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Muehle Safety Razor
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Whether it’s a $15 fade-and-shave or the gentlemen’s full treatment, our nostalgia for barbershop culture is inescapable, if not gladly indulged. Even from underneath tacky signage, throwback décor and foppish cults, the shave shines through as a sacred ritual. As an ode to wet shavers everywhere, Muehle brings us light-pressure, slow-drag types a classic model for our particular pleasure. This shaver is double-edged with a forgiving, closed comb design, chrome-plated details, and a reassuring weightiness that can pull any wet shaver or dry convert back to feeling like a spruce swell.
Historically heavy utensils, safety razors have evolved into lightweight, plastic exaggerations, cartoonishly futuristic objects that must have their forebear’s lather-catchers spinning. Muehle’s razor harks back to the weighted control of the original big boys, like the Kampfe Star and Monks’ “Pig Scraper.” You may find that this razor glides on its own heft, a characteristic feature that sets it apart from pop-off cartridges and the disposable types.
With Muehle’s precision cutlery, your shave will no longer be a few cursory strokes between lather and rinse. Even on your busiest mornings, this razor gives you a quick respite with its responsive movements and efficient cut.
The closed comb design is less aggressive and easier to work with than open comb or slanted comb safety razors, and of course far less likely to slice a vein than a straight edge.
But no wet shaver is without its nicks. Muehle reminds us that while the razor quickly surpasses its peers on a familiar beard, newcomers will need a bit of practice.
Your skin will have to adapt to the shave of the razor, and your craftsmanship is brought to test as well. In other words, you’re both in this together. Even Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. once mused about his dear hoe-type: “The mowing operation required no glass, could be performed with almost reckless boldness, as one cannot cut himself, and in fact had become a pleasant amusement instead of an irksome task.” Once skin and razor have gotten to know each other, it'll be a bond that's hard to break.
Muehle collection with more than thousand items on exhibit
Never screw your Muehle too hard. That is to say, this is a screw-top safety razor with three pieces (handle, blade bed, and screw-top) that only needs a gentle tightening. It is even suggested that seasoned wet shavers loosen the screw half a revolution for easier contouring.
As they say, a longer lather makes for a smoother shave. Before going down your beard’s grain at Muehle’s suggested 30-degree angle, think about foaming up with one of their artisanal badger-hair brushes. And afterwards, keep your razor high and dry in their stand.
Muehle factory, Germany
Now under the Hans-Jürgen Müller GmbH & Co. KG conglomerate, Muehle is based in Stützengrün, Germany where crafters pore endlessly over product design and construction. Known for their signature badger-hair shaving brushes, Muehle also produces fine razors, soaps, creams and shaving kits.
Buffalo horn, urushi lacquer, bog oak, and velvet steel are just a few of the materials that are used in producing Muehle’s brushes and razors. Both luxurious and robust, Muehle’s basic materials are its trademark. Handcrafted in completely dust-free environments on vibration-cancelling granite tables, Muehle’s products are not to be decorative; rather, they are begging to be used.
Replaceable douple-edged razor blades
(razor comes without blades)