Rex Ambassador Yes Or No

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Mike Smart

Mike Smart

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Well had another shave with the rex
couldn’t help myself
initially i was going to leave it until tomorrow then i decided to change my blade to the feather
then i couldn’t wait.
This time iv changed the blade to a Voskhod, and armed with some Ariana & Evans Asian pear i went for it. Number 1 setting only and 100% a better shave.
still not perfect, still a few weepers but still 100% better than the day before.
If i was being honest i don’t think my face was ready for a shave after the scalping i gave myself yesterday lol but what the hell your only young once
 

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Well had another shave with the rex
couldn’t help myself
initially i was going to leave it until tomorrow then i decided to change my blade to the feather
then i couldn’t wait.
This time iv changed the blade to a Voskhod, and armed with some Ariana & Evans Asian pear i went for it. Number 1 setting only and 100% a better shave.
still not perfect, still a few weepers but still 100% better than the day before.
If i was being honest i don’t think my face was ready for a shave after the scalping i gave myself yesterday lol but what the hell your only young once
Stick with it Mike, remember also you are using a weghted razor with a shorter handle.
Try riding the cap and teaching yourself the new shave angle, start just off the blade and smoothly drop the handle in small increments until cutting stubble, this will allow your eye - hand co-ordination dial in for the different geometry.
I change my razors out a lot and do this as a matter of course for the first strokes, muscle memory then takes over.
You can make the most aggressive razors behave themselves doing this.
PS
I dont think the REX is an aggressive razor you just need to familiarise yourself with a new shave angle. I am sure in a week or so you will be singing the "KING OF RAZORS' the praise it deserves.
 
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Stick with it Mike, remember also you are using a weghted razor with a shorter handle.
Try riding the cap and teaching yourself the new shave angle, start just off the blade and smoothly drop the handle in small increments until cutting stubble, this will allow your eye - hand co-ordination dial in for the different geometry.
I change my razors out a lot and do this as a matter of course for the first strokes, muscle memory then takes over.
You can make the most aggressive razors behave themselves doing this.
PS
I dont think the REX is an aggressive razor you just need to familiarise yourself with a new shave angle. I am sure in a week or so you will be singing the "KING OF RAZORS' the praise it deserves.
Great advice i’ll give it a go,
I’m sure it’s just down to me in the end so next week i should be a master
 
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I've owned the Rex Ambassador since June 2019 and absolutely love it. Definitely in my top 3 all time favourite razors.
It's very efficient and at the same time smooth and comfortable. You can really feel the craftsmanship and how well the blade is clamped when shaving with it. The grip on the handle is amazing. One thing I did need to learn with the Rex, was to really just let the weight of the razor do the work (as it's a weighty razor). Once I learned this the Rex was a dream to use.

I also love how it's possible to adjust it in very small amounts. Unlike other razors where its either half, or a full number adjustment. If you are just starting to use the Rex, I would recommend a milder blade at first, till you get the feel for it.

Question I had was, is the Rex worth the price. And after owning and using it for the 15 months I have to say yes.
I have a vintage Gillette (1967 Slim Adjustable) and while this is a nice razor, if I had to choose and get rid of one the Slim Adjustable would be the one that would go.
 
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I bought mine recently and have been very pleased. When I look at some of the razors I have used over the years, from Feather (including the Japanese style) to OneBlade, slants and five blade jobs, the REX is one of the best, NO the best! if used with a little practice and intelligence. Expensive initially, yes, but even the cheap blades I have knocking around from sample packs give a good shave. So no where near as expensive to use in the long run. Look at the cost of OneBlade, Feather single edge and the other so called top end blades. I am still looking for the optimum blade but the high end ones are not in the running so far. Childish I know but it's like a game and you end up feeling great every day.
 
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