Seven Blade Razor???? (and - Gillette compatibility chart)

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Seven Blade Razor???? (and - Gillette compatibility chart)

Post by Pauldog » Tue May 01, 2018 12:50 am

https://www.dorcousa.com/pace-7/

Did anyone else know about this? When the Schick Quattro was topped by the Gillette Fusion some years ago, and then Schick didn't up the ante again, I thought the blade "arms race" was done. Then Dorco came out with a 6-blade razor, and I thought the world would end. Instead, I grew a beard, and Dorco responded with a 7-blade razor.

I'm not going to make any predictions about future blade counts. My head hurts. My beard hurts.


Here's the Gillette chart:
https://cdn.voyager.pgsitecore.com/en-u ... 1609260855

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Re: Seven Blade Razor????

Post by Pauldog » Tue May 01, 2018 1:17 am

I also just discovered that there's now a Gillette3 and a Gillette5 razor. I suppose they're made to appeal to guys who think the Mach 3 and Fusion are too expensive?

And I just noticed that they aren't included in the compatibility chart.

But according to this website, the Gillette3 is compatible with Mach3, and the Gillette5 is compatible with Fusion:
https://sharpologist.com/2018/04/gillet ... idges.html

But NONE of them is compatible with double edge blades!

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Re: Seven Blade Razor???? (and - Gillette compatibility chart)

Post by drmoss_ca » Tue May 01, 2018 3:55 am

In the days when I used multiblade razors (yes, there was such a time, but it was long ago*) I was quite happy with three blade Sensor, and found it better than the Trac II. They should bring back the Sensor!

*I just had a flashback to the intro to Noggin The Nog from 1959:

"Je n'ai pas besoin de cette hypothèse."
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Re: Seven Blade Razor???? (and - Gillette compatibility chart)

Post by brothers » Tue May 01, 2018 3:15 pm

I'm hooked. Gotta see more installments.

Yesterday I passed by the shaving section at Target. Saw all of the 3s and 5s, and being uninterested, I found it quite confusing and superfluous. If it's a vehicle for lowering costs, then I'm all for it. I just won't be a buyer.
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Re: Seven Blade Razor???? (and - Gillette compatibility chart)

Post by Pauldog » Tue May 01, 2018 3:39 pm

But Chris, where's the shaving? Like this old thing:

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/67/bb/d2/67bb ... arbera.jpg


You can still get a Sensor handle fairly easily, just not at a physical store, except maybe a shaving specialty shop where you can probably get a Sensor head on a fancy handle. (Maybe some large store like Target still has a Personna or other off-brand Sensor knockoff.) The blades have always been available.

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Re: Seven Blade Razor???? (and - Gillette compatibility chart)

Post by Tinman » Thu May 17, 2018 12:47 pm

I recently returned to using carts due to essential tremor--some mornings my hands are unsteady and the results weren't pretty. I figured with a multiblade system if I could get the cutting surface (plane) on my face without slashing it, I was in good shape. It has turned out to be true and I'm having no problems like the cuts of my last few months with the DE. Also, my shaves are very good.

I tested Mach 3 (I liked it before switching to DE) and Harry's (free sample, no harm trying it). Although I can't complain about the results, Harry's is a good shaver in my experience, I don't like the 6 blade (5 plus 1 trimmer). It also doesn't solve my problem. You need to picture me laughing out loud trying to get that single blade to trim tricky areas under the nose with shaky hands. So, Mach 3 it is. I can manage getting under the nose and even sideburns almost as well with a Mach 3.

So, about the 7 blade wonder. I don't doubt that one can get good, quick and easy shaves with it. I certainly do with Harry's (notwithstanding my little trimmer issue). In a way, I understand why some guys like these 5 and 6 blade shaving surfaces. With a protective lather it just seems gentle and smooth gliding across the face (I shave daily, might be different for those with stubble).

One final thought. 9+ years of DE shaving really does something for cart shaving. It's easier and with better results than before my DE interlude. Some of that is likely due to better soaps and creams, but mostly adapting technique.

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