Merkur Progress

Average User Rating:
0.529412/5,
  1. Franz_Biberkopf
    5/5,
    "Versatility, and old school aesthetics"
    Pros - - versatile, you can find a setting for every beard and skin type/length
    - weight and length are superb
    Cons - - very slight blade adjustment issues
    - as I read in reviews, settings vary from different models, a 2 on my Progress doesn't necessarily mean 2 on your Progress.
    Merkur Progress is a superior razor made by DOVO / Merkur in Solingen, Germany. Made in 1955, it's pretty much unchanged until today, as the mechanism is the same and the looks of it also. I simply love how the razor looks, it screams modernism, reminds me of a German oldtimer car. The weight and balance on the short handle are superb and it's the best balanced razor in my collection. It's not necessary to delve into the shaving itself too much, as you have to find a setting that will suit you, and basically everyone can find one fitting their shaving needs.

    It's made out of zamak, but it feels sturdy, really well made and durable, though we'll see about this last bit.

    When looking to buy the razor, look if the positioning triangle on the baseplate is the small version, as that's the new mold version Progress with basically zero alignment issues. Great price for an adjustable, and overall a keeper indeed. It killed of my RAD from the first shave.
    Grip:
    4/5,
    Price:
    3/5,
    Balance:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    5/5,
    Adjustability:
    5/5,
    User Friendly:
    3/5,
    Aggressiveness:
    3/5,
    Ease of Blade Replacement:
    4/5,
  2. sqg491
    5/5,
    "Balance is great, versatility is great and quality"
    Pros - super comfortable
    Cons - none
    Balance is great, versatility is great and quality is great!
    This is my go-to option on most days. Paired with a Polsilver Super Iridium and set on level 4 it is a great, efficient yet smooth shave.

    I have big hands so I've not had any issues with grip. In fact I find that the lack of knurling forced me to find a secure grip that promotes very little tension and pressure.
    I also love that the blade angle allows for a little more parallel-to-the-skin razor position which feels more natural and definately makes it easier to maintain proper blade angle from jaw to neck.
    This gets my Highest Recommendation!
    Grip:
    3/5,
    Price:
    4/5,
    Balance:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    5/5,
    Adjustability:
    5/5,
    User Friendly:
    4/5,
    Aggressiveness:
    2/5,
    Ease of Blade Replacement:
    3/5,
  3. emwolf
    4/5,
    "The bad is the grip. It's slippery and requires a "
    Pros - weight and aggressiveness
    Cons - grip, price
    The bad is the grip. It's slippery and requires a hand free of lather. The blade replacement is not as easy since, you need bifocals or readers, you will need a lens to see which side the hashmark is on to line up the blade cap. Beyond that, this is a classy little fellow. I had a very pleasing shave and the lower settings are very mild whilst it can accommodate even the thickest of facial hair. I prefer this model over its pricier cousin the Futur.
    Grip:
    1/5,
    Price:
    3/5,
    Balance:
    4/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Adjustability:
    5/5,
    User Friendly:
    3/5,
    Aggressiveness:
    4/5,
    Ease of Blade Replacement:
    2/5,
  4. nelsonic21
    4/5,
    "I've used the Progress more than 50 times and have"
    Pros - Adjustable, nice weight
    Cons - Handle design
    I've used the Progress more than 50 times and have been very happy with it. It has a good balance, a very nice weight to it and the adjustment feature works great when I go longer than normal without a shave. The razor is built very well and the dot has always lined up between + and 1 when tightened down. I also like the plastic knob feeling it adds a good style to the razor.
    The problems I have with it are the price and handle design. I think a design with a better grip, like the Merkur HD, would work well here. And the price seemed a bit high, I've seen some sites charge $70, for the materials used. Although the quality for what you get is very good.
    Overall this is a great versatile razor.
    Grip:
    2/5,
    Price:
    3/5,
    Balance:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Adjustability:
    4/5,
    User Friendly:
    3/5,
    Aggressiveness:
    4/5,
    Ease of Blade Replacement:
    4/5,
  5. Groovy
    4/5,
    "My new favorite razor. I gave it a 5 in Aggressive"
    Pros - Adjustable
    Cons - Price and plastic knob
    My new favorite razor. I gave it a 5 in Aggressiveness because it depends upon the adjustment.

    I have found the adjustments for my different blades including the ones that I didn't like in my other razors. With the Progress you can turn a sharp blade like a Feather into a great mild shaver with a 2 on the adjustment scale or a Merkur blade on 3.5 - 4 into a decent 2 shave blade without any problem. 2 passes with any blade and you can tell if you need to go up or down to make it shave your way.

