- Well Contructed and will last a lifetime
- Very affordable
- Good Grip
- Pretty light
- Some might find the handle to long
Hey guys, in today’s review article we will be talking about the Merkur 180. This is a very popular safety razor in the Merkur lineup and it is otherwise known as the long handled safety razor. There’s no wonder where they got this name from. For all of you wet shavers with very large hands this might be a good safety razor for you in your lineup. This safety razor reminds me very closely of the Merkur 33c (which made the list of the best safety razors) because the headpiece is almost identical, even the style and shape of the handle. Let’s get right into the bulk of my Merkur 180 review so you can see if the safety razor is the one for you.
Weight and Balance
It comes in at 2.15 ounces. This is not extremely light compared to all safety razors, but for a safety razor with handle this long it does not feel very heavy in my hands. If you unscrew the handle from the three-piece razor you can tell that the handle does not weigh that much (very similar to the 33c) because the handle is very thin. The balance point is a little farther down compared to most safety razors but it still balances at the top of the grip, which I like very much.
The grip on the Merkur 180 (along with many other Mekur razors) is a cross-sectional gritty metal grip. This is definitely my favorite type of grip because no matter which way you hold your hand or fingers, there should be no way for this safety razor to slip out. I personally think it looks nice as well (some people online really think it takes away from the look). And if you are just starting out with wet shaving, the last thing you want to think about is whether or not the razor will slip out of your hands while shaving. You have other things to think about. On top of the gritty metal, there is a protruding knob at the end of the handle that has a finer gritty metal feel to it. I like to know where the end of the handle is while shaving and sometimes I place my pinky on this section for better control.
The Merkur 180 measures in at 4.125 inches long. And obviously because of the name, this is a longer than average handle. It is not the longest safety razor that I have reviewed on the site, but it is definitely longer than the average. Like I said above, if you have large hands it will be suitable to you. On the other hand if you have small hands you might have difficulty maneuvering the safety razor comfortably.
Similar to the 33c (which I rate it a 6/10), because I feel like it is the exact same headpiece, I rated the 180 pretty similar on my aggressiveness scale. But because it weighs slightly more it feels a little bit less aggressive so I give it a 5/10 on my aggressiveness scale. This is slightly more aggressive than I would recommend any beginner starting out with. I usually recommend a three or four at the most. Once you get a little bit of practice under your belt, you could move up to more aggressive safety razors. Also if you have a thick your beard to cut through you might need something more aggressive.
This is a three-piece safety razor so it is definitely easy enough to remove and put in new safety razor blades. It is not as easy as a twist to open or even a two piece safety razor. There are less moving parts to break on a three-piece safety razor and would trade that for ease of blade replacement. Just like all other Merkur safety razors, the blade sits perfectly within the headpiece when it is fully tightened. Be sure to check out our article on the best safety razor blades.
Merkur 180 Review Conclusion
I hope you guys learned something valuable from my Merkur 180 review. I think this is a fantastic safety razor that is very simple and to the point. It is very well constructed, has fantastic grip, good handle length and will last you a lifetime. I do wish it was slightly heavier and feels a little bit flimsy compared to other Merkur safety razors that I own. There’s nothing spiffy or fancy going on but that is why it is a classic. Let me know what you guys thought of my Merkur 180 review. Leave a comment down below and please share this on social media if it was helpful for you. Also be sure to check out our definitive lists of the best shaving soaps, shaving creams for men, shaving brushes, and even shaving bowls so you can have the ultimate kit. Thanks guys and happy shaving!
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