11-15-2018, 12:18 PM
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For those of you lucky ones that have used the newer artist club razors (Blackland Vector, Paradigm SE, ATT SE1) and injector razors that take the Schick twin blades, what is your opinion on the two? Do you have a preference?

For quick reference, I do a 2 pass shave with touch ups. For the first pass, I shave WTG for 1 stroke then use my free hand to apply bloom water to the shaved area and shave at an angle between WTG/XTG over the same spot that I just shaved. Then I move into the next spot and repeat WTG then WTG/XTG. After this process, I relather and do a strict ATG pass including touch ups around my Adam apple and chin.

I have the Vector and ATT SE1 and use them with schick proline blades. The first shave on the proline blades give me the closest shaves of my life. However, the blades dull quickly after the 3rd shave and I am forced to change the blade after 8 shaves. I notice that my hair grows back noticeably sooner after each consecutive shave on the blade. After 7ish shaves on the blade, I have to start going over areas multiple times to get a clean shave plus i feel like the blade starts pulling the hair instead of slicing them. Sometimes when the blade pulls the hair out, small drops of blood appear. I also feel like I have to concentrate more with the artist club blades because they are more prone to nick when using the slightest pressure and also when I am not shaving with an extremely shallow angle.

When using injectors, mainly the O clone, with schick twin blades, the blade is incredibly sharp for the first 3-4 shaves. After 4 shaves, the blade turns super smooth and I am able to fly through shaves without really paying attention to keeping an extremely shallow angle and I am able to use some pressure without causing nicks. The blades stay buttery smooth for nearly 20 shaves. I’ve pushed the blade to 30+ shaves and the only difference I notice is that my hair grows back sooner. I don’t ever feel any tugging even with a lot of mileage on the blade.

If anyone’s curious, DE razors would not work for me. Even the rigid designed razors, wolfman and timeless, would allow the blade to flex which causes bleeding and ingrown hairs. The second shave on a DE blade was always horrible because they tug and pull my hair when shaving ATG. Also, my hair wouldn’t grow back in uniform meaning some parts of my neck/face would grow back faster than others so it would look funny.

Gem razors with Gem PTFE blades, I get 2-3 great shaves but I always notice the slightest of tugging when shaving ATG, compared to artist club blades and twin injector blades. I would have to change the GEM blades after 4-5 shaves because they would start pulling the hairs leading to blood and ingrown hairs.

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 11-15-2018, 01:09 PM
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I can't compare an injector against my DE shaver which is now a Mergress. I know it's not a new style AC shaver but it's all I own and it works like a charm. 

My thoughts on your experience using a DE is that you just never came across a shaver that suited your style. You're lucky that you discovered something that does work for you though. I've used plenty of DE blades that were crap and some people on here use those blades and like them which just goes to show that each to their own and rightfully so. No worries either way.

I'd  love to try one of the fancy new shavers available now but can't justify the cost with my already over the top obsessions including brushes, pens, bikes......................the list goes on and on and on ......

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