I think I'll jump in here because I don't see the Futur getting at least some of the love it deserves. Prior to acquiring the Futur I was shaving with a mixed bag of stuff. Although I had been using DE and straight equipment for years prior, I had thrown electric and various disposable razors into the mix for quite a while. Deciding to return exclusively to DE, I discovered the Futur on "The Superior Shave" website where Jarrod had given it glowing reviews. Bought one...never regretted it. Use it often (like yesterday). Granted, it isn't a Krona or SS, but I think it is not the same thing as learning to drive in a deuce and 1/2.
Point? I think this can be a more than acceptable razor (even for a beginner) if the proper patience and care is used while getting to know it.
"Here in this darkness, I know what I've done..I know all at once who I am"