    All I would change is the plastic knob to metal.
    Grip:
    4/5,
    Price:
    4/5,
    Balance:
    4/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Adjustability:
    5/5,
    User Friendly:
    5/5,
    Aggressiveness:
    2/5,
    Ease of Blade Replacement:
    5/5,
  6. Aschecte
    4/5,
    "Well this is a razor that actually is what it clai"
    Pros - Adjustable, heavy, ease of manuvering
    Cons - no instructions
    Well this is a razor that actually is what it claims to a quality made adjustable razor. reading through a lot of the other reviews I see people having issues with adjustment and the numbers not lining up correct when a blade is placed in the razor. this I guarantee is 99% user error as you must make sure that you align the arrow and notch on the upper and lower parts of the head to ensure that you have FULL adjustability. I have combination skin in the sense that parts of my face are more sensitive than others and this razors works great for this purpose. I can go to a 4 or 5 on my face then drop down to a 1 or 2 for my neck area. I could also adjust between passes as in aggressive on my first pass than less aggressive on the following passes. This razor is the first DE razor I have ever had that has reduced razor burn and helped prevent ingrown and this is a result of the ability to adjust the razor to MY specific needs. The only complaint I have is that for anyone like myself that is new to a adjustable razor their is little instruction as to how to change a blade or even get the darn thing open.... their is a little piece of paper that shows a horrible drawing that is supposed to be the instructions but I feel for a $75 razor it should have been a lot clearer as to use and care of this otherwise brilliant razor. As with any razor the blade you use will make or break your expierence so you may want to try a few... it comes with a Merkur blade which is not horrible but their are better choices IMHO out there. I highly recommend this razor to any DE shaver as the learning curve is very low as the angle of cut is easy to find and you will not be disappointed by the quality of the shave.
    Grip:
    5/5,
    Price:
    4/5,
    Balance:
    4/5,
    Quality:
    5/5,
    Adjustability:
    5/5,
    User Friendly:
    4/5,
    Aggressiveness:
    5/5,
    Ease of Blade Replacement:
    4/5,
  7. nvpliers
    5/5,
    "Great Razor. The variability of the aggressivene"
    Pros - Smooth and Adjustable
    Cons - Platic Knob
    Great Razor. The variability of the aggressiveness makes it suitable for many types of shaving methods, and beard growths. Also, if one had to take only one razor on a trip for instance, this would make a good choice. I also liked the smaller head better than that of the Merkur Futur.
    Grip:
    5/5,
    Price:
    4/5,
    Balance:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Adjustability:
    5/5,
    User Friendly:
    4/5,
    Aggressiveness:
    4/5,
    Ease of Blade Replacement:
    4/5,
  8. biloxi123
    5/5,
    "This is my go-to razor. After watching Mantic59 us"
    Pros - Quality
    This is my go-to razor. After watching Mantic59 use it, I had to to have it. The weight is right, the safety bar is perfect for my beard and blade replacement is a snap. This is my first adjustable razor so, I'm still discovering all the nuances of the different settings. I can see shaving with this razor until I take that big dirt nap or the razor breaks...which ever comes first.
    Grip:
    5/5,
    Price:
    4/5,
    Balance:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    5/5,
    Adjustability:
    5/5,
    User Friendly:
    5/5,
    Aggressiveness:
    5/5,
    Ease of Blade Replacement:
    5/5,
  9. ackvil
    0/5,
    "I have been using my modified Progress (thank you "
    I have been using my modified Progress (thank you Eric) for a few months now. The modifications have made what was once a good razor an excellent one. It is now my number 1 razor. In fact, I like it so much I ordered another one, this time XL, and had it shipped to Eric for modification.

    The quality is now excellent. No plastic parts and the razor looks beautiful.

    The grip is still just OK - a little hard to grip when hands are wet. But after several months you just get used to it.

    The balance is great.

    This is one adjustable that can go from mild (1) to aggressive (5). My first pass is usually at 2.5 and my subsequent passes are 4.

    Before its modification, the Progress was good but for some reason wasn't as smooth as I would like. Perhaps the adjustments were off a bit. Now, however, it is smooth and yet I can get a very close shave.
    Grip:
    4/5,
    Price:
    4/5,
    Balance:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    5/5,
    Adjustability:
    5/5,
    User Friendly:
    5/5,
    Aggressiveness:
    3/5,
    Ease of Blade Replacement:
    4/5,
  10. noahpictures
    0/5,
    "I didn't get the Futur because it is one ugly razo"
    I didn't get the Futur because it is one ugly razor so I bought this razor after a few months of using Merkur 23C and way before joining B&B. I paid about $55. I bought it because it was very pretty and adjustable and Mantic59 loved his.
    Shaving with this razor felt as if I was shaving with a switchblade. Not fun or smart. I played around with the setting and realized that this razor is unreasonably aggressive. This razor set at the lowest setting of "1" felt more aggressive than the Gillette Red Tip which is considered an aggressive razor and btw I also have the Merkur Slant aka "Satan's Razor" and I love both the Red Tip and the Slant razors.

    It was also difficult to evenly load a blade with the Progress.

    To me aggressiveness rating is the sweet spot, and is subjective so yes this razor is very aggressive but so is a switchblade.

    I really wanted to like this razor but we didn't get along.
    Grip:
    5/5,
    Price:
    4/5,
    Balance:
    5/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Adjustability:
    4/5,
    User Friendly:
    3/5,
    Aggressiveness:
    2/5,
    Ease of Blade Replacement:
    3/5,