Merkur Futur -1st Impression

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Post by Nitrox » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:03 am

I get real close shaves with my Futur and I don't have to go past 2.5 on the setting. Amazing razor that shaves whiskers with no sweat.
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Post by Joe Lerch » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:06 am

jpkunst wrote:Some time ago, when I was looking for my first adjustable razor, I bought a Futur. I returned it to the shop after shaving with it twice. It was way too aggressive for me, even at 1.
I agree that the Futur is probably the most aggressive quality razor, but certainly not at 1 setting.

I believe there must have been something wrong with the razor or the blade you were using.
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Post by King-D » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:07 am

Now I'm thinking about coughing up the money and buying a Futur. I really like the gold plating look, but the handle is polished. Do any of you have problems with the polished handle slipping in your hands?
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Post by brothers » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:18 am

In my particular case, at one point I considered getting a Progress and an HD, and possibly even a Futur. Then I got sidetracked onto the EJ/Muhle head, and I did pick up a Merkur head to interchange with my variety of handles, plus I rediscovered the NEW after enjoying the Slim/Fatboy and the Sheraton and Aristocrat. So ultimately, I abandoned any plans to branch out further into the DE world of currently manufactured and marketed new DE razors. I must say that I've plowed far more money and work into finding, preparing, and using vintage straight razors than I ever would have with Merkur products.
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Post by jpkunst » Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:00 am

Kyle76 wrote:
jpkunst wrote:Some time ago, when I was looking for my first adjustable razor, I bought a Futur. I returned it to the shop after shaving with it twice. It was way too aggressive for me, even at 1.
Jan, I would have to think that, quite possibly, you did not have the blade seated properly in the razor.
It's of course possible, but I doubt it. Anyway, now it's too late to check, and the point is moot: I am happily shaving away with a Gillette Slim Adjustable now.
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Post by BullGoose » Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:03 am

King-D wrote:Now I'm thinking about coughing up the money and buying a Futur. I really like the gold plating look, but the handle is polished. Do any of you have problems with the polished handle slipping in your hands?
I have had no problem whatsoever. I can imagine if your hand is soapy the razor could be slippery but then again even the knurled handles are slippery if soapy enough.
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Post by Squire » Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:16 am

Hey David, no problem at all so long as you keep your shaving hand and the razor handle dry.
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Post by Seamaster » Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:44 am

King-D wrote:Now I'm thinking about coughing up the money and buying a Futur. I really like the gold plating look, but the handle is polished. Do any of you have problems with the polished handle slipping in your hands?
The satin finish is presumably better in this regard (I don't have a polished Futur to compare it against, however).

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Post by marsos52 » Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:12 am

yes it is very easy to not have the head seated 100%

also, if its shaving harsh at setting number 1. the handle may not be fully screwed to the bottom of the razor head.

to check it ....heres what you do.........

remove the top of the head. remove the blade haha,,

turn the handle to the highest setting (6)

now firmly press down the center piece in the razor head. until it goes all
the down

keep it pressed down and tighten the handle to the head

i have had a futur new in the box come with the handle not total tightened
even when looking at the razor it appeared fine

until i did all of the above. mine needed a whole turn on the handle to get it fully tighened in

then all was fine

with the handle not tightened down complete it makes the razor shave as if it was set at setting 5 or 6

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Post by Squire » Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:13 am

With dry hands the finish doesn't matter and that's a good rule for any razor.
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Post by King-D » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:37 pm

Squire wrote:Hey David, no problem at all so long as you keep your shaving hand and the razor handle dry.
I may be able to keep the soap off the handle, but not the water. I suppose I'll somehow manage.
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Post by desertbadger » Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:03 pm

King-D wrote:
Squire wrote:Hey David, no problem at all so long as you keep your shaving hand and the razor handle dry.
I may be able to keep the soap off the handle, but not the water. I suppose I'll somehow manage.
In my experience with the chrome model, even if your hand is wet the razor doesn't slip. Must be because the quality of the finish is so well engineered that your fingers will still grip the handle. If your hand is soapy, then yes it will slip, but that's true for any razor that doesn't have a knurled handle.
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Post by brothers » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:27 pm

If I happen to get water or soap on my hand with the razor, I can't stand it, and have to stop and dry my hand. It just feels like I don't have the degree of control over the razor that I should.
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Post by gil3591 » Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:47 pm

King-D wrote:Now I'm thinking about coughing up the money and buying a Futur. I really like the gold plating look, but the handle is polished. Do any of you have problems with the polished handle slipping in your hands?
i owned a chrome finish and mow have a gold. had no problems with slippng. for some reason the gold finish seems even less slippery than the chrome
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Post by OmegaEdge » Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:38 pm

I have been using a Gillette Aristocrat for 6 months+ before getting a Futur, and I must say its a fine razor but was a bit aggressive set at 3 with a Gillette Yellow. The next shave I am going to dial it down to 2 and see where it gets me. I like its heft and how it feels in my hand, I just need to get used to shaving with it.

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Post by marsos52 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:10 pm

omegaedge

as you have found out already the futur set at 3 is the point where the razor becomes aggressive

even heavy bearded experienced shavers generally keep there setting below 3

i have been using the futur for ten yrs and my beard is on the heavy side
and i keep mine at the 2 1/2 area except when using feathers (which isnt often) then i use 3

i believe squire keeps his at setting 2

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Re: Hi82

Post by desertbadger » Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:48 am

Regards,
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Post by brothers » Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:55 am

That probably should be blocked/deleted.
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Post by gil3591 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:58 am

sounded like part of a burma shave ad :lol:
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Post by Gene » Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:43 am

brothers wrote:That probably should be blocked/deleted.
As I scan the boards this morning I see a few from this...person.

Looks like a hacker?

I did PM Dr. Moss about 30 minutes ago, or perhaps a moderator will see it and act?
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