A Cut Above... Review by KenGriffith45
I started my DE Razor journey with a Muhle R89. That is a nice mild, easy on the face razor, very suited to a novice like myself. But I wanted more. I craved action. And so I picked up the Merkur 37c Slant when I saw it at a good price.
Well, it's a nicely made razor, although it felt just a tiny bit short in my hand - but that may be because I'm still new to all this, and haven't yet figured out how to properly hold my razors yet!
It has a good weight and a nice, unique look due to the slant setup. Obviously, that slant setup is why we're here - the blade gets an angled exposure and a fairly open one at that, showing a LOT of blade to your face! It IS a more aggressive razor than my R89, such that the first shave with it gave me my first nick. Minor. I survived. That said, I can see that this razor is probably not the best choice for a beginner, since it is fairly unforgiving of poor technique/sloppy handling. The shave you get though? Very close. I got my smoothest shave so far, so I am happy with this razor. I liked it despite the risk factor! I envision using the Slant for my first pass shave, then using the R89 for cleanup on a second & third pass. It will remove facial hair in a terrifyingly efficient manner - I just have yet to master it! (Posted on 8/31/2014)
Good razor - won't last forever Review by Josh
I had the opportunity to try one of these out for about a week. It offered close shaves once you get past the initial "slant" learning curve. It does have more margin for error than some of the more beginner friendly models, but seasoned DE users shouldn't have too many issues. My main complaint is in the material choice rather than the design. I'm not a fan of pot metal razors because as soon as the thin plating chips or wears off (in a matter of months for some and 1-2 years for others) the razor will eventually break or corrode. (Posted on 8/29/2014)
This should be everyone's second razor Review by Brian
People often ask "why do I need more than one razor?"
The short answer is that you don't, but if you are going to have more than one, your second razor should be a slant. For the money, this is the best slant razor on the market. Those which I would rank as being better cost two to three times what this razor does. This is a solid razor with lots of heft. It is also very aggressive and requires that you pay a little extra attention to your technique. However, of all the razors I own, I get the smoothest shaves consistently from this razor. The downside is that it may be too aggressive for some for daily use. That is why i suggest it be your #2 razor. If you shave every day, this can be a bit rough on your skin. However, if you go a few days between shaves, this razor can handle even the toughest of beards and slice through hairs like a hot knife through butter. For those with thick beards or coarse hair, this is the razor for you. If you feel like you haven't quite gotten that perfectly smooth shave you are after, then I suggest you give this razor a shot. (Posted on 8/12/2014)
Smaller handle Review by Jim
This is a pretty aggressive razor and demands respect. It seems like it would just eat you alive, but if handled with care your shave with be phenomenal! I prefer the larger handle on the 39C to this, but that's purely preference. YMMV as they say! (Posted on 8/11/2014)
Excellent slant Review by Paul
This was my first slant razor. I think I tried it too soon, as my technique was still developing. Even so, I could tell this was a quality razor. It cuts the stubble easily and smoothly, but be careful to map your growth pattern on your neck, or you might get some irritation. As always, take your time and things will work out fine.
This razor is the best way to find out if you like slants. (Posted on 8/4/2014)
Great slant razor to start with Review by dan
I heard so much about how slants are good for sensitive skin and tough beards so I decided to see what the hype was. Since the razor is very different compared to simple open and closed comb razors, I wasn't sure how to go about using it. I ended up shaving like normal and was astonished by how easily it cuts through my beard. It's an "aggressive razor" so you have to use little pressure but it really has extra cutting power compared to regular safety razors. Definitely recommend to try at least once. (Posted on 7/14/2014)
Great razor. My workhorse. Review by Chuck
The slant is kind of magic: like an aggressive razor, it easily gives me an extremely close shave, but it doesn't have the downsides of a typical aggressive razor: it's easy to avoid razor burn, cuts, irritation, etc., as long as you have decent technique.
Obviously, being made of pot metal, it's not as robust as a stainless steel razor, but being a 2-piece I don't think it has quite the same vulnerability to drops. And the 37C is the cheapest slant on the market, making it a great value. (Posted on 7/10/2014)
My favorite razor of all-time Review by Jason
This was my go-to razor for a long, long time until it broke. If you're considering a second razor, this is it. It's cutting-style is different from everything else, be it open/closed comb or adjustable. It's highly efficient without being aggressive and really knocks down the stubble with ease. To give you an idea of how much I love this razor, I'm about to buy it again to replace my broken one. (Posted on 6/30/2014)