Poll: Cobra or Injector?
 04-03-2014, 03:36 PM
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  • v4257
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While researching the Cobra - I discovered the old Cobra vs Injector debate. I was wondering if folks who have tried both could comment on which one they prefer and why?

Thanks for your input!

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 04-03-2014, 04:22 PM
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The injector is definitely faster to learn to use and easier to use without nicks and can give a close shave quickly.

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 04-03-2014, 04:48 PM
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I had next to no learning curve on the cobra, so cobra, hands down. My injector (J I think) was not so smooth.

I did realize that I had better control with the cobra with wet hands, wet handle.

I never got the hang of injectors and other SE razors.

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 04-03-2014, 04:51 PM
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I did have to get used to the Cobra, but it will provide a smooth shave, but can be aggressive....at least for me...LOL

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 04-03-2014, 05:28 PM
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  • Hanzo
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Don't mess about man, just get a Cobra. A uniquely good razor. Smile

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 04-03-2014, 05:46 PM
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The Injector I tried was just too mild. I love the Cobra.

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 04-03-2014, 06:43 PM
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I've used both and there's really no comparison. Cobra wins for me.

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 04-03-2014, 07:39 PM
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  • Giorgio
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I actually had to get used to shaving with an Injector, and even then I kept going back to my DE's as I never felt I got a perfect shave. I fell in love with the Cobra on the very first shave and haven't been able to put it down since (well except to pick up a straight once in a while Tongue).

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 04-03-2014, 08:01 PM
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  • evnpar
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In 50 years of primarily using a Fat Boy and Slim, I'd occasionally pick up whatever new injector was being advertised, but never cared for them. For the past year or so I've had the fun of trying multiple razors, brushes, and soaps. Three weeks ago I used the Cobra for the first time and for me, nothing else compares to it. I haven't worked up the courage, or the pocketbook or time, to try straights, but do enjoy oogling over many that are posted on SOTD.

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 04-03-2014, 09:07 PM
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The injectors have never worked for me because of the blades. The Cobra was much better, but I still didn't like the blades either, but they were better. Blush

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 04-04-2014, 04:51 AM
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(04-03-2014, 06:43 PM)CyanideMetal Wrote: I've used both and there's really no comparison. Cobra wins for me.

Absolutely true in my case. Love the Cobra. Could never find an injector that is aggressive enough.

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 04-04-2014, 07:11 AM
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  • Balj86
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The blades seem to work better for me using the cobra. But the cobra classic does have a bite to it. Two passes was just enough for me. Its a YMMV thing.

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 04-04-2014, 07:17 AM
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  • sm304
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The cobra is one of my favourite razors in my collection. I have loaned it out to friends and each one has went on to buy one of their own. Also I haven't been able to get a good shave from an injector at all, which is a shame as some of them are very pretty.

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 04-04-2014, 02:07 PM
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  • v4257
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Cobra it is!

This is why I love TSN. Distilled, no-nonsense input that one can use. Thank you Cobra/Injector veterans!

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 04-04-2014, 02:13 PM
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It's all in the blades. The Cobra definitely has much higher quality blades in the Feather Professional and the Kai Mild. But the injector is easier to learn. It would be a better comparison if the injector blades were more in line with the quality of the Cobra blades.

eric.

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 04-04-2014, 03:27 PM
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I would give the nod to a Cobra for the fact that the two main blades it accepts (Feather and Kai)are outstanding. There is also another blade that can be used in a Cobra which is a Dorco barber blade.

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 04-05-2014, 08:14 PM
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  • CMur12
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So, would it be safe to say that the Cobra is not for the guy who seeks a mild or even mild-to-moderate razor?

(This is my impression from what I'm reading here and from what I've read about Cobra razors before.)

- Murray

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 04-05-2014, 08:29 PM
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Yes, the Cobra is not mild. It is very aggressive.

I've used all the Schick injectors and a Cobra. You can get just as good a shave with a vintage injector razor as with a Cobra. The blades are not as keen as the Feather and Kai blades, but don't need to be to have a good shave.

Also, compare $15 for an injector and $169 for a Cobra. The Cobra doesn't give you ten times the shave or shaving pleasure. The blades are also more expensive with a Cobra.

evnpar you should go for a straight. For me they are the ultimate blade.

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 04-05-2014, 10:26 PM
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  • Giorgio
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(04-05-2014, 08:14 PM)CMur12 Wrote: So, would it be safe to say that the Cobra is not for the guy who seeks a mild or even mild-to-moderate razor?

(This is my impression from what I'm reading here and from what I've read about Cobra razors before.)

- Murray

Personally, I have not found the Cobra to be particularly aggressive. I was quite worried that it would be when I first got it, but my worries quickly subsided after the first shave. I kept waiting for that "bite" and never got it. While I don't mind a fine-tuned aggressive razor, I generally prefer mild DE's...yet I found the Cobra to be extremely enjoyable to use.

Definitely a YMMV thing...I'd recommend trying to get a hold of one to try out before making a decision or writing it off.

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 04-05-2014, 10:49 PM
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  • CMur12
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Thanks for the replies, Robert and Giorgio.

I'm waiting for the Huntlee razors, to hear how they are and how they compare to the Cobra. Then I will be in a better position to make a decision.

For right now, my recently acquired Mergress at its mildest setting is giving me a better shave than I have gotten from any other razor in the past, so I'm probably through shopping for DEs. I need to put some more effort into shaving with Injectors and I'm looking forward to hearing more about both of the new Huntlee razors.

- Murray

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