The Merkur 38C Black DE Safety Razor is a solid brass, engine-turned, double edge safety razor. Its long handle is coated with black aluminium and has a stylish matt finish. The razor head, collar, and end cap are finished with polished chrome. You'll also find Merkur logo detailing on the base of the handle. This is a two piece razor with a twist-to-open mechanism, allowing the top plate to be separated for easy blade insertion and razor maintenance.
This closed comb razor is ideal for all types of shaver, including beginners. It's presented in a Merkur branded cardboard box packaging including a single Merkur Super Platinum DE Razor Blade.
Most Merkur razors are made of die-cast zinc (top plate and comb) and brass handles. The surfaces are coated in three layers of copper, nickel then chrome. Throughout the world, tap water often can often be ‘hard’, containing a higher concentration of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium which can lead to limescale build-up. In combination with the often-fatty shaving soap residue, the durability of the razor can suffer as the chance of material corrosion increases.
This makes regular maintenance very important - using a soft brush to remove light build-up and occasionally degreasing with hair shampoo or washing-up liquid prolongs the lifespan of the metal razor and removes matt spots. Separating, rinsing and drying the component pieces after each shave will also extend the lifetime of the razor.
How to use
At the beginning of the 20th century, safety razors with a double edge blade succeeded straight razors as the choice for everyday shaving. DE razors offer a close and smooth shave, and although handling of the open edge requires a bit of practice, it is a skill that can be learned quickly.
The safety razor shave is achieved through gentle scraping movements vertically towards the cutting edge. Horizontal movements of the blade should be avoided as they can lead to injuries. The edge of the comb serves to stretch the skin tight, so all whiskers are reached. The weight of the razor facilitates the gliding motion without the need for additional pressure. As with a straight razor, it is optimal to move the blade in a 30° angle to the surface of the skin. It is generally advised to hold the razor close to the head, but different handle lengths and weights allow for experimentation.