Cartridge razor appreciation thread

Discussion in 'Cartridge Razors' started by Darkbulb, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. Jerry-built Hustler

    Jerry-built Hustler Well-Known Member

    I haven't tried the Sensitive blades. What do you like better about them? When you say "original Mach3 blades," do you include M3 Turbo blades in that classification, or just the first generation blades in the black cartridge?
     
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  2. MicBaldy

    MicBaldy Member

    I just find them a little smoother and less irritating than the 1st gen mach3 blades I was using.

    I'm not including the turbos in the comparison, because it's been a long while since I used them and don't want to make any comparison judgement on them until I try them again.

    It just so happened that I got a great deal online for 10 sensitive carts for $11 shipped (won an auction on eBay) and couldn't pass it up.
     
  3. MicBaldy

    MicBaldy Member

    Thank you. I like a good slick lather and for me Arko is the best. Plus it appeals to my frugal tendencies. :)

    I also prefer face lathering to bowl lathering.
     
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  4. engrsaks

    engrsaks Well-Known Member

    Today: Gillette Atra/vector loaded with Chinese vector cartridge
    Gillette synthetic brush
    Axe denim (spicey scent) shaving cream
    Brut AS (original)

    I've to say, the more I switch between Proglide, Mach-III, Trac-II, Atra and Sensor, the more I like Atra :) .
     
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  5. Jerry-built Hustler

    Jerry-built Hustler Well-Known Member

    I find the Atra to have the best glide of all the Gillette carts.
     
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  6. engrsaks

    engrsaks Well-Known Member

    I can't understand, why atra performs better than trac-II? Yes, there is pivoting feature which compensates for somewhat poor maneuvering of the razor head by the person, but that can't be the only reason, could it?
     
  7. Jerry-built Hustler

    Jerry-built Hustler Well-Known Member

    While it's commonly said the Atra is just a Trac II with a pivot, that's not really true. The cartridges are similar, but the Atra is a more streamlined design than the Trac II, with less overall surface area, and less area that contacts the face. Hence, less drag and better glide.
     
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  8. Sabre

    Sabre Well-Known Member

    I just used my Schick Super II which is in fact a Wilkinson Sword Profile Fixed in disguise with a Gillette PII blade to tidy up after my Schick Injector shave...
     
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  9. Sabre

    Sabre Well-Known Member

    So not very recently then?
     
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  10. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    I must say it's interesting - and fun - to see some cartridge users flexing their multi-blade-muscles and talk about a type of razor that is often not too much discussed on wetshaving forums.
    I often feel that cartridge razors are looked down upon a bit (and sometimes for good reasons when it comes to the cost for a cartridge and over-engineered un necessary features) - but my own experiences with more vintage cartridge razors have been very positive. Next week I'm thinking about trying out another Grange-designed razor :)
     
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  11. RaZorBurn123

    RaZorBurn123 waiting hardily...............

    As a head shaver I was having a really bad time with DE razors, I must have tried 10 different ones that I have and still was having issues. I was seriously thinking about buying a vintage Trac ll or one of that nature. Lucky I tried my Schick I1 and have had great success. I would still not count out buying a vintage cartridge razor, I think they have a place in my den.
     
  12. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

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    Here ya go, Kerry! Take a walk on the wild side!
     
  13. RaZorBurn123

    RaZorBurn123 waiting hardily...............

    I'm not sure if my life insurance policy covers that....
     
  14. Jerry-built Hustler

    Jerry-built Hustler Well-Known Member

    No kidding. My voice got higher just watching that.

    While I admire his moxie, his severe razor rash (visible at 2:18) makes me wonder if the approach suits him. I also run the risk of breakouts in that area if I shave my head, so I stick to clippers and a light stubble.
     
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  15. RaZorBurn123

    RaZorBurn123 waiting hardily...............

    Help needed! I'm thinking about buying this handle its $13 with free shipping. Good deal?
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  16. Jerry-built Hustler

    Jerry-built Hustler Well-Known Member

    Haven't used it, but there are no vents on the back of the head, so it might make rinsing a bit of a chore. I don't know if the price is a good deal, per se, but at $13, how wrong could you go?
     
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  17. Sabre

    Sabre Well-Known Member

    I have shaved with a straight. I would imagine that shaving your head is fine, I didn't have a problem with my cheeks and jaw. I did get nervous on my jugular, sometimes I did it without thinking other times for no particular reason I was petrified or extremely nervous. But in the end the maintenance was too much. I do use a Feather AC or clone, but with Kai Captain Mild Protouch blades or Feather ProGuard's...
     
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  18. Weeper Warrior

    Weeper Warrior Well-Known Member

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  19. RaZorBurn123

    RaZorBurn123 waiting hardily...............

    I bought a Gillette Vector, I searched for an Atra but those are out of my price range for what I'm going to use it for. If I get the results I'm hoping for ill consider upgrading to an Atra.
     
  20. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    Welcome to the 'dark side' of cartridge razors :)
     
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