Merkur Futur...first use..!

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So I've read a lot of good things about these, but people say the Futur is less suited to those new to DE. I'm not sure if that really means "new to wet shaving" or just DE. Surely if it's adjustable it can be set to mild? Or is it not as simple as that? In spite of my preference for straight razors overall, having recently tried a mild DE, I'm thinking it deserves a space in my rotation and I'm looking to see what sort of thing I should consider. This is probably getting close to a thread hijack so maybe I'll start my own, but the Futur appeals, being well regarded, adjustable, and about as much as I fancy spending, hence my interest in your experience with it compared with the usual 34C/EJ 89L etc
 
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So I've read a lot of good things about these, but people say the Futur is less suited to those new to DE. I'm not sure if that really means "new to wet shaving" or just DE. Surely if it's adjustable it can be set to mild? Or is it not as simple as that? In spite of my preference for straight razors overall, having recently tried a mild DE, I'm thinking it deserves a space in my rotation and I'm looking to see what sort of thing I should consider. This is probably getting close to a thread hijack so maybe I'll start my own, but the Futur appeals, being well regarded, adjustable, and about as much as I fancy spending, hence my interest in your experience with it compared with the usual 34C/EJ 89L etc

Lowest setting on a Futur is still on the aggressive side, max setting is only suitable for skin graft.

I'm also a straight user and find it far easier to cut myself or get irritation with an aggressive DE such as the Futur than any straight. Since the patent expired there has been a cheap (£10 or so) Chinese clone of the Futur known as Q-Shave or Ming-Shi which is identical except slighter lighter and much kinder on the face, setting 5 on the clone is like 1 on the original... Worth a try just to see if you like the design IMO.
 
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I had a go at the Futur clone from Aliexpress, I tried a couple in fact. There was a serious issue with inconsistency of the blade gap on either side on both that I tried, one side aggressive, one side mild. Not very well made IMO. Both ended up in a drawer after a few weeks.
 
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So I've read a lot of good things about these, but people say the Futur is less suited to those new to DE. I'm not sure if that really means "new to wet shaving" or just DE. Surely if it's adjustable it can be set to mild? Or is it not as simple as that? In spite of my preference for straight razors overall, having recently tried a mild DE, I'm thinking it deserves a space in my rotation and I'm looking to see what sort of thing I should consider. This is probably getting close to a thread hijack so maybe I'll start my own, but the Futur appeals, being well regarded, adjustable, and about as much as I fancy spending, hence my interest in your experience with it compared with the usual 34C/EJ 89L etc
I think it’s aggressiveness is a little exaggerated but it’s certainly less forgiving than most DE out there and will nicely exfoliate/take a top layer off of you don’t treat it with care! I started with a clone and they are much more forgiving and mild. I love it but have one I’m willing to sell. It’s matt chrome and I’m good condition. I am looking for cash to fund another razor I’d love to get my hands on
 
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i bought a gold one, last week. im pretty new to this DE shaving, but even though im a newbie, it didnt cut me at all!! I think theres more to aggressiveness than simply the blade gap, maybe the angle of the blade edge etc plays a part too. I use the Futur on setting 2, then go down to 1 for final pass
 
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I had a go at the Futur clone from Aliexpress, I tried a couple in fact. There was a serious issue with inconsistency of the blade gap on either side on both that I tried, one side aggressive, one side mild. Not very well made IMO. Both ended up in a drawer after a few weeks.

Common problem, it's caused by the centre part being installed the wrong way around at he factory... 3 minute fix.

 
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Futur was my first DE. Fantastic engineering, however, in my case it was too aggressive to use every day, which my occupation required. If shaving every 2-3 days, it's hard to beat.
 
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I've never had a problem with the smooth handle, I used a Parker 99r for years then fancied a change so got a Futur, it's simply wonderful and so easy to change the blade.
 
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