Nice to hear another satisfied Ambassador user. Only had my Ambassador for a few weeks, and finally found my sweet spot, for an R41 type shave and it was 4.5 first pass, 3 for second and 2 for ATG. As the settings went down, so did the level of my concentration, and still no nicks or weepers. Once the alum block sings pretty good, it's time to accept those settings and no more. Would only take off more skin layer and run risk of in-growns. What a great razor, so much flexibility, can mimic many different razors in one quality package.So my second shave with the Ambassador. One day's growth, 3rd use Permasharp blade.
I have a Pearl Flexi which is an obvious clone of the Ambassador. The head geometry is almost identical, and both have 6 settings of aggression. Not sure how their blade gaps compare, but both can feel pretty aggressive on higher settings.
The Ambassador is the better balanced of the two razors. It isn't as heavy as the Flexi, and the Flexi is handle-heavy, which I find makes it unwieldy in some situations. You don't have that problem with the Ambassador. Using the Ambassador on setting 2.8, there's definite blade feel, but the shave is smooth, comfortable and pretty efficient. I can feel the blade most on my neck, so I click down to about 2.1 and leave it there for the reminder of the WTG pass and the second, XTG pass.
No nicks, although I was aware if having to concentrate - just as I am with the Flexi. That said, it was an enjoyable shave, and 2.1 was a sweet spot for efficiency and comfort. I didn't have to fight gravity as I do with the Flexi, although I must say that both produce a good shave.
Overall, the Ambassador wins. The balance makes it easier to use, but I wouldn't say it's a better shaver than the Flexi necessarily. Clearly the engineering is top-notch, and the handle knurling is exceptional. You could coat it in butter and it wouldn't slip.
Very nice razor - although I'm glad I bought it second-hand and didn't pay the CAD$385 that Amazon's asking (I paid CAD$175).