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Old 05-15-2014, 09:14 AM
 
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I've been considering switching to a double edge razor to save money. Online new models can be costly. Bought this one to try. The one downside I've seen so far is the blade slot isn't an exact precise fit. Quality models have an exact fit so the blade will be perfectly centered. The blade can be a little off center resulting in one side having more blade exposure than the other side. The blades that come with them are cheap and made in China. Once I've used the blades that came with the razor, I'll buy a set of name brand blades to compare.

If you lived with replacement head razors, this will take some getting use to. You have to hold the razor gently against your face at a particular angle to get a good shave. Let the weight of the razor be the only pressure. The plus for such razors is the low cost for replacing blades & easily cleaning out hair and cream from razor. I used Gillette Sensor, Sensor 3, and Fusion razors. I only shave with my beard growth direction to prevent ingrown hairs. The above three and the double edge razor all shaved as close. While the Fusion felt most like it glided across the face, I could not live with the cost of replacement heads. The double edge razor does not have things I find annoying on other razors. Things like rubber strips, gel strip, or the uneven plastic of disposable razors.
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Though about picking up that Microtouch razor at CVS (as seen on TV isle) the other day, but upon inspection, it looked really cheap (like the chrome plating was brushed on) so I just ended up buying replacement fusion razors at nearly the same cost.
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Encino, CA
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Good luck with that. No way could I do that. I'll stick with my Gillette Mach 3 Turbo and the Fusion Pro Glide which is the best razor I have EVER used. Pricey, but I just don't shave everyday. I can go every other day and still be cool.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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who is Rick Harrison?
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:27 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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My face is not picky, so I go with the most cost-effective option. That has been the big box of Gillette disposables that are $19.95 or so for 50 at Costco. Now that stubble is considered fashionable I will only shave Mon/Wed/Fri and those last for about 6 shaves each, so a box lasts well over a year. Razors blades are a big ripoff, and they keep coming up with new, non-standard styles so you have to keep buying a new handle.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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My husband uses this:
Dollar Shave Club - Shave Time. Shave Money.
You choose a handle and blade, pay a monthly fee (really pretty cheap) and you get new blades every month. You can change blade style at any time, cancel at any time.
He's been a member for several months now, and it seems to be working pretty well.
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Old 05-15-2014, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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People often don't realize that the edge of a razor will break down from corrosion more than anything. There have been incredible advances in cutlery steel over the last 15-20 years, but razor companies have not even bothered to use the new steels. They know that the super steels would just break down from exposure to moisture when the owner stores it in the bathroom.

I store my razor outside the bathroom, and rest it on a piece of wicking cloth. The best route is really an old fashioned straight razor, and strop.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:43 PM
 
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who is Rick Harrison?
He's the bald guy from Pawn Stars. Didn't buy it because of his endorsement. Bought it because it was the only double edge razor I could find in the stores.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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Though about picking up that Microtouch razor at CVS (as seen on TV isle) the other day, but upon inspection, it looked really cheap (like the chrome plating was brushed on) so I just ended up buying replacement fusion razors at nearly the same cost.
It feels like real metal when you hold it in your hand.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:52 PM
 
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A lot of pawn shops will carry double edge razors as will antique shops. You can also buy them off of ebay or amazon. Most recommended brands are Merkur and Edwin Jagger. Certain older Gillette models are also of good quality; you just have to research which years models are good and which are bad.
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