I am about a month into my new progress short handle. Loving this thing. You can take it from mild to very aggressive. I had a Futur, which I liked, but felt the blade wasn't getting bent enough to stiffen the blade to my liking and I suffered irritation most of the time.
The progress gives me the blade bend I like and results in a smoother shave for me. It really reminds me of my HD, but with gap adjustability.
Feels great in the hand and it is built well, although not the work of art the Futur is.
Progress, Labs/Astra SP, Semogue 1520, Tabac, Palmolive, Speick, Arlington, MWF, Arko.