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Merkur Futur vs Merkur Progress
04-18-2012, 11:19 AM
Post: #21
RE: Merkur Futur vs Merkur Progress
(04-18-2012 10:55 AM)glassmtn Wrote:  I think there are so many factors that could cause a nick with one razor, and not the other that have may not be attributable solely to aggressiveness. Perhaps the one razor works better than the other with a specific brand of blade. Or perhaps the balance on one is different than the other. I shave exclusively with my right hand, and tend to get more weepers or nicks on my left side regardless of the razor/blade combination. In my experience with the Progress, Mergress, and Futur, I found the Futur was more aggressive on a given setting. Especially on the lower settings. But as always, YMMV.

eric.

Hi Eric,

You may be right, YMMV. And one must not forget all these terms like 'agressiveness' and 'balance' are subjective also. The meaning and the range changes from person to person.
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04-18-2012, 08:45 PM (This post was last modified: 04-18-2012 08:46 PM by staggerlee.)
Post: #22
DAY 4 Astra Super Platinum
Hello Gentlemen,

Today futur took the right side.

Both razors did a decent job, a 2 pass shave.

Even Futur is my favourite razor, I am coming to a decision that Progress is a more user-friendly razor. It is easier to handle and maneuver, with 'singing' not as loud as Futur but with a nice and calming voice :) If Futur is Ella Fitzgerald, Progress is Billie Holiday of razors :D

Tomorrow last blade is coming; Derby, which I don't like at all.
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04-19-2012, 08:28 PM (This post was last modified: 04-19-2012 08:29 PM by staggerlee.)
Post: #23
DAY 5 Derby Extra
Hello Gentlemen,

Today progress is on the right corner.

I used derby extra, which is a blade i could not finish one single shave without changing to another brand. Today I eventually finished with the same two blades that I've started with.

I really can't say anything about the performance of razors, they did their jobs despite derby blades. It is like trying a Simpson or Semogue brush with toothpaste for shaving and concluding about performance of the brush (for me, of course). So both razors have full points today, in spite of some nicks on both sides.

In conclusion, even I know that there are fellas out there who seem to like Derby so much, I'm afraid Derby extra is not for me at all.

Tomorrow is the last day of my review so, see you tomorrow!
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04-19-2012, 11:50 PM (This post was last modified: 04-19-2012 11:50 PM by infabo.)
Post: #24
RE: Merkur Futur vs Merkur Progress
The main difference between the Progress and the Futur can be found at their safetybars and how the blade gets aligned there. In the Futur the cutting edge is just a little bit behind the safety bar -> protection and smooth shaves. In the Progress the cutting edge reachess lightly beyond the bar, making the shave less smooth and more aggressive.
This is how it is with my models.
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04-20-2012, 01:23 AM (This post was last modified: 04-20-2012 01:33 AM by staggerlee.)
Post: #25
RE: Merkur Futur vs Merkur Progress
(04-19-2012 11:50 PM)infabo Wrote:  The main difference between the Progress and the Futur can be found at their safetybars and how the blade gets aligned there. In the Futur the cutting edge is just a little bit behind the safety bar -> protection and smooth shaves. In the Progress the cutting edge reachess lightly beyond the bar, making the shave less smooth and more aggressive.
This is how it is with my models.

Hi infabo,

What you have explained so beautifully is same with my observation.

Hello gentlemen,

I decided to end this comparison here. The reason is i don't want to shave with derby again :)

The result of this observation is

1. Design-wise, futur is a beauty, progress is mediocre.
2. İ love shaving with both guys.
3. Progress has a sound of her own but Futur's sound is much better.
4. Progress is more agressive at setting 3
5. Progress is easier to maneuver
6. Futur is easier to load
7. Both are great performers, but i don' advice novice shavers to begin with either of them


Before this comparison, futur was my favourite. after the test, this did not change, due to my experience futur is a better razor. What are your opinions?
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04-20-2012, 04:27 AM
Post: #26
RE: Merkur Futur vs Merkur Progress
I own both razors, a chrome plated Futur and a long handled Progress, which has an adjustment knob conversion by Bob's Razor Works (in Amboyna burl, very nice). I wouldn't part with either one and I get consistently excellent shaves from either razor. The somewhat slippery handle on the Futur bothered me slightly, but I now rub a little alum on my fingers before using a razor that tends to be slippery. That makes for a sure grip without making my fingers sticky. I would rate the Futur slightly ahead of the Progress, now that I use the alum. It boils down to YMMV and I find, as has been stated by others, that the Futur is a little less fussy and provides easier blade changes and good audio feedback. If I adjust it to 4, I can pull in the BBC--just kidding! I don't think a wet shaver could go wrong with either razor.

-Vance
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04-20-2012, 04:50 AM
Post: #27
RE: Merkur Futur vs Merkur Progress
Burak,

I never tried the Progress, but the Futur was my first DE.

I must agree with you, this is not a razor for beginners. Regarding the Derby Extra blades, we're also in the same note: I can't have a nice, comfortable shave with it.

As last but not least, thank you for sharing this great experience!
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04-20-2012, 05:05 AM (This post was last modified: 04-20-2012 05:07 AM by staggerlee.)
Post: #28
RE: Merkur Futur vs Merkur Progress
(04-20-2012 04:27 AM)Nick Freeh Wrote:  I own both razors, a chrome plated Futur and a long handled Progress, which has an adjustment knob conversion by Bob's Razor Works (in Amboyna burl, very nice). I wouldn't part with either one and I get consistently excellent shaves from either razor. The somewhat slippery handle on the Futur bothered me slightly, but I now rub a little alum on my fingers before using a razor that tends to be slippery. That makes for a sure grip without making my fingers sticky. I would rate the Futur slightly ahead of the Progress, now that I use the alum. It boils down to YMMV and I find, as has been stated by others, that the Futur is a little less fussy and provides easier blade changes and good audio feedback. If I adjust it to 4, I can pull in the BBC--just kidding! I don't think a wet shaver could go wrong with either razor.

-Vance

We totally agree then :) Alum trick sounds good, i will give it a try. Thanks for the advice :)

(04-20-2012 04:50 AM)pgp Wrote:  Burak,

I never tried the Progress, but the Futur was my first DE.

I must agree with you, this is not a razor for beginners. Regarding the Derby Extra blades, we're also in the same note: I can't have a nice, comfortable shave with it.

As last but not least, thank you for sharing this great experience!

Derby comes from my homeland but I really can not say anything positive about them, i hope i could.
Thank you for kind words!
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