Gillette Sensor & Any Other Suitable 2 Blade Cartridges

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Yes, USRazor.com do ship to the UK but it is cost prohibitive. But the 2 blade cartridges they produce for the Sensor would be worth a try and they do sell a lot of them. I am now using the Gillette Blue ll Slalom regularly. It is not as good as the Sensor with the original Sensor 2 blade cartridge but it is not bad and far better than my struggle with the DE safety razor; I am now back to shaving in approximately 90 seconds, which suits me. I use the razor with the Gillette Sensitive Gel after washing my face with Pears Soap and water and it produces a reasonably good shave, importantly with no nicks and in a short time.
 
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I agree with you, I used to love the basic Sensor 2 Blade cartridges, up until about 4 years ago you could get 10 for £9.99 in Superdrug, but then you could only get the stupid "Excel" ones with a pointless piece of rubber on them that did nothing, for an extra £2! I refused to buy them.
 
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Totally agree with you Rockall66; there is no cartridge to compare with the Sensor in my opinion. As I say in my last post there appears to be some good Sensor substitutes on USRazor.com, but the shipping costs make them uneconomical.
 
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I use a Sensor Excel for trim work as the blade is fairly manuverable. Can anyone offer a comparison of the Schick Ultra and FII Neo re manuverability, quality of shave (especially the Feather as I find their DE and Artist Club blades rather wicked)?

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Sensor is a great razor. I alternate between a Sensor and a Mach3 and have done so for years, yet I still can’t decide which one I like better. Both give me a close, comfortable shave with no nicks, weepers or irritation. I must say, however, that what I learned in technique from using a DE for years prepared me well for using these two razors, ie proper prep., slow and steady and not too much pressure. But where I found the Sensor and Mach3 superior to my DEs was in shaving difficult spots and along my jaw line. When using a DE I would have to clean-up these spots with the Sensor/Mach3 and decided one day to abandon the DE for these two razors and I’ve never looked back.
 
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I have always been a fan of the Sensor. I gave DE shaving a really good try out, but it is extremely difficult to get really under the nose area. Some people have sugested that one should use a cartridge shaver for this area, which seems a little ridiculous, because then you may as well use a cartride to carry out the whole shave. I also like to shave very quickly, which you simply cannot do with a DE. I also cannot be doing with all the paraphernalia that is needed (or desired) with the DE shaving process (ie shaving soap; shaving bowl, shaving brush; pre-shave cream etc, etc; all of which need washing down after use, c/w softening the shaving brush in warm water before using etc). Cartridge shaving is so much easier and quicker; wash face with soap and warm water; I use Gillette Sensitive Gel; Shave; rinse face with cold water; apply AS and that's it; takes me about 90 seconds; as oppossed to at least 12 minutes, plus patching up the cuts from DE shaving. I personally do not believe I get a better shave with the DE system, just a considerable amount of additional hassle. Obviously these views are merely my own opinion, based on my own experience.
 
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I have always been a fan of the Sensor. I gave DE shaving a really good try out, but it is extremely difficult to get really under the nose area. Some people have sugested that one should use a cartridge shaver for this area, which seems a little ridiculous, because then you may as well use a cartride to carry out the whole shave. I also like to shave very quickly, which you simply cannot do with a DE. I also cannot be doing with all the paraphernalia that is needed (or desired) with the DE shaving process (ie shaving soap; shaving bowl, shaving brush; pre-shave cream etc, etc; all of which need washing down after use, c/w softening the shaving brush in warm water before using etc). Cartridge shaving is so much easier and quicker; wash face with soap and warm water; I use Gillette Sensitive Gel; Shave; rinse face with cold water; apply AS and that's it; takes me about 90 seconds; as oppossed to at least 12 minutes, plus patching up the cuts from DE shaving. I personally do not believe I get a better shave with the DE system, just a considerable amount of additional hassle. Obviously these views are merely my own opinion, based on my own experience.
If quick (and painless) is your main priority then a cartridge is probably the way to go. However, did you ever try one of the Artist Club single edge razors? One of those with a mild blade is super.



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I have always been a fan of the Sensor. I gave DE shaving a really good try out, but it is extremely difficult to get really under the nose area. Some people have sugested that one should use a cartridge shaver for this area, which seems a little ridiculous, because then you may as well use a cartride to carry out the whole shave. I also like to shave very quickly, which you simply cannot do with a DE. I also cannot be doing with all the paraphernalia that is needed (or desired) with the DE shaving process (ie shaving soap; shaving bowl, shaving brush; pre-shave cream etc, etc; all of which need washing down after use, c/w softening the shaving brush in warm water before using etc). Cartridge shaving is so much easier and quicker; wash face with soap and warm water; I use Gillette Sensitive Gel; Shave; rinse face with cold water; apply AS and that's it; takes me about 90 seconds; as oppossed to at least 12 minutes, plus patching up the cuts from DE shaving. I personally do not believe I get a better shave with the DE system, just a considerable amount of additional hassle. Obviously these views are merely my own opinion, based on my own experience.
I’m with you regarding the quality of shave I get from the Sensor. Where I part company with you is on the the other aspects of shaving. In this regard, I am a ‘wet shaver’: badger or boar shaving brush, Scuttle for pre-shave brush soak and for keeping the lather between passes, shaving cream and sometimes shaving soap, 2 or 3 passes with razor, warm water rinse and liberal lashings of an alcohol-based aftershave splash. Obviously, all this takes me longer than 90 seconds, but it’s not as long as if I used a DE/SE razor, but I get as good a shave.
 
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Hello Rufus, I usually find that I get a very good shave (with the Sensor) with one pass and using/applying just gillette sensitive gel by hand; each to there own. I don't mind the Mach3, but much prefer the compactness of the Sensor.

Hello Michael: I will have a look into te Artist Club single edge razor (have not heard of this before), thank you for the advice. I did however find the DE shaving system just too harsh for me personally, despite trying out different blades, soaps and creams etc. I was for ever getting cuts and personally I don't see shaving as anything other than something many of us have to do every day, along with washing our hair and cleaning our teeth and because of this I like to get my shave carried out as quickly as possible.
 
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Hello again Michael; the artist single blade, is similar to the cut throat of old. When in India, the Barber I use shaves with similar and he gives me the very best shave; better than I can do. But India is a long way to go for a shave, even if it is only 50p once you are there. I have got an Alibaba open razor, which takes either single blades or a snapped DE blade, but I dont think that I will be using this on a regular basis.
 
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