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Rockwell Razors 6C vs Merkur 34C

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The Rockwell Razors 6C and Merkur 34C are two very popular safety razors. Their beginner-friendly designs are perfect for those just getting into traditional wet shaving.

The 6C offers swappable base plates that let you adjust the blade gap, which impacts how aggressive the shave is. The Merkur 34C, meanwhile, has a fixed blade gap and relies on German precision engineering for a smooth shave. So, which one is the right one for you?

In short, both are fairly good in their respective category. However, we would have to get a slight edge over the Rockwell Razors 6C as it provides versatility with the different base plates. That being said, the Merkur 34C is a very solid razor and is a great choice for those who want a bit more precision in their shaving experience.

Let’s look at each razor to see how they compare.

Product Comparison

FeatureMerkur 34CRockwell Razors 6C
CombClosedClosed (Adjustable)
CompositionBrassChromed Zinc Alloy
Country of OriginGermanyChina
Number of Pieces23
Price$36.00$60.00
Shave PerformanceMild to Moderate AggressivenessVaries Based On Plate
GripKnurledKnurled
Blade CompatibilityAll double-edge safety razor bladesAll double-edge safety razor blades
Weight (oz)2.723.50
Weight (g)77100
Length (in)3.193.74
Length (cm)8.19.5

Weight

The Rockwell Razors 6C is a heavier razor than the Merkur 34C. It weighs 3.50 ounces, compared to the Merkur’s 2.72 ounces. The extra weight of the Rockwell provides stability and pressure when shaving, making it a good choice for those with thicker hair.

The Merkur 34C is a lighter razor, which some users prefer because it is easier to maneuver around the face. If you have thick facial hair, you may need to slightly increase the pressure you apply when shaving with the Merkur. Otherwise, if your hair tends to be rather thin or even normal, then the weight provided with the Merkur should be just fine.

Razor NameWeight (oz)Weight (g)
Merkur 34C2.7277
Rockwell Razors 6C3.5100

Length

length of 6c and 34c side by side

The Rockwell Razors 6C is slightly longer than the Merkur 34C. It measures 3.74 inches, compared to Merkur’s 3.19 inches. This makes the Rockwell preferred by those with larger hands or for those who prefer a longer razor for a better grip. The extra length also makes reaching tricky areas, such as the neck, easier.

However, don’t dismiss the 34C right away.

The shorter length of the Merkur 34C performs exceptionally well for those with smaller hands and is easier to control, especially when shaving around delicate areas, such as the upper lip.

Razor NameLength (in)Length (cm)
Merkur 34C3.198.1
Rockwell Razors 6C3.749.5

Composition

merkur 34c on a towel
Source: dovo.com

The two razors have different compositions, with the Rockwell Razors 6C made of chromed zinc alloy and the Merkur 34C made of brass and die-cast zinc alloy. Both are made from the lowest grade of metal, Zamak (commonly referred to as pot metal).

To protect the cheap frame, both razors have chrome plating, which also gives them a nice shine.

However, the reliance on chrome plating means that both razors are susceptible to cracking or chipping, especially if they are dropped. If this happens, it is important to replace the razor.

Lastly, given the reliance on subpar metals, the threads on the screw for both the 6C and 34C may strip or completely break after extended use.

Grip

Both razors have a diamond knurling pattern on the handle that provides a good grip, even when your hands are wet. However, head-to-head we would have to give a slight edge to the Rockwell Razors 6C as the knurling is a bit more pronounced.

Related: Rockwell Razors 6C Review

Country of Origin

Rockwell makes the 6C in China, whereas the 34C is made in Germany. Some users prefer German-made products, which tend to be of higher quality. Others prefer products made in China, as they are often more affordable. However, when comparing the build quality of the two razors, we would say they are pretty even.

Even users who have used the razors for years can attest to their durability and longevity.

Number of Pieces

pieces of rockwell and merkur

If you’re looking for a classic safety razor experience, the Rockwell Razors 6C is the way to go. With three pieces (baseplate, cap, and handle), it’s easy to clean and assemble. We’ll touch on the blade gap between all the different baseplates in just a bit.

The Merkur 34C, on the other hand, has a two-piece design (handle and head). The head is not adjustable, which some users prefer as it takes the guesswork out of setting the blade gap. In addition, the head can be unscrewed from the handle for cleaning.

Some may prefer that the base plate detaches from the handle for easy cleaning, but this depends on personal preference. So if you like to keep your grooming gear nice and tidy, then the Rockwell Razors 6C would probably be the better choice.

