The Merkur 23c has an extra-long handle that results in a less aggressive shave compered to the shorter handle models. It also makes it easier to grip. The handle is made from brass and is chrome plated. A firm grip is achieved via the diamond patterned knurling and the protruding lip of the end cap.
In terms of construction, it is a three-piece double-edged razor. The top plate and bottom plate of the razor head screw into the handle. This makes blade replacement easy and convenient. It also has a closed comb head design that improves safety and helps reduce the chance of knicks and cuts.