Well, the list isn't long, but:
- Merkur Vision
- Merkur Futur (Hoffritz-branded version)
- Gillette Aristocrat (U.S. 1947-8)
- Gillette Aristocrat (U.K. 1953)
- Gillette Super Adjustable (1973)
- Parker Variant
- Parker A1R
As you can see, my general bias is...
Now that is interesting. Haven't had a peep of trouble with my "all-original" Variant so far, and it shaves so well as-is I can't say I'm tempted to try this, but it's cool to know I could.
I did try the Rex as part of the Pass-Around, and while I think it's a fantastic razor in terms of fit...
Oh, hell…I was always worried about this, to the point that I made certain about where I was sending the package next (thanks, @GlazedBoker & @valthun, for sorting stuff out!), making certain I insured/tracked/Et Cetera'd the thing. Yes, "stuff" happens, and not just by one carrier (I've had at...
Agree with Invicta that it sounds like a problem with the spring; my Variant is a bit newer than yours and the spring is quite robust (keeping everything snugly in-place, including the adjustment setting, which was something I actually found a bit lacking in the Rex Ambassador when I reviewed...
Whew…not in the market for a slant of any sort (sez he, followed by a B&B chorus shouting "Lies!"), but coming on the heels of the Variant, this is quite interesting to see and hear about. Parker's going from strength to strength lately.
This is quite interesting: I just wrapped up my shot at the Rex Ambassador US Tour pass around... versus my Variant. I was bracing myself for the Ambassador to wipe the floor with the Variant, and was quite surprised that it didn't happen.
And I don't do a deep dive on the aggressiveness scale...
Back To the Variant: It's Still Rock 'n Roll To Me
Shave time, start to finish: 12 minutes
Prep/Setup: normal (once-used blade taken from Rex Ambassador)
Gap Setting: 1.5/1.5/1.0
Going back to your regular shave kit after such a comparison is always interesting (and...
Shave #3: The Slider – Finale & Wrap-Up
Shave time, start to finish: 20 minutes
Prep/Setup: normal (replaced Classic Shaving Violet soap for WCS/Dr. Jon's Sakura Musk)
Gap Setting: 2.5
Result: BBS (with some effort)
Well, I'm certainly glad I went with a third (and final) shave with the Rex...
Shave #2: Jeepster for your Mug
Shave time, start-to-finish: < 15 minutes
Gap Setting: 2.5/3*
This shave went slightly faster than last, with a fresh blade loaded and the Rex notched up to 2.5. First pass pretty much the same as the first time; second pass...
Well, I wouldn't say "teetering" is my current state: "lightly brooding" might be a better fit.
One thing I forgot to mention, but it's sort of a biggie: as anyone here who's tried the Ambassador likely knows, the head conceals the blade's side edges. This is a slightly bigger deal than I...
Shave #1: Bang a Gong, Get it On
Shave time, start-to-finish: 15 minutes
Prep/Setup: normal (see previous post)
Gap Setting: 2
Well, this one was quick: after loading the used blade from the Variant, a quick eyeballing of the Ambassador led to my setting the gap to 2, which...
Arrival: Rex Marks the Spot
First, a warm shout-out to JWK1, and fingers crossed for a complete recovery. My sister had a similar incident some years ago, and while hers was a complete recovery, the experience is anything but a cakewalk.
Meanwhile: Today was rather hectic: work is about to be...