My Progress arrived yesterday and it looks great although there is one problem, when I insert the blade the blade exposure is not even do you know if this is a common problem? I only noticed this after my first shave with it this morning, which I found to be somewhat aggressive despite the fact I was using it on the lowest setting. I am wiondering if this is more a result of the blade which was an Astra superior platinum. I would be very grateful if you could advise me on this as I would be reluctant to dismiss the razor completely on the basis of one shave. Also if you dont mind my asking, is there a reason why you dont use a progress in any of your youtube videos. I know you mention its your personal favorite in the adjustable razor video, but I cannot find any videos which you actually shave with it. Thanks for all your help and advice.
I wouldn’t call it a common problem but I have definitely heard about this kind of thing with many Merkur razors, including the Progress. There is one thing your can try: when you put in a blade and put the head into the handle, rest a finger on top as you’re screwing it down to help stablize the head. If the blade exposure is still very uneven then you need to check about getting a replacement razor.
The reason I don’t use the Progress much in my videos is that it tends to confuse new shavers because the angle you hold the razor at is pretty different compared to other razors (as you see, it bends the blade quite dramatically so you have to hold the razor differently). If someone tried to shave at that angle with a “regular” razor they would probably get more cuts and irritation