Time to review my newest razor,
A couple post’s back I revealed my latest new razor perches. It is the Merkur Progress, long handle. This was due to my curiosity on how new adjustables stacked up against the classic Gilettes. I have now been using it for a couple of weeks and I am back to report on said razor.
This razor for starters is much much heavier than others I have used. By far heavier than any older Gillette adjustable I have used. I am not saying this as a negative, rather as an improvement over the Gillettes. Having shaved with the Fatboy, Slim and Super Slim I have always missed a solid feel to them. You have to use slight pressure with the Gillettes, not so with the Merkur. The weight takes all the work out of shaving, just let it sit against your face and glide away.
Another difference is that it seems to be smoother in the adjustment range. It is labeled 1 to 5, but does not click at each number. This I can see might bug some, but for me I like having a razor that can has a very fine adjustment range. I do not however like the plasit knob on the bottom of the razor that you use to adjust the gap. The Gillettes use a metal handle all the way down to the bottom, I wish Merkur had done the same. I will say though, the Merkur is a more handsome razor.
As for the shave, it is really good. I have it set on 1 and with the weight I just move it along my face. I do three passes WTG, XTG and ATG. Gets my face baby smooth each shave. The head is shaped a bit larger and more rounded than the Gillettes so it is harder is some of those close quarters areas, such as under the nose. Over all this is a very good razor.
For the money I would recommend this razor. Seeing that most good Gillette adjustables go for about the same price on the auction sites. Give it some time and this razor could become my favorite thus far.
Till then, I’m keeping things progressive.