Merkur 33c Review – Is the Classic Worth it?

MERKUR Classic 3-Piece Razor Double Edge Safety Razor
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent

  • MERKUR Classic 3-Piece Razor Double Edge Safety Razor
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  • Last modified: February 18, 2020
  • Weight
    Editor: 40%
  • Grip
    Editor: 90%
  • Length-
    Editor: 60%
  • Aggressiveness
    Editor: 60%
  • Blade-Replacement
    Editor: 60%
  • Shave-Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Affordability
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:


  • Well Constructed three piece
  • Great Grip
  • Simple and Effective


  • Really light
  • More aggressive than would like

Hey guys, today we’re going to be reviewing the Merkur 33c safety razor which made P&P’s definitive best safety razor guide. Another name for the safety razor is the Merkur classic. I think that the word “classic” is a great way to describe the safety razor because it is very simple, lightweight, well constructed safety razor that is affordable. It reminds me a lot of the Murker 34c except that the handle is slightly longer handle, the razor is slightly lighter and it is a three-piece safety razor instead of a two piece. Let’s get into the meat of my Merkur 33c review so that you can find out if it is the safety razor that is right for you.

Weight and Balance

The Merkur 33c weighs 1.75 ounces. This is definitely on the lighter and for safety razors compared to the majority of the ones that I own. Overall I do not like light safety razors because it requires slightly more work while shaving but there are definitely exceptions to this rule. This safety razor is slightly head heavy because overall the handle does not way that much. Overall I do really like the balance point because it is right at the top of the grip on the handle. This is typically where I like to hold safety razor the majority of the time. Another point I would like to make is because the safety razor is so light, it is very easy to maneuver from one shaving position to the next.

Merkur 33c Review


This is one of the strongest points for this safety razor. The grip is a type of gritty cross-sectional grip that is very commonly seen on the majority of Merkur safety razors. On top of that, it has a fantastic knob at the end of the handle with to horizontal grooves that let you know not only where the end of the handle is. I like to place my pinky on the end while shaving. This safety razor is very unlikely to slip out of your hands while shaving and it feels amazing as well.


The Merkur 33c measures in at 3.5″ is from head to toe. From my experience this is slightly shorter than the average length for a safety razor. Typically I like safety razors that have longer handles because I have larger than average hands, but my experience with the 33c has been nothing but pleasurable so far.


The Merkur 33c is more aggressive than your average safety razor. On my scale out of 10 I would rate it approximately a 6/10. This is more aggressive than I usually recommend beginners starting out with. This could partially be due to the lack of weight on the razor. In my experience lighter razors require you to pull the safety razor and do more work yourself which results in more contact between your skin and the blade.

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Blade Replacement

Blade replacement should be a breeze with this three-piece safety razor. Is just as well constructed like any of the other three-piece safety razors that are put out by Merkur. I actually prefer three-piece safety razors over butterfly open or two-piece safety razors because I feel that they will last longer because there are less moving parts. You need to sacrifice blade replacement use for durability sometimes. Be sure to check out our article on the best safety razor blades.

Merkur 33c three piece DE razor

Merkur 33c Review Conclusion

This is a very well constructed three-piece safety razor that I would recommend to anybody that has a thick stubble or need something more aggressive. It has an excellent price point, has fantastic grip and is very well constructed. If you are a beginner and decide to go with this safety razor, make sure to use a blade that is not so sharp, especially if that is your first time using a safety razor. I hope you guys liked my Merkur 33c review! Leave a comment down below and let me know your thoughts on this safety razor or on my site in general! Also be sure to check out our definitive lists of the best shaving soaps, best shaving cream for menshaving brushes, and even shaving bowls so you can have the ultimate kit.

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