I have been using a Black Handle R96 Muhle Rocca since December 2016. You can browse the entire Rocca range at the bottom of this page. Simply scroll down to find them.
This is the first all stainless steel razor Muhle have produced, they are known for their huge selling R89 and R41 razors. The R89 is often criticised for being too mild while the R41 is known for being an exceptionally aggressive / close shaving razor. The Rocca razors I would say are somewhere in between, close shaving yet not aggressive.
The first things you notice when you take the Rocca out of the packaging are the generous dimensions and weight. The razor is heavy but not too heavy at 60g. I think the handle is hollowed stainless steel which keeps the weight down. It feels good in the hand the handle is 95mm long with a 14mm diameter; it benefits from a matte black coloured, honeycomb structure on the handle and a plain, matte finish on the head.
The head has rounded, chamfered corners and edges and a low profile head. Bulbous heads make shaving under the nose a chore; the low profile Rocca head by contrast makes shaving under the nose easy. Shaving sideburns and sharp beard lines with the Rocca will be easy.
Loading and unloading a blade is so simple thanks to two raised slots inside the top plate of the head that stand 3.5mm proud, they hold the blade secure and guarantee absolute accurate blade alignment.
The head is made by a process that is similar to injection moulding; the heads are not investment cast. The process used gives the head precise, uniform dimensions accurate to .25mm and faultless matte finish.
So how does it shave?
What struck me about the Rocca from day one was how easy and intuitive it is to use. I didn’t have to think about what I was doing, the weight, balance and blade exposure combine perfectly. This is a razor that feels just right in the hand and on the face and neck. After two passes I am left with a nice close shave; after three passes I am baby butt smooth.
This is a razor that the vast majority of men can use daily. In terms of closeness it is half way between the R89 and the R41 and a notch or two above the Merkur closed comb range which includes the 34c, 33c and others.
Rocca Brushes & Stands
Take my advice, Muhle Synthetic Fibre Shaving Brushes preform much better than their badger hair brushes.
Match your Rocca Razor with a Rocca Brush for the usual Muhle build quality and fuss-free design. For the complete look, add the matching Muhle Rocca Razor and Brush Stand.
The Rocca Razors are game changers, incredible value for money, sensationally well made, good looking and what a fantastic shave they deliver. I have no hesitation in recommending them to you.
Written by Brian Mulreany, Sales Director.