- Fantastic fit and finish
- Great mild razor for any beginner
- Lighter than I like for a safety razor
- Grip could be better
Just like Merkur, Muhle is also a well-known German manufacturer of safety razors. In my opinion though, their safety razors resemble those of Edwin jagger much more than Merkur. Today we’re going to be reviewing the Muhle R89 safety razor. It is a three-piece chrome finished safety razor that is absolutely stunning to look at. This is my second safety razor by Muhle that I have ever used. Let’s talk about what I like and dislike about the safety razor so that you can figure out if it is a good companion for you in your wet shaving adventure!
Weight and Balance
The Muhle R89 weighs 2.2 ounces. Just by looking at it, I was expecting it to weigh much more than this. Just as I was expecting, the handle was quite hefty as it had a decent circumference to it. Even thought the handle is light, to my surprise, the head of the razor was heavy. The two-piece head makes up more than half of its weight. The point of balance is a little bit higher up on the handle then I personally like because it makes maneuvering it around to different hand positions a little bit more difficult. On the other hand, I have heard people online talking about how they love the point of balance on this safety razor. I just wish it was a half ounce heavier.
When first looking at the handle I was expecting it to feel just like my Merkur 34c. It looks like it has a gritty metal feel to it. With a closer look you could actually tell that the handle grip is made out of a bunch of vertical wavy grooves that go from the top to the bottom of the handle. There is no cross-sectional grooves on the handle. If you move your thumb from the top to the bottom of the handle you can tell that there is a lack of texture. What this translates to is that it might not have the best grip if you have wet and soapy hands. The handle does look amazing though. The chrome fit and finish is absolutely stunning, I just wish that it was a little bit easier to hold on to.
The Muhle R89 measures in at 3.7 inches. I think this is a great length for any safety razor. As a person that has fairly large hands, I found it to be long enough so that I could use any hand positioning I desire. People with small hands will not think the handle is too long, which can be the case with a 4 inch safety razor. In my opinion this should be the standard length for all safety razors.
Before purchasing this safety razor I have heard people talking online that this is the exact same head that is used in the Edwin Jagger de89lbl. After closely examining the razor, it looks like there is a larger blade gap, thus making it slightly more aggressive as a good amount of the blade is exposed. I would rate it approximately a 4/10 on my aggressiveness scale. This is slightly more aggressive than the de89lbl or the Merkur 34c. Just like those two safety razors mentioned, it is a great safety razor for any beginner that are starting out with wet shaving. The head geometry is very precise on the Muhle R89. It aligns the blade perfectly so that everything is even on both sides.
Just like any standard three-piece safety razor, blade replacement is quite easy as long as you perform proper maintenance on cleaning your safety razor and are careful at all times. It is not as easy as a butterfly open safety razor, but it is also less likely to break down on you. This safety razor will last you a lifetime or two easily. Be sure to check out our article on the best safety razor blades on the market today!
The Muhle R89 gives me an excellent shape overall. Since it is a mild safety razor I am able to use whatever blade my heart desires while shaving. This would be a great safety razor for any beginner and also people with sensitive skin. The fit and finish on this instrument is absolutely stunning and is definitely one that I like showing off to my friends. There are a few things I wish were different though. I wish the overall piece weighed slightly more. The handle has a good width to it but it feels hollow to me which I don’t really like. I also wish that the grip was slightly better because I have had close calls with it slipping out. This Razor is in the list of the best safety razors that I created. You should check that out as well. Thanks for reading my Muhle R89 review. Let me know in the comments section what you think!
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