Merkur Long-Handled Safety Razor Review

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Written by Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT


Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

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Leigh Matthews is a sustainability expert and long time vegan. Her work on solar policy has been published in Canada's National Observer.


The long-handled safety razor from Merkur is durable and ergonomic, lightweight and features a straight-cut, closed comb head that fits all standard double-edge razor blades. It has a chrome finish and a knurled handle with non-slip grip for ease of movement. Built to provide an easy transition to the traditional wet shaving method, this razor comes with a sample blade.

Merkur Long-Handled Safety Razor

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Highlights: Knurled handle has a non-slip grip for ease of movement. Has a 3-piece design for easy cleaning and blade switching. Company has been making razors in Germany since 1896

Merkur Long-Handled Safety Razor at a glance:

Country of Origin:Germany
Materials:Solingen steel
Certifications:None listed
Table of Contents
  1. Merkur Long-Handled Safety Razor
  2. Our Review
  3. Merkur vs. Rockwell 6C vs. Rockwell 6S

Our Review

What we like

  • Razor can last a lifetime
  • Made with Solingen steel
  • Fair price

What could be better

  • Plastic packaging

The razor measures 4.16″ overall, with a 1 1/2″ double edge shaving head (the standard measures 3.33” long). It weighs approximately 2.3 oz. It has a three-piece design for easy cleaning and easy blade switching. It is available in both closed comb (Model 23C) and open comb (Model 25C) styles, with the latter more popular with those with very thick or tough hair.

The Merkur Classic is the world’s best-selling line of double-edge safety razors. Made in Solingen, Germany with world-famous Solingen steel, these razors can last a lifetime and offer close, comfortable, irritation-free shaves. The company has been making razors in Germany since 1896 and adhere to German environmental standards.

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Unfortunately, the razor comes in some plastic packaging, but hopefully this is a one-time thing given how long this razor will last.

Merkur vs. Rockwell 6C vs. Rockwell 6S

With a slightly lower price point than the equivalent Rockwell razor, and a longer company history, the Merkur is a great option for a safety razor that could last you the rest of your life.

That said, this razor isn’t quite as versatile as the Rockwell 6C or 6S, so if you plan on sharing it or using it on different types of body hair, you may be better off with one of those two Rockwell models. These Rockwell models are also a great choice for beginner shavers who can adjust shave settings as they gain confidence and/or as hair gets thicker. The Rockwell 6C and 6S also come with 5 blades, while the Merkur only comes with one.

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The Merkur does boast the longer handle, however, which can make shaving easier and more comfortable for some. All in all, there’s not a lot to choose between the Merkur and the Rockwell models, although we favor the Rockwells because of their greater flexibility, lifetime warranty, and genuine commitment to cutting out the waste from shaving.

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