Best: Gillette Fusion ProGlide Flexball
Worse Gillette Fusion
Best: Gillette Fusion Proglide Power
Worst: Bic (don't know the model)
I used the Gillette sensor 3 blade system for about 20 years, never had any issues.
About 2 years ago I switched to the Wilkinson Sword quattro 4 blade. I buy the titanium blades.
They are very good. Each blade lasts about 2 weeks but I do not shave every day, maybe every 36 hours, 4 times each week.
Worst?? Bic probably or Aldi / Lidl.
Currently residing in Blighty but biding my time when I shall return to my island of dreams.
Will definitely have to give Proglide a try, thus many thanks for the suggestion to everyone who mentioned this. Already owning the regular Proglide that just sits in one of the cabinets around the house, still in its original packaging, simply for not having brought myself to try it, while also considering to get the Flexball version.
Best: Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Flexball (I don't have to make weird looks on my face for a close shave. And a blade lasts a month.)
Worst: Bic Hybrid Advance 3. (Didn't shave at all... right out of the package. Had to do Disney World without shaving... Walt wouldn't be proud.)
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I'd put another voice toward Proglide.
Best cartridge I had - and I know all top-level ones. Very polite and forgiving blade.
No cuts, no nicks, you can shave fast, w/o considering every move.
Just finished my first shave with the Proglide Flexball and thought to post the impressions here. Quite possibly the best (and also among the fastest, as well as mild but still thorough) wet shaving experiences so far, better suited to my skin than both all the previous cartridge razors used (including previous models by the same brand) and DE, even more surprising considering that my skin is both quite oily and extremely sensitive, while the growth both abundant and raspy-thus making any shave additionally difficult.
Different skins, skin oils, hair density. No one razor will suit everyone. I use both the CIEN 2 and 5 blade razors and love 'em.
BIC disposable rips me up. The best razor I ever had was the Gillette single bladeTechmatic. But I see no sense in spending a fortune on this when the CIEN range is so affordable.
Best experience: Gillette Fusion Proglide - is the flexball really that necessary?
Worst experience: Bic Disposable Single Blade - try not to nick yourself
I've been experimenting a bit more with disposables recently. Conclusions thus far: you get what you pay for.
My standard shaving tools are:
Some older Gilette adjustable DE with a heavy handle & Feathers or Derbys.
But this Fusion Pro Glide Flexball is very good, I have to confess. I don't like this fancy stuff - but it works just fine. The difference to a DE or Straight is there, especially when I'm in a hurry. But I will not use those super expensive and environmentally unfriendly mega-plastic cartridges regularly. This is something for certain days of wetshaving without those 'sensual' qualities.
The worst razor I have is the black platic Wilkinson DE, though I like its Kind of space-age look. The worst cartridge is my two-bladed Sensor. But I found it quite good when I once started shaving with it.
In fact I can find something I like with all my razors (I own about a dozen and five Straights)
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Two blade Sensor is too sharp on the first shave, and isn't cutting enough by the seventh.I normally get more shaves out of a cartridge than that (I always clean cartridge with Razorpit after each shave).
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You guys should give Harry's a shot. Their cartridges give a good shave and cost much less than the Gillette's and Schick's of the world. Though they're not as cheap as DE blades.
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Edwin Jagger DE Safety Razor with Personna Platinum blade
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I tried the 3-blade Flex Bic disposable yesterday for the first time.
I am pleased to report that I got a good shave and only a slight nick instead of the half dozen or so serious nicks I get from using their single blade disposables, which I have criticised numerous times here and at other forums.
I must say though, I am still very fond of Schick Extreme 3 blade disposables - I used them solely while I was on my month long USA vacation.
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With disposable razors, it seems they use an inferior blade steel. These tend to dull quickly. I do not get much use out of them and the shaving process is not pleasant and more of a chore. I will say that the Gillette 2 blades disposables that pivot were adequate - they get a pass. Based on recommendations I will give some higher quality disposables a try, such as the Gillette Sensor3, Gillette Mach3, and Schick Xtreme3.
Hi,I would like to share my experience with using razors. I usually prefer the brand Gillette. But sometimes I have the problem with the razor bumps. I don't know if the problem is with the razor or I just have such a sensitive skin but I began looking for the information about how to get rid of this unpleasant problem and foudn out that there is a solution https://ambrossimo.com/get-rid-of-razor-bumps/. Now I know that it is called Pseudofolliculitis Barbae.
Now I would like to share some experience and the recommendations that I have checked on me after reading the article. First of all, it is recommended to use high-quality oil on your hair and skin before applying the shaving cream as oil can act as a perfect moisturizer for softening your skin. This will be helpful for making the removal of the hair easier and without skin irritations. Choose the shaving cream of good quality as it is as much important as the brand of the razor and even more. Then you should be able to stop friction in order to avoid getting an irritation. The next step will be an applying the shaving cream to your skin for a short period of time maybe for a couple of minutes and apply it to the affected areas. The longer you leave it on, the softer it will be.The main rule which is really true about shaving is: when you shave, you should never shave against the grain but with it. When I started keeping my skin relaxed without stretching it. Stretching may result in bouncing the hair back into the follicle or back into your skin and in its turn cause the razor bumps. I dont think the brand of the razor matters much in this case but I would like to recommend only safe razors which have some gel inside and several blades which are placed in the best possible way.
The same situation my husband has who always changes the razors and at least he bought the electic razor which is the most convenient for cutting men's beard. He really likes it.
Some thoughts on your comments.
1. Using oil before applying cream. I have a thread on this forum regarding doing the same thing using olive oil and Art Of Shaving Pre-Shave oil. What I found was that on me, the oil made lousy shave creams work much better (less nicks). But using the oils made really good creams seem like the lousy creams with the oil - that is, the performance of the good creams was reduced.
2. Razor bumps - I get them from using very sharp razors (DE or cartridge) when they are new, or when I continuously use one relatively sharp razor, or when I use a lousy cream or gel. I don'[t get them much when I rotate razors between the sharp and the fairly well used ones approaching their end of life. When I get bumps I switch to less sharp razors or go electric for a few days till they clear up.
3. Shaving against the grain is something I don't do, but plenty of others seem to do it without issue. Best avoided though for me, though I don't mind the occasional across the grain.
4. You advise against stretching skin, but I really don't see how one can get a close shave on the face without stretching some parts.
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