Here’s a quick side by side comparison of the Merkur Futur and it’s cone, the Qshave.

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Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor, Chrome Finish: http://amzn.to/2qkf1Pk

Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor (700) Razor (Matte Finish): http://amzn.to/2qkukap

Merkur Adjustable Futur Safety Razor Gold Plated 702: http://amzn.to/2rlKswO

Qshave adjustable safety razor from AliExpress: https://goo.gl/cFjdIB

Qshave from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2r3eS2E

The Shave Stop: https://goo.gl/JE4FeG

Georgetoon Blog: www.georgetoon.com/blog

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I was fortunate enough to acquire a Merkur Futur from a fellow member from a shaving forum. So, my thanks to him for making it available for sale.  It was only used a few times and came to me in brand new condition! (I made sure to sanitize it in Barbacide.)

As of this writing, I had a chance to use the the Merkur Futur once this morning and it’s enough for me to shout to the mountains! (Note:  Since this writing, I’ve used the Merkur Futur many, many times.  Frequent use has only affirmed and reinforced my initial impression.)

I know I raved about the Qshave clone and encouraged everyone to buy one for the ridiculously low price of 7 bucks. I still stand by that. You can’t go wrong….at THAT price. 7 bucks. Once the Qshave starts to get into the 20 and 30 dollar range, it’s time to set your eyes on the real deal! The Merkur Futur!

Finish

The finish is GORGEOUS! It’s heavily chromed and simply gleams and shines! True, the smoothness of the handle and head only enhances and accentuates the shine and polish. But if you’re gonna chrome a smooth-handled razor you might as well go to town! And Merkur did. It’s a highly polished mirror shine!

Weight and Build Quality

Now that I have a Merkur Futur, I can comment on the weight as compared to the Qshave. Yes, the Qshave is lighter. And while the Qshave is well built, the Merkur Futur is SUPERBLY well built. Yes, you can say the Merkur Futur is built like a tank. But it is so precisely well built, and so gleamingly good-looking, it’s a bit more accurate to say it’s a futuristic, 21st century streamlined tank.:)

The Merkur Futur is heavier but very well balanced. The balance is to the point where there is no maneuverability problems at all. I was able to shave under the nose near the nostrils (a tight area for me) with great ease and precision. The Qshave lacks this maneuverability. I don’t know exactly what it is (and I will investigate further), but the Merkur Futur is designed differently in some way. Having used them both, I doubt the Qshave is an identical clone. There is some quality that makes the Merkur more sleek, trim, and clean. At the moment, I simply cannot put my finger on it.

Whereas the Qshave is a very solid razor, the Merkur Futur feels like it will last for generations! Your great-grandson will be using the Merkur Futur.

Grip

Like the Qshave, the Merkur Futur is a smooth-handled razor. Again, the indentation in the handle body lends itself to a sure grip. Even though it is highly chromed to a mirror finish, I still had good, sure gripping. Just to note, this morning, I used TOOBs Eaton College shaving cream. I loaded some cream into my Vikings Blade Black Knight badger brush. I rinsed and dried my hands of cream and did a face lather. Perhaps this process kept my hands a bit dryer than usual? Regardless, the razor just fit properly in my hand. The razor felt right at home, so to speak.

Blade Loading and Adjustment

Again, like the Qshave, the process is is very straightforward. Pop off the cap, drop in a blade, pop the cap back on.

Now, I need to amend my Qshave review. I have noticed through repeated use, just a bit of uneven blade alignment from one side to the other. It’s nothing major and very, very slight. Not a deal-breaker for the Qshave.

In contrast, the Merkur Futur is EXACT and extremely precise. The blades sits evenly on each side. No question. Bam! Right on the money!

To adjust, simply grab the ENDS of the razor head and turn the entire handle to increase or decrease the blade gap. This morning, though, due to the precision and close tolerances of the Merkur Futur, I found I had to hold the razor head with a hand towel in order to turn the handle and adjust to the next half step. My hands were a bit slick but not enough to allow the razor to slip out of my hand. The Merkur Futur handle has a very slow, smooth, sure, weighted feel when adjusting. The Qshave turns more easily because, I guess, there is more slop in the tolerances. Again, the Merkur Futur’s precision build is on display.

The Shave

I started at level 1. I read other reviews and most stated that the Merkur Futur can be an overly aggressive razor. Okay, level 1 it is.

Whereas the Qshave at level 3 was on the mild side, yet highly efficient, the Merkur Futur was INCREDIBLY EFFICIENT and IMPECCABLY SMOOTH. At level 1! It gave me plenty of audio feedback and even though I used the increase method, I suffered no irritation, nicks, or cuts!

My shave started at level 1 on pass one, level 1.5 on pass two, and level 2 on pass three. You could hear the blade cutting the whisker and see the cream being plowed away. But, it was oh so smooth. (Again, the Qshave’s audio feedback is wanting.)

