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    Ok I am a Feather non sharpen razor guy but like to change things around a bit and want to buy myself a really good safety razor.
    I have been looking at the Feather and Merkur razors and have decided I would like to try the future or vision, but being down under I can't handel either and will have to import one. Advise as to what you would buy would be appreciated.

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    I can only tell you I had the Vision several years ago and I thought it was a big heavy bulky clunky razor. It's very difficult to get under your nose.I think there are better choices depending on what you are looking for in a razor. EJ sells some really nice DEs. I'm using the Standard razor which doesn't look like much but gives me a great shave. The guys will come along with plenty of recommendations.
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    Never bought either the Futur or Vision because I thought they were too bulky in the head and too expensive to boot. They very well could be good shavers. If you are bound and determined to get an adjustable, a vintage Gillette adjustable is as good as any. If you look around carefully they still can be had cheaply at yard/garage sales. At least they can over here.

    If you want a mild DE a vintage Gillette Tech Head, 3 piece or TTO, is a good bet. On the more aggressive side vintage Gillette Open Comb DEs are close shavers.

    For new DEs I find the Merkur Slant is a good middle of the road DE that is not overly aggressive and very efficient. If I want a DE shave to rival what I get from a straight razor in a new DE the Muhle R41 2012 version goes to work. It is very fussy about your technique and should be used slowly and deliberately like a straight.

    The choices in DEs new or vintage are pretty staggering and you may wind up having to try a few to find one that works well for you. The same goes for DE blades and you pretty well have to try a bunch of different ones to see which work best for you also depending on the DE it is used in. Good luck, it could be an adventure.

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    futur owner here and love, love, love it. I own lots of DE's and this is the very best one I have, with a Fat Boy coming in second. I like that I can chose where I want to blade to be,( how aggressive the blade is). It is hefty in weight so you don't have to use any pressure. I find it easy to move around my face and it works great with ever blade I have tried(careful if you like Feather blades) I was going to buy a Vision but for me, I do not think you can beat the Futur.
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    I get very nice shaves with the Futur, surprisingly enough it gives me better shave than my Aristocrat adjustable right now.
    I have also used a Maggard DE and it shaves really nice at super affordable price. I think they are essentially copies of one of the EJ models.
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    I've never handled the Futur but I did have a Vision for a while. It is sort of a Hummer of DE razors if that is what you're looking for. Kind of a Futur on steroids. Been so long ago that I don't remember exactly why, but I put it on the shelf and finally listed it on the bay.

    Just for kicks I went to Amazon to check out reviews. I guarantee if you read the first of 5 pages you won't consider one any further.

    http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-VISION-...owViewpoints=1

    My favorite DE is one of those Bob recommended, the Merkur 137C slant. If you have large hands, or prefer a heavier razor, go for the 139C slant. More aggressive the Muhle R-41.
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    Agree on the 137C slant, got that one too and like it very much.
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    never owned a Vision or the slant the others spoke of but i did just get a Futur a week ago or so and absolutely love it .. it is much bulkier then the vintage Gillette's for as little as ive used it in the time ive had it i do like it better ...
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    OK short list futur and bin the vision. Should I also consider the feather as-d2
    I am looking for DE Razor to use Mon - Fri that gives a great shave and a joy to use
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    I used a Futur for a while, but having seen the Vision in the flesh and having held it in my hands I always felt the Vision was way too bulky to serve efficiently as a shaving instrument and thus never seriously contemplated getting one.

    Even the size of the Futur is fairly large and as moustache wearer I found the Futur not that handy to shave around the edges of my moustache.
    It can be done, but as a tool this razor with overhanging ends that clip onto the handle was not ideal for the purpose.
    It it was not for the moustache, I might have liked the Futur better.

    In the end I returned to more conventional (Mühle R41) designs as they served me better.


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