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

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Thanks Sabre, please excuse my ignorance, but do these blades fit the Sensor handle and are they comparable with the original Sensor blade shave? If possible, could you give me a link, if of course this is possible, kind regards whitesix
 
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Thanks Sabre, please excuse my ignorance, but do these blades fit the Sensor handle and are they comparable with the original Sensor blade shave? If possible, could you give me a link, if of course this is possible, kind regards whitesix
No, they don't. The first generation are non pivoting twin blades - Gillette Trac or G II/Schick Super II/Wilkinson Sword Profile mk1.

Or the second generation, Gillette Contour or Atra, Schick Pivot, or Wilkinson Sword Profile mk2.
 
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The reason I liked the Sensor (not the Sensor Excel) was because it gave a very good shave but also the blade depth was extremely narrow; it did have a lubrication strip (unnecessary in my opinion) but it had no rubber strips (also unnecessary in my opinion). meaning that it could get into all the nooks and crannies with ease.

The Gillette Guard as I understand it is single blade disposable razor, which has been designed for emerging markets, there have been a few postings on this thread recommending it. Obviously, the same as with many disposables, the use of excessive plastic is an issue. Even when a disposable razor's head fits a Sensor handle, there is still the issue of continually throwing away the associated plastic razor handle, which is so unnecessary. Of course the answer is to bring back the Sensor, but that as we know, will not happen.

TobyC, I used the Mühle R41 TWIST open comb safety razor in chrome during my trials with the DESR, but I was constantly cutting myself, which was taking days to heal. I was also using soap lather and a brush, which also took much more time than the Gillette Gel, which I find acceptable. I also found that to keep the razor looking good (it has a highly polished chrome finish) needed added attention. It was also extremely difficult to get the areas directly under the nose free of stubble and when one tried the open blade often used to cut into those areas. But as they say never say never.
The Mühle R41 TWIST open comb safety razor is not a mild user friendly razor! Try something milder, it may change your mind about DE razors.
 
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As an aside I did little research as to if the British Army issued DESR's. No, they haven't done for donkey's years. It would appear that they also use disposables provided by the men (and women) themselves. I believe that it is still a requirement to shave every day (obviously not SF's). Again I would think the shaves have to be a carried out in double quick time perhaps more suitable for the disposable / cartridge razors. Funnily, during my very quick research, someone well informed stated that the razors used in the Army wash rooms were the Gillette G2 or a "a new fangled thing called a Sensor".

Actual quote from Canuck from this very Shaving Forum 31.01.2013 "Not that I've seen, I went through training during 1990 and the communal wash rooms of a morning were all Gillette G2 and a fairly new fangled thing called sensor! I did 22 years but didn't see an issue DE in that time, didn't even hear about one from the older guys."

Apologies for going off topic slightly.
 
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Since the 1970`s, mainstream shaving products have been about speed and safety - to give a "good enough" shave in the quickest time possible.

The multi blade pivot-head cartridge razors give the "fastest bestest" shave in those terms, no doubt about it. They might be expensive, but if you want the best shave you can get in 2 minutes, nothing else comes close.

Any talk of using simpler or older carts is simply about reaching a personal compromise between budget and performance. Nothing wrong with that at all, but I wont be easily convinced a Mach 3 gives a quicker, better shave than a Fusion 5 flexball head.

I am fascinated by stuff like the Gillette Guard, but i can see it for what it is intended for and so don't directly compare it to either DE or a multiblade cart.

DE /SE shaving is about taking a lot more time and effort for a pleasurable expreience and, ultimately, a better shave.

The armed forces need a quick, reliable "good enough" shave in sometimes less than ideal conditions - hence they will probably all use a disposible cartridge razor of some sort.
 
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I was at Sandhurst just as the Sensor was released. I remember the best a man can get campaign. Although I was using the Sensor, I nearly drowned in the Academy pool....
 
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Apropos Army shaving, i got some great tip's from my Dad about shaving fast and becoming presentable quickly, although these are all circa 1940's.

One of these is to finish the shave by washing your face off with cold water or, ideally, fill the wash basin with the coldest water you can and hold your breath whilst you go face down in the water for 30 secs and move your head slowly side to side.

It might not be pleasant, but it sure stops and nicks or weepers almost instantly on face and neck area - i have always done this since starting DE shaving and it sure works better than an Alum block imo.
 
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Without trying to cause offence, I usually am not happy about DE enthusiasts pushing DE razors in a cart thread. However, I bought the Fatip Testina Gentile a few months back and a Muppet could shave with it. Carry on as you were...
In the same spirit, i found the Wilkinson Sword Plastic Classic DE razor to be (in my limited experience) to be very impressive when a rapid and relatively safe DE shave is needed. The elliptical head seems to provide a lot of protection and a lot of flexibility in shave angle, so it is a real contender for a "shower shaver"

Not the same BTW, as the current Wilkinson Sword Classic metal butterfly, which is a very different beast.

I had hoped the Feather Popular would be similar, to offer a DE shave at cartridge like speeds, but i just cant get on with it, despite its many glowing reviews - i find its just too picky angle wise and i often cut myself if i attempt to go quickly with it.
 
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