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    LIST *ALL* YOUR D.E. RAZORS!

    Well, the list isn't long, but: Inactive List: - Merkur Vision - Merkur Futur (Hoffritz-branded version) - Gillette Aristocrat (U.S. 1947-8) - Gillette Aristocrat (U.K. 1953) - Gillette Super Adjustable (1973) Active List: - Parker Variant - Parker A1R As you can see, my general bias is...
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    REX Ambassador review and adjustables in general

    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...
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    Rex Ambassador US Tour pass around...

    Whew...really glad the Rex finally reappeared. (Was hoping it would, but one never knows when this happens.) Looking forward to forthcoming reviews.
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    Rex Ambassador US Tour pass around...

    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...
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    Edgewell To Close Personna in Israel

    Perhaps "were", but it's likely a case of YMMV: I've been using Cromas in both my Parker Variant and Parker A1R Travel razor, with really good results.
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    Parker Variant problems

    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...
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    Rex Ambassador US Tour pass around...

    @valthun: Thanks for that write-up. Interesting how your experience sorta dovetails with mine. Looking forward to pics of your current rig compared to the Ambassador.
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    Parker Slant Razor

    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.
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    Help me like my Parker Variant

    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...
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    Rex Ambassador US Tour pass around...

    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 Result: BBS/DFS Going back to your regular shave kit after such a comparison is always interesting (and...
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    Rex Ambassador US Tour pass around...

    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...
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    Rex Ambassador US Tour pass around...

    Shave #2: Jeepster for your Mug Shave time, start-to-finish: < 15 minutes Prep/Setup: normal Gap Setting: 2.5/3* Result: DFS/BBS 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...
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    Rex Ambassador US Tour pass around...

    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...
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    Rex Ambassador US Tour pass around...

    Shave #1: Bang a Gong, Get it On Shave time, start-to-finish: 15 minutes Prep/Setup: normal (see previous post) Gap Setting: 2 Result: DFS/BBS(!) 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...
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    Rex Ambassador US Tour pass around...

    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...
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    Rex Ambassador US Tour pass around...

    Looking forward to JWK1's results; just gave him my info as well. Pretty much have my comparison setup together now. Also sorting out my Parker Variant pass-around ideas.
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    Rex Ambassador US Tour pass around...

    Hmm…just checked back here after about a month; looks like I'd better lace up my cleats and take some practice swings… I fact, this comparo should be a bit more interesting than anticipated for me as I've made a few changes over the last four months that have brought the strengths of my Parker...
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    Croma Diamant?

    Pasteur gets $1.50 per five-pack, and there wasn't a break for getting a whole box of 'em, so I wouldn't call these bargain-basement priced. But for the convenience of a quick brick-n-mortar pickup (as well as supporting the folks in the shop, who are quite pleasant to work with), I can deal.
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    What's Your Latest 100 Blade Purchase, And Why?

    After giving them a go, off-and-on, for a year in my Parker Variant, I walked into Pasteur Pharmacy while in Gotham yesterday and walked out with a 100-pack (20 five-packs) of Croma Diamants. They've really worked for me, and I was lucky to just be able to walk in and grab 'em in quantity. I...
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    Croma Diamant?

    Yes, I'm lighting a fire under this dormant pit on account of finally deciding to pick up a 100-pack of these, but only after dallying with individual five-packs for the better part of a year. I will say these blades are a tad quirky – they start of feeling like they won't do all that amazing a...
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