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tldr; I can highly recommend the Merkur Futur as a mild shaving razor on setting 1. I will try other settings in the Futur, but I may have found my new daily razor. As with all things shaving, YMMV.

I started DE shaving about 10 years ago with a Merkur 23C and I was happy. After a decade, my badger brush had seen better days and in my quest for a new brush I discovered B&B. Four months later...
I have bought, returned, and or sold about a dozen different razors, blade selections, brushes, soaps, creams, aftershaves....the list goes on. Each time I read a review I come to find out the adage YMMV is never more true when it comes to shaving products. What works so well for one, is horrible for me and leaves me looking like the latest audition for a slasher film or so burnt that it looks like I spent too much time in the sun. I enjoy a mild razor, a slick lather, and a mild scented aftershave. My quest has led me to, and past, the new Parker SoloEdge, Leaf Twig, Henson Mild, Supply SE, Pearl Flexi, Supply Pro, and some other Parker DE that didn't make it past the first WTG pass for me; and while they all have their adherents, none but the Henson have any sort of joy for me. An aside, I tried to return the Henson after first trying it with the supplied RK blades, it didn't open up for me until I tried a few others.
This brings me to my latest acquisition, the Merkur Futur. I have wanted one of these since I started shaving but couldn't bring myself to spend that much on a razor when I first started. I started DE shaving to save money after all. All the reviews I read about it discuss how aggressive it is, how dangerous it is, while the next review praises all its glories. So, two days ago, I saw a good price on one and clicked the order button. Immediately the doubt set in, buyers remorse? What if it is too aggressive, what if it is dangerous and slippery in the hand? It arrived last night. It is a quality product, good heft, smooth movement...Movement? I turned the handle and I didn't see the safety bar move. Is it broken? Nope, just "different". The adjustment is different, it seems to adjust inside the head to flex the blade more or less with a turn of the handle instead of moving the safety bar up and down. The head, hmm, not a two piece or three piece, some sort of magnetic hold. Will it be strong enough to hold the blade and not "chatter", I think I know what that means but had never heard of it before I discovered B&B. I've learned all sorts of things to be wary of since I joined up here that I never knew I should be wary of before. I cleaned up the new razor with some soap and water and a brush, dried and oiled the internals, set the adjustment to 1, and loaded up a blade. I wanted to make sure I started at its mildest setting in case it turned out to be a biter like all those reviews warned me about. I put it away for the next morning's shave. Curiosity got the better of me and I went back into the bathroom to examine my new toy and wouldn't you know, it bit me! It is dangerous and slippery! Not too bad, but don't play with loaded razors, they're sharp! A little nick on my finger tip when my hand slipped while examining the head.
So here we go, this morning, right out of the shower. Wet my face, lather up with TOBS Sandalwood, and carefully, nervously pick up this beast of a razor ready to shred my face as soon as I get close. Place the head of the razor on my face at my sideburn where I always start, cap flat on my face, roll down carefully until I just begin to feel it cut and...Wow! This is the mildest of any of my recent acquisitions. There is next to no blade feel but I can certainly hear it cutting. It sweeps away the lather effortlessly, and no irritation. WTG done, rinse, fair amount of stubble left if I feel ATG but that's with any of my razors. Relather for an ATG pass, I have been doing 2 passes lately with a touch up XTG on the cheeks. Also effortless, no irritation. Finish up with the XTG touch up, rinse, and aftershave. Results, not quite BBS but definitely DFS.
I am sure the next time I will get careless with my new found confidence and find out what all those scary reviews were referring to, but for now this is one fine razor. I can highly recommend the Merkur Futur as a mild shaving razor on setting 1. I will try other settings in the Futur, but I may have found my new daily razor. As with all things shaving, YMMV.
 
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sold and bought every type of razor ( expensive and not ) in the last 15/20 years.
In the end I always come back to him … with any blade you just need to play around with the adjustment.
This is an old one, I bought a satin one times ago but sold it because it didn't run as smooth as this one. Sooner or later I will buy a backup

Today setting 1 with a Kai


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I had a Chinese clone of the Futur for years. I found it excelled at removing hair the the 4+ day growth level.

But I recently went in for the real thing.
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For me, the only challenge is going "south-north" under the nose with the Futur.
 
I had a Chinese clone of the Futur for years. I found it excelled at removing hair the the 4+ day growth level.

But I recently went in for the real thing.View attachment 1815820
For me, the only challenge is going "south-north" under the nose with the Futur.
Does your top cap have a small label Merkur/Germany with the emblem? My recent purchase of the frosty one does, however my shiny one from years ago does not. It's a fun razor if you wish to disassemble every so often for an interior cleaning and lube. I like the versatility of the Merkur.
 
Does your top cap have a small label Merkur/Germany with the emblem? My recent purchase of the frosty one does, however my shiny one from years ago does not. It's a fun razor if you wish to disassemble every so often for an interior cleaning and lube. I like the versatility of the Merkur.
Mine’s shiny with the label, recent purchase.
 
I just picked one up brand new from Portugal at a dirt cheap price!
I previously had one at the beginning of my wet shaving journey, (wrong time to try one) and sold it.
I'm gonna give it another whirl now that I have experience under my belt!
 
tldr; I can highly recommend the Merkur Futur as a mild shaving razor on setting 1. I will try other settings in the Futur, but I may have found my new daily razor. As with all things shaving, YMMV.

