrome-plated, smooth finish Merkur quality Over 100 years ago, Emil Hermes started a little cutlery company in Solingen...

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  • Merkur 15C Classic Safety Razor, Open Tooth-West Coast Shaving
    $31.75

    Merkur 15C Classic Safety Razor, Open Tooth

    13 reviews

    Open-tooth safety razor for wiry beards Takes all double edge blades 3 inch non-slip knurled handle This is the open comb version of the Merkur ...

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  • Merkur 34G Heavy Duty Classic Safety Razor, Gold-West Coast Shaving
    $51.00

    Merkur 34G Heavy Duty Classic Safety Razor, Gold

    24 reviews

    The Merkur Heavy Duty Safety Razor is a gold finished 2-piece double edge razor. The comfortable handle is approximately 3" long and is designed wi...

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  • Merkur Mustache and Brow Razor Blades-West Coast Shaving
    $7.00

    Merkur Mustache and Brow Razor Blades

    9 reviews

    Merkur Blades for the Mustache and Brow razor. Made from high quality Swedish Steel. 10 blades per pack. Made in Germany

  • Merkur Black Handle 38 HD Barber Pole Safety Razor (38BLK)-West Coast Shaving
    $52.00

    Merkur Black Handle 38 HD Barber Pole Safety Razor (38BLK)

    2 reviews

    The Merkur Heavy Duty Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor is a chrome finished 2-piece double edge razor with a black handle. The comfortable hand...

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  • Merkur Progress Adjustable Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $68.00

    Merkur Progress Adjustable Safety Razor

    20 reviews

    The Merkur Progress Adjustable Safety Razor is a chrome finished 2-piece double edge razor. The Progress allows you adjust the angle of the blade b...

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  • Merkur Mustache and Brow Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $27.50

    Merkur Mustache and Brow Razor

    12 reviews

    The Merkur Mustache and Brow razor is a polished chrome razor. Useful for trimming mustaches, beards, sideburns, and eyebrows, the wedge shaped hea...

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  • Merkur Safety Razor Box-West Coast Shaving
    $9.00

    Merkur Safety Razor Box

    14 reviews

    Store your safety razor in traditional style using this Merkur plastic safety razor case. This clamshell style box will hold double edge safety raz...

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  • Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor, Open Tooth-West Coast Shaving
    $30.00

    Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor, Open Tooth

    35 reviews

    Chrome faceted handle Classic 3-piece safety razor German engineering If you spend any time at all on our website, you will discover that many o...

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  • Merkur Progress Adjustable Safety Razor w/ Case-West Coast Shaving
    $72.00

    Merkur Progress Adjustable Safety Razor w/ Case

    4 reviews

    The Merkur Progress Adjustable Safety Razor is a chrome finished 2-piece double edge razor. The Progress allows you adjust the angle of the blade b...

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  • Merkur Travel Safety Razor with Bar-West Coast Shaving
    $45.00

    Merkur Travel Safety Razor with Bar

    15 reviews

    A full size safety razor that breaks down and stores in a small leather case. Perfect for travel. There's even room for a few blades. Length: 2.8 i...

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  • Merkur Progress Long Handle Adjustable Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $79.00

    Merkur Progress Long Handle Adjustable Safety Razor

    21 reviews

    The Merkur Progress Adjustable Long Handle Safety Razor is a chrome finished 2-piece double edge razor. The Progress allows you adjust the angle of...

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  • Merkur 39C HD Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor, Slant Bar-West Coast Shaving
    $54.00

    Merkur 39C HD Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor, Slant Bar

    32 reviews

    The Merkur Heavy Duty Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor is a chrome finished 2-piece double edge razor. The comfortable handle is approximately ...

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  • Merkur Futur Shaving Stand, Polished Chrome #477-West Coast Shaving
    $81.00

    Merkur Futur Shaving Stand, Polished Chrome #477

    2 Reviews

    The Merkur Futur Shaving Stand is designed to hold the Merkur Futur safety razor and brush. A beautiful and functional stand. Designed to hold one ...

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  • Merkur 30C Black Double Edge Safety Razor (30011)-West Coast Shaving
    $48.50

    Merkur 30C Black Double Edge Safety Razor (30011)

    17 reviews

    New for 2011! The Merkur 30C is a 3-piece razor featuring the well known and extremely popular Merkur DE head. The handle is has a unique texture p...

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  • Merkur Stainless Steel Long Handle Double Edge Safety Razor (43C)-West Coast Shaving
    $54.75

    Merkur Stainless Steel Long Handle Double Edge Safety Razor (43C)

    17 reviews

    The Merkur 43C is a new design and one of the heaviest safety razors made. It uses the standard chrome plated fixed bar safety razor head. The hand...

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  • Merkur Travel Safety Razor with Long Handle-West Coast Shaving
    $66.25

    Merkur Travel Safety Razor with Long Handle

    2 Reviews

    This new travel razor is new for 2012 and features a long handle, which is rare of a travel razor. The brushes chrome handle is attractive and easy...

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Is shaving soap better than shaving cream?

As you might expect, the answer is “it depends”. When you want to whip up a lather quickly, a shaving cream is often a good choice. However, a shaving soap has a base that allows for many more ingredients. So, if you are looking to get a good moisturizing, protective, long-lasting lather, then you will probably want to stick with shaving soaps. It might take a little longer to get a good lather, but the time spent is worth it.

Is shaving soap necessary to wet shaving?

Some sort of protection is vital to a wet shave. You will really do a number on your face if you attempt to take a blade to your skin without the benefit of some sort of lubrication. Many classic wet shavers will choose to lather up a shaving soap, but you could use a cream, gel, or even an oil. However, your results are definitely improved when you choose products that are designed for the specific purpose of shaving.

Can I shave with regular soap?

The short answer is yes. However, as stated above, your results with wet shaving are greatly enhanced when you use the products designed for it. Shaving soaps are formulated to create thick, rich (protective) lathers that stay on the face and loaded with ingredients to moisturize and nourish your skin post-shave. A regular soap might produce an airy, bubbly lather that doesn’t provide much protection and a post shave that leaves you dry and cracked.

Do you leave shaving soap in the mug or bowl?

Many artisans today are loading their soap into containers/tubs that are perfect for lathering. They are wide-mouthed and over-sized just for the purpose of lathering. If you are using a puck or refill, then there isn’t any reason why you couldn’t leave it in the bowl or mug. With any shaving soap, however, it is important to rinse off the excess lather and leave it out to dry as much as possible. This will increase its longevity and reduce waste if it sits wet.

Will shaving soap get too old to use?

Unlike a shaving cream, a shaving soap generally does not get too old to use. Like a bar of soap, shaving soap can last and last. Technically, the biggest thing happening over time is that more water evaporates from the soap (but that can actually improve the soap, this is what triple-milling does). However, the scent will gradually fade over time so you don’t want to hold onto your soap forever.