Muhle R41 Review – Can you Tame the Beast?

Muhle R41 Review - Can you Tame the Beast? 1
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent

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  • Last modified: August 5, 2018
  • Weight
    Editor: 80%
  • Grip
    Editor: 80%
  • Length
    Editor: 80%
  • Aggressiveness
    Editor: 100%
  • Blade-Replacement
    Editor: 60%
  • Shave-Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Affordability
    Editor: 60%

Review Summary:


  • Very well constructed two piece safety razor
  • Looks amazing
  • If experienced you can get an amazingly close shave


  • The grip could be better

Hello visitors of PrimandPrep! Today I am going to be doing my second Muhle safety razor review for this website(The R41). The first review that I did was the Muhle R89 (which made the best safety razor list). People online this safety razor is referred to as ‘The beast’ because it is a very aggressive safety razor. This German manufacturer produces high-quality products that remind me a lot like the style of Edwin Jagger. And just like the R89, the R41 is incredible to look at. When I was first it is inspecting it I thought it was a three-piece safety razor, but my surprise it is actually a two piece safety razor. Let’s get right into my Muhle R41 review so you could learn all about this two-piece, open comb safety razor.


Weight and Balance

The Muhle R41 weighs is in at exactly 3.0 ounces. The very first time that I held the R41 I was expecting it to weigh more than 3 ounces because it feels extremely hefty in my hands. This is possibly due to the fact that the handle has a wide circumference to it. The balance point on the R41 is approximately a quarter inch down from the top of the grip. This makes the safety razor slightly handle heavy and I expect that this is due to the fact that the mechanism of the two-piece safety razor is towards the bottom of the handle. I feel like the balance is excellent for maneuvering the safety razor from one shaving position to the next.

Muhle R41 Review


That the first look of the handle, it looks like a typical cross-sectional hatch (or gritty metal) that is very common on a lot of Merkur safety razors. With taking a closer look, it seems that there are micro grooves that move in a wavelike fashion from the top of the handle down to the bottom. In my opinion this does not provide as good of a grip as a cross-sectional hatch grip but it definitely looks a lot better. At the bottom of the handle there is a very pronounced knob that protrudes a good amount from the rest of the safety razor handle. I feel like this provides excellent grip as well as a good place to rest your pinky while your shaving. It does not look like this knob can twist, but it is in fact the knob that is used to open or two-piece safety razor. It is very well integrated and definitely the fanciest knob that I have seen on any two-piece safety razor. It also doubles up and adds extra grip as well as a reference point for your hands. Towards the top of the handle there are two protruding rings in which the Muhle emblem is placed in between (very similar to Edwin Jagger razors). These can be used as additional grip if you prefer to have your fingers slightly above the balance point.


The Muhle R41 measures in at exactly 4.125 inches from head to toe. In general, this razor is longer than the majority of safety razors that I own. Personally, for me, this is a perfect length because of my above average sized hands. With my index finger at the balance point, it is a perfect length to have my pinky resting at the end of the handle.


Apparently the Muhle R41 had its design revamped in recent years to widen the top plate of the headpiece in order to decrease how much of the blade was exposed, therefore making it less aggressive. The first model of the safety razor was correctly nicknamed “the beast” because of how aggressive it was. I unfortunately never got to try the original safety razor but I can tell you all about my experience with this newly revamped model. After a few months of shaving with the R41, I can tell you that it is a fairly aggressive safety razor even after the revamped addition. I give it a 8/10 on my aggressiveness scale. The open comb on this safety razor really exposes a lot of the blade. The benefit of being so aggressive is that I got an extremely close shave and have been growing more fond of the safety razor the more that I use it! I would not recommend it to a beginner that is just getting started out with wet shaving, but for people with thicker beards or that have experience, there are very few razors that will get you a closer shave.

Blade Replacement

The Muhle R41 is a two piece safety razor that has an extremely elegant knob at the bottom that is used to open the headpiece. As I mentioned above, this did not look like a knob that could twist when I first observed the safety razor. The mechanism to open the headpiece is extremely smooth, and I found no problems while loosening or tightening the knob. I feel like the construction is on point and will last an extremely long time compared to other two-piece safety razors that I have owned. While fully tightened, the Muhle R41 holds the blade perfectly in place and I have experienced no blade movement during my shaves. Be sure to check out our article on the best safety razor blades.

Muhle R41 two piece DE razor

Muhle R41 Review Conclusion


Overall, I think that the Muhle R41 is a masterpiece! It has the perfect amount of weight to truly make your shaves effortless! For a person with large hands I really enjoy the added circumference to the handle as well as the overall length. The majority of the grip on the handle could be a little bit better that they would sacrifice the amazing look of the wavelike grooves that travel along the handle. This safety razor truly is “a beast”. I am sort of disappointed I was not able to try their first edition of the safety razor that was apparently even more aggressive than this. I cannot recommend this to any beginner, but for any the wet shaver that wants a fantastic shave with very little work, I definitely recommend giving it a try. I paired this safety razor with one of my Derby blades and has one of the closest shaves in the last six months. I hope you guys liked my Muhle R41 Review! Leave me a comment down below if you have any questions and please share this on social media if it was helpful for you! Also be sure to check out our definitive lists of the top shaving soaps, best shaving cream for menshaving brushes, and even shaving bowls so you can have the ultimate kit.

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