[Updated August, 2020] My recent article on the most popular double edge razors by sales included the Merkur Futur. Here is the information you need about that razor.
Merkur Futur Description and Specifications
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From Amazon’s Merkur Futur page:
“Adjustable Merkur Futur Snap-Cap design makes loading blades simple while the adjustable head offers the ability to control the blade gap, allowing you to fine-tune the closeness of the shave. Merkur adjustable double edge safety razors offer the ability to control the blade gap, allowing you to fine-tune the closeness of the shave. This means the best shave for your skin type without the irritation sometimes experienced with multi-blade cartridge razor systems. Furthermore, you can adjust the setting when shaving sensitive areas such as the neck. Compatibility with inexpensive recyclable double edge razor blades means Merkur razors save you money while being . Manufactured in Solingen, Germany, Merkur razors are precision instruments designed to last a lifetime.”
- Weight: 128 g / 4.52 oz
- Overall Length: 109 mm / 4.30 in
- Handle Length: 84.4 mm / 3.32 in
- Handle diameter: 14.0 mm / 0.55 in
Here are the blade gap settings per adjustment notch from online sources, in millimeters:
This adjustment “window” is biased to the aggressive side of the scale. For example, a setting of “1” on an Merkur Progress adjustable razor is about one-third of the gap setting of the “1” setting on the Futur. However do not take this as a “carved in rock” description of aggressiveness: razor head design involves a number of other variables besides blade gap. But, practically-speaking, the Merkur Futur is a relatively aggressive razor.
The Merkur Futur features an unusual “pop-off” cap design for changing blades:
My Experience With The Merkur Futur
The truth of the matter is while I’m a huge fan of adjustable razors in general I don’t really care for the Merkur Futur. I think the head is too large, the adjustment range is biased too far on the “aggressive” side, and the smooth handle is slippery in my wet fingers (a common complaint mentioned in other reviews).
But I can see it’s appeal to those who think it looks cool.
It’s worth noting that there is a low cost copy of the Merkur Futur, the Qshave Adjustable:
My experience with the Qshave is actually quite positive–I think it shaves me better than the Futur! Although the handle is still smooth its smaller diameter seems to help me keep a more secure grip. And while the razor’s head is still relatively large, the wider adjustment range (vs. the Futur, especially at the mild end) provides better performance for me. The razor’s low price and Qshave’s quality control reputation is still a cause for concern to me though.
The Merkur Futur is probably the most popular adjustable safety razor, by sales, and is widely available from sources like Amazon, Maggard, Grooming Lounge, West Coast Shaving, Fendrihan, Shave Nation, Shave Shack of Texas, and many others.
Do you have a Merkur Futur? How do you like it? Leave a comment below so others may benefit.