Merkur 43C DE Safety Razor is a stainless steel engine-turned double edge safety razor. Its extra long handle has a barber pole shape and is one of the heaviest razors produced by Merkur. The razor head, collar, and end cap are finished with polished chrome. Also features Merkur brand detailing on the base of the end cap. This is a two piece razor, where the top plate can be separated by twisting the end cap of the razor allowing for easy blade insertion and razor maintenance.
This closed comb razor is ideal for all types of shaver, including beginners.
Without a blade inserted, the Merkur 43C DE Safety Razor has a total weight of 150g, and a total length of 101mm.
Presented in a Merkur branded cardboard box packaging including a single Merkur Super Platinum DE razor blade.
Offers a superb shave when paired with the Merkur Super Platinum DE Razor Blades.
While more resistant than most Merkur razors made of die-cast zinc (top plate, comb) and copper, nickel, and chrome plated brass handles, this stainless steel razor will benefit from the same care and maintenance instructions.
Throughout the world, tap water often can often be ‘hard’ – contain a higher concentration of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium which can lead to limescale build-up – and, to some extent, chlorinated. In combination with the often fatty shaving soap residue, the durability of the razor can suffer from contact with these mediums the danger 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 with 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 use. 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 acquired 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.
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I have owned a Merkur 34C prior to this for around 4 years until I accidently broke it during a house move. The 43C is very similar in weight however a more sturdier barber handle. These are fantastic and are very balanced when shaving. I would certainly recommend one of these if looking for a good quality DE razor.
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