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Is/Was the Merkur Futur Made of Stainless Steel

Postby Ouchmychin » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:41 am

I regularly use a Merkur Futur that I bought several years ago. For some reason I am thinking that it was mad of stainless steel, but now all I can find about them is that they are chrome plated. Any old timers recall?
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Re: Is/Was the Merkur Futur Made of Stainless Steel

Postby kaptain_zero » Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:31 am

It's plated, either zinc or pot metal I'm afraid.

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Re: Is/Was the Merkur Futur Made of Stainless Steel

Postby drmoss_ca » Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:15 pm

I have two, bought years ago, one in gold plate which is peeling off, and one satin finished. The satin provides a better grip, although the gold looks nifty.
Incidentally, the Futur provides a shave which has one of the best trade-offs between closeness and skin preservation. I like an aggressive razor when I use a DE, and have generally used the Merkur slantbar for this, but even then it doesn't get close enough without all sorts of blade-buffing and that's no a very safe activity with a slant. I have three adjustables - a Fatboy/Executive that is still a pussy when opened as wide as it goes, a Vision which feels like shaving with a hammer, and the Futur. At a relatively benign setting of 3.5 it is easily shaving closer than the slantbar, and provided I remember to be careful about pressure it gives a very close and bloodless shave. I like it a lot.

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Re: Is/Was the Merkur Futur Made of Stainless Steel

Postby Nitrox » Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:35 pm

I guess I better not use my Gold Futur too much then. :lol:
I also have the Satin one and I keep it on a setting of 2.5 but with a sharp blade. The duller blades tug too much with it.
The Futur gives me the closest shave with the least amount of irritation compared with my other razors.
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Re: Is/Was the Merkur Futur Made of Stainless Steel

Postby Squire » Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:36 pm

My Futur (a gold plated one that's still unblemished) remains one of my favorite all time razors. The thing just works.
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Re: Is/Was the Merkur Futur Made of Stainless Steel

Postby Ouchmychin » Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:54 pm

When I use my Futur, I have to set it to 2 because I get careless on occasion and the Futur can nick of slice badly if I am not careful. I just polish away until I get close enough.
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Re: Is/Was the Merkur Futur Made of Stainless Steel

Postby tarikism » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:47 pm

I'm afraid it's not.
Here you are my futur :oops:
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Re: Is/Was the Merkur Futur Made of Stainless Steel

Postby Brutus » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:18 pm

As per various descriptions the Futur of it is made of brass, but some head parts could be casted from Zamak, and the entire razor is plated in satin matte, chrome, or gold.

My two Futurs (one at home, one overseas) are satin matte, which gives me a good grip at all times.
Unlike the picture shown in this thread, my two look like new after more than 12 years.


I suspect the Chinese clone that I received recently is most certainly all-Zamak, which explains the 25% lower weight when compared with the original, as Zamak density is 25% lower than brass.



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