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I Think I Have Found MY Perfect Razor
on January 8, 2016
I have been a very particular shaver since about the time I started to shave. I started with an injector razor, strayed into electric razors for short while and then when back to blade razors. When I went into the Navy, I had to shave every day in bootcamp and we were issued BIC disposables. We had to shave very close and I quickly learned what razor rash was. I got in on my lower neck, especially on either side of my Adam's apple. This became a continuing theme in the Navy, trips to sickbay being rewarded with tubes of steroidal creams. I don't recall the razors I used then, whatever was available in the small store. When I went to sea in the Persian Gulf, I tried a beard for a while but it was too hot and started to shave again and the hot, humid weather made the rash worse.
Later in life, I standardized on Gillette razors and treated the occasional rash with steroid cream. First the two blade Sensor and later, the Mach. The Sensor worked, especially with the premium blades. The Mach did not - almost from the start I got razor burn. The problem is that the whiskers around my Adam's apple grow to the side, with some angled up and some down. To get that part smooth, it takes several strokes and that leads to irritation.
When the 5 blade Fusion arrived, I bought one (I probably have 3 handles now) and loved it. But over the years, the cost of the blades has risen enough that it bothers me. I know Gillette spent a lot of money developing this razor, but paying about $4 per cartridge is a lot of money, especially for people who have been in the habit of changing the blades every week. So I extended to every two weeks and that mostly worked. And then I decided to see what else was out there.
I've tried Schick in the past and didn't like it, at all, so I skipped that. First I tried Harry's. Nice handle. ok blades. Went back to the Fusion. The I sucked it up and tried the DSC. Their two blade razor was about the same as the Sensor, so the experience wasn't better and the cost was about the same as buying the blades on Amazon. Then I tried the 4 blade and I had a better experience, except that to get a smooth shave, I had to press hard and the razor seemed to drag. So, a month later, I got the 6 blade cartridges. They worked well, but now I had another issue. The handle design works great if your hands are dry. Wet or slick, not so much. By now, I had done my homework and realized that the DSC razors come from Dorco, so I went to Amazon and checked out the offerings. One thing I noticed right away was that the Dorco Pace 7 had a thinner handle design. The 7 blade razor also doesn't have a rear facing blade, which isn't a problem as the design of the head of the razor allows you to get it right up under your nose.
So today was my first shave with it. I used a 'shave butter' non-foaming shave cream which will usually gum up a razor after a few strokes. No problem with the Pace 7. It was smooth and didn't require much effort to make my cheeks smooth. Then the neck. Usually, I stroke down from the jaw, then have to reverse the razor and stroke up from the neck, and then angle the razor to get the problem area. With the Pace 7, I just stroked down. That was it. The 'Gartner Magic Quadrant' that is my Adam's apple area was smooth and not irritated at all.
So, I will be ordering another one of these for my shave kit (I travel a lot) and will probably give them out as gifts. I shave with commercial lathering shave creams mostly (Aveeno, Gillette, and Proraso shave soap) so I may update this if I get any significantly different results.