Muhle R89 vs Merkur 34c & Edwin Jagger DE89

 Muhle R89 Vs Merkur 34C & Edwin Jagger DE89

ModelOur RatingItem WeightItem Lenght
Muhle R89 Traditional(5/5)2.26 ounces/64 grams3.7 inches/ 94 mm
Merkur 34c(4.5/5)2.83 ounces/ 80.5 grams3.3 inches/ 84 mm
Edwin Jagger de89(4.5/5)2.2 ounces/ 62 grams3.9 inches/ 99 mm

First of all, none of the razors are bad razors, it mostly comes down to personal preferences and price.

Muhle R89

Pros

  • High Quality and great craftmanship
  • Excellent design
  • Perfect chrome finish

Cons

  • More expensive than the competitors

Merkur 34c

Pros

  • Affordable pricing
  • Great design and build
  • Knurling prevents the hand from slipping
  • 2 piece design easy to adjust the blade so that it is even on both sides

Cons

  • Very short handle

Edwin Jagger DE89

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Same head as Muhle R89
  • Different colors and handles

Cons

  • Quality is good, but not as good as Muhle R89

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Top Pick
Double Edge Safety Razor, Regular Handle, Knurled
Best Buy
Merkur Mk34c Double Edge Razor with Heavy Duty Short Handle
Editors' Choice
MUEHLE Safety Razor with Closed Comb, Handle Material Chrome-plated Metal, 1 Pound
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Edwin Jagger DE89
Merkur 34c
Muhle R89
Type
3-piece
2-piece
3-piece
Customer Rating
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Price
$44.23
$40.43
$56.00
Top Pick
Preview
Double Edge Safety Razor, Regular Handle, Knurled
Title
Edwin Jagger DE89
Type
3-piece
Customer Rating
Prime Benefits
Price
$44.23
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Best Buy
Preview
Merkur Mk34c Double Edge Razor with Heavy Duty Short Handle
Title
Merkur 34c
Type
2-piece
Customer Rating
Prime Benefits
Price
$40.43
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Editors' Choice
Preview
MUEHLE Safety Razor with Closed Comb, Handle Material Chrome-plated Metal, 1 Pound
Title
Muhle R89
Type
3-piece
Customer Rating
Prime Benefits
Price
$56.00
More Information

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Summary: The Merkur 34C HD is a great razor, it is more or less perfect both for beginners and experienced wet shavers.

The design and construction are of great quality, but that does not seem to affect the price of the product.

It still is a very affordable razor.

The two-piece design it sports makes assemble easier in comparison to many three-piece products available on the market.

The major downside is the length of the handle, if this concerns you, you might want to check out the Merkur 180 Long Handled Safety Razor – also known as Merkur 23C

If the price concerns you, you should have a look at our review of the Merkur 34C.

When it comes to the quality and finish – Muhle R89 is for sure the best pick.

But just to make this clear, the Merkur is not a bad quality, it is just that the Muhle safety razors are in a different league (and therefore more expensive).

The R89 also has a better grip and handle vs Merkur.

If you have big hands, then for sure the ‘R89 is a better option – and you should maybe consider the Grande version in this case.

Personally – if this is your first razor, I would maybe have gone for the Edwin Jagger DE89 – good quality, cheaper vs Muhle and same performance.

Muhle – a Quick Look at the Background

Mühle razors are being produced in Mühle’s own factory in Stützengrün, a 30-minute drive south from Leipzig, Germany.

Muhle started off as a company that made high-end shaving brushes but has since then branched out into all kinds of wet-shaving accessories such as high-quality shaving creams, stands and double-edge razor blades.

Wet shaving has recently caught on like wildfire.

Many new companies and brands have popped up like weeds in the spring.

However, even with the influx of new brands on the market, the company has is still considered to be one of the best and most popular.

This is courtesy of the precise design and construction as well as its flawless chrome finishing.

The fact that Mühle (mill), founded by Otto Johannes Müller in 1945, was built up in the ruins of war and has been in the business for the past 72 years is ample proof that they know their stuff.

Here is a video that shows a bit of the company background.

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