Here's my experience with my just-received Merkur Progress:
First, the razor came with no instructions on how to use it or how to adjust the settings. But since I've been using a Merkur HD up til now, I assume I can figure out how to use the Progress on my own. Big Mistake.
I load the blade and, thinking that I've done this properly, I begin my usual shave routine (I shave in the shower).
I begin reducing my quandrants as usual, and then the blood begins to flow.
Nicks. Deep nicks. Multiple nicks. My tub is starting to look like the Janet Leigh shower scene in "Psycho". I'm getting a close shave, but this is ridiculous.
Then I do what I should have done in the first place--check the resources at Badger and Blade. Lo and behold, I didn't tighten the blade properly, so I was shaving on a W-I-D-E open setting. Duh!! No wonder my face looks like it had been on a bird hunting trip with the vice president.
While I blame myself for not getting educated before using a new razor, I'm puzzled as to why the device came without an owner's manual. (BTW--I've seen vendors other than where I got my Progress depicting the razor as coming housed in a plastic container, while mine came in a cardboard box. I'm wondering if the company I purchased from didn't send me everthing I should have received...?)