I purchased this razor through Amazon as my second wet-shave razor. Having previously used a cheaper razor to test the waters, this was my first foray into a quality, long term razor.
Out of the box, I was impressed by the solid constrution, balance, and weight of the razor. This particular long handled version with a good barber-pole rubber grip is extremely easy to hold and control. Even with the standard Merkur blade, my shave was close and comfortable even as a beginner.
Overall, I specifically recommend this razor to new wet-shavers as the longer handle and solid grip are especially condusvie to those making the transition from larger cartridge handles. That being said, I believe experienced shavers looking for an specific asthetic or a high value razor will also love the Merkur 20C.
Pros: Nice clean modern looking, Not too Aggressive
Cons: Handle a bit too narrow for big paws
The 20C is my first DE razor upon returning to DE shaving is a good get reacquainted or start up razor. For me it is a forgiving and smooth shave. I like the long handle and if holding towards the end puts enough leverage and weight on the head for a good close shave, otherwise it's a fairly light weight razor. The handle is a very tough rubber and is easy to grip even with wet soapy hands. I gave the grip an 8 instead of a 10 because I wish the grip was thicker as I have large hands. It appears very well made. The finish is very nice and blades settle in quite evenly. It came with a Merkur blade which I suggest just putting into a drawer and using another blade such as a Crystal. I would highly recommend this razor to a beginner or someone who does not like aggressive razors.