Rex Ambassador Yes Or No

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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.
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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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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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