I'm going to update this now because I wasn't totally truthful before. I did buy a set today with the Merkur safety razor. The high end $95 one along with the entire set. Just got off my first shave and a few observations:
1. This is no better than a Fusion. I see why they even sell it in their store. The shave isn't any closet than that. I made 3 passes, all with new lather. Only knocked myself twice on the chin. Beginners luck.
2. The brush smells like a Badgers a-hole. I don't know what it is. May be a combo of the scent I got; don't know.
3. The shave products by themselves are excellent but it seems this stuff will last a while so whatever.
4. It's a decent shave and I assume it will save money in the long run but it seems you may lose your money on the back end with the products.
Everything cost me $198. Razor, Extra Murker blades, gift set, etc. They were 20% off today so I did save $80.
This just seems more of a novelty thing but it does provide a close shave. Now that I'm checking it, it does do a pretty decent job. Keep another razor around to trim around your nose.
This post was edited on 1/27 at 11:13 pm