06-25-2020, 05:41 AM
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  • David
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I love Merkur blades.

Seriously.

I recently purchased 50, and have used 3 of them. They’re excellent.

I normally just do 2 shaves per blade. So, I used the first blade twice and tossed it. It still felt great, so I did 3 shaves on each of the other 2. They were still going strong. I might try 4 shaves on the next one.

I also got a tuck of MedPreps. They’re the ones I use most of the time in my DE. Tried one, and wonderful shave, as usual. But, after 2 shaves, I knew it was time to toss. And, well, it wasn’t quite as nice as the Merkur.

54 bucks for 100 Merkur, 46 bucks for 100 MedPrep (although you can probably get them much cheaper if you look around). {US dollars}

They’re pretty sharp. Certainly sharp enough for me. Probably about the same as KAI, which I used about once a week until I ran out a few weeks ago. Not as sharp as Feather, but still…sharp enough for me. There probably is a chart somewhere that measures sharpness, but, for me, it’s what I feel and what I like that’s important. Scientific measurements and comparisons are interesting I suppose, but for our hobby, I believe it’s what you feel that is important.

Thickness? Not sure. They seem to last longer for me. More durable. Is that because they’re thicker? I don’t know. They feel like they might be a tiny bit thicker than MedPrep.

I’m an GEM shaver most of the time now, but I use the DE about twice a week. The GEM blades are definitely thicker.

I have no idea why so many folks don’t like Merkur. I know they’re expensive, but, hey, you and I know that we’re not wet shavers to save money. It’s a hobby, and it’s fascinating and fun. And, are they actually more expensive considering how many shaves you get?

Opinions of course vary. That’s why all the aspects of wet shaving are so interesting. And, we lucky on this forum to have so many informed and interesting gentlemen sharing their thoughts.

Shave on.

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 06-25-2020, 05:54 AM
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chacun à son goût

[ˌSHäkən ä sôn ˈɡo͞o]


EXCLAMATION

  1. each to their own taste.
    "personally, I'd prefer a soft cow's milk cheese, but as they say “chacun à son goût”"

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 06-25-2020, 10:53 AM
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While I can't talk for anyone but me, I don't like Merkur blades because the ones I got as freebies when I bought Merkur razors didn't give nearly as good shaves as my other blades Smile

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 06-25-2020, 11:15 AM
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Very interesting. These blades were among the worst I have ever tried.

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 06-25-2020, 11:27 AM
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They were bad for me.

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 06-25-2020, 11:45 AM
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Living proof of YMMV.

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 06-25-2020, 11:46 AM
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  • SCOV
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This could be the first review/post I have seen with favorable comments on the Merkur blades.  

I vaguely recall buying a 5 pack of the blades and not impressed.  Guessing binned as none in my random blade collection.

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 06-25-2020, 12:15 PM
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  • iamsms
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I used to hate Merkur blades too. Then in 2019 I decided to try some blades I hated before and to my surprise Merkurs worked nicely for me. I still think there are better or just as good blades with better availability/price, but I wouldn't mind if Merkurs were the only blades I had.

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 06-25-2020, 01:45 PM
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  • chazt
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Tuggy, rough shaves. These blades were not my cup of tea.

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 06-25-2020, 04:31 PM
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Whew! For a moment there, I thought this was a thread about derby’s! Biggrin

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 06-27-2020, 03:13 PM
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  • ChiefBroom
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(06-25-2020, 04:31 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Whew! For a moment there, I thought this was a thread about derby’s! Biggrin

Sisi1

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 06-28-2020, 09:40 AM
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  • David
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Based on my rough calculations, my thoughts on Merkur do not represent 100% of our participants.  Biggrin

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 07-09-2020, 09:11 AM
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I hate to pile on, but of all the blades I've tried - dunno, maybe 15 or 20 different ones by now, Merkur stands out single handedly as the very worst of them all for me. 

Of course, everyone's experience is different. 

But for me, they were dull and rough, to the point of being absolutely coarse, at the very bottom of every scale I use to gauge blades - comfort, sharpness, longevity, shave quality...  And to complete the disappointment, they were ironically also some of the most expensive blades I've ever purchased. 

