Merkur 42C DE Safety Razor

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Chrome plated DE safety razor with a closed comb head.

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The Merkur 42C DE safety razor is the perfect razor for those looking to get started with DE shaving. The closed comb head delivers a mild yet close shave and the patterned handle gives the razor additional grip.

The razor is a 3-piece design, so the handle, base plate and top cap are all detachable for easy cleaning. The razor is plated with polished chrome.

The 42C is also referred to as the Merkur ‘1904’, as the handle design is inspired by some of the first-ever safety razors introduced in the early 1900s.

  • Polished chrome finish
  • Patterned handle
  • Made in Germany by Merkur
  • Supplied with one Merkur blade
  • Handle length: 60mm
  • Razor weight: 70g
  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mohammad M.

    Excellent quality. handle it is bet short apart from that at is excellent quality.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nasrine A.

    Excellent razor

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve T.

    This is a nice little razor. Gives a very forgiving shave using the free blade packaged with it. Will have to see what it’s like with different blades. Finish quality is good but not as good as that of my Edwin Jagger 3D.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wilson L.

    Excellent razor, good weight and easy to get used too

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    william f.

    A very nice razor.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alan M.

    First time shaving with this type of razor, always used Gillette razors . Closest shave I’ve ever had, would recommend to anyone.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    KEVIN S.

    Very happy with the product

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Max L.

    This is my first DE Safety Razor, after an age of using a Straight Razor. So therefore, it would need to be the best, and a German made one would only suffice. From my understanding, baring in mind this is my first, the “closed comb” is meant to be a mild and more forgiving shave. Well, for me, it gives me the closest shave on par with the Straight Razor. In my opinion, it is like using a Straight Razor without the awkward handling and anxiety. And I have a more coarse stubble, which I am to understand would require an “open comb”. So with that in mind, I am still able to get an excellent and very satisfying shave. I may in time try the “open comb” version, however I get all I need from the “closed comb”. A very well made and fancy looking Razor.

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Daniel S.

    Great purchase. Really enjoy shaving now. Alum is a must have, better than shaving balm.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    John D.

    I bought this razor on simple aesthetic grounds because its style mimics the 1904 Gillette, however, the weight and finish is excellent particularly the polished surface of the blade cover. The blade setting is not aggressive but still gives a clean shave, the handle is a little short perhaps, but this forces you to let the razor weight to do the work allowing a nick free shave almost straight away.
    All round an excellent product.

  11. Rated 2 out of 5

    Mr G.

    If you like an aggressive razor then this is really not for you. A good starter razor, but when you progress to something else, keep the handle and pair with a new head

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Craig C.

    As a first timer I don’t have much to compare it to. I do however find the razor well made and of good quality . It is a good weight and I’m really pleased with my purchase thank you

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    William H.

    The Merkur 42c is good looking, great performing DE razor. The short handle and quality head offer a great shave, even with a mild Derby blade.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    mark h.

    Excellent item and service

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    İsmet K.

    I used R41, Wilkinson and Edwin Jagger DE89 Before. This is some kind of Safety razor such that it lies in between Edwin Jagger and Muhle R41. Aggresiveness is at the same range as Wilkinson Safety razor.

    This is now my everyday use Safety razor. I strongly recommend.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5


    This razor looks and feels great in the hand. It’s an affordable start to DEshaving at 20 quid or so. The handle is shorter than I thought it would be but as soon as I started to shave it felt right. I have nicked my self with it but its probably due to me being new to DE shaving. I did suffer from razor bumps on my neck but after only three shaves with it on three consecutive days I seem to have less irritation. I used to only be able to shave once a week at best with my Mach 3 due to irritation. I also get a better shave than a Mach 3. I recommend this razor for an inexpensive alternative to cartridge razors.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic little razor. So far shaving experience has been nick and irritation free. Very happy with the purchase and first class service from Shave Lounge.

  18. Rated 4 out of 5


    Only just started DE shaving so I wasn’t sure which razor to buy but after a bit of research I went for the 1904 partly on recommendation but also it looks great and was a good price.

    I was not disappointed, for a beginner like me it’s ideal, it’s a good weight and feels solid in the hand my only quibble is the handle is a bit short for a big handed bugger like me but apart from that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this razor to anyone. Add to that the great service I received from Shave Lounge and I’m a happy chap.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5


    Got onto DE shaving last year and used a Boots basic one until now. Find the Merkur 1904 with Derby blades gives an even better shave and is so easy to use. The shorter handle took a little bit of getting used to but overall it meant I improved my shaving technique. Very pleased with this razor and also excellent service from Shave Lounge.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    D. French

    This was my first venture into the world of DE safety razors, and it has been a great buy. Gives a very good overall shave, and far better than any multi-blade razor I’ve used in the past. The razor itself is built to a very high standard and feels solid and weighty. I’m now using a Merkur HD (34c), but I would recommend the Merkur 1904 as a perfect safety razor to begin with and learn a good technique, as there is a slight learning curve when using these type of razors.

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