Merkur Safety Razor in DC?
December 30, 2008 8:33 AM   Subscribe

Can I buy a Merkur Safety Razor anywhere in (metro-accessible) DC?
posted by phrontist to Shopping (9 answers total)
First place I thought of was The Grooming Lounge.

1745 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-8900

They have several varieties in their online store. I'd give them a call and see what's stocked locally.
posted by inigo2 at 8:43 AM on December 30, 2008

There is an Art of Shaving store at Pentagon City, but I don't know anything about that store. Online it looks like their stock is their own brand, but I'm not sure if they stock other brands as well in physical stores.
posted by OmieWise at 8:47 AM on December 30, 2008

There is also an Art of Shaving in Union Station; they have a number of safety razors, but they seem to be owned by Gillette and stock mainly their stuff. Might be worth a call, though.
posted by TedW at 9:11 AM on December 30, 2008

The safety razors at Art of Shaving are Merkurs.
posted by zsazsa at 9:29 AM on December 30, 2008

I have definitely seen Merkur's at the Art of Shaving in Union Station. Dont know if they have Gillette Safety razors there (the old kind) but if they do those are supposed to be very highly regarded as well.
posted by BobbyDigital at 9:43 AM on December 30, 2008

Oh, wow, I didn't know about the Union Station store--do they carry Merkur blades, as well? I've been ordering them online at a (relatively) huge shipping cost. Other brands just aren't as good.
posted by MrMoonPie at 1:00 PM on December 30, 2008

Other brands just aren't as good.

I don't know about that. I wasn't all that impressed with the Merkur blades. Whilst they are better than some, the truly best blades I have tried are Japanese Feather Hi Stainless. Sublime...
posted by tim_in_oz at 1:26 PM on December 30, 2008

Art of Shaving carries blades, but long term I'd just order them online. The guy at the AoS here in LA said they come out to about a buck a blade in the store, while Classic Shaving has them for about half that. (Merkurs, Feathers) If you fold them into a larger order or order a few months' worth, you'll come out ahead, and you can stay home.

Tim in Oz... I just got into wet shave myself, and just bought some Merkurs before reading your post. Nuts. I'll try the feathers when my Merks run out.
posted by Doctor Suarez at 3:21 PM on December 30, 2008

I second the feather blades. I found the Merkur blades to be similar to Feather blades that had been used them 4-5 times. They didn't feel nearly as sharp, and required more pressure, which caused more cuts.
posted by markblasco at 7:16 PM on December 30, 2008

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