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Merkur Futur Adjustable Razor Reviews for the product - Merkur Futur Adjustable Razor (Back to product)
 
 
5 Product Reviews - Average rating 4.8 / 5 (Best Rated | Worst Rated | Most Recent | Oldest)

Superior product

- 9/29/2018

If looking for a quality well engineered razor designed to last, you won't be disappointed with the Futur.

I switched over to wet-shaving about 6 years ago. I normally have to shave daily to keep a smooth look.(Gillette Fusion, atra, e.t.c.) I've had the Futur for less than 6 months but this is the first razor that lets me skip a day if I want. Granted day 2 is obviously not the same as a freshly shaved face, but bearable, at least for me. Your experience will vary based on beard texture and growth rate.

Important points:
(1)This razor has some weight to it (which I like). This allows you to simply guide the razor across your face and as a previous reviewer mentioned, "let gravity do the work". If you're looking for and prefer a light razor, this one is not for you.

(2)The adjustable feature is great. You will probably find a setting you like and stick to it. I use it on the next to lowest setting. However, the ability to choose the blade exposure allows you hold the razor at a shaving angle that is comfortable for YOU.

(3)If you've never used a safety razor before, (This was my first) know that they will give you one of the closest shaves you've ever had, (aside from a straight razor and a professional barber). That being said, I urge you to do your homework and watch a few youtube vids, it easy to get nicked around the problem areas (this applies to all safety razors). I personally am able to get a smooth shave, (two passes of lathering) and suffer no cuts.

(4)Lastly I have no affiliation to Em's Place and nothing to gain, but I would urge you to continue supporting this small company and frequenting this site. I've never had an issue with any of my purchases, delivery is prompt and products are as described.

Hope this helps with your decision making process.


Close to the shave of a Vision but lower maintenance

- 6/21/2015

I picked one up as a replacement for my aged and ailing Progress. From my first shave, I could tell that it was clearly superior; I could have kicked myself for not upgrading sooner.

BTW, I have a fast growing, heavy beard; unless I get a near BBS shave in the morning, I need to shave again at dinner! The Progress was my first razor that routinely let me skip that evening shave. The Progress, in turn, was noticeably better than a 1904-type Merkur, and the Futur takes it to yet another level -- for me, that is.

I had originally hit the site intending to go for the top-of-the-line Vision, but learnt soon enough that it had been discontinued a couple of years ago. I googled around and did find a few NOS pieces at inflated prices.

I surmised that the Futur was Merkur's attempt to deliver the shave quality of the Vision but with lower maintenance requirements (A Vision needs to be disassembled and cleaned with each blade change! And also, maybe decalsified, depending on your water.) I think they've succeeded. It's "too close to call" for me.

My tips:

- Great face prep
- Great cream or soap (Brit preferred) applied with a great brush (e.g., Simpson's)
- Use fresh blades
- Use a feather-light touch (pun optional) -- the opposite technique than with multiblade crap.
- Use only a moderate aggression setting (2-4) but use....
- ...3 passes & touch-up
- The last pass and touch-up are against the grain.



Great razor!

- 2/16/2014

I've been using a chrome Futur for more than a year and really enjoy the shaves I get with it. It came as part of a 3-piece set I no longer see on the site. I use the setting that is the most closed and lather twice per shave.

Gold Merkur Futur

- 4/1/2013

As German (in good ways) as it gets -- heavy, balanced and ideal for heavy beard -- just angle it against your face and let gravity do the work -- lift-off top is innovative and functional for blade replacement -- handle can get slippery but no problem with alum (or just drying your hands during shave) --

Merkur Futur Gold-Plated DE Razor

- 4/12/2012

Gives an excellent shave and looks sharp in gold.