I find it to be a nice shave!I keep putting off trying my Merkur Progress razors. I have a short handled one.... and an XL I have for our son's backup. I also have the Mergress in both handle lengths. I really need to try the Mergress razors. They are the only adjustable razors I own but the Mergress, Ogress and the regular Progress razors show up in so many SOTD photos here.
I haven't shaved with one in ages, but I have a nice one in my collection. I should use it for my next shave.Have you ever used the old superspeeds. I recently pulled out an old flare tip and was really pleased. Very mild yet close shave regardless of blade. Even a Feather resulted in a perfect result.
Just like my 1958-9 English aluminium handle TechSpiral handle British aluminum tech. You're welcome.
I will third the Game Changer .68. Great razor but not too aggressive.I will second the Gamechanger 0.68.
If you look at the Merkur 34c, try and discover whether the version you liked was made with the old tooling (up until about 5-6 years ago) or the new tooling (looks similar, but the razor is milder and no longer has a brass thread post).
The de89 clone you tried may have been more aggressive than an actual de89. You should try the original if possible - you can just buy the head only for very little money.
Incidentally, have you tried just shaving the tiny stragglers under the nose with sideways strokes? I have many razors and have no problem getting under the nose with any of them, including things with large heads like GEM razors, by using a little sideways stroke on each side of the septum. I have to do this to hit those spots just under the nostrils and this seems to be the only way to do it - size of the razor head isn't really a factor.