The Merkur Model 180 is one of the best straight edge razors available today. It’s made of chrome plated steel, which is durable and gives it a nice heft to provide inertia for smooth shaving that is especially noticeable when coming from today’s plastic razors. The handle is knurled for non-slip use and is the perfect length for my big mitts. I could go on and wax poetic, but it’s already been done so many times I thought I’d just mention two places, besides reddit, where it has
been heralded as primo. The regular-length-handle version was chosen by The Sweethome as the best safety razor in their extensive testing and the long handled Merkur Model 180 (photographed here) is used by Lex Friedman in his essay The Wet Shave (which, as a side note, is featured in The Magazine: The Book, a collection of the editor’s favorite stories from the first year of The Magazine).