I use one as my current travel razor. Gives me a great shave with a Personna blade.
I don't think the quality of the current production is a match to those Merkurs manufactured 60-70 years ago. Would be surprised if the Progress I bought this year lasts for more than 10-12 years.As I have several that are 60-70 years old, I'd say a Progress can last you a lifetime.
Hi.Pokey, I had the same problem with the Progress my first two shaves -- until people here told me to tighten the knob all the way down first, i.e.,, turn it to the right until it would go no more, then open it up to my preferred setting.
Without seeing Ivan_101 working in the Solingen factory for decades I would say it's based upon conjecture.I wonder what that assessment is based upon.
Inconsistent technique? Some other variable?..... a GREAT shave and then follows up with a bloodbath. Then bought a Progress AGAIN and have the same situation. One great shave and then a crappy one.
I’m giving it one more shot.....really....
No, just the first couple of shaves. I nicked myself and felt the whole time as if it might bite me. My 'Net research, including the current and vintage instruction sheets, turned up zilch, so I asked here and found you have to tighten the thing down first.Hi.
Is it each time you use it, or just the very first time, if you don't mind a me asking?
Ordered one two days ago, and want to do things right!
Another shave with the Merkur this morning, though with a newer Personna Red blade (2 shaves on it) and my usual 3 passes on a 48-hour growth. Dynamite.Used the Merkur this morning, out of my usual sequence and on a 24-hour beard instead of 48. I left it at setting 1, the mildest, and did a 1-pass everywhere, second pass on throat plus some cleanup, with La Toja soap. The blade was still last month's Personna Red with 3 shaves on it. So I did not expect to get a comfortable. near-BBS shave. But I did. Astonishing.