If you are new to wet shaving and are doing your research of the best safety razor, you are in the right place. So far, in your research, you’ve probably heard a lot about the Merkur 33C Classic Safety Razor, and you are wondering what the hype is all about.
Well, right of the bat, Merkur is a German brand. Just by that, it’s safe to assume that it is a high-quality product. Aside from that, Merkur is the industry leader in craftsmanship and technology. And while a lot of their products stand out in their own right, in this piece, we’ll focus our sights on the Merkur 33C.
So let’s get started.
Wet shaving is fun, but it can be dangerous, especially because the tools you’ll use are sharp, and your hands will be wet. Because of this, safety razor manufacturers have made a point of improving the grip on their products.
The Merkur 33c has an excellent grip courtesy of the patterned knurling on its handle. Also, to help you hold the razor securely in your hand, there is a knob at the bottom where you can rest your pinky.
Unfortunately, the Merkur 33c has a 3-inch handle. This puts it in the short handle safety razor. The short handle doesn’t mess with the grip, but it is less comfortable in large hands.
Merkur 33c weighs about 2 ounces. At this weight, it’s one of the lightest safety razors available. But even more impressive is its weight distribution. We noticed that the razor balances on a spot close to the top of the handle. This is because a lot of its weight is in its head, and the handle is light.
Now, most experts advocate for heavier safety razors because they make it easier to nail the wet shaving technique and the pressure. However, the top heavyweight distribution on the Merkur 33c makes up for its light design and still delivers great pressure.
The aggressiveness of a safety razor determines how much bite it is. The variation in aggressiveness is determined by blade exposure. Generally, beginners should go for mildly aggressive safety razors because they are more forgiving with mistakes during the learning curve. With such safety razors, even if your technique is wrong and your angle is off, you’ll not suffer numerous nicks and cuts.
With that said, the Merkur 33c has average aggressiveness. Courtesy of its closed comb design. Experts rate it a 5/10 on their aggressiveness scale. This means that if your technique is good, you’ll not feel the aggressiveness.
However, because it is lighter, it feels a little more aggressive than it is. Why? Well, to compensate for its general, lightweight design, you might have to apply some pressure and pull when shaving.
Also, we found the aggressiveness to depend on the type of blade you use. If you insert the Feather de blade, then yes, this classic blade will feel highly aggressive than if you chose a milder Shark de blade.
The Merkur 33c has a 3-piece design that is durable and easy to maintain. With this design, replacing the blade and cleaning the otherwise hard to reach spots in the razor is a breeze. All you need to do is unscrew the razor head from its handle, and you are good to go.
Once you pull the safety razor apart, cleaning all the soap gunk is easy. Consequently, your skin will experience reduced skin irritations that might arise from using a dirty razor.
Beautiful Chrome Finish
From first glance, you can tell as much, but we wanted to emphasize its beauty and the fact that it’s made from quality materials. The chrome finish makes the razor resistant to corrosion and hence makes it durable. It also gives it a sharp and beautiful look.
It comes with a Single Merkur Blade
From time to time, the packaging may vary. However, the Merkur 33c typically comes with a single blade. When this blade gets dull, you can replace it with a pack of inexpensive yet sharp and high-quality blades. At first, you might have to try them out before settling on one that works best for you.
The Merkur blade is mild. Therefore, if you have a coarse and thick beard, it might not work for you.
Pros and Cons
- Excellent weight distribution
- Excellent grip
- Moderate aggressiveness
- The handle is lighter than what most men prefer
- The handle is shorter and hence not super comfortable for men with larger hands
The Merkur 33c is Ideal for?
This Classic razor is ideal for wet shaving individuals. It has a moderate aggressiveness, which makes it ideal for beginners and experts as well. And the fact that you can ‘vary’ the aggressiveness by applying a little more pressure and inserting a sharper blade is a huge plus.
Overall, the razor has a great design and build. With proper care, you will not have to purchase a new safety razor for a long-long time. Lastly, it has an affordable price point.