So, I made the switch to a double edge razor in 2009.  After some research I started with a Merkur Futur 4 Piece Shaving Set that I bought from  I really appreciated the shaving experience from the start as compared to a disposable razor or even some of the more expensive multi blade plastic razors out there.  Not only was the shave better but it just seemed a “classy” way to shave as well.  I’m usually all about new technology but sometimes I think old school ways can be better and shaving is definitely one of those.

So I recently ran across a new razor on the Yanko Design site.

The Safety Razor, Redesigned

Here is the Standard Razor web site if you are interested.

I really like the minimalist design of both of these razors and they do look quite similar.  My Merkur Futur razor is shown below.

My new Standard Razor is Shown below.
Here are both for comparison.
My Merkur Futur razor is made in Germany and is made of zamak (a zinc alloy) with a chrome plated satin finish.  It has some heft to it when you shave.  It sort of has a quality feel though.  The Futur also has adjustable blade settings but I didn’t really adjust it much.  Also the Futur has a metal clasp in the head that snaps the blade holder on.  I wondered about how this would wear over time but so far it has held firm with no problems.  Also I read reviews about the razor prior to buying it and others complained that the smooth handle would slip while they shaved but I never had any issues with it slipping.
The Standard Razor is made here in US and the design is similar to the Futur.  The Standard Razor is made from aluminum and that makes it quite a bit lighter than the Futur.  Also the head and blade holder screw onto the handle.  I’ve used the Standard Razor a few times now and I am very impressed.  I hate to say it but it may just replace the Futur for my day to day use.  It’s light and the head is shaped better for shaving tough to reach places like just under your nose.  The Futur’s head is rounded at the corners so the blade is inset a bit so that makes it tough to shave in tight places.
One other difference is that the Standard Razor came with an Astra Superior Premium Platinum double edge razor blade.  I have been using Merkur blades and I’m not sure but I think the Astra blades give a much smoother shave that is very, very comfortable to my skin.  I think I’m going to switch to these blades as well.   I guess it pays to experiment a bit since I have been shaving for several years with the same blades and didn’t realize how much difference another type of blade could make.
All in all I am super impressed with the Standard Razor.  I even bought the black anodized version for my wife who was using disposable razors.  She seems to be very pleased as well.