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Merkur 43C stainless steel handle safety razor: my new hammer!
07-26-2012, 03:14 AM
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Merkur 43C stainless steel handle safety razor: my new hammer!
One of my newest acquisitions was this razor, a Merkur 43c. Merkur is one of the best known razor makers, but this particular model is rarely mentioned in the forums, don’t really know why… maybe because it is one of the more recent models of the Merkur range, launched in late 2010.

It is also one of the heaviest: my unit weights exactly 150g, a real hammer Laughing1 and it is heavier than most of the razors on the market today, even heavier than PILS, EJ Chatsworth or Merkur 38c…

I saw this razor being offered by a British vendor on ebay.co.uk at a bargain price (~€25 shipping included), and couldn’t resist… I had never tried a closed comb Merkur before, so I jumped on it.

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You can disassemble this razor in an extremely easy way. Just turn the end of the handle until the top piece of the head looses itself – just like other Merkur models, like the 34c or the 37c.

Although it is designed to be a 2-piece razor, just like the 37c or 34c, (it features a retention ring in the interior of the handle), you can disassemble the two pieces of the handle very easily, thanks to the “curved” shape of the external cylinder of the handle. Which I find to be very convenient, since it allows a better cleaning of the razor

[Image: 11111458rw.jpg]

The Merkur logo engraved at the end of the handle is a very nice detail… Smile

[Image: 11111456ww.jpg]

A good part of the extra weight of this razor is given by the external cylinder of the handle. This piece is, according to the manufacturer, made of brushed stainless steel. Well, I had to test that, of course… :D

[Image: 11111462bw.jpg]

The magnetic lady says yes! It is indeed stainless steel.

And how is the shave with this razor? Well, I have never tried a closed comb Merkur before, and I was really surprised. I found it to be a very pleasant and mild razor, maybe a bit more aggressive than my Mühle’s/EJ’s, but not that much. I really liked this razor.

[Image: P1060593.jpg]

At 150g, it is pretty heavy, but I must say that it is also extremely well balanced. I have tried an EJ Chatsworth in the past, and I surely wasn’t thrilled – the Chatsworths surely have some extra weight, but great part of that weight is situated in the opposite end of the handle, which I find not to be ideal to me. This Merkur distributes the handle weight in an entirely different and more homogeneous way, and I definitely prefer that.

[Image: P1060587.jpg]

Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase. I would definitely recommend this razor, especially if you like a milder razor and a very heavy and hefty handle. The extra weight given by the partially made stainless steel handle is a very nice touch, especially at this price point.

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07-26-2012, 04:33 AM
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Thank you Emanuel for posting this beautiful Merkur razor. At 150gr it is a very heavy razor. Great pictures as usual.
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07-26-2012, 06:21 AM
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Carumba, that is a heavy razor. Thanks for the great pics, Emanuel.
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07-26-2012, 06:34 AM
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Thanks for the review and the GREAT pics! Smile
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07-26-2012, 09:49 AM
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Ok,another one to the list...
Yes,it seems that Merkur have improved their razors in the last couple years and this is seems another fine example of that.
Agreed with everything you have wrote,but I find the Chatsworth well balanced,like the Merkur 38C that I have.My Chatsworth weigths 120g,which is 30 g less than this one,so I imagine this being even more heavier than a Futur...
Also seems to have a well finish,but I dont know if Im gonna like such a heavy razor.Well,there is only one way to find it out.Biggrin
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07-26-2012, 01:12 PM
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Nice pix. Sorry to get off-topic (I'm a straight user after all) but what is the Omega brush pictured in no. 5? Most interesting handle...
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07-26-2012, 01:40 PM
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Thank you for your words, gentlemen!

(07-26-2012 01:12 PM)Alum of Potash Wrote:  Nice pix. Sorry to get off-topic (I'm a straight user after all) but what is the Omega brush pictured in no. 5? Most interesting handle...

It is an Omega 73645 (Omega #45) that I have bought from connaughtshaving. A lovely boar brush: it features a "Premium Grade" boar knot and a heavy, sturdy handle, capable of putting to shame some handles that I have made by Simpson or Rooney. The brush is heavy and sturdy, it weights 93g - have to make a review of it one of this days...

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07-26-2012, 02:34 PM (This post was last modified: 07-26-2012 04:25 PM by Alum of Potash.)
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(07-26-2012 01:40 PM)oversaturn Wrote:  It is an Omega 73645 (Omega #45) that I have bought from connaughtshaving. A lovely boar brush: it features a "Premium Grade" boar knot and a heavy, sturdy handle, capable of putting to shame some handles that I have made by Simpson or Rooney. The brush is heavy and sturdy, it weights 93g - have to make a review of it one of this days...

Thanks. Your shot of it really puts Connaught's stock example to shame. I have a jade-handled Omega 31156 with similar specs (although a wee bit lighter at 81g). Great in the bowl, that's for sure.
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07-26-2012, 04:35 PM
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Nice review and excellent pics, thanks for sharing!
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07-26-2012, 04:54 PM
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Great review and great photos :) Will add this to the "to try" list.
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07-26-2012, 05:51 PM
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I started a couple of threads on this and another forum regarding this razor some time back. As has been mentioned very few comments on them. It has become that one special razor for me. If I could have only one, the 43C would be it.
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07-26-2012, 06:34 PM
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Thank you Emanuel for a great review that features incredible pictures. I did not know that the 43C was a two piece design, I was looking at this razor more for the handle than anything else.

