I recently received a Merkur Futur for my birthday and it’s my first adjustable razor. Do you have any advice for finding the sweet spot on an adjustable razor? Is it better to set it on a mild setting and make an extra pass, or to make fewer passes with a more aggressive setting? I’ve been working on proper technique, but I still end up requiring touch-ups after a standard 3 shave pass.
I can tell you what *I* do with an adjustable, though I’ll be the first to admit not everyone does it the same way.
I always keep my adjustable at a very mild setting for the first pass (about a “2” on my Progress). That way the “bulk” of my beard is reduced very comfortably. I will then dial up slightly (usually about a “3” on my Progress) for pass 2 and 3. I then dial back down for any touch-ups.