This is a real big boy razor—weighty, smooth, beautifully designed, simple to use. It’s like if you could shave with the Batmobile.
I have been DE shaving for about 20 years, though my gear has always been very basic. I originally got into DE shaving as a cost savings strategy, the razor blade market is so dumb and expensive and I wanted a cheaper alternative. I have only owned 2 safety razors in that time. The standard inexpensive 3 piece Edwin Jagger and the highly recommended Merkur 34c.
And now, the Merkur Futur. This razor is hands down in a completely different league. It gave me the closest shave I have ever had in my entire life. My beard comes in very coarse and thick and after a 4 day lapse in shaving, the Merkur Futur bulldozed it’s way through it all and got me down baby butt smooth after only one pass and with the grain! The warnings you read about aggressiveness are absolutely true though, so this should not be your first razor. I’ve been doing this for most my life and I found I needed to go very slowly. It’s that aggressive. We the results however, are outstanding. 10/10 would recommend to someone who is an experienced DE shaver looking for an upgrade, but not interested in something like a $200 Feather