Muhle R89 Review and Buying Guide 2018

Todays article is a Muhle R89 review – a German-made closed comb safety razor; We check out the Traditional, Twist and Grande versions.

How does it measure up against the bestselling Merkur 34c and Edwin Jagger de89?

Let’s find out in this review!

Muhle First Impression

This safety razor has a classic design, but important factors such as weight (the standard model is very light), high-quality material, the chrome finishing, the distance between the blade and handle, and the angle of the blade have evolved to near perfection due to a highly motivated and skilled design and manufacturing team.

After the parts of the razor are cast in brass or steel, they go through a specialized chrome plating process.

This provides its classic gloss and appearance and protects the metal underneath.

When you hold this one in your hand you will immediately notice the real German quality!

Please note – The Traditional version is also sometimes referred to as Classic and Standard.

If not particularly mentioned, we are referring to the Traditional version, if we are not explicit saying Grande or Twist.

There is also a Rosegold handle version (which is based on the Standard version).

The first impression is that it feels great in the hand, the finishing is perfect and it is designed to be lightweight.

This is handcraft at a high level for sure!

The standard version of this product weighs only 64 grams (2.26 ounces).

Generally, given that it is a closed comb, will provide you a mild shave.

However, it can still offer you a close shave when you want it to.

All you need to do is load it with a more aggressive blade like the Feather and you will be good to go.

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  • It has an excellent design and construction as well as a perfect chrome finish
  • It provides you with 3 options to choose from; the 3-piece or 2-piece. If you have bigger hands and therfore prefer a longer & thicker handle, Mühle has that option covered as well
  • It is perfect for persons who prefer a mild save (especially beginners)
  • It is lightweight which is perfect if you are transitioning from cartridge razors
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  • The two-piece Twist variation is quite expensive
  • Not the best choice for those that have a thick, tough beard

 

Conclusion: As our review will show; this is a great, but slightly expensive choice for beginners that want to get into classic shaving.

Stunning quality and finish. It is also a great 2nd razor for men who’ve mastered the skill of wet shaving and looking to invest in a high-end German quality.

 

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Versions

Many brands in the market today will provide you with either a three or a two-piece variant.

This DE shaving razor, however, offers them both.

It also goes further to provide you with a variant featuring an extra-long handle if this is what you fancy. They refer to the latter as the Grande.

Both the Grande and the Standard features the same head.

They come with a three-piece razor while the Twist version features a two-piece allowing for the base plate and the handle to be permanently bolted together.

Interestingly enough, some pro wet shavers who have tried this razor have gone on record to say that it is similar to the Edwin Jagger DE89.

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Here is another neat feature: It has (Standard and Grande versions only) the same handle as the “evil brother” R41 , so you can start your wet-shaving career with an ’89 and after a while, pick up just an R41 replacement headpiece and use that on the old and familiar handle.

What To Expect From It

We shall break this into different parts since it has different variants which sport some subtle differences.

Standard Version

FeaturesSpecsPerformance
  • Weighs 2.26 ounces (64 grams)
  • Measures 3.7 inches (94 mm) in length and 1.6 inches in width (41 mm)
  • 3 piece design
  • Polished chrome finish
  • Medium aggressiveness
  • Made in Germany
  • Great for beginners and people with sensitive skin
Model: Traditional Version

Overall Length: 94 mm/ 3.7 inch

Handle Length: 82.5 mm/ 3.2 inch

Handle Diameter: 12 mm/ 0.55 inch

Weight: 64 g/ 2.26 oz.

Material: Metal

Finish: Chrome

Type: 3 Piece Closed Comb

Adjustable: No

Knurled handle: Yes

Blade included: 1

Weight: (3/5)

Grip: (4/5)

Length: (4.5/5)

Aggressiveness: (2.5/5)

Blade Replacement: (4.5/5)

Shave Quality: (5/5)

Affordability: (3/5)

Classic Version

The traditional version is the lightest between the three variants.

It weighs only 2.26 ounces.

Such a light razor has its pros and cons. If you are transitioning from a lighter razor, like the cartridge type, then a light razor will make the transition to wet shaving easier.

You can later proceed to slightly heavier models.

During your transition phase, however, there are a few things that you should unlearn fast.

One of these bad habits is putting on too much weight on your razor.

You also will need to learn to use more of your shoulders rather than your wrist as was the case with cartridge razors.

As for the grip, the razor features a knurled design though it is not as deep as one would expect it to be.

When working it horizontally, you will not slip, but while working it vertically your hands can slip especially since they will be wet.

With regards to its length, the traditional version measures 3.7 inches (94 mm).

With this length, men with larger hands will find it comfortable and have just the right grip.

Finally, the standard version is a three piece razor.

This means that the razor has 3 different parts including the handle, base plate, and the head plate.

Muhle Twist

At 4.2 inches (107 mm), the Twist is the longest variant (along with the Grande) from this company.

In addition to this, it also is the heaviest of the three choices at 3.17 ounces (90 grams).

