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Merkur 38C

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This a beautiful looking razor, with a spiraled barber pole effect handle. It is a two piece and the blade is changed by unscrewing the base and pulling the top of the razor off. As with all the Merkur razors it is a solidly built piece and has a lovely chrome finish. In size it is very close to the Futur although the head of the razor is very similar to the Merkur HD and similar. This is also a very hefty piece and weighs almost the same as the Futur.
In terms of shaving it is superb. This shaves me as close as the Slant but without the minor burn I sometimes get with that razor. On the first drag of the razor I knew it was going to give me an exceptional shave and it didn't disappoint. I had a 3 pass BBS shave and I feel that it is capable of a two pass BBS. The only other razor that has managed this for me is the Slant. I have a tough beard and fairly sensitive skin and this razor would seem ideal for my combination. It has the optimum combination of looks, balance, feel, blade gap and head size. Merkur has produced another winner and I would recommend this razor to anyone.
The only thing I would have liked to see is a date code or serial number system to personalise this razor and a decent presentation case like the old Gillettes. This would really make this the best razor you can buy IMO. That aside, this is as good as it gets for me.
I have rated this as a 10 on adjustability to make the score more representative even though it is not adjustable.

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Pros: Smooth shave, great blade angle, very forgiving
Cons: None
I love this razor. I find it has the perfect weight and balance for a zero pressure shave. It looks great on my brush and razor stand. Solid product I think it will last forever under normal use. Also it rinses very easily and does not clog up a big pet peeve. Buy it you wont be disappointed.
Grip
5.00 star(s)
Price
3.00 star(s)
Balance
5.00 star(s)
Quality
4.00 star(s)
Adjustability
0.00 star(s)
User Friendly
5.00 star(s)
Aggressiveness
3.00 star(s)
Ease of Blade Replacement
5.00 star(s)
Pros: Build quality, affordability, closeness of shave
Cons: None apparent
My only basis of comparison is a Parker 99R, which I love, and which is, IMO, considerably more aggressive. I, short, I have found the Merkur 38C to be a mild shave (in contrast to others' opinions). It has never nicked me and is very comfortable both on the face and in the hand. A BBS requires 4 passes for me, but that may be attributable to the geometry of my beard growth.

Blade replacement could not be more simple and the razor is easy to clean, which I do about every 2 weeks, just to keep it looking pristine.

I am very pleased with the Merkur 38C and recommend it without reservation to those seeking a well made, mild razor.
Grip
5.00 star(s)
Price
4.00 star(s)
Balance
5.00 star(s)
Quality
5.00 star(s)
Adjustability
5.00 star(s)
User Friendly
5.00 star(s)
Aggressiveness
4.00 star(s)
Ease of Blade Replacement
5.00 star(s)
Pros: Great balance, nice to look at, reliable daily shaver
Cons: Maybe a bit heavy for some users, machining tolerances are only a little better than mediocre
The Merkur 38C is a nice looking, fairly well built 2 piece DE. It is quite heavy but well balanced and it does not take long to get used to.

It seems to work well with a wide range of blades though I settled on feathers in mine.

This razor always left me with more "trouble spots" on each side of my neck than others which always led to extra touch up which, on occasion, would cause irritation on those spots. I never had this issue with a 34C and so I have to assume that my hand was just not the right size for the handle length though I could get a closer shave with the 38C due to the extra weight.

My biggest issue with this razor (and pretty much all Merkurs I have tried) is that you always have to be vigilant with your blade positioning. Their pins are too narrow and they are happy to accept your blade at any number of odd angles and symmetries. This isn't the end of the world, it isn't hard to adjust and get the blade seated correctly, but for some reason the added step always kind of annoyed me.

The 38C was my first DE razor and so I learned on it and used it longer than any razor other than my slant. It did its job well and I would recommend it to someone looking for a good price on a heavy razor.
Grip
4.00 star(s)
Price
3.00 star(s)
Balance
5.00 star(s)
Quality
3.00 star(s)
Adjustability
0.00 star(s)
User Friendly
3.00 star(s)
Aggressiveness
3.00 star(s)
Ease of Blade Replacement
3.00 star(s)

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