Our History


The Beginning

Founded in 1896 by Emil Hermes, the company was intended to be named Hermes after the Greek god, but since there was already another cutlery company by that name, it was then named Merkur. As the Roman equivalent of Hermes, Merkur represents the Roman god Mercury.


The Early Models


The first razors for wet shaving already featured a safety comb, in which you clipped a removable, wedge-shaped blade. Shortened to 4cm, it was similar in form to a classic straight razor blade, however it needed to be regularly sharpened.

At the beginning of 20th century, production began on very sharp, double edge razor blades like those produced today. They reduced the risk of injury and when they were blunt, they were cheaper to replace.


Eventful Times

Introducing the slant razor—it was a 2pc razor with the scalloped bar in a 4inch heavy textured chrome/gold handle. It was mainly invented to reduce the growth of hairs as it would get a close shave with minimal irritation. The bottom of the razor handle has the symbol of the Roman god Mercury.


Merkur Patents

Over the years, Merkur patented several of its models. During 1958, Merkur acquired the patents for the double edge safety razors, and it was then stamped with "Made in Solingen" and "Germany." The razors were available in different forms of paper packaging as well as in box. During this time, the 0.1mm blades were also introduced.


Design and Branding

As a very classic product, the razor's design, packaging and branding still reflects the tastes of the past. The Merkur classic series is a 3pc razor with a 4inch long handle designed in an open comb, chrome-plated brass for a better grip and extra control.

Merkur has also introduced various forms of packaging, all of which presented their signature logo (the Roman equivalent of Hermes), thereby invariably reflecting a traditional and classic design.


The Economic Miracle Years

Following the death of his father Hans Hermes in 1957, Dietrich Hermes heads the business during the years of the "economic miracle," together with his uncle Eric Hermes. After his death in 1970s, Dietrich sells the company Merkur Stahlwaren.



In the anniversary issue of the publication Messer and Schere from 1929, Dovo and Merkur already happened to appear together. Merkur's biggest client, Dovo, acquires the company in 1996. The traditional production of double edge blade razors carrying the brand name Merkur continues under the same roof as the equally traditional production of straight razors from Dovo.

Merkur today, 2000

Proven tradition, modern design

The product line of Merkur has evolved with time, and has a variety of razors for all purposes. The Merkur Futur Adjustable Double Edge Safety Razor was then introduced with 1-6 adjustment settings and a narrow blade gap.

It has a unique snap cap, an adjustable closed comb and a wide, hefty handle suitable for wet shaves. Various other models such as Merkur 20C (3pc safety razor) was also introduced with a black aluminium and bright chrome handle.