As mentioned before, I was able to get into the tight areas of my face and cut whiskers cleanly. I also have whiskers on the top corners around my mouth that need to be given extra attention to make sure they have been completely and cleanly shaved. The Merkur Futur took care of these areas with no problems.

The shave is simply superior to that of the Qshave. It’s smoother and more balanced. A real pleasure. I plan on dialing it up a half step to improve the closeness of the shave. But starting at level 1, the shave was wonderfully close and beautifully smooth! I’ll have to use it for a few more shaves, but, so far, the Merkur Futur promises to be even better than the Merkur Progress.

Minor “Blemishes”

None.

Final Words

I know I raved about the Qshave clone, but the Merkur Futur is the real deal. If the clone is a nicely well-made sedan (take your pick of make and model), the Merkur Futur is the Mercedes Benz!

I look at it this way…would I ever take the Merkur Futur on a trip or weekend getaway? NO WAY! I would be absolutely heartbroken if I lost or misplaced it. I cannot afford to lose the Merkur Futur!

The Qshave clone? It would travel with me every time. I can afford to lose it, drop it, break it, etc. No great loss.

Given the build, balance, weight, quality, precision, and gleaming good looks, the Merkur Futur just might be the cure for RAD (Razor Acquisition disorder).  Then again, you can never have too many safety razors in your collection!  And, if you find you no longer use certain razors, you can always sanitize them and PIF (Pay It Forward) to introduce others to Traditional Wet Shaving.

To borrow a line from an amazon reviewer, the Merkur Futur is not a razor, it’s a shaving instrument!

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Words from my youtube channel

The Merkur Futur is worth every penny of it’s 50 dollar plus price (depending on the type of finish you select)!

This razor is VERY well made! Not only will you be able to give it your son, he’ll be able to give it to his son!

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Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor, Chrome Finish: http://amzn.to/2qkf1Pk

Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor (700) Razor (Matte Finish): http://amzn.to/2qkukap

Merkur Adjustable Futur Safety Razor Gold Plated 702: http://amzn.to/2rlKswO

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I got lucky in finding a very lightly used Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor.

If you recall, I reviewed the Qshave, which is a clone of the Merkur Futur. The clone sells for less than ten dollars depending on where you got to buy it.

The Merkur Futur sells for $55.0 to 65.00 on Amazon and other online wet shaving sites. I was lucky to pick this one up for 40 dollars.

I hope to have a review in the coming days. But let me say that the initial reaction in the above video is just the tip of the iceberg. The Merkur Futur is the real deal!

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Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor, Chrome Finish: http://amzn.to/2r5NOnh

Merkur-Razor Adjustable Futur Brushed Chrome Safety Razor: http://amzn.to/2q9s0Cj

Merkur Adjustable Futur Safety Razor Gold Plated 702: http://amzn.to/2rqWnsD

Qshave adjustable safety razor from AliExpress: https://goo.gl/cFjdIB

Qshave from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2r3eS2E

The Shave Stop: https://goo.gl/JE4FeG


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While going through Heinen’s (a local grocery store here in Northeast Ohio), I came across Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm. At approximately $6.50 for a bottle , I decided to give it a try. It’s terrific and quickly becoming one of my favorites!  I was afraid I’d never find an alternative for Neutrogena’s Razor Defense After Shave Balm, but Nivea fits the bill! And Nivea’s glass bottle not only looks great on the counter, but can possibly be re-used and re-purposed.

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NIVEA Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm: http://amzn.to/2pQ9LF7 Avaliable in 2-packs, 3-packs, and more.:)

Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor, Ebony: http://amzn.to/2oyGRJC

Merkur HD 34C: http://amzn.to/2nSWKH0

Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl Lined Detail Chrome Plated Double Edge Safety Razor: http://amzn.to/2mG5hMr

VIKINGS BLADE The Godfather Safety Razor: http://amzn.to/2nSTyLt

VIKINGS BLADE The Chieftain Safety Razor: http://amzn.to/2nB1d4Z

The Shave Stop: https://goo.gl/JE4FeG





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I’ve had a chance to use the Qshave for a few shaves now and wanted to share some of my thoughts. It might be helpful to others contemplating whether or not to buy this razor. This review pertains to the Qshave I purchased from AliExpress costing $6.98 (including shipping).

First off, you’d be crazy not to try this razor! I mean, at a price of less than ten bucks, you can’t go wrong.

Finish

I found the finish to be quite good. Top notch, in fact. I was really surprised at how nice it looks. It’s a matte finish and gives a very smooth, clean appearance. While some might prefer a highly chromed razor, the matte finish seems to fit the razor’s design. It evokes a space-age, high tech quality.

Weight and Build Quality

Well, folks report that this is a bit lighter than the Merkur Futur. I cannot compare it as I don’t own a Merkur Futur.  (Note, since writing this, I’ve purchased the Merkur Futur.  A review is coming soon!)  However, when I removed the Qshave from the box, I was really surprised at the heft this thing has! It really has a nice weight, balance, and feel to it. Very nice!

