10-03-2016, 08:25 PM
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There are some products that you pick up and just know that they are classics, and for good reason.  The Merkur 34C, with its elegant design and superb performance is just such a product for me.

Love it.

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 10-03-2016, 08:38 PM
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I wish someone would make one in stainless steel or even brass. Shy

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 10-03-2016, 09:30 PM
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No offense to a razor that has many many loyal fans. I would never besmirch the name of Merkur in any way, for they have obviously made a fine razor. Lastly I would not put down anyone that chooses  to enjoy one. I, just out of principle, will not intentionally purchase a zinc alloy razor. 

That said I wouldn't refuse one as a gift.

 That would just be rude. 


I'm glad you enjoy a fine piece of German engineering. Thumbup

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 10-04-2016, 01:24 AM
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  • TheMonk
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It is a great razor. It was one of my first DE razors, and it remains my travel razor to this day.

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 10-04-2016, 05:53 AM
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Those pennies you put into a jar for shaving? zinc alloy. I'd walk around your living quarters and list the percentile of old growth wood veneer, brass plumbing fixtures, wool carpets and silk drapes before applying principles to a Zamack razor. Nono I suggest reading The Book Of Five Rings and Musashi's  example of a carpenter's use of wood.
Back to MERKUR; this razor became a classic before the internet and remains so. You start with a 34C and every Merkur design from the 1904, Slant to Mergress in my own experience is immediately familiar yet new.

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 10-04-2016, 06:00 AM
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My favorite razors are the Webers whose head is based on the 34C. No other stainless steel razor shaves as well imo. Perfect head design.

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 10-04-2016, 06:03 AM
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  • bullgoose
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The 34C was my first modern DE and, I still have it in rotation.

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 10-04-2016, 06:13 AM
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(10-04-2016, 06:03 AM)bullgoose Wrote: The 34C was my first modern DE and, I still have it in rotation.

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While mine doesn't see regular use these days, I have both the 34C and 34G (as well as the OC and slant) though now they are waiting for my boys when they start shaving...

[Image: xrKNwOH.png]

(I'll admit I've parted with the Futurs though...)

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 10-04-2016, 06:21 AM
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(10-04-2016, 06:13 AM)ben74 Wrote:
(10-04-2016, 06:03 AM)bullgoose Wrote: The 34C was my first modern DE and, I still have it in rotation.

Signs011

While mine doesn't see regular use these days, I have both the 34C and 34G (as well as the OC and slant) though now they are waiting for my boys when they start shaving...

[Image: xrKNwOH.png]

(I'll admit I've parted with the Futurs though...)
Nice! I actually forgot that it was offered in an OC version. Do you recall when production was discontinued?

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 10-04-2016, 06:37 AM
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The 34C HD was my 1st DE, and It still gets used, mainly with a Polsilver Super Iridium... a combination that I simply cannot fault.

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 10-04-2016, 07:01 AM
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(10-04-2016, 06:21 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(10-04-2016, 06:13 AM)ben74 Wrote:
(10-04-2016, 06:03 AM)bullgoose Wrote: The 34C was my first modern DE and, I still have it in rotation.

Signs011

While mine doesn't see regular use these days, I have both the 34C and 34G (as well as the OC and slant) though now they are waiting for my boys when they start shaving...

[Image: xrKNwOH.png]

(I'll admit I've parted with the Futurs though...)
Nice! I actually forgot that it was offered in an OC version. Do you recall when production was discontinued?

They started getting hard to find new around 5 years or so ago. Maybe circa 2010?

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 10-04-2016, 08:17 AM
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It's a shame they discontinued the OC because that's the only merkur I have ever wanted aside from a mergress; I did know they ever offered it in a gold tone though; Thanks for sharing Ben! Thumbsup

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 10-04-2016, 10:13 AM
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(10-04-2016, 08:17 AM)JRRIII Wrote: It's a shame they discontinued the OC because that's the only merkur I have ever wanted aside from a mergress; I did know they ever offered it in a gold tone though; Thanks for sharing Ben! Thumbsup


I might be wrong but I believe the head on the currently available Merkur 15c is pretty much the same as the one used on the now discounted 11c (the OC version of the 34c), just the handle is different.

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 10-04-2016, 01:41 PM
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(10-04-2016, 05:53 AM)kav Wrote: Those pennies you put into a jar for shaving? zinc alloy. I'd walk around your living quarters and list the percentile of old growth wood veneer, brass plumbing fixtures, wool carpets and silk drapes before applying principles to a Zamack razor. Nono I suggest reading The Book Of Five Rings and Musashi's  example of a carpenter's use of wood.
Back to MERKUR; this razor became a classic before the internet and remains so. You start with a 34C and every Merkur design from the 1904, Slant to Mergress in my own experience is immediately familiar yet new.

I thought I was being decent. If I have offend anyone, I do apologize. I guess I'll keep my mouth shut and stick with only reading.

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 10-04-2016, 01:43 PM
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Nobody offended. Don't be so thin skinned if you're going to mess with razors

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 10-04-2016, 02:10 PM
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(10-04-2016, 06:03 AM)bullgoose Wrote: The 34C was my first modern DE and, I still have it in rotation.

+1 here!

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 10-04-2016, 02:11 PM
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(10-04-2016, 01:43 PM)kav Wrote: Nobody offended. Don't be so thin skinned if you're going to mess with razors

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 10-04-2016, 02:38 PM
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I think they were discontinued about 2012.  I was still able to pick up an 11c from Amazon France in 2014.

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 10-04-2016, 04:17 PM
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34C is a great razor, love it with Polsilver, feathers give me a close shave in the 34C but still comfortable. I have a Timeless on order and should see it in a few days, if it gives me the same performance as the 34C but in a much nicer package I'm happy, no faults with the 34C performance

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 10-04-2016, 05:24 PM
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That's what makes this forum special. Everyone is free to express their opinion. While I do appreciate everyone's thoughts, I on the other hand do not care for my 34c. 

By no means am I trashing Merker. The 34c just doesn't agree with me. The world goes around. 

I have other Merkers that I love but this one just doesn't fit.  I'll be listing it soon.

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