Everything I'm reading suggests that the Merkur HD Classic is the perfect newbie DE razor; that's not in doubt.
It is, however, clearly heavier than standard; otherwise one would imagine it would be called the 'Merkur Normal Weight Classic', no?
I'm not a big man - indeed, 'slight' would probably be a better term; I'm 5'6" and hovering around 120 lbs. (That's not to say I'm underpowered, I was a wrestling champ back in University, and still play semi-competitive rugby). Is the HD going to be too heavy for me?
I'm not sure if I'd be better off with a razor like the 1904 Classic by Merkur instead.