- Adjustable safety razor is perfect for finding your personal settings
- Long handle is great for larger hands
- Looks amazingly futuristic!
- Blade replacement is very easy
- The grip is not the best
- Safety razors with moving parts typically do not last as long
The Merkur futur as the name implies is a very modern looking safety razor. It has an impeccable chrome finish from head to toe so it is definitely an item to display proudly. It is a little bit heavier than most of the safety razors that I own. It is also a bit more expensive than most of the safety razors on the market. That price can be justified by numerous aspects that the Merkur futur offers. The level of craftsmanship as well as the ability to adjust how aggressive the razor is to fit your needs. This is what makes the merkur futur so valuable. This safety razor lets you discover many aspects of classic shaving without having to buy multiple different razors. Merkur also has another adjustable razor named the Merkur Vision which made our list of the best safety razors. Without further ado, let’s jump right into it to take an in-depth look at the Merkur futur!
Weight and Balance
I like the balance of the merkur futur quite a lot. It is a very heavy a safety razor overall weighing in at 4.4 ounces. The weight of the safety razor is very well distributed. It is not too top or handle heavy. Towards the top of the handle there is an indentation that reduces the radius of the handle. This indentation is perfect for your pointer finger in some to hold the safety razor. With your fingers in that position I feel like the safety razor has great balance.
The biggest downfall of the merkur futur is probably the grip. There are no vertical, horizontal or gritty texture to the handle. The only thing that gives us some sort of grip is the indentation towards the top of the handle. But even within the indentation there is room for your fingers to slide around. I personally do not have too much trouble holding onto the safety razor because my fingers are towards the top of the indentation and that is enough for me. But I can see how some people could be bothered by it.
The merkur futur has a total length of 4.0 inches. I have above average sized hands so this length is preferable for me. Another reason that I am glad that it has a long handle is because the grip is one of his weakest points. By having a long handle you will have much more to hold onto.
The aggressiveness of the merkur futur is probably the biggest highlight. It is an adjustable safety razor which means you can adjust how aggressive it is. What this means is that you can change how much of the double edge blade is exposed. The more the blades edge is exposed, the more pressure is transferred to the blade instead of the guard resulting in a more aggressive shave. The merkur futur has six different settings so that you can experiment with which one works better for you. All you need to do is rotate the knob that is located right below the head of the safety razor in order to adjust how aggressive it is. If you are just starting out I recommend that you start with a mild or medium aggressive setting between one and five before you move on to anything more aggressive. I have a whole article on safety razor aggressiveness and how it works I suggest that you check it out if you are not quite sure.
The blade replacement on the merkur futur is a breeze. The traditional two-piece safety razor is where you have a knob at the bottom that unscrews to pop off the top. In the case of the merkur futur all you have to do is put your thumb on one side of the head (the site that has an indentation) and press up to pop off the top. For having no parts to screw on or off the head feels extremely sturdy. I have never had a problem with it feeling loose even after hundreds of blade exchanges. Check out which are the best safety razor blades here.
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The merkur futur provides an excellent shave quality because you are really able to experiment with how aggressive your razor should be for the type of facial hair that you have. And unlike most other adjustable razors that I’ve tried, this razor was built with tons of love. The craftsmanship of merkur always impresses me (best Merkur safety razors). This safety razor has a decently long handle and weighs a good amount. The balance is very good if you in place your fingers on the handle where the indentation is. The grip is subpar but that is the sacrifice you need to make for a beautiful chrome specimen. This is a fantastic razor for all levels of wet shavers. And although it costs $70 on Amazon.com, it might be the only safety razor that you’ll ever need. As always, to get that quality shave we all desire, be sure to pair up your razor with one of the best shaving creams or a quality shaving soap. Let me know what you guys think in the comment section below! What do you guys think of the merkur futur?
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