05-19-2014, 04:17 AM
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This is not the first time I have used a Gillette Mach3 razor but its been awhile so I bought the least expensive Turbo Mach3 with a cartridge. The shave this morning was outstanding and very smooth and close. In the past I also used a Mach3 generic which is much cheaper but not as good as the original. My biggest concern is the extremely high cost of cartridges. Even at BJs or Costco they are not affordable. However, for a once a month 5-7 day worth of shaves its not bad. In several weeks I will receive the Feather double blade cartridge system and will give it a whirl.

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 05-19-2014, 04:45 AM
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  • Johnny
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I like the Mach 3 Turbo blade on my Bolin Webb handle. Provides a very smooth shave with a comfortable grip handle.

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 05-19-2014, 01:18 PM
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  • Leo K.
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  • Mankato MN
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I love my Mach 3 Sensitive Power handle and will probably return to it tomorrow. I use regular Mach 3 blades and I get great shaves. I want to try the Turbo blades when my regular blades run out Smile

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 05-19-2014, 02:14 PM
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(05-19-2014, 01:18 PM)Leo K. Wrote: I love my Mach 3 Sensitive Power handle and will probably return to it tomorrow. I use regular Mach 3 blades and I get great shaves. I want to try the Turbo blades when my regular blades run out Smile

My one blade that came with the Mach3 handle says HD (high definition) I am not kidding. I think all the blades are the same regardless of what the packaging says. The Mach3 is a very good razor but stay away from the cheaper generics (not good).

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 06-21-2014, 06:38 PM
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The Mach3 Turbo works exceptionally well when I double-up using Proraso Blue* as the base for slick, and Barbasol Aloe canned goo on top for cushion. The Feather FII/M3 is equally nice. I almost don't miss a brush and DE.

*The Proraso spreads very well with fingertips, better than most creams I've found, but I'd like to give Speick a try next time or at least something without any menthol.

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 06-29-2014, 05:42 AM
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I was generally pretty pleased with the performance of Mach3, but cartridge cost led to me to become a Harry's customer....which in turn led me here!

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 06-29-2014, 01:37 PM
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(05-19-2014, 02:14 PM)slantman Wrote: My one blade that came with the Mach3 handle says HD (high definition) I am not kidding.

1080p? 1080i? 720p? The new 4k standard??? I can't keep up with HD technology.

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 04-06-2015, 01:35 AM
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Anyone already try to use a fabric piece to sharpen dull Mach3 blades or the sharpener in silicon ? does it works really ?
thanks for sharing experience Smile

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 04-07-2015, 12:30 PM
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I occasionally use a cartridge, but have not used a Mach 3 for years.  The lowest price I have found for them is $48.99 for 24 at Costco.  I'm pleased with the performance of the Dorco Pace 3, which costs less than the Mach 3.  However, after reading this post, I'll revisit the Mach 3 again. 

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 04-07-2015, 02:14 PM
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(04-06-2015, 01:35 AM)chrissss Wrote: Anyone already try to use a fabric piece to sharpen dull Mach3 blades or the sharpener in silicon ? does it works really ?
thanks for sharing experience Smile

I use the razorpit teneo. It seems to work. I can stretch a single cart for about 30 face shaves comfortably. Or 10 head shaves. But really, just like any blade, if you strop it on something correctly, it will extend blade life and efficiency, but YMMV as to how long you find the blade tolerable. I've stretched fusion blades over 60 shaves, but honestly, that has to do in part with the cost. I hate buying new carts.

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 05-15-2015, 03:22 PM
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I glued  a piece of raw leather belt smooth side up on a piece of wood.I now get on average 15 shaves per Turbo blade.I usually do 10 passes with the razor on the strap...................Ernie

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 05-16-2015, 03:27 AM
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  • Rufus
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The Mach3 is my daily razor except when I travel when I use a Sensor.  I get very close, comfortable shaves with the Mach3; pretty well BBS with 2 or 3 passes.  Generally, I'll get 15 shaves from a cartridge, but sometimes more and sometimes less.  That works out to about $75 per annum on cartridges, which in the overall scheme of what I spend on other shaving accoutrements and fripperies is quite tolerable.

