Time to get off Gillette’s 4750% profit margin razors.
The Darco Pace 6+ gives a superior shave and buying the replacement heads doesn’t make you feel like a chump.
Louie Helm is a Machine Learning Engineer at Fathom Computing
If you use a safety razor you can save even more. 100 blades for $11 http://www.amazon.com/Astra-Superior-Premium-Platinum-Double/dp/B001QY8QXM/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1389988317&sr=1-1&keywords=Double+Edge+Safety+Razor+Blades
True. Safety razors are cheaper. I guess I’m implicitly assuming that most of my friends want the highest possible performance but are open to lowering the amount they spend if it costs them nothing but a brand name.
Gillette razors are just an example of something that lots of people I know use, even though they are normally smart and thrifty, but not necessarily brand name conscious.
Also, we’re about to hit super bowl season and there will be 1,000 gillette fusion commercials. Now my friends can all enjoy being the smug ones at parties telling everyone they should get Darco Pace razors instead. 😉
Louie, what did “superior” consist of? Is this your