I started DE shaving about 10 years ago with a Merkur 23C and I was happy. After a decade, my badger brush had seen better days and in my quest for a new brush I discovered B&B. Four months later...
I have bought, returned, and or sold about a dozen different razors, blade selections, brushes, soaps, creams, aftershaves....the list goes on. Each time I read a review I come to find out the adage YMMV is never more true when it comes to shaving products. What works so well for one, is horrible for me and leaves me looking like the latest audition for a slasher film or so burnt that it looks like I spent too much time in the sun. I enjoy a mild razor, a slick lather, and a mild scented aftershave. My quest has led me to, and past, the new Parker SoloEdge, Leaf Twig, Henson Mild, Supply SE, Pearl Flexi, Supply Pro, and some other Parker DE that didn't make it past the first WTG pass for me; and while they all have their adherents, none but the Henson have any sort of joy for me. An aside, I tried to return the Henson after first trying it with the supplied RK blades, it didn't open up for me until I tried a few others.
This brings me to my latest acquisition, the Merkur Futur. I have wanted one of these since I started shaving but couldn't bring myself to spend that much on a razor when I first started. I started DE shaving to save money after all. All the reviews I read about it discuss how aggressive it is, how dangerous it is, while the next review praises all its glories. So, two days ago, I saw a good price on one and clicked the order button. Immediately the doubt set in, buyers remorse? What if it is too aggressive, what if it is dangerous and slippery in the hand? It arrived last night. It is a quality product, good heft, smooth movement...Movement? I turned the handle and I didn't see the safety bar move. Is it broken? Nope, just "different". The adjustment is different, it seems to adjust inside the head to flex the blade more or less with a turn of the handle instead of moving the safety bar up and down. The head, hmm, not a two piece or three piece, some sort of magnetic hold. Will it be strong enough to hold the blade and not "chatter", I think I know what that means but had never heard of it before I discovered B&B. I've learned all sorts of things to be wary of since I joined up here that I never knew I should be wary of before. I cleaned up the new razor with some soap and water and a brush, dried and oiled the internals, set the adjustment to 1, and loaded up a blade. I wanted to make sure I started at its mildest setting in case it turned out to be a biter like all those reviews warned me about. I put it away for the next morning's shave. Curiosity got the better of me and I went back into the bathroom to examine my new toy and wouldn't you know, it bit me! It is dangerous and slippery! Not too bad, but don't play with loaded razors, they're sharp! A little nick on my finger tip when my hand slipped while examining the head.
So here we go, this morning, right out of the shower. Wet my face, lather up with TOBS Sandalwood, and carefully, nervously pick up this beast of a razor ready to shred my face as soon as I get close. Place the head of the razor on my face at my sideburn where I always start, cap flat on my face, roll down carefully until I just begin to feel it cut and...Wow! This is the mildest of any of my recent acquisitions. There is next to no blade feel but I can certainly hear it cutting. It sweeps away the lather effortlessly, and no irritation. WTG done, rinse, fair amount of stubble left if I feel ATG but that's with any of my razors. Relather for an ATG pass, I have been doing 2 passes lately with a touch up XTG on the cheeks. Also effortless, no irritation. Finish up with the XTG touch up, rinse, and aftershave. Results, not quite BBS but definitely DFS.
I am sure the next time I will get careless with my new found confidence and find out what all those scary reviews were referring to, but for now this is one fine razor. I can highly recommend the Merkur Futur as a mild shaving razor on setting 1. I will try other settings in the Futur, but I may have found my new daily razor. As with all things shaving, YMMV.
No 'magnetic hold' in the Futur.

With the package I received yesterday, I now have 7 Futurs: 2 mirror, 2 matte, 3 gold.

I always use the Futur @5 with different mild blades. Wouldn't even think of using it at the lower settings like 1 or 2.
Whereas you recommend it as a mild razor @1, I can definitely recommend it as a razor that can give a BBS (at the high settings) even if your beard is made of barbwire. Be warned though @5 and 6 it is very aggressive. 1.65mm gap @6.
And there is even @6.5.
 
Glad you enjoy that Futur. I purchased one in satin chrome 15 years ago after my Progress broke and haven't looked back. I recently purchased a new cap and blade bridge for it. Don't make the mistake that I did and neglect it. I treated mine like a tool, rather than the fine instrument that it is. I would essentially just risnse it under the faucet and then put it head first into a coffee mug on the bathroom counter. Water pooling up on the concave surface of the zamak cap caused some erosion. I recently ordered some replacement parts, but honestly, now that I am taking better care of it, thanks to rediscovering this site after a long hiatus, it can probably go several more years without needing to replace those parts. Recently, when I ordered some shaving supplies, I got a wild hair and ordered the polished chrome version. You know what they say, two is one, and one is none lol. I may have get the gold one too to complete the set.

My favorite blade to use in the Futur are the USA made Personna's with the comfort coating. I think these are colloquially referred to as "lab blues." Man they offer one helluva smooth shave in that razor. Bic CP's and German Wilkinson's are my other two fav's.
 
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