01-30-2013, 07:36 AM
  • Banned
  • Woodstock, Vermont
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I started out many years ago having inherited my fathers Somerset Simpson brushes. One of the first razors I picked up was a 34c. It's fair to say I have moved on to many more and have settled on the Feather AS-D1 as a daily week day shaver with some more aggressive models for 2-3 day weekend growth. After reading Phil's 'Top 5' the other day I was inspired to dig out the HD after 2 or so years of sitting idle. Wow. What a great little two piece efficient DE capable of every day use or mowing down a 5 day growth. Maybe not quite as smooth or shiny as the EJ 89 series but I'm won over by how nimble and agile it is on its journey around the face. It's often referred to as a starter razor but I would classify it as a classic. Thanks Phil for reminding me to dig this out from under the sock drawer!

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 01-30-2013, 08:10 AM
  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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I am glad to hear you had a similar experience to me Max. My 34C had also been sitting idle for a couple of years and was amazed at how much I like it when I picked it up.

I agree with you about it being a classic. When I first started carrying the razor in my store, I referenced that it was often recommended as a 1st razor. I changed my description as saying that it like the clothing you bought as a little kid...it may be slightly too much for a beginner but a user will quickly "grow into it". I really do think everyone should have a 34C in his or her rotation.

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 01-30-2013, 08:21 AM
  • Obie
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  • Glendale, Wisconsin
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I agree with your assessment of the Merkur 34C. It is a fine razor. I had one for years, but recently passed it on to my son-in-law, whom I converted to a DE wet shaver. So it stays in the family.

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 01-30-2013, 08:25 AM
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I had one too, but i sold it few years backConfused

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 01-30-2013, 08:37 AM
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What evolved out of the 34C was the open comb version 11C (no longer made) and the 37C Slant. A remarkable razor.

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 01-30-2013, 08:57 AM
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It is a very nicely made razor and nice shaver! Enjoy, gents.

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 01-30-2013, 03:59 PM
  • blzrfn
  • Butterscotch Bandit
  • Vancouver USA
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I have a vintage 34c with the Henckel logo on it that is in cue to be cleaned/disinfected for its first shot at the rotation. I do love the Merkur safety bar head design and I love the way the 34c feels in hand so I'm sure it will be a winner.

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 01-30-2013, 04:03 PM
  • Dave
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The 34C, 37C, and 11C are 3 razors everyone should own IMO. They pretty much cover the gambit of wet shaving.

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 02-02-2013, 01:51 AM
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My 34c is still my go to razor and even a slant has not managed to shift it from its mantle.

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