- Sturdy three piece razor
- Cool look and makes you feel like your great grandpa
- Very Affordable
- The grip could be better
- It could have a longer handle(personal preference)
Hey everyone, in this review article I will be talking about the Merkur 1904 classic safety razor which made our list of the best open comb safety razors. This is a very unique safety razor in the Merkur lineup. As a very unique design to it which makes it look like it was made 100 years ago. If you want to look and feel like your great-grandfather did while he was shaving, this might be a perfect safety razor for you. It is a chrome finished, open comb safety razor which yields some close shaves for me. Let’s get right into my Merkur 1904 review so you could see what this puppy is all about.
Weight and Balance
The 1904 weighs in at 2.3 ounces. For how short the handle is this safety razor has a good amount of heft to it. It feels very strong and sturdy in my hands. The majority of the weight is in the handle which makes it slightly handle heavy. This results in the balance point being approximately 1/2 of an inch down from the top of the grip. Normally I like the grip a little bit closer to the head but it is really not that big of a deal with this safety razor.
The handle is very unusual when compared to traditional safety razors. The handle has six sides to it which makes is a hexagon shaped handle. On all six sides of the hexagon there are diagonal grooves that don’t really add that much grip overall, but it makes it look extremely cool. Personally for me I think it has okay grip, but I am so used to circular handles that it was kind of odd for me at first while shaving with it. I keep on switching off between holding my thumb on one of the flat surfaces, to one of the corners, to a little bit higher or lower on the handle. It was difficult for me to find a comfortable place for my hands to rest. At the bottom of the handle there is a protruding knob which provides additional grip as well as a reference point to where the end of the handle is. Overall the grip is not the best in the world. You should pay attention while your shaving to make sure that you don’t have an accident.
The 1904 safety razor measures in at 3.2 inches. This is definitely on the shorter side compared to the average safety razor. If you have small or average sized hands this length should not be any problem for you. On the other hand if you have larger hands like I do, you might feel like there’s not enough handle to this safety razor.
I rank the 1904 safety razor at a 5/10 on my aggressiveness scale. Some people think that the safety razor is more aggressive than a five and some people think is less aggressive than five. Open comb safety razors tend to be more aggressive because it exposes more of the blades edge to your skin. On the other hand there is a very small blade gap on the 1904 safety razor. In my opinion these two kind of cancel each other out to provide a aggressiveness that is right in the middle. I typically don’t recommend open comb or anything more than a four for anybody just getting started with wet shaving. But due to the small blade gap on the 1904, there is minimal risk for cutting yourself compared to other open comb safety razors. But because it has such a small blade gap I would not recommend this for people that have thick and coarse facial hair.
The 1904 safety razor is a three-piece safety razor just like the majority of the Merkur lineup. This makes it more difficult than a butterfly open or two-piece safety razor but I feel like it will last you a lot longer because there are no moving parts. If you’re careful with what you’re doing as you are replacing the blade there should be no safety concerns. Be sure to check out our article on the best safety razor blades.
Merkur 1904 Review Conclusion
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I really hope you guys liked my Merkur 1904 safety razor review. It is definitely a classic safety razor that is very unique compared to the most modern safety razors. It does make you feel more sophisticated and old as you are shaving with it! It has a good amount of weight for how long the handle is and it will do a lot of the work for you as you are shaving. The open comb will provide more of the blades edge to your skin and it cuts with ease. The grip could definitely be better but the sacrifice up for making it look extremely historic and epic. Let me know what you guys thought of my Merkur 1904 review in the comment section below. Also, if you felt this article is helpful please share it using one of the social media buttons on the side of the page. Also be sure to check out our definitive lists of the best shaving soaps, shaving creams for men, best shaving brushes, and even shaving bowls so you can have the ultimate kit. Have a great shaving day!
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