So these guys have a subscription razor service to try to free us from the shackles of the rort that is high quality razors. I have been hoping they'd come to Australia to give them a try, and now they are here!
It's basically a subscription service for razors. You pay a "low" monthly fee and they send you a new razor every month.
Unfortunately they have the Australia tax, with the base version being 4x more expensive than the US version :( edit: Red points out (correctly) that the AU prices include shipping and the US ones don't. Shipping in the US costs USD$2 for the base model, but it's free for the more expensive ones. So it's actually not too much more at all.
The little promo at the bottom of their page is great too:
"Earn a free month for every friend you sign up. 1000 friends gets you 83 years of free razors. ... and if you live longer than that, bravo, we'll be happy to keep sending"
Just signed up, $7 a month plan. If its any good this could save me money. I'm not the sort of person who can use a razor endlessly.
I'm a hairy beast and don't shave as often as I should due to the expense of razors that don't leave me with a fucked up face. Anything shittier and I get rashes and ingrown hair etc. The minimum razor quality for me is Mach 3. I usually have to beat down the wookie 2-3 times a week, and that's with 3-4 days a week looking distinctly shabby...
I'd sign up myself - I've just started shaving regularly for the first time in over 10 years - but I just picked up like 24 Mach3's on sale from COTD a couple weeks ago and have only just cracked the packet on them.
If you want cheap (better/closer/more comfortable) shave then get a good double-edge razor. I use astra blades which were $20 for 100 blades and each lasts for 5 or 6 shaves. MUCH better than the cartridge razors.
you get 3-5 cartridges per month depending on which one you get. If you dont through that many a month you can alway sign up for it for couple months than cancel it than start back up again when you run out??????
Got my first pack and used it this morning (3 day growth).
I have a heavy, coarse beard and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the base unit and blades. It's a different shave to my mach3 but to be honest its probably better. The unit is a little heavier and well made compared to the mach3 (lots of metal cf. the Gillette plastic). It has a really pleasant 'click' when you shave with it and it does the job of scraping off bristles quite well, minimal retouch after one pass which will probably keep the irritation down.
Curious to see how long the blades last but to be honest I can't see why I would buy them from the shop again. Assuming that I don't break out in a massive rash I'm probably sold on the concept.
I also signed up for the $7 pack. Got mine a few days ago, can't say enough good things. The first thing I noticed was picking up the actual handle, like hogfather says, it's very well made with mostly solid metal and the grip is great. I'm not sure I'd notice the difference between a brand new gillette razor vs one of these, but if I did it would be on the latter (for the better).
Got the $10 blades a few days ago, first impressions are it's a bit of a different shave to the fusion I've been using for years, the blade angle feels different and its a weightier unit. So far it's just as smooth as the fusion but a more comfortable shave as it seems to to the job with less passes meaning less irritation, build quality is good too, so far it's a winner!
Totally agree with Ha; just sharpen the blades you already use- they last that much longer that a subscription would end up being uneconomical.
Its a subscription that you can pause at any time though. So you can use it to get a couple of boxes ahead, pause and sharpen your stock and restart it when you're done.
I think that a few people are missing this point! Even if you only buy razors 2-3 times per year you are still paying more if the dollar shave ones will do the job, as you can stop at anytime and restart when you need them again.
They also sell the disposable Mach3's for $30 for a pack of 12 I think. I bought some last time but I find if I just use the 2 blade ones and use them 1 or 2 times a week it keeps my facial hair in order.
fucking hate shaving regardless - I just do it in the shower but it's still a pain in the ass
Have used both the $10 and $7 ones, the $10 is a much closer shave imo. First time i used it I went over my stache twice as usual, cut me so fine the skin broke out next day. Course stubble + sensitive skin = a fine balancing act for a closer shave. 1 pass over is just right with $10, the $7 I can just go to town.
Also been using a disposable cutthroat the gf got me for chrissy, not as close as the executive but it is fun as. highly reccomend cut throats for anyone into shaving (skip safety razors)
edit: also use shaving soap and a decent brush. I've been using the $10 woolies plastic brushes and they don't last long
A decent safety razor (double edge) with proper use will give a closer shave than a cartridge - without the red bumps/in-grown hairs/shave rash. They are also cheap; cheaper than even the dollar shave club.
Oh cheers tit! :) Guess it was fate for me to go broke yesterday.. too good ;)
A decent safety razor (double edge) with proper use will give a closer shave than a cartridge
No it won't, the blade you buy determines the quality of the shave, not the piece of metal that holds it.
without the red bumps/in-grown hairs/shave rash.
Nope, that has to do with shaving technique.
They are also cheap; cheaper than even the dollar shave club..
Nope. Depending on the courseness of your beard/sensitivity of skin you will need higher or lower quality disposable blades, which last 1-3 times compared to 5-7 from DSC razors. Also the DSC shavers you can fix up with a quick sharpen on jeans and dip in oil to remove skin, while the disposable safety blades of lower quality (the cheaper ones) just break down. Sharpening a single blade that is so thin lowers the integrity of the blade unless you are stupidly meticulous about it.
A good cutthroat will go closer again.
Again, which is why you skip safety razors.
P.S. r/wickededge is not the best for shaving advice.
A double-edged razor (safety razor) works differently to a cartidge razor. It doesn't push the skin down like the cartridges so you don't get the ingrown hairs and razor burn. It's pretty common knowledge the difference between the two.
A DE blade costs about $0.25c and will last 5 or 6 shaves easily. You don't sharpen them, you get the next one.
The razor plays a huge part. It determines blade angle and depth as well as the balance/length of handle. A shit razor won't let the blade work properly so they don't cut effortlessly.
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A double-edged razor (safety razor) works differently to a cartidge razor. It doesn't push the skin down like the cartridges so you don't get the ingrown hairs and razor burn. It's pretty common knowledge the difference between the two. A DE blade costs about $0.25c and will last 5 or 6 shaves easily.
Some blades last much longer than others. I get 4 or 5 out of Feathers but more like 10 or 12 out of Personna's.
ok i bought "The Executive" one and its awesome, does a real good shave been using Gillette all my life and its alot better, especially on my chest which i do every few weeks or so (half italian/scotish)