Merkur - Progress 500, Adjustable DE Safety Razor, German (500001)

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The MERKUR 500 Progress stands for maximum variability. Even back in the 1950s, it was one of the first planes with an adjustable blade gap. Since you also adjust the angle of the razor blade in this way, you can adjust the thoroughness of the shave to your own personal taste. With the short handle you gain freedom of movement on complex parts of the face and body.

2 Reviews

  • 5
    Best reusable adjustable razor!

    Posted by Phil Garn on 30th Dec 2022

    This razor is a quality product. I use it because I get ingrown hairs and the adjustable feature allows me to shave without removing hairs too close to the skin. I won't use another razor.

  • 5
    Progress is progress

    Posted by Alex on 23rd Aug 2022

    Well made adjustable razor that has stood the test of time like no other. Very mild or somewhat wild, you choose the efficiency. This is a razor to pass down to your son.

Material: Brass handle, die-cast zinc razor head, electroplated surfaces, bright chrome
Blade Description: closed comb, straight cut, adjustable blade gap
Handle Lock: Long screw, two-piece razor
Handle Diameter: 1.2
Dimensions: 4.1 cm x 2.6 cm x 8.8 cm
Made in Solingen, German


The head of the plane is manufactured using the zinc die-casting process, as this enables very precise manufacturing tolerances and complex shapes. In order to ensure a comfortable weight distribution, we only use brass for the handle. The chrome finish protects the razor from corrosion and underlines the high-quality design.


The ability to rotate the handle adjusts the distance between the blade and the comb and adjusts the thoroughness of the shave to your personal preferences. Thanks to the numbering, you can easily find your preferred position again. For example, you have the option of working long hair with a large blade gap, while the daily face shave can be done with a gentle blade setting.