Muhle R89 Review
A very popular choice for many guys when it comes to choosing a DE safety razor is the Muhle R89 model. This one comes in three slightly different versions which are:
- R89 Closed Comb in chrome
- R89 Closed Comb with a Rose Gold Handle
- R89 TWIST Closed comb
These are essentially the same model of razor but they vary slightly in design. By far the most popular is the first one on my list and it costs in and around £25. The rose handles version is slightly more expensive at around £29 and the TWIST version is the most expensive at an average price of about £37 depending on where you make your purchase.
The image above shows the first one on the list and as you can see this is a nice looking razor. Muhle are a German company and they are well known for making high quality shaving products. This one is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a quality wet shave. As you can see there is a very classical look and feel to this product.
Quick Guide to the R89
For those who don’t have time to read a full review I have shown a quick guide below:
- 117 buyers at Amazon rate this product a whopping 4.8 out of 5 stars which is impressive
- The average cost is about £25 depending on where you purchase it
- A perfect choice for beginners to wet shaving
- It will not rust
- The length of the razor is 9 cm
Detailed Review of the R89
If you would like a more detailed review then we have completed this below and we hope you find it useful and informative. This particular model (the chrome version) is the best selling product in the entire Muhle range. Not only does the razor look good but it also feels really good in the hand. It really does have the perfect balance and weight.
So in essence when you combine a good looking product that functions really well chances are you have a winner on your hands and that is certainly the case with the R89. It was first produced in 2010 and has sold well ever since.
Closed Comb Feature
Many DE razors have this closed comb feature. The entire purpose of that is to offer protection to the skin. Using a comb around the blade allows manufacturers to control and adjust the amount of the razor blade that is exposed. You want enough of this blade exposed so as you get a good shave. If too much is showing then it will dig into and cut the skin. On the other hand if not enough is showing, then you will simply not get a close enough shave.
Getting that balance correct is the key to producing a good DE safety razor. Muhle have nailed that to perfection with the R89 model.
The Feel Factor
It is hard to describe this to people in words, however I will give it a try. Some razors just feel good in the hand. They have a nice feel to them, a nice weight and most importantly a nice weight to them.
The R89 has all of those qualities and when you hold it in your hand you do get the sense that it is well made, has a nice grip thanks to the gentle knurl on the handle. The weight means that you don’t need to push this one into your face as the weight alone is all you need to use when making your shaving strokes.
Look & Style
You have seen the image of this one and also seen it on the video. That is all achieved by the chrome look and the mirror like finish. As you know with just a little maintenance chrome is easy to look after and is very resistant to any type of corrosion.
The handle from top to bottom is 9 cm in length with the actual handle being 8.5 cm which is ideal for most sized hands.
If you spend any time in various Forums people who use DE safety razors all think highly of this product both for its looks and also for the closeness of the shave you get from this day after day.
It doesn’t come with any blades which is disappointing so make sure to buy yourself a packet of those. We have done an article here which recommends using certain razor blades and you can read that by clicking here.
Muhle R89 Rosegold Model
I mentioned at the start there are 3 versions of this and this is the second one. The main difference is simply the handle which has been finished in a rose gold colour rather than the classic chrome. It is a nice looking razor and essentially it just comes down to your personal taste.
It would not be my own choice but people who like this look all think very highly of the razor.
This one will certainly make you stand out from the crowd. If you like the gold look then you will like this version for sure.
Muhle R89 TWIST Safety Razor
The third version of this is what Muhle refer to as the “Twist” element. This is an update version of the original 2010 R89 that I have already described above. They have increased the handle length by 1 cm from 9 to 10 cm. The twist element comes from the fact that with this model you twist the end knob of the razor to change the blade.
With the original model you turned the shaft and the razor came apart. I have shown this in the video below.
With the new twist version you simply twist the knob at the bottom and the head pops open making changing the blade that little bit safer. You can see how that works in the image below.
That is the only difference in the models but it is also more expensive than the original model. The extra 1 cm in length comes from the addition of the twisting knob. We would have been slightly concerned that this may have affected the balance of the razor but gladly it doesn’t. In fact this model has been rated 4.9 out of 5 stars so the rating has actually gone up. It is however worth bearing in mind that there are not as many reviews as this is a newer model so just bear that in mind.
Buyer Reviews Summary of the R89 Models
All of the various versions of this model get really positive reviews. If you are making the move to proper wet shaving then this razor is a very good choice. I have used this one myself (the original model) and it is good quality and gives a great shave. About 2% of all reviewers said they didn’t like this model but I am with the 87% who gave this a full 5 star rating.
This is a high quality product that will give you a very good shave. The Muhle R89 is a high quality, well made, good looking product that will give you any number of close shaves, so we have no hesitation in recommending this one to you.