02-28-2013, 10:07 AM
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  • Attila
  • The Hungarian Blade
  • Vancouver, Canada
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I received my Merkur Progress in the mail the day before yesterday and I just shaved with it yesterday. I used an Astra blade and lathered up with the Proraso Red (Sandlewood) soap in the tub. No blade alignment issues whatsoever, using the Merkur recommended upside down loading method. This Red Proraso soap is their best in my oppinion for performance, not so much the cream but the soap is amazing. Only eclipsed by Mike's soaps.

This razor really likes to sing, you could definitely hear the cutting action. My two day growth was mowed down in very short order and on a setting of 3 I could really feel it taking the growth off. No tugging, but I could feel the efficiency of the razor at work. I may even try Feathers next time for a multi day growth. I found the grip easy to control due to the plastic/acrylic knob at the base of the handle. The shortness of the handle allowed for a high degree of maneuvarability.

I had to see what all the fuss is about this razor and I have to say I was pleased with how effective it was and I was not dissapointed at all in the hype. No blood seen and I ended up with a complete BBS on my face (perhaps the smoothest BBS I have ever had) and since I shaved last night as of this morning 10 hours later, I could just barely feel any hint at all of stubble. I don't think I have had this close of a shave from any of my razors, even my beloved 37C slant and my Tradere OC 2'nd gen which is also a superb razor.

No wonder Mark (Mantic) loves this razor so much. I can see this one staying at the top of my rotation and I highly recommend it to anyone on the fence about trying it. All the good stuff I have read about this razor is true and then some...

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 02-28-2013, 10:10 AM
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  • Dave
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Merkur knows how to make an adjustable. I love my Progress and my Futur and I'm sure I'd love a Vision as well.

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 02-28-2013, 10:15 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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(02-28-2013, 10:10 AM)Dave Wrote: Merkur knows how to make an adjustable. I love my Progress and my Futur and I'm sure I'd love a Vision as well.

If you ever get a Vision, let me know.Biggrin

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 02-28-2013, 10:16 AM
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  • Dave
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(02-28-2013, 10:15 AM)Johnny Wrote:
(02-28-2013, 10:10 AM)Dave Wrote: Merkur knows how to make an adjustable. I love my Progress and my Futur and I'm sure I'd love a Vision as well.

If you ever get a Vision, let me know.Biggrin

Johnny my friend, you'll be the first in line Biggrin

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 02-28-2013, 10:17 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I will say thanks to the generosity of Dave, I had the pleasure of testing his Progress for almost a week. I was quite impressed with it, so much so that I bought the one Ben had for sale on the B/S/T. It will be my only DE razor.

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 02-28-2013, 10:19 AM
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  • Dave
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The Futur to me shaves just a tick better and is a tad more aggressive but the Progress is no slouch on it's own.

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 02-28-2013, 10:21 AM
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Attila, great to hear!!
i had mentioned that the Progress was a great shaver and i hope you continue to enjoy it.

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 02-28-2013, 10:24 AM
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  • celar36
  • Enjoying Life 1 shave at time
  • London, UK
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I am more and more in this Progress thing. I might buy it as my only the only and the one new razor. Price, quality, effectiveness and adjustable. A good choice seems to be. Star-wars-smiley-023

or have one adjustable one sb and one OCTongue

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 02-28-2013, 10:48 AM
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  • Attila
  • The Hungarian Blade
  • Vancouver, Canada
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(02-28-2013, 10:21 AM)celestino Wrote: Attila, great to hear!!
i had mentioned that the Progress was a great shaver and i hope you continue to enjoy it.

Thank you my friend. Your oppinion was a big reason why I wanted to try one out. I am very, very glad I did. Thanks for the comments guys.

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 02-28-2013, 10:49 AM
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  • slantman
  • Expert Shaver
  • Leesburg, Florida
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The Progress is a great razor and for the money can't be beat.

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 02-28-2013, 10:53 AM
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I'm trying hard to get the Merkress XL, but always OOS/Sold out AngrySad

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 02-28-2013, 11:02 AM
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  • srgjazz
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  • Santa Monica
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I really like mine. I put the handle into the head facing up. Then flip it and hold down the cap while turning. Sets to 1 every time. Started doing all passes and touch ups at 3.0. Now do the WTG at 4.0 and the XTG and ATG at 3-3.5. I then touch up back at 4.0. Best blade so far is the Gillette Silver Blue. I could never get this close a shave with my EJDE89. Have a Weber on the way. Excited to compare. May consider a Slant and an Open Comb in the future.

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 02-28-2013, 11:45 AM
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  • tgutc
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  • Michigan
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I might have to cave one of these days and snag a Progress. A lot of good press lately on them.

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 02-28-2013, 01:16 PM
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  • TexBilly
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  • Austin, TX
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Just received my Mergress conversion yesterday. Might send my other Progress out for an XL conversion soon. Yeah, I like the razor.

Johnny, the Vision is really nice but after using the Progress for so long, its jumbo size does require some adjustment (maybe even moreso compared to your SEs). Still, a very, very nice TTO. No, you may NOT borrow it. Tongue

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 02-28-2013, 03:29 PM
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  • Carson
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  • Adelaide, Australia
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Agreed. The progress is a great razor. Its easy to manoeuvre and is very comfortable to use. Add to that the ease of disassembly and cleaning and its a winner all round.

The knob alterations are nice too as they give it a slightly different feel in the hand.Cool

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 02-28-2013, 03:41 PM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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I have the Mergress, Futur and Vision. I also have a Mergress XL en route. All great razors!

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 02-28-2013, 04:44 PM
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  • matloffm
  • Senior Member
  • Culver City, CA
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I have been proselytizing for the Progress since I got mine last year. It is efficient even at a setting of 1. I recommend it as a first razor over the objection that it adds complexity. Start low and stay there until your needs or technique require you to open it up. Between 2 & 3 most shavers will get a DFS to BBS shave.

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 02-28-2013, 04:55 PM
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  • tgutc
  • Senior Member
  • Michigan
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Dave was nice enough to offer to send his Progress to me to try. I'm very excited about!

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 02-28-2013, 05:08 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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(02-28-2013, 04:55 PM)tgutc Wrote: Dave was nice enough to offer to send his Progress to me to try. I'm very excited about!

You might as well go ahead and order one from Phil because you will want one after you use Dave's. Biggrin

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 02-28-2013, 05:13 PM
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  • Dave
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My Progress is magic!!!

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