My [personal] rating system weighs these characteristics, converting to a "weighted cost per shave" for each blade, including a comparison to a typical cartridge (my reason for moving to DE shaving in the first place).  Some of my blade scores (all in units of Cost per Shave):
Typical cartridge: $0.211

Polsilver SI: $0.063
GSB: $0.076
ASTRA SP: $0.082
Gillette Nacet: $0.103
Feather: $0.119
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Merkur: $1.235


That said, they're not a total loss - I did find a use for them - I cut off the offending edges and use them as shims for one of my non-adjustables.

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 07-09-2020, 10:00 AM
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Assumption: there is two different manufacturers of Merkur blades.

Supporting evidence: David gets good shaves from a brand almost everyone else dislike.

Anyone seen any other indicators supporting this hypothesis?

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 07-09-2020, 11:35 AM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(07-09-2020, 09:11 AM)Niemander Wrote: My [personal] rating system weighs these characteristics, converting to a "weighted cost per shave" for each blade ... .  Some of my blade scores (all in units of Cost per Shave):

Feather: $0.119
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You are getting only 3.7 shaves per blade on a Feather?
I get a Fibonacci order of magnitude (1.61803 x) better, long-term average (mean), from each Feather Hi-Stainless blade.

One of us is doing something right.

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 07-09-2020, 11:48 AM
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I've had some good shaves with Merkur blades, they are very razor dependant and ironically often work best in legacy Gillette's rather than contemporary Merkur razors.

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 07-13-2020, 11:31 AM
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(06-25-2020, 05:41 AM)David Wrote: I love Merkur blades.

Seriously.

<snip>
I also got a tuck of MedPreps.  They’re the ones I use most of the time in my DE.  Tried one, and wonderful shave, as usual.  But, after 2 shaves, I knew it was time to toss.  And, well, it wasn’t quite as nice as the Merkur.

54 bucks for 100 Merkur, 46 bucks for 100 MedPrep (although you can probably get them much cheaper if you look around). {US dollars}
<snip>

You might be thinking of Personna Lab Blues, rather than MedPreps.  I don't think we can get MedPreps in tucks, just minimum of 100s.
But of blades made in Germany, I have a fondness for Wilkinson Classic Sword DEs, moreso than the Merkurs.
And...you can find many, many very good blades priced substantially lower than Merkurs!

Tom

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 07-13-2020, 01:39 PM
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(07-09-2020, 10:00 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Assumption: there is two different manufacturers of Merkur blades.

Supporting evidence: David gets good shaves from a brand almost everyone else dislike.

Anyone seen any other indicators supporting this hypothesis?

You have to wonder!  My experience with Merkur blades made me become a Christian and fly right.  Merkur blades gave me all the hell I wanted!  Hauns, I wonder this same thing about Bic blades when others say they are great.  For me they are almost Merkurs.  Do love my Merkur razors though.

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 07-14-2020, 06:53 AM
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(06-25-2020, 04:31 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Whew! For a moment there, I thought this was a thread about derby’s! Biggrin

oh hell yes.  the absolute worst for me

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 07-14-2020, 05:52 PM
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(07-09-2020, 11:35 AM)Mel S Meles Wrote:
(07-09-2020, 09:11 AM)Niemander Wrote: My [personal] rating system weighs these characteristics, converting to a "weighted cost per shave" for each blade ... .  Some of my blade scores (all in units of Cost per Shave):

Feather: $0.119
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You are getting only 3.7 shaves per blade on a Feather?
I get a Fibonacci order of magnitude (1.61803 x) better, long-term average (mean), from each Feather Hi-Stainless blade.

One of us is doing something right.

3.7?  LOL. 

I employ five (5) different variables for calculating my "weighted cost per shave." 
Not sure how it's possible to ascertain the value of any one of those variables knowing only the result of the calculation, not knowing any of the other variables, how they're weighted, or how they're used in the formula.
Kudos to you for trying though - and - gotta love the Fibonacci swank.  Thumbsup

Fwiw - 3.7 is wrong.  But then... ymmv

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