It feels well built and robust. A very solid razor! It doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap in any way. I commented to my brother that I could purchase ten of these at seven bucks each and give them as Christmas gifts to nephews telling them that it’s a 60 dollar razor…and they would believe me!

Grip

It’s a smooth handled razor. The indentation in the handle body lends itself to a sure grip. Also, I think the matte finish offers some gripping quality.

Blade Loading and Adjustment

This is very straightforward. Pop off the cap, drop in a blade, pop the cap back on. Blade alignment was even and quite precise. Blade exposure appeared and felt even on both sides of the razor head.

To adjust, simply grab the ENDS of the razor head and turn the entire handle to increase or decrease the blade gap. However, be careful and cautious when adjusting or blade loading. If you’re asleep at the wheel, you may nick a finger due to accidentally mishandling it.

(Note:  The Qshave gives a terrific shave! Very nice! Close and smooth. No nicks, no cuts, no irritation.  Again, if the Qshave is misaligned, it’s a very, very, very, VERY small misalignment. Barely noticeable, if that. Which is why I err on the side of saying alignment is fine. If it is off a miniscule bit, then it’s no harm, no foul. Really, flip a coin.)

The Shave

I found the shave to be on the mild side, yet highly efficient. It is somewhat deceptive, though. At the lower settings, you don’t get much audio feedback. Turning it up a bit, you do get the audio, but really not much.

Again, this is deceptive. I think the blade guard quiets the shave while still giving good performance. Because of this, you feel as though you need to dial up the aggression to make sure you are cutting the whisker. However, the final result tells you that you are, in fact, getting a very good shave!

Just to emphasize, blade exposure felt even on both sides of the razor head. My face didn’t feel as if the razor had missed spots having used one side of the razor head versus the other side. Both sides of the razor head shaved identically.

I haven’t had a nick or cut. There’s absolutely no irritation or redness on the neck. After the third pass and final cold water rinse, a pass or two of the alum block tells me my face has been shaved. Very nice!

I used the “increase method” when shaving with the Qshave. I started at a low setting and moved up a half-click with each new shave pass. My first shave had me start at setting 2, then 2.5, and moving up to a final setting of 3. This gave me a fine shave, but I wanted a bit more efficiency. My next shave started at 3, then 3.5, and finally, 4. I received a better, closer shave. This is probably where I’ll stay for the foreseeable futur. (see what I did there?:))

I’m thinking the shortfall of audio feedback coupled with the overall smoothness from the blade guard, might lull me into a false sense of confidence. From this point, I’ll need to be more observant. This razor still shows the potential to be decidedly aggressive at the highest settings. The question remains, at those higher settings, will the shave still be smooth and irritation free?

Minor “Blemishes”

These aren’t flaws or defects. These are just a few minor issues I noticed while shaving with the Qshave. Let’s be clear. There are no deal-breakers here.

The razor head really is a bit larger than most traditional safety razors. The ends of the cap extend farther than the size of the blade and base plate. This extra length makes it a bit more challenging to get under the nose and trim whiskers just below the nostrils. It’s not impossible. However, you will have to use two hands. One to move the schnozz out of the way and the other, holding the razor, to shave the area.

Additionally, I found the shave angle to be a slightly more narrow than most other razors I’ve used. So, you have to adjust your technique a bit to really hit the sweet spot. Obviously, it becomes a bit easier to find as you increase blade exposure. Still, at setting 3, you need to adjust to hit the proper angle. It isn’t hard, and again, not a deal-breaker. Once you find the proper angle, and you will, the shave is really very nice.

One last point and, perhaps, it’s just me. But, the razor really builds up a lot of lather along the guard as you pass it across the face. More so than any other razor I’ve used. So, I find myself rinsing a bit more frequently. Still, this is a good indication that the razor is doing its job.

Final Words

So, how does Qshave stack up against other adjustable razors? The only adjustable razor I have for comparison purposes is the Merkur Progress.  (Note, since writing this, I’ve purchased the Merkur Futur.  A review is coming soon!)

The differences I’ve noticed is in maneuverability and blade exposure. The razor head on the Progress is a bit more compact than the Qshave, so it does a better job at getting under the nose. And the Progress becomes more efficient, for me, at a setting of 2, whereas the starting point for the Qshave is 3. Both are efficient in their own way, but I got more audio feedback from the Progress than I did from the Qshave. Thus, with the Progress, I was more easily able to gage where efficiency started.

Which should you buy? At the insanely low price of 2 to 6 bucks for the Qshave, you can buy BOTH!

My final word is, buy this razor! You cannot possibly go wrong at these insanely low prices!  (However, be aware that the Qshave is a bit more expensive on Amazon).

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One more point I forgot to mention, The Qshave also comes with five razor blades!

Qshave adjustable safety razor from AliExpress: https://goo.gl/cFjdIB

Qshave from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2r3eS2E

The Shave Stop: https://goo.gl/JE4FeG

 

 





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