Muhle is another German company that produces shaving products. We are going to review Muhle R89 Safety Razor Traditional, Twist, and Grande. Yes, Muhle R89 has 3 variants.
Muhle R89 Traditional Safety Razor
Dimension: 41 mm x 94 mm
Weight: 64 g
This is one of the perfect examples of a classic safety razor. It has 3 pieces. It means you have to dismantle the razor to 3 pieces before you can load a razor blade. It will fit a standard razor blade.
With the weight of 64 grams, this safety razor is considered light. The bulky look of its handle is a bit deceiving.
But the “light” weight has its advantage. It makes this razor a perfect transition from those plastic cartridge safety razors.
The biggest problem when you just transferred from the modern cartridge razor to a traditional wet shaving is balancing the pressure. You tend to overpressure your skin with modern cartridge razors and still have no nicks or cuts. It will be a different story with this safety razor. Overpressure will draw blood.
The full chrome plated razor is easy to take care for. All you need to do after using it is wipe it dry. (Be careful if a razor blade is still inside!) Of course for weekly or monthly maintenance, you will need a soft toothbrush and a mild soap. Brush all 3 pieces lightly with a mild soap. After rinsing, remember to completely dry it off with a towel. I never air dry a completely wet safety razor.
The handle knurling is a bit tricky. It mainly has vertical lines. No deep horizontal lines existed. It means when you are shaving from north to south, the razor may slip from your hand. You must remember this. Slippery when wet! 😀
You will need a short period of learning when you are new to this razor. Transitioning from a modern cartridge razor, all you need to remember is to use less pressure.
Muhle R89 Grande Safety Razor
Dimension: 41 mm x 107 mm
Weight: 80 g
I prefer this one in the weight category. It is significantly heavier than the traditional Muhle R89 safety razor.
Why? Because heavier razor uses its own weight as pressure onto your skin. All you need to do is glide the razor (without using additional force) to cut all your whiskers.
This version has longer handle. The longer handle is suitable for people with larger palms. It is 13mm longer. But for smaller hands like mine, the long handle is a bit difficult to maneuver.
Even though the handle is longer, the knurling style is still the same. Because of additional weight, the risk of slippery has increased. Just be careful not to drop loaded safety razor to any body parts.
This version is also full chrome plated. It will make the razor last a very long time. Just remember to dry the razor after every use. Do not wipe a loaded safety razor. The razor blade will easily cut you!
Muhle R89 Grande safety razor also has 3 pieces. All 3 pieces safety razors are a bit tricky when you are loading a blade. Not complicated, though. You just have to handle them on the holding side, not the sharp edge side. The advantage of having 3 pieces is it is easier to clean.
You will need a longer time for this learning curve if you just come from a cartridge razor. The weight of Muhle R89 Grande might throw you off. Just like any other traditional safety razor, do not use pressure when you are shaving. I just can’t stress that enough.
Muhle R89 Twist Safety Razor
Dimension: 41 mm x 107 mm
Weight: 90 g
This version is different from its brothers. It has only 2 pieces. The base cap is adjoined with the handle. It has a release mechanism by twisting the handle at the bottom.
The Muhle R89 Twist safety razor is easier to use when you are loading/unloading the blade. You just need to put the blade on the base, cover it with the top cap, and twist the handle. Do it backward when you are unloading the blade.
The additional mechanism adds more weight to the razor. I am not too fond of this “heavy” weight. You will find the heavier the razor, the faster your arm and wrist get tired. I am not joking. Somehow, shaving can be a tiring session.
Lucky for me, my facial hairs are limited only on the mustache and small chin area.
Cleaning Muhle R89 Twist safety razor can be difficult at times. Mainly because you can have water inside the handle. The water can be trapped inside and starts a corrosion process to the open-close mechanism. I will advise you to add a small amount of mineral oil inside the handle after every cleaning process. (Baby oil will do just fine).
I always put a bit of mineral oil on every razor that I have. Especially my straight razor. If you plan to rotate your razors, you should oil each one of them. Because you don’t know how long before you are reaching for your current in use razor.
I love how my straight razor performs. You should try shaving with a straight razor. Check here for additional information on how to shave with a straight razor.
Conclusion for Muhle R89 Safety Razor Review
Muhle R89 safety razor has 3 variants. Choose one for your own or have all three of them. It is a great razor.
Its head design comes with a closed comb. It means that the razor might be considered as a mild razor.
It is easy to use. Loading and unloading a razor blade need you to pay attention a little bit. You may accidentally touch the sharp edge of the blade. Do not shave if you are still sleepy or going into sleep mode.
If you are still considering whether or not to buy Muhle R89 safety razor, just go ahead and buy one already! You will not be disappointed!