Merkur provide the following information regarding the Merkur Vision 2000 razor:
“In order to prolong the life of your safety razor it is necessary to clean the moving parts of your razor after each shave, for example with a soft nail brush or tooth brush. Only if the soap residue is removed thoroughly, the mechanics of your razor will work satisfyingly in the long run. We suggest completely breaking down your razor for a thorough cleaning with each new blade that you install in the razor.
In contact with hard, calciferous water all parts of the razor need to be de-calcified regularly, depending on the concentration of lime in your water. The parts should be put into a diluted and lukewarm decalcifying solution every few minutes. It is also recommended to move the mechanical parts a few times, so the solution can get into every crevice.
A more extended contact with the decalcifying solution will destroy the surface and corrode the metal of your razor.”
The Merkur Vision safety razor features a number of moving parts to operate the butterfly mechanism and provide adjustability. It is important that these steps are carried out to ensure the longevity of this razor.
MERKUR VISION 2000 SURGERY – HOW TO TAKE THE VISION APART
WITH THE RECESSION LOOMING OVER OUR HEADS, MANY OF US ARE KEEN TO CUT OUR COSTS AND SHAVE ANY UNNECESSARY EXPENDITURE FROM OUR OUTGOINGS.
Rather than growing a beard, you might wish to remain clean shaven, which means buying razor blades. We’ve all bought the latest multi-blade razor with the lure of exciting marketing, tempting packaging and a free blade only to be stung by the cost of replacements. A pack of new razor blades often costs many times that of the razor – as much as £2.20 per blade!
Brands such as Gillette or Wilkinson Sword might sell the razor for little or no profit, simply to get you hooked on their own particular fitment and design of razor blade – where they make the real money. After all, if you don’t buy any more blades, your new razor will be useless and a waste of money!
A classic safety razor can not only provide an improved shave, but also a cheaper shave. Consider this; a 4 pack of Gillette Fusion razor blades costs around £9.99. A pack of 10 Merkur safety razor blades is just £4.95. Even more impressive, £9.95 will buy you 100 Derby Extra double edge razor blades or 25 times as many Derby razor blades than Fusion blades,with change to spare!
What does cost a little more is the razor. When you buy a safety razor, you’re not buying into a “shaving system”, locked into one type of blade by one manufacturer who can then charge heavily for the blades. You’re investing in a razor than can accept a wide range of razor blades, with different properties to suit your beard and skin type, to give you a better shave.
The range of safety razors provides another opportunity to tailor your shave to you. Our range of safety razors includes adjustable models – which increases the angle and exposure of the blade to the skin; slant bars – with an angled head which slices through the beard; non-adjustable razors – ideal for beginning with; travel razors; short handled designs and long handled designs.
Prices for our Merkur safety razors range from £19.95 to £64.95 for the hand-assembled Merkur Vision adjustable razor. Rather than being a piece of plastic, Merkur safety razors are manufactured from steel, chrome, nickel and brass in Solingen, Germany – the German equivalent of Sheffield – renowned for steel making.
The primary reasons for people switching to a safety razor are the quality of shave and shave experience, and the ever rising cost of buying into the latest fad in multi-blade marketing. A good quality double-edge razor blade costs under 40 pence, compared to the multi-blade cartridge coming in at around £2.50. Not only is there less waste generated in these climate-concious times, but double-edge blades being more cost effective means you’re likely to change it (we recommend weekly) and get a better shave than squeeze a few more shaves out.
Did you know: Multi-blade razors are nothing new – in 1933 an Italian called M Pelizzola filed a patent for a 5 blade razor – the Mvltiplex.
KNOW YOUR RAZOR
Shaving with a Double-Edge Safety Razor will take some practice. If you’ve previously wet shaved with a multi-blade razor you’ll immediately be aware of the extra weight a safety razor carries. A well made razor will exert enough pressure through it’s own weight to allow the razor to glide across your face and give a close shave. Applying too much pressure will remove skin layers and irritate leading to razor burn.
When picking up your DE razor for the first time, place it horizontally against the face with the handle pointing out sideways. Bring the handle down to approximate an angle of 30 degrees between the blade and skin. This is a good starting point and should be maintained where possible. For areas such as the chin and jaw, use shorter strokes to maintain the angle.
Did you know: The average man will use 150 to 200 strokes when shaving – as a rule, the thicker the beard the shorter the stroke.
As you move around the face, stretch the skin either with a series of embarrassing gurns or your spare hand. Stretching the skin exposes more of the hair shaft by opening the hair follicle, allowing for a closer shave.
With time you won’t need to think about the angle you hold your safety razor, it will come naturally and your shave will become quicker, closer and more enjoyable.