FeaturesSpecsPerformance
  • Weighs 3.17 ounces (90 grams)
  • Measures 4.2 inches (107 mm) in length and 1.6 inches in width (41 mm)
  • Two piece design
  • Polished chrome finish
  • Medium aggressiveness
  • Made in Germany
  • Great for beginners with bigger hands and people with sensitive skin
Model: Twist Version

Overall Length: 107 mm/ 4.2 inch

Handle Length: 95 mm/ 3.7 inch

Handle Diameter: 14 mm/ 0.55 inch

Weight: 90g/ 3.17 oz.

Material: Metal

Finish: Chrome

Type: 2 Piece Closed Comb

Adjustable: No

Knurled handle: Yes

Blade included: 1

Weight: (4/5)

Grip: (4/5)

Length: (4.5/5)

Aggressiveness: (2.5/5)

Blade Replacement: (5/5)

Shave Quality: (5/5)

Affordability: (2.5/5)

2-piece version

This variant features a thicker handle and has a completely different balance point that is closer to the end of the handle than the head.

With the Twist, you have most of your wet shaving concerns addressed.

Cleaning this version is much easier.

Why?

Well, rather than having a hole that runs through the shaft, this model is much shallower which makes it easier to clean with a swab.

This design, in addition to making it easier to clean, also reduces the chances of corrosion.

On the flip side though, it is far less aggressive than the standard version.

Adding to this, it works perfectly with mid-range safety razor blades like the Wilkinson Sword.

When you decide to use sharper and more aggressive blades like the Feather, you need to keep a sharp focus as well.

However, it is also important to know that how aggressive a blade feels on the face is also dependent on the person.

What may be aggressive for you could be mild for another person?

That said, if this is your first time trying out wet shaving, you probably should purchase a sampler blade set to find your preference.

Muhle Grande

Both the Muhle R89 Grande and the Twist version are of the same length.

The Grande version proves to be slightly lighter by aprox. 10 grams.

But unlike the Twist variation, the Grande is a 3 piece razor.

So in comparison, the Grande is more of a heavier and longer version of the standard razor.

FeaturesSpecsPerformance
  • Weighs 2.8 ounces (80 grams)
  • Measures 3.7 inches (107 mm) in length and 1.6 inches in width (41 mm)
  • 3 piece design
  • Polished chrome finish
  • Medium aggressiveness
  • Made in Germany
  • Great for beginners, people with sensitive skin and bigger hands
Model: Grande Version

Overall Length: 107 mm/ 4.2 inch

Handle Length: 95 mm/ 3.7 inch

Handle Diameter: 14 mm/ 0.55 inch

Weight: 80g/ 2.8 oz.

Material: Metal

Finish: Chrome

Type: 3 Piece Closed Comb

Adjustable: No

Knurled handle: Yes

Blade included: 1

Weight: (3/5)

Grip: (4.5/5)

Length: (4.5/5)

Aggressiveness: (2.5/5)

Blade Replacement: (4.5/5)

Shave Quality: (5/5)

Affordability: (2.5/5)

Long Handle Version

Ease of Loading The Blade

For the standard and the Grande versions, loading the blades is slightly more difficult since they are 3 piece razors.

Working with 3 different parts as you would imagine is slightly harder than with two parts.

Be careful when you are loading the razor and ensure that you hold onto the sides of the safety razor to have the blade aligned as you tighten the grip.

As for the Twist which features a 2 piece design, you have the base plate attached to the handle.

So to load the blade, you will need to twist a lever located on the bottom side of the blade and then remove the top cap to load the blade.

After loading the blade put back the bottom piece and then tighten it.

What Does Other Reviews and Users Say About the This Double Edge Safety Razor

Many persons who have made this razor purchase have just been introduced to the art of wet shaving.

Most have gone on record to state that they loved the experience especially because it gave them a smoother shave that was for the most part nick-free.

One user specifically said that with this standard model he used a Feather blade which gave near perfect results.

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There were, however, some concerns about the razor quality.

Some complained that the bolt broke off and some about the chipping of the chrome finishing.

A solution for these problems is to ensure that the razor is dried completely to prevent any corrosion of the metals.

Many find a cotton swab to be very useful for this.

But here is the thing, regardless of the variant that you choose you will still have a quality shaving experience.

Price

The variants all have different price tags due to their different features.

The two-piece razor is the most expensive since it offers more convenience when it comes to loading the blade than the other two variants.

Muhle R89 Review – Which Version Should I Choose?

Choosing between the three (or 4 if we include the Rose Gold version) razor variants is all a matter of preference.

But even then as earlier pointed out, you should bear in mind that the three-piece razors are easier to clean though they take a slightly longer time to assemble and load a blade.

The Twist takes a relatively shorter time to assemble.

Also, it is important to note that the aggressiveness of the safety razor, for the most part, depends on the blade that you use. That being said, the Twist version is a tad less aggressive.

The more aggressive the blade the more aggressive the shaving will be thus calling for more of your attention while wet shaving.

For some users, the light weight might be a drawback, as they don’t get that heavy, solid feeling but that is a personal preference.

Check out my Accessories, Blade Recommendations, Kits, and Gift Sets article for this razor

Check out my article on how it does vs Merkur 34c and Edwin Jagger DE89

I hope that my review and buying guide has helped you in your decision!

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