After this review it is now on my must have list.
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07-30-2012, 03:02 PM
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Thank you for your words, gentlemen!

(07-26-2012 05:51 PM)GearHead_1 Wrote:  I started a couple of threads on this and another forum regarding this razor some time back. As has been mentioned very few comments on them. It has become that one special razor for me. If I could have only one, the 43C would be it.

One of the reasons for me to open this thread was exactly that: the lack of information about this specific Merkur model! I'm glad that you like your razor - I surely enjoy mine and it will stay in my rotation.
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10-27-2013, 09:58 AM
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To revive an old thread, I really hope Merkur makes this razor in a 3 piece in the future. That handle would look great on Weber PH :-)
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10-27-2013, 03:28 PM
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RE: Merkur 43C stainless steel handle safety razor: my new hammer!
Emanuel, thanks for the review! Great pictures and a fine looking razor indeed!
The only thing I'd say as an engineer is: don't test for stainless steel with a magnet, as most stainless steel isn't magnetic!
Your picture with the magnet shows the razor assembled, so the magnet (if strong enough) could be pulling on the inner rod. But if you tested only the outer sleeve and the magnet fell off, it is still most likely stainless steel.
Another thing is: if it says it's stainless steel on the packaging, by EU regulations it has to be....and I think German regulations are even stricter.
So all in all that was a great deal on a great looking razor.
Sorry for getting a wee bit technical.....I can't help it! Smile
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10-27-2013, 04:01 PM
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Yes, that is true indeed... most stainless steel is not ferromagnetic, and if the result of that test was different, the result would be inconclusive. However, this particular stainless steel appears to be ferromagnetic, hence my conclusion...

The stainless steel part is an hollow and heavy tube; the inner rod that attaches to the head is not ferromagnetic, so it is made from another material (most probably brass or another type of alloy).

And yes, EU regulations are very strict... and German ones are even stricter!
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10-27-2013, 04:36 PM
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Thanks for the info on the rest of the razor Emanuel!
I hope I didn't sound rude or pompous...if I did I'm sorry!
I just thought I'd mention it......I served my apprenticeship in the aircraft industry and a common first test for stainless was to check it wasn't magnetic, as non-ferromagnetic stainless steel was the most commonly used.
This however doesn't alter your great review, or the fact that you have a great quality "new hammer" for a great price!! Smile
It's a potential contender for my Christmas list!
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10-28-2013, 02:54 AM
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(10-27-2013 04:36 PM)Falconwood Wrote:  Thanks for the info on the rest of the razor Emanuel!
I hope I didn't sound rude or pompous...if I did I'm sorry!
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Absolutely not at all, Gordon! Your input was valid! Thank you for you insight on this! Smile
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10-28-2013, 11:07 AM
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Thanks Emanuel!
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11-02-2013, 02:54 PM
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(07-26-2012 03:14 AM)oversaturn Wrote:  One of my newest acquisitions was this razor, a Merkur 43c. Merkur is one of the best known razor makers, but this particular model is rarely mentioned in the forums, don’t really know why… maybe because it is one of the more recent models of the Merkur range, launched in late 2010.

It is also one of the heaviest: my unit weights exactly 150g, a real hammer Laughing1 and it is heavier than most of the razors on the market today, even heavier than PILS, EJ Chatsworth or Merkur 38c…

I saw this razor being offered by a British vendor on ebay.co.uk at a bargain price (~€25 shipping included), and couldn’t resist… I had never tried a closed comb Merkur before, so I jumped on it.

[Image: 11111459hq.jpg]

You can disassemble this razor in an extremely easy way. Just turn the end of the handle until the top piece of the head looses itself – just like other Merkur models, like the 34c or the 37c.

Although it is designed to be a 2-piece razor, just like the 37c or 34c, (it features a retention ring in the interior of the handle), you can disassemble the two pieces of the handle very easily, thanks to the “curved” shape of the external cylinder of the handle. Which I find to be very convenient, since it allows a better cleaning of the razor

[Image: 11111458rw.jpg]

The Merkur logo engraved at the end of the handle is a very nice detail… Smile

[Image: 11111456ww.jpg]

A good part of the extra weight of this razor is given by the external cylinder of the handle. This piece is, according to the manufacturer, made of brushed stainless steel. Well, I had to test that, of course… :D

[Image: 11111462bw.jpg]

The magnetic lady says yes! It is indeed stainless steel.

And how is the shave with this razor? Well, I have never tried a closed comb Merkur before, and I was really surprised. I found it to be a very pleasant and mild razor, maybe a bit more aggressive than my Mühle’s/EJ’s, but not that much. I really liked this razor.

[Image: P1060593.jpg]

At 150g, it is pretty heavy, but I must say that it is also extremely well balanced. I have tried an EJ Chatsworth in the past, and I surely wasn’t thrilled – the Chatsworths surely have some extra weight, but great part of that weight is situated in the opposite end of the handle, which I find not to be ideal to me. This Merkur distributes the handle weight in an entirely different and more homogeneous way, and I definitely prefer that.

[Image: P1060587.jpg]

Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase. I would definitely recommend this razor, especially if you like a milder razor and a very heavy and hefty handle. The extra weight given by the partially made stainless steel handle is a very nice touch, especially at this price point.

[Image: P1060539.jpg]

Hope you liked reading this!
I do love that handle.Heart
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