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Merkur 42C 1904 Classic Chrome Safety Razor

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The Merkur 42C Safety Razor "1904" safety razor with a straight safety bar is a chrome-plated vintage classic in a 3-piece design. A throwback to the original 1904 Gillette showpiece, the Merkur 42c features the traditional hexagonal six-sided diamond-patterned handle for superior grip conveying a classic look in a modern razor-like design. Made of durable nickel plating the handle feels good in the hand, offers superior grip, and highlights the Merkurs 42c 1904 aspects of elegance combined with functionality. Don't let the short handle shy you away, it is deliberately constructed for using your fingertips rather than your full hand for fine precision control rather than beard mowing.

The three-piece head design enables you to change blades quickly and be shave-ready in no time, by simply unscrewing the handle from the two-head plates, swap out the blade and add your favorite DE razor blade and you are ready to go. Aficionados of Merkur razors might notice something familiar in the Merkur 42c 1904 classic in its head design. It's the same exact head design as the most popular 34C safety razor and the same great mild shave!


The head of the Merkur 42c safety razor is manufactured using a zinc die-casting process for impeccable quality and maximum precision around complex contours and sensitive areas. For adequate weight distribution, a brass body is used for the handle fine-tuning the balance of the merkur 1904 safety razor. The chrome finish protects the razor from corrosion and underscores the timeless classic design.


The Merkur 42c 1904 de safety razor with a closed comb is the total classic wet shaving experience. If you have sensitive skin then this is the perfect razor of choice for you. With a closed comb straight safety bar that delivers optimal protection against razor burn yet also offers a close and comfortable shave. Thanks to the closed comb, you will intuitively find the right setting angle of the cutting edge to start your shave. If you are transitioning from disposable razors or a cartridge razor, or new to de safety razor shaving the Merkur 42c 1904 is an effortless introduction to the exciting world of traditional wet shaving as your first de razor and a great daily shaver.


  • Three-piece head design double edge safety razor design for easy blade changes
  • Medium aggressiveness and a mild shave
  • A perfect¬†travel razor
  • The blade gap is optimally accommodated for shaving both facial hair and body hair
  • A great razor¬†for novices and experienced wet shavers
  • Short and slim handle¬†for enhanced accuracy and control
  • Durable, easy to clean, easy to use
  • Includes one¬†Merkur blade¬†to get started

Safety Bar: Closed Comb
Aggressiveness: Medium
Compatible with any high-quality double edge razor blades for DE razors

Length: 3.3 inches ( 8.4 cm)
Weight: 2.39 ounces (68 grams)
Made in Solingen, Germany

Handle material: Chrome-plated brass
Razor head material: Chrome-plated Die-casted Zinc

*The safety razor Merkur 42c 1904 classic works well with any standard double edge blades (DE) such as an Astra Blade, or Merkur replacement blades for safety razors.


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    Greg SVG verified by SHOP
    United States United States

    The service from Grown Man Shave is ‚ÄúSpot On‚ÄĚ. You cannot go wrong with the Merkur name and the 34G is no exception.

    JAMES E.
    United States United States

    Smooth Operator

    The Merkur shaves smooth as silk. I found it comfortably mild and efficient.

    United States United States

    MERKUR 39C

    Merkur must be German for moderate. No crack on quality though, this is a well made item. My beard is pretty tough. I had to find a more aggressive razor and I was hoping this would be the one. I tried adjusting the angle and different blades and I never quite achieved a close shave, on my face. I did develop a bumpy chin from so many passes. I thought I would have to relegate this well made device to an adornment. I realized I had not tried it on my head. I never use the same razor for both. I loaded it with a Bolzano blade and had a really good head shave. This is the one but not for my face. I do believe this would be an excellent razor for someone with light to moderate beard coarseness. Grown man shave had this at the best price I had seen for this razor.

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