I also have a Futur and a Long Handle Classic Merkur and now a Feather Artist Club straight (how's that for having to master some different techniques!!). The two DE's will be my go to razors and although I've only had the Futur a couple of weeks, I think I'm definitely preferring it. The straight will probably be reserved for the last shave of the week on Friday, when I have a bit more time and will hopefully be getting close shaves that will last me to Monday!
As to switching between the two, I agree that there is a conscious decision to handle the razor differently. The weight of the Futur really does take care of the shave for you and I agree with Scotto 100%, you might think you are using zero pressure with that HD but I bet you're not.
I know with my Long Handle I started off using zero pressure but it didn't take me long to figure out how much pressure I could use to get a BBS shave without razor burn. Not so with the Futur, I am very careful about using as little pressure as possible with that razor.
Of course, the zero pressure advice is still excellent and should always be how new shavers start. However people must realize as their technique improves and they become more confident not only with the razor but their own face, then they will start to use the razor a little differently.
If in doubt, stick with the one that gives you the best shaves! For me, the Futur on a 6 for the first pass and then dialed back to 1.5 for subsequent passes seems to be working wonders - thanks to Ron (again!) for that advice.
[URL="http://www.badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=2169&highlight=Woodbane"]Andy[/URL] ~ Vermont
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If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas - Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790