Pros: Overall Quality, Durability
Quality piece, however adjustability is oversold
I like this style of razor because I only shave twice a week. I've got a thick, wiry beard that clogs, dulls and basically renders useless any cartridge-type multiblade shaver. And of course, I resent the price of those expensive replacement cartridges. This is my second Merkur razor. the first one was not adjustable, so I purchased this one to get some additional flexibility with closeness. Overall the quality of this razor is exceptional, however, I am a little disappointed by the ranges of adjustment provided. It works essentially as follows -- the tighter you screw in the adjustment screw, the more flexed the blade is. the more flexed the blade is, the more it moves inline with the guards, meaning your shave isn't as close and that you're less likely to get cut. Presently I am shaving with the blade flexed at the maximum. this gives me as close a shave as I need in two passes (over trouble spots) and doesn't result in nicks or cuts. Awesome! For giggles, I tried to dial the adjustment out for an even closer shave. this moves the blade out past the guard. This means you're basically shaving with the blade edge directly on your skin. This takes a bit of an attitude shift. I can shave with a straight razor without nicking, however, using this style of razor required me to slow down considerably: it's tough to keep track of your blade angle and the temptation (from habit) is to make long passes with some pressure. Very bad idea. Rated 4 out of 5 only because I think the "adjustability" is not truly worth paying a premium for. Chances are, you'll use this on the maximum flex setting.