05-26-2014, 08:50 PM
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Hello All,

Have a quick question, I'm going to get Merkur Futur. I'm leaning toward the Chrome only because I've read a few articles/posts that people report the finish wearing off on the Satin. So I have to ask; is the finish really wearing "off" for these folks or is it water stains, satin finish becoming "shiny" due to wear/friction (buffing to a shine), soap stains, or really wearing off?

The Satin finish appears to look in photos like a "bead blasted" finish, but I'm thinking it's not really, but just a plating process that gives it that dull/satin look.

Chrome is kind of hard to beat as far as longevity when well taken care of. I'm not worried about the reported "slippage" in hand as my shave hand remains dry.

I have to admit I love the "space age" look of the Satin over the Chrome, but dang... the Chrome is sweet too!

Thank you in advance,
Steven Banks

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 05-26-2014, 09:09 PM
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  • bullgoose
  • The Enabler
  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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Welcome to the Nook!

My Satin Futur is now 5 years old and it still looks fine. The Chrome version is slippery and it can be an issue. If so, just use a bit of alum on your hand and you will be fine.

I would pick whichever one you find more attractive. Do not over think it. Biggrin

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 05-26-2014, 09:41 PM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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I have the Gold finish and the Satin.

It's a tough choice between the two, but the Satin is less slippery and for that reason alone it would be my choice if I could only have one...

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 05-27-2014, 05:56 AM
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Bullgoose, Ben74... Thank you so much for your responses and comments, its appreciated!

If I shop right, there's only a $6 difference.

Does anyone actually know what/how the Satin finish is obtained e.g., apparently its not a bead blast finish, but wondering because the word "brushed chrome" is not used in descriptions. It doesn't appear the be a powder coat. Just curious if anyone knows exactly how they achieve that finish.

Again gentlemen, thanks for your help on this.

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 05-27-2014, 07:54 AM
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No idea how they do it but my satin Futur still looks great.... Shaves great too.

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 05-27-2014, 08:10 AM
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my Chrome one looks great. However I would refer to Ben74 who has a satin and a gold.

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 05-27-2014, 09:01 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Whether the finish is polished or satin, both are chrome plated. Further both finishes will develop character with time and use. The polished will scratch more easily and the satin will likely exhibit less wear in terms of scratches. The polished may dull and the satin will no doubt "polish", but they are both meant to be used and in use will change slightly over time (without impacting on performance or longevity). And therein is the enjoyment.

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 05-27-2014, 09:47 AM
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GREAT answer Ben74... going with the "patina" disclosure! Love it... I'm gonna' go for the Satin.

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Correction, "patina" disclaimer... Biggrin

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 05-27-2014, 11:35 AM
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Personally, I think the Satin finish one looks a lot better. That's must my opinion, though. Looks classier, somehow.

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 05-27-2014, 01:14 PM
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Agreed Kingfisher... but I'd really LOVE to see this in a true firearm gun metal bluing. Man that be sooo awesome!

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 05-27-2014, 01:23 PM
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  • Attila
  • The Hungarian Blade
  • Vancouver, Canada
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Good choice on the satin. It's been a long time since I used mine since switching over to straights. But the grip was always much better on the satin version and is the only one I kept. A fantastic razor and the most effective and smoothest shaving DE razor I ever used.

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 05-27-2014, 02:00 PM
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  • Harvey
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  • North Hills CA
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I have a Futur to which BRW (may he RIP)put grooves about 1/8" apart to make it easier to hold without any possible slipping...I have also used a few o-rings on the other non custom Futur I have.

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 05-27-2014, 02:19 PM
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I'm looking forward to it Atilla... Harvey, O-Rings... brilliant should I ever need them. Man I wish I had married into money. Biggrin

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 05-27-2014, 09:52 PM
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I have a Satin and Chrome, no issues with either as far as finish goes.

I've never found them or any razor to be slippery when wet, now soapy would be another story.

My favorite razors along with my Feather.

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 05-29-2014, 06:13 AM
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  • Karlo
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(05-27-2014, 01:14 PM)S_Banks Wrote: Agreed Kingfisher... but I'd really LOVE to see this in a true firearm gun metal bluing. Man that be sooo awesome!

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True but bluing might not last very long and it will show scratches much quicker than a chrome finish. With the number of DLC razors introduced recently, I think the Futur would look great in such a coating. Price would likely go up though.

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 05-29-2014, 06:15 AM
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It would be awesome!

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 05-29-2014, 07:38 AM
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(05-29-2014, 06:13 AM)Karlo Wrote: With the number of DLC razors introduced recently, I think the Futur would look great in such a coating. Price would likely go up though.

+1 Biggrin

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