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# 206054 8-Dec-2016 08:23
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I've been using Schick Xtreme3 razors (3-blade) for years, but they seem to have suddenly deteriorated in quality.

 

I might be wrong but it looks to me that the makers are trying to get away with a thinner steel for the blades.

 

Consequently, the blades bend away from the whiskers and skip over the top instead of 'digging in'.

 

Pressing harder only makes it less effective.

 

In fairness I have to say that I often don't shave for 4 or 5 days, so maybe I'm expecting too much.

 

What do you think?

 

If you shave with a blade, what brand do you think is best?

 

 





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  # 1684404 8-Dec-2016 08:32
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Schick Hydro 3 / 5 blade is my current pick, usually purchased from ebay much cheaper than NZ. 3 blade may be better for longer beard. Gillette I like more, but is a fair bit more expensive than ebay Schick prices.

 

I've also tried Dorco (supplied by dollar shave club), they're great value but the shave quality isn't as good, and they're not as nice to use. Tried one of the old style blade razors, they're really difficult to use, but blades are cheap.

 

There are a few huge shaving threads, a search will show them.


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  # 1695262 26-Dec-2016 19:53
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I highly recommend old fashion razors - price of the blades hardly matter - I've got more than 2 years supply of feather razor blades.  I use it with a Merkur Progress and Proraso shaving cream, these days the most expensive part of the shave is the cream but thats cheaper as well because it goes much further than Gillete shaving gel that I used to use.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1695289 26-Dec-2016 21:30
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rphenix:

 

I highly recommend old fashion razors - price of the blades hardly matter - I've got more than 2 years supply of feather razor blades.  I use it with a Merkur Progress and Proraso shaving cream, these days the most expensive part of the shave is the cream but thats cheaper as well because it goes much further than Gillete shaving gel that I used to use.

 

 

I've used those as well. They are cheap, but the swivel head of modern razors reduces time and effort significantly. I imagine with enough practice a double edged razor could be fast and effective, but I doubt you could approach a modern razor.


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  # 1695639 28-Dec-2016 09:05
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I can shave with an old fashioned DE razor faster than I ever could with one of the modern blade razors... I personally believe if you think otherwise, then you've just bought into the hype of their marketing teams ...


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  # 1695641 28-Dec-2016 09:07
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DaveDog:

 

I can shave with an old fashioned DE razor faster than I ever could with one of the modern blade razors... I personally believe if you think otherwise, then you've just bought into the hype of their marketing teams ...

 

 

That's a very strange thing to say as everyone is different, and seems to be having a dig.

 

I found with DE I had to do three passes to get a smooth shave. Each pass was slow because you have to manually angle the blade to your face. You'd get faster with that.

 

The swivel head on a modern razor and the sharp blades makes for better contact and fewer passes, for me.


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  # 1695647 28-Dec-2016 09:10
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I found the opposite ... I would need to do 2-3 passes which I can do in 1 go with the DE razor ... There are some caveats though - The correct blade choice is important and it took me a few goes to get the hang of it ...

 

 

 

That being said, everyones face is different and there isn't any one size fits all solution.


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