Sometimes when using HydroLast (particularly the sandalwood variety) it seems like nothing is there except for Cube slag. This prompted me to wonder what it would be like to shave using just the Cube. I tried it today and all I have to say is "ouch". I don't know if my technique was off or maybe the Cube by itself is such a high velocity that some adjustments need to be made? I usually take at least two weeks to evaluate a new product or technique so I'm not going to say it can't be done much better than I did it today; however, given that the HydroLast works great (whether you can tell it's there or not) I don't feel the need to repeat the experiment.