Price

A significant price gap separates both of these razors. The Rockwell 6C retails for about $60, whereas the Merkur 34C costs $36.

Of course, you know your budget best, but we feel that both razors are priced fairly, considering their quality.

Blade Compatibility

Both safety razors are compatible with all double-edge safety razor blades. This means that you can use various blades with either razor, giving you more options to find the perfect blade for your needs.

Shave Performance

man shaving with 6c
Source: getrockwell.com

When using either razor, you can expect reliable results. The Merkur 34C this razor tends to run mild to moderately aggressive. As a result, it will provide a very close shave with little irritation. However, don’t be surprised if you do have to go over an area more than once to get a completely smooth shave.

As for the Rockwell Razors 6C, the aggressiveness largely depends on the baseplate you use. R1 thru R3 will be best for men new to wet shaving who have sensitive skin or moderately thick hair. R4, R5, and R6 are recommended for those with thicker hair or those who have been wet shaving for some time and are looking for a more aggressive shave.

Razor Bumps

Both razors perform exceptionally well and should not cause razor bumps as they only cut the hair to the skin level, never below.

Blades

rinsing 6c
Source: getrockwell.com

Rockwell gives you 5 Swedish stainless steel blades with the 6C. Merkur includes just one Merkur stainless steel blade with the 34C. Each blade for either razor should last you about five shaves. Do yourself a favor and pick up a variety pack of razor blades that include popular brands like Feather, Gillette, Personna, and Wilkinson Sword.

Upgrade the Shaving Cream

Safety razors work well at removing hair; however, they really depend on well-made shaving cream to protect your skin while shaving. Good shaving cream will help the razor glide over your skin, reducing friction and irritation. Additionally, a thick lather will help retain moisture, keeping your skin hydrated throughout the shave.

While a canned cream can work with these razor blades, neither will likely not feel nearly as comfortable if don’t you use halfway decent shaving cream.

Peer Reviews

Aside from our reviews, we also looked at what others had to say about the Rockwell Razors 6C and Merkur 34C. Most found the razors enjoyable to shave with, even if they were new to traditional wet shaving.

That being said, the biggest persistent complaint across the board was that users weren’t happy with the long-term durability of these razors. In particular, many users noted that 34C simply showed signs of wear after a few years of shaving with it.

Additionally, one reviewer found that the 6C was “considerably smoother” than the 34C.

Alternatives Section

Aside from the 6C and 34C, we wanted to briefly mention a few other safety razors that you may want to look at.

  • Merkur 23C: 1″ longer than the 34C, the 23C is a great choice for those with larger hands. It is one of the most popular safety razors on the market, offering a fairly good shave. However, it is rather light at 2.12oz.
  • Rockwell Razors 6S: If you aren’t thrilled that the 6C is made in China and relies on sub-par metal, then the 6S could be a good alternative. The 6S is made of stainless steel, which will last much longer and can take a beating. The 6S is also made in the USA.
  • Rockwell Razors 2C: This is just the 6C with just one base plate (the most popular one, R1/R3), and it is priced at $20 cheaper. Consider this if you don’t have a whole lot of interest in changing the blade gap often (read the review of the 2C).

Here are the razors mentioned above compared to the 6C and 34C:

Safety RazorWeight (oz)Weight (g)Length (in)Length (cm)PriceAggressionCompositionGripComb
Merkur 23C2.12604.210.7$37MildBrassKnurledClosed
Merkur 34C2.72773.198.1$36Mild To Moderate AggressivenessBrass, Zinc AlloyKnurledClosed
Rockwell Razors 6S4.21183.759.5$120Varies Based On PlateStainless SteelKnurledClosed (Adjustable)
Rockwell Razors 6C3.51003.749.5$60Varies Based On PlateChromed Zinc AlloyKnurledClosed (Adjustable)
Rockwell Razors 2C3.531003.749.5$40Varies Based On PlateChromed Zinc AlloyKnurledClosed (Adjustable)

Conclusion

While they are close in shave performance, the 6C simply has more features that make it the better razor, in our opinion. However, the 34C is still a very solid razor and is a great choice for those who want more precision in their shaving experience.

We hope this article was helpful in your search for the perfect safety razor. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to us.

Adam Williams

As the lead editor of Tools of Men, Adam loves men's grooming products. Particularly of interest is managing facial hair and perfecting the art of the modern man's skincare routine. His work has been featured or quoted in several publications, including New York Magazine, Vice, Sharpologist, MIC, Elite Daily, and more.

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