What is the best cartridge/disposable razor system of all time?

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That's interesting Greybeard; may I ask where you get your Gillette Sensor - 2 Blade Cartridges from (not the Sensor Excel, which is a different experience entirely) and at what price. I have still got some left (as this is my favourite Cartridge system), but I was waiting until I return to India in order to stock up in bulk. I have tried the DE safety razor, but cannot be doing with all of the paraphernalia that goes with it and like to shave quickly without getting cut to shreds. Spent out on a top of the range Muhle (please excuse spelling if incorrect) c/w soaps, brushes, pre-shave, blades, etc, etc; but found the cartridge razor best for me overall. The Sensor - 2 Blade seemed consistently to give a very good shave and lasts; AND is as good as possible (for a cartridge system) for the environment, as one only needs to discard a fairly small cartridge as opposed to a complete razor etc.
 
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That's interesting Greybeard; may I ask where you get your Gillette Sensor - 2 Blade Cartridges from (not the Sensor Excel, which is a different experience entirely) and at what price. I have still got some left (as this is my favourite Cartridge system), but I was waiting until I return to India in order to stock up in bulk. I have tried the DE safety razor, but cannot be doing with all of the paraphernalia that goes with it and like to shave quickly without getting cut to shreds. Spent out on a top of the range Muhle (please excuse spelling if incorrect) c/w soaps, brushes, pre-shave, blades, etc, etc; but found the cartridge razor best for me overall. The Sensor - 2 Blade seemed consistently to give a very good shave and lasts; AND is as good as possible (for a cartridge system) for the environment, as one only needs to discard a fairly small cartridge as opposed to a complete razor etc.
Sorry to disappoint you, whitesix, but I think the ones I have are Sensor Excel. Two blades with a lubrastrip thing and then the lower silicon strip that's supposed to prime the hairs to raise them for cutting or something. here's my travel razor and a blade: It's a TOBS handle I got from the ESC.
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I've just checked Gillette's own site for sensor blades (https://www.gillette.co.uk/razors-blades-trimmers/sensor.list?search=sensor) and it doesn't look like they sell the originals anymore, just the Excel and Sensor 3, which are the 3-blade version. If you want to extend the life of your cartridge blades, you can get small sharpeners I believe (but I can't say how effective these things are.) Also, I know there are quite a few people who simply strop the cartridge blade by running them backwards across their denim jeans. (I tried this, and along the back of a leather belt) and I think it had some effect...basically taking very fine unevenness off the edges of the blade. The principle is basically the same as a cutthroat razor. It won't give you eternally lasting blades but may give you a few extra shaves! Always worth a try! Let me know how you get on. If you're stuck for anything better, I can always PIF you some of my Excels(y)
 
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Thanks Greybeard, some very useful information. Yes, the Excel has a larger rubber type foil c/w lubricating strip as opposed to the Sensor, which has a smaller foil and lubricating strip. It is understood however that these blades are still produced for the Indian market, but it does not look like I will be returning to India (to stock up) for the foreseeable future unfortunately.
 
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Not saying this is the best cartridge system of all time (I already stated my preference) but this stands out for its innovative design and, for me at least, it really worked: The Avid4 Disposable.
I had a few of these when they first came out in the very early 2000's...I remember seeing them in FHM magazine and bought 3 or 4 to use for wild camping and long trail walks. Along with the recommended 'Skinglider' shaving liquid they made for an fantastic setup that packed away flat and unobtrusively.

Each unit comprises 2 razor handles clipped together.
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When detached each handle reveals 2 blades inside.

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The blade slots onto the thin point of the handle.


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They boasted 10 shaves per blade, so 40 shaves in the smallest, thinnest package available.
For me, it worked well and I used them on the Wainwright Coast-to-Coast, West Highland Way and Cumbria Way and other hikes.
This is my last one and still keep it in my ultralight backpacking gear.

These are no longer available as far as I'm aware, so mine might even be collectable!:cool::rolleyes:;)
 
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I’m surprised that no one has mentioned the Feather F system as yet. For me, the MR3 Neo is by far the best cart ever made. The replacement Samurai razor is certainly unique (and somewhat ugly). It still does a good job and does accept MR3 Neo And FII Neo cartridges.
 
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Gillette Good News! The original non-slime strip, non-wobble head, two blade. Used them for many moons. Good clean shaves every day. Shaving soap, shaving cream, bath soap, plain water, nice smooth mug every time! Quality control was a bit iffy: some bellied-up after three days, other times three weeks and counting.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, KAI KII. It is a fixed head two bladed cartridge. I picked on up on a whim a few months ago at a Diaso, (If you are unfamiliar, they are a Japanese discount chain.), and ... Let it be said that, although I have not tried it, a better use might be for potatoes. In fairness, I have had similar results with the KAI DE blades.

A disposable that should come with a warning is one of the Wilkinson Sword two blade products from Germany (full sized, not slim). I picked up a pack when I was Hamburg a couple three years ago, and if I had the touch of a safe-cracker or heart surgeon, I might have gotten a blood-free shave. I passed them on to a friend who got even worse results. I'd like to think it was my technique, but I had mucho years of wet shaving behind me at the time. Definitely too much razor for this little black duck.
 
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Fusion 5 with the pivoting head is a very comfortable shaver and superb at getting in awkward areas - i still use one for quick shower shaves and just keep an eye out for any deals on any sort of Fusion 5 cartridge.

Have used Mach 3 in the past and remember that worked fine - am keen to try a Gillette Guard for a play sometime, because they seem to get great reviews

I find that after a DE shave, a very quick, light run over with a used Fusion 5 cartridge and plain water transforms the shave into a 100% BBS all over.
 
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