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Rating: 8.7/10 (3 votes cast)
The Merkur 38C double edge safety razor is made in Germany and features a long "Barber Pole" handle, about three and three quarter inches long. The long handle gives great maneuverability in tight spots and the knurling provides a good grip. It is manufactured with several plating options, the most popular is the chrome finish.

A unique quality about the 38C is that it contains a solid brass core which helps prevent corrosion of the razor. The razor itself is recommended for those with a heavy beard, due to its aggressiveness. As far as longevity, the 38C is built to last. With quality materials that are crafted for performance, this razor will help to perfect the art of wet shaving.

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Pros & Cons

prosGreat long handle, Cool design
consMight be too aggressive for some

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Merkur 38C 8.7 out of 10 based on 3 ratings

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  • by TexasRed on August 28, 2012

    For the price, this is not one of my favorite razors. Chrome plating is uneven in spots, and the head seems to drag more than other razors I’ve tried, even vintage. It’s heavy & I do like med/low profile of the head, good for tight spots, but at times the handle might actually be too long.

  • by VirginiaWood on August 19, 2013

    Nice, solid, heavier weight, and long handle for man hands. Pretty easy and quick blade changes too. I do not find it to be that aggressive. Never had a nick with this razor.

  • by Zorro on January 11, 2014

    Love the 38C.

    It was my first quality safety razor and is not unexpectedly aggressive at all. The build quality is great and it looks great with that heavy & thick handle.

    Plus it has all the little things that make it even better such as no support in the middle of the safety bar gap (so hairs don’t get stuck there and you can clean easier/make more passes before needing to clean). Also the screwing mechanism comes off and goes on easily to allow internal cleaning.

    You really cannot go wrong purchasing this razor as long as you get it for a fair price.

  • by Mathias on September 11, 2015

    I have a Parker 96R which has a 10cm hdanle. The hatch-pattern grip on the hdanle I find very good, although since buying it I’ve learned that the black finish is only painted on. Still, a couple of weeks in and it’s been a nice razor to use, with a good weight in the hand.

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