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  •  Patently untrue (1+ / 0-)
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    I've recently started shaving with a 1966 Gillette Super-Speed and have tested it with a variety of blades. It is a very, very different experience from using a contemporary cartridge product.  I prefer it in many ways and don't in others, but cartridge shaving nothing like safety razor shaving in either feel or technique.  Also, the Mach 3 was a definite improvement in performance over the Sensor, although I personally don't feel much difference between the Mach 3 and the Fusion.  That having been said, cartridge shaving is a big cash-sucking enterprise and the current Mach 3 blades aren't nearly as good as the originals.  I suspect that this is, in part, to drive people towards the fusion and, in part, due to the movement of production facilities to lower wage and quality countries.

    Plus, with neither cartridge or safety razor technologies can you accidentally kill yourself like with a straight razor.

    •  Darwin award time? (3+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, BusyinCA, ChuckInReno

      How many men have actually ever killed themselves shaving?

      I have a new razor still in package lying around somewhere that came as a freebie, since of course all the money is in the blades.  Don't recall if it was a Mach 3 or a fusion.

      I still just used my old atra-II or whatever it's called, with 2 blades, and I probably get about a month out of each cartridge before I have to switch out for a new one, so I spend about $12 a year on blades.

      •  Why do you think the double edge shaver... (1+ / 0-)
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        was marketed as a "saftey razor"? Straight edge blades are dangerous fucking things.

      •  Atra (0+ / 0-)

        I've been using my Atra for a long time, I don't know, maybe 20 years. But it's getting harder and harder to find decent replacement blades. I prefer those manufactured by Gillete, without the "lube strip".

        Off brands tend to be not sharp, easily plugged, and don't last more than a shave or two.

        Every now and then, I can find the originals on EBay, but I have been unable to find a more reliable source. Suggestions? Please!

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