War of the Adjustables!

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Michael_W, Oct 10, 2020.


Which Adjustable Razor Do You Prefer?

  1. Gillette Fatboy/Slim/Other

    11 vote(s)
  2. Merkur Progress

    9 vote(s)
  3. Parker Variant

    6 vote(s)
  4. PAA Ascension Twist-Adjustable Double Open Comb

    2 vote(s)
  5. Vikings Blade Emperor Augustus/Crusader/Meiji

    1 vote(s)
  6. Other (Comment Below)

    12 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. mantic

    mantic U TOOB

    Late to this thread but I want to toss in my two cents. :) Anyone who's followed me for any length of time know I like adjustables. I have pretty much all of them (with just a few exceptions) and I even have one of Italian Barber's new adjustables on the way (though at $15 my expectations are not high).

    • For pure sexiness (and great performance): Rex Ambassador
    • In frequent rotation: Parker Variant (after using a Merkur Progress for many years--the Variant addressed a lot of the little pet peeves I had with the Progress)
    • Vikings Blade Meiji: I like the look and it's held up well but the dual comb design annoys me
    • QShave Adjustable (Futur clone): I like it better than the Futur
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  2. Tallships

    Tallships Well-Known Member

    For teenage beginners an Adjustable is a great start. From my experience when I started shaving at age 15 with a mild beard. My new Gillette Slim at setting 3 with a Gillette Blue blade, gave me a great shave (with Dads guidance) As I got older and my beard filled in, the setting got gradually higher and the blade sharper and my technique was perfected, until I settled on setting 7 with a Wilkinson Sword Blade for many years, Usually getting a BBS when I was able to take my time shaving. Recently the setting went down to a 5 with an Astra blade. So an Adjustable razor does become a necessity especially when you make a choice of 1 razor to use. Imagine one adjustable razor lasting nearly 60 years of daily shaving that I still use and still works and looks great. I will admit that since joining The Shave Den and other Forums I have acquired over 50 razors both mild and aggressive, I'm getting to like the variety of different type razors, mostly the 3 pieces, especially my Weber PH.
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  3. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Hi Mark!
    Read your blog all the time.
    Please post something on your opinion on that razor.

    Now I like really efficient razors.
    I am using a razor (pass around) that is more a kin to a shavette than a DE.
    But I like to have all sorts of gear.
    I look for it on your blog.
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  4. mantic

    mantic U TOOB

    I assume you mean my opinion of the IB Adjustable. I got it last week and have used it several times. Performance-wise I like it: while the adjustment "window" is not as wide as others, and the head is larger than most (though not as large as a Futur or Qshave), it shaves me really well. Of course, long-term durability is going to be a question mark.... In any case, I'll have a review up soon.
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  5. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer


  6. Mark Tyers

    Mark Tyers Member

    I’m going to throw in a curve ball. How about the soviet Ambassador razor? I’ve got one, it’s a copy of the Gillette Slim Adjustable but heavier and shinier. It’s also a great shaver.

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