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Why (for me) wilkinson/schick cartridges are better than gillette's.

Disclaimer: i'm an ex engineer so maybe i just like to overcomplicate things.
But after a few research and objective examination i reached this conclusion. The wilkinson (in europe schick is called wilkinson sword) blades are better engineered than gillette's.
I now will try to explain why. After some observation and dissecting two used cartridges (hydro and fusion) i notice that:
- Gillette use a simple pin pivot just behind the razor head, Schick/Wilkinson pivot using a semicircular track which puts the pivot point somewhere about the surface of the skin. This latter mechanism should be better because the head is more free to follow the face’s profiles.
- The individual blades on the Fusions are mounted on springs, so move up way from the cutting zone when subject to any pressure. When you consider that these blades have nearly zero exposure and are buried within a plastic cartridge maybe that this could be counterproductive, it could work towards preventing the blades from actually giving a very close shave.
So then Schick/Wilkinson Sword seem to have technological superiority in two very key areas. All in my humble opinion, of course.
 

naughtilus

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The individual blades on the Fusions are mounted on springs, so move up way from the cutting zone when subject to any pressure. When you consider that these blades have nearly zero exposure and are buried within a plastic cartridge maybe that this could be counterproductive, it could work towards preventing the blades from actually giving a very close shave.
Interesting. Too close shave leads to ingrown hairs, so perhaps these are 'training wheels' for those that start shaving with too much pressure applied.
 
Interesting. Too close shave leads to ingrown hairs, so perhaps these are 'training wheels' for those that start shaving with too much pressure applied.
just apply less pressure and you're done. There's no reason to apply tto much pressure because this doesn't increase shave efficacy. You just irritate your skin. When the blade touches your skin that's the only amount of pressure you need.
 
The Hydro product lines are too clunky, and the gel reservoirs annoying. The Fusion/Skinguards are poor value. Due to the above out of the current products I favour the Quattro/GT5, the Sensor3, and the Mach3.
 
For what it's worth...In Japan the Hydro 5 and Schick in general is the reference brand, Gillette has not been able to compete with them there. So maybe you are onto something. But generally speaking I'd say the Hydro 5 and Fusion are very competitive.
 

naughtilus

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There are sellers from South Korea that sell genuine carts and razors of all the big brands for quarter of the price. Still more expensive than DE blades.
 
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