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 10-10-2015, 10:51 AM
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  • Leo K.
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I'm enjoying my Mach3 lately, using it daily to experiment with how many passes work or when to go across or against the grain (different process when using a cart over a DE and Injector blade).

I use the power handle but occasionally shave manually. I'm using the original Mach3 blades but bought the Turbo and Sensitive blades to compare soon.

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 10-10-2015, 01:09 PM
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I really liked my Mach 3, but when the Fusion came, I honestly felt it was superior.

Now a days, I use one of my nice handles on a Fusion cart for the first pass, and then use my DE for the 2.nd and 3.rd pass to even out the shave. Touch ups is always done with my Fusion.

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 10-10-2015, 02:10 PM
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I remember using one fifteen or seventeen years ago ...
On a week-long beard, and what I had back then hardly qualified as a beard (for me at least), I used up three cartridges just to get the hair trimmed to a semi-tolerable length.
Mileages do indeed vary.

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 10-10-2015, 05:01 PM
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  • leonidas
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...........Skanderbeg (George Castriot), the Albanian national hero...........

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 10-10-2015, 06:14 PM
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  • Leo K.
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(10-10-2015, 01:09 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I really liked my Mach 3, but when the Fusion came, I honestly felt it was superior.

Now a days, I use one of my nice handles on a Fusion cart for the first pass, and then use my DE for the 2.nd and 3.rd pass to even out the shave. Touch ups is always done with my Fusion.

I agree the Fusion is a superior shave, it's my favorite along with the Hydro 5. Aces!

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 10-10-2015, 06:29 PM
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My first few shaves with the Fusion were fine, but eventually the five blades became just too much. So, for the umpteenth time I returned to the Mach. That one is okay most of the time, and now when it isn't there's the Feather MR3 Neo/FII.

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 10-11-2015, 01:18 PM
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  • Leo K.
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(10-10-2015, 06:29 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: My first few shaves with the Fusion were fine, but eventually the five blades became just too much. So, for the umpteenth time I returned to the Mach. That one is okay most of the time, and now when it isn't there's the Feather MR3 Neo/FII.
Indeed, the Fusion is eventually too much for my face and I believe the Mach3 is a genius invention. Today I achieved another impressive shave with the original Mach3 blades. I'm learning that if I go north to south on my neck and jawline (avoiding the south to north action) I achieve a BBS without a hint of dragging or uncomfortable feeling. This is a new revelation in learning my Mach3 in the pursuit of getting the same BBS shave with three blades that I can with my Fusion (as the blades are a more affordable). Aces!

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 10-11-2015, 02:21 PM
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(10-11-2015, 01:18 PM)Leo K. Wrote:
(10-10-2015, 06:29 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: My first few shaves with the Fusion were fine, but eventually the five blades became just too much. So, for the umpteenth time I returned to the Mach. That one is okay most of the time, and now when it isn't there's the Feather MR3 Neo/FII.
Indeed, the Fusion is eventually too much for my face and I believe the Mach3 is a genius invention. Today I achieved another impressive shave with the original Mach3 blades. I'm learning that if I go north to south on my neck and jawline (avoiding the south to north action) I achieve a BBS without a hint of dragging or uncomfortable feeling. This is a new revelation in learning my Mach3 in the pursuit of getting the same BBS shave with three blades that I can with my Fusion (as the blades are a more affordable). Aces!

I agree, even as a Fusion lover.

When I only used DE and SE razors, I still would reach out for my Fusion to cut the hairs under the nose, just inside the nose and around the ear area (I'm 40+ now  Tongue )

So in the end decided to get 5-6 great quality handles for my Fusion carts and go back to my basic, which was a Fusion, that always gave me a fine shave - just rinde the cart enough during the shave and it does not cloq.

But 5 blades on 2 passes can be more than enough of a good thing, so now I divide my shave between a Fusion for first pass, a DE for 2.nd and 3.rd pass and go back to the Fusion for the touch up pass.

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