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Merkur 1904 Straight Bar

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Got this as a gift. I've had a few Merkurs and I swore I'd never buy another one. They are pretty good razors but they are overpriced considering their quality which, in my opinion, is not top notch.

Price: 33 USD shipped to my door. Not bad at all considering they are of slightly better quality than Parkers. Also, not a bad price if you want to buy it on a whim since, by today standards, it's fairly unique (or at least interesting looking). It's built pretty solid so it should last.

Quality: Like any other Merkur, average. Better than a Parker and solidly built but the finish is less than perfect. For the price, this SPECIFIC razor is OK. However, spend a little more and you can get a much better quality razor (like a Muhle or Edwin Jagger, for instance).

User Friendly: This is a mixed bag. It's mild and very forgiving but the handle is so darn short and thin that it's hard to get used to. Shouldn't be much of a problem for experienced users though.

Grip: Good grip even with soapy fingers.

Ease of blade replacement: No comment - I've never had an issue with a 3 piece design and, different from what some may have you believe, it isn't rocket science.

Aggressiveness: Pretty mild razor, a good one to have if you have a light to medium beard, extremely sensitive skin, or for those days when you want to give your skin a break. It's on the light side too so it's easy to forget not to apply pressure. A little milder than I'd like but not bad.

Balance: Not bad, the handle is a bit heavier than the head so it's not perfect, not bad though.

Not a bad razor for the price, you could do much worse. It looks cool and it's a mild one (if that's what you like) but it won't influence me to get another Merkur. I'd say this would be a great 1st razor for a beginner or a traveling razor due to the handle size.

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Pros: Looks good
Cons: Can be tricky to used to
Well I bought this razor to try something different and something that looked different. Well on the looks case you cant get better. It's old world looking and kinda retro cool.

As for the shave. Well I think it was possibly me more than the razor but the shaves for the first week were the worse I've ever had. Sore neck, sore face, sore everything. However after shimming the blade and slowing down, the shave started to get better. I now use this razor with no shims and get almost BBS everytime. My technique was shown to be somewhat rubbish as I bought a Parker 94R and that really gives you a smack if you rush. So with a new and better tenique this has become my new go to razor.

I recomend that noobs get one as I same this'll teach you to consentrate and take your time. Un like a Tech or Slim you cant hurry this razor. Blade replacment... it's a three piece. Aggresiveness.....sort of but let the head do the work. Grip....no problems in the shower or at the sink. Quality......the parker seems better made but it's not as retro cool.

All in all a good razor to have in your rotation. Go on have one :wink2:
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I've have been using a Merkur 1904 for the past four months. It is my "go to" razor. If you are looking for a "starter" razor, then look no further. Starting with a new manufactured razor removes the possibility of starting with a vintage razor that may have defects that you are not yet aware of to look for. Once you get the hang of it, the go shopping for those vintage treasures!

IMHO, is the best value for a new-manufactured razor. It has the same head as the HD and is simplicity at its best.

PRICE: Easily found online for between $24-$26. As of this writing (June 2010) QEDusa.com has them for $24. Yes, there are vendors that charge A LOT more. ~$25 for a new-manufactured, German-made razor is hard to beat.

QUALITY: I gave it a "9" instead of a "10" only because of the nickel plating. The overall quality is fine, it's just that there are higher standards of plating available. But this would also affect the price.

USER FRIENDLY: Three-piece construction is virtually idiot-proof. Balance is perfect. Since it has the same head as the HD, and you should be holding the razor at its "balance point", you will get the same shave as that of a HD for a lot less money than the HD.

GRIP: The grip is very easy to hold onto when wet and covered with shave cream. If it had DEEP textured knurling like the Gillette Super Speed Flare Tip (one of the best grips ever made)), then I would give it a "10".

EASE OF BLADE REPLACEMENT: Hey, it's a 3-piece. Idiot proof in operation, but not as easy as a TTO.

AGGRESSIVENESS: As stated before, the same as the much-touted HD. More aggressive than the Gillette Tech.

BALANCE: One of the best when it comes to balance, IMHO.

My one and only caveat is that if you have very large hands and this is your first razor, then you may want to choose the standard Classic. The handle is only a fraction longer, but for some this makes a big difference.

Whether your first razor, or your 20th, you won't regret trying a Merkur 1904!
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I purchased the 1904 because I had a bad experience with the Merkur 34c HD. Compared to the 34c this razor is a dream. Lighter in the hand and slightly top heavy this razor just glides over my face with little effort. I found that I had to "push" and "pull" the 34c with too much effort...which resulted in mega razor burn. I get no irritation with the 1904..however it is not kind to my face with ATG passes. My SS can handle ATG with no irritaion....but the 1904 leaves a nice tingling reminder everytime I go ATG with it. So I had to adjust my routine with XTG passes and still manage get a decent shave. Overall, the 1904 is a great razor worthy of a spot in anyone's den.
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