Rex Ambassador Yes Or No

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Quality vintage razors didn't need some click to hold the blade, new stuff will never catch up to proper vintage brass razors. It's like the blues, the best stuff comes from dead guys.
The newer artisan razors are held to incredible specs that in the old days only costly & labor intensive hand fitting could have done, which as we know wasn't. That said, the main factors of blade gap/exposure are where the rubber meets the road. Anything else is mere "gravy". I love my RazoRock .68 Game Changer, but I'd be lying if I said the actual resultant shave was better than what I can achieve with a vintage Tech. Technology however marches on.
 
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The newer artisan razors are held to incredible specs that in the old days only costly & labor intensive hand fitting could have done, which as we know wasn't. That said, the main factors of blade gap/exposure are where the rubber meets the road. Anything else is mere "gravy". I love my RazoRock .68 Game Changer, but I'd be lying if I said the actual resultant shave was better than what I can achieve with a vintage Tech. Technology however marches on.
Incredible specs are meaningless on a handheld razorblade holder.
 
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Incredible specs are meaningless on a handheld razorblade holder.
I wouldn't say they are meaningless. After all, that is what determines blade gap & exposure. It's just that modern CNC eqpmt. can hold those specs to a far better "+ or -" than can any human hand/eye. The end measurements are the end goal. It's just that CNC can get you there faster with little wastage.
 
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I have no doubt that the Rex is a superb razor. However, as has with other premium DE razors over the years, eg ATT, Timeless, Ikon etc the Rex is currently the HOT razor of 2020 and many folks will be buying it for that reason alone, how ever much they kid themselves otherwise!
 
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I have no doubt that the Rex is a superb razor. However, as has with other premium DE razors over the years, eg ATT, Timeless, Ikon etc the Rex is currently the HOT razor of 2020 and many folks will be buying it for that reason alone, how ever much they kid themselves otherwise!
I agree with the principle of what you're saying but I'd argue that the Rex was probably the hot razor of late 2018 / early 2019. A few others have come and gone since. I think we still talk about the Rex as it's an excellent design - one that will probably endearingly endure among us enthusiasts. They're that well built, I'd be happy to use mine for self defence!
 
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I have no doubt that the Rex is a superb razor. However, as has with other premium DE razors over the years, eg ATT, Timeless, Ikon etc the Rex is currently the HOT razor of 2020 and many folks will be buying it for that reason alone, how ever much they kid themselves otherwise!
IMO, there's nothing wrong with wanting to buy the 'hot' item for whatever hobby one is interested in as long as it brings you pleasure and you can afford it.
In shaving for the best part of the times those 'hot' items are generally more affordable than other hobbies, I did a similiar thing for my other hobby and spent a ridiculous amount on the 'hot' guitar maker for the period, and ending up buying a very expensive high end flamenco guitar far greater than my capabilities, but I really did enjoy the purchasing process and playing the guitar. Would I repeat the process? Probably not, but the journey of any hobby and the doors opened/learning process is what makes it what it is.
 
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