Friday, April 29, 2016

Merkur 33C Musings

I continue to pursue complete familiarity with a blade model before swapping for a different model/brand.

This is consistent with my long-ago recommendation that those new to double-edge (DE) shaving begin with a single razor and blade model and master that as much as possible before experimenting with sampler packs or trying other razors.

I also continue to marvel at the irony of my first DE razor purchase, the Merkur 33C Classic. When paired with my favorite blade, the Personna Platinum (the red-label blade), I consistently get close, comfortable, shaves with minimal skin insult. This may be the optimal razor-and-blade combination for my skin and beard -- and if it is not, it is certainly the leader in the club house at this point.
Merkur 33C Classic DE Razor

Yet in my ignorance born of inexperience, after my initial purchase of the Merkur 33C Classic I acquired many (too many) other makes and models of DE razors. Most are good, but none give me the consistent high-quality outcome of the mild 33 when paired with a sharp blade.

I should also mention something that I've been meaning to share for a long time about DE razors. Many razors have a more-aggressive side. It is often subtle but discernible. Once you identify the more-aggressive and less-aggressive sides of your DE razor in a given shave, you can use that knowledge to your advantage. For example, you can use the more aggressive side for a closer shave on your cheeks, where there may be less risk of injury. But on your neck, which is often a higher-risk region, you can use the less-aggressive side of the razor for finishing strokes in that area.

This aggressiveness variation exists in my 33 Classic. I use that variation just as I've suggested, with very good results. Perhaps you will find the same possibility in your preferred shaving instruments.

Happy shaving!


  1. I love my first purchase an Early Tech razor but keep going back to my 1970 Black Handled TTO, that with the red label personna blade just works perfectly.

  2. I agree. The Merkur 33C with a persona Red is the perfect combination for me also!