I am on day four with using the Merkur Futur razor. The razor came with a Merkur blade but I am going to buy the variety pak I saw mentioned in this thread so I can try different blades.
I had a two day growth of beard. I was so afraid of using this thing and cutting my face up. First of all I dropped the blade on my wooden floor and couldn't pick it up. After a bit I got it and loaded it into the shaver. I lathered up and began sliding the thing down my face. Like I said I was just scared...when I finished some of the beard was removed but much still remained. At that point I was a nervous wreck and decided to try again the next day. Later I watched some vids of wet shaving and got the idea that I was not holding the razor at the proper angle.
Did better this day. I think I held the razor at a better angle and the shave when very well. Near the end I got too confident and I think I started moving to fast...I ended up with 3 nicks. I use a styptic pencil and that solved the nicks.
Day Three and Four
I am getting a little better each day no cuts today, and I have to say the shave is better than what I was getting with the cartridge razors but more depends on how I am using this razor.
This is a double edge blade so two sides are sticking out. Is it that you use the other side after you have used up the first side?
This is an adjustable razor and I am using it on 1 1/2, but there are ten more setting to use. Each higher setting exposes more blade. As the blade gets worn, do you move up to a higher setting to get a that part of the blade or do you just toss the thing and put in another?
How many shaves do you make before you change blades?
And Corey: Yes I DO have soft skin. I've been told that I have soft skin, but hard muscle under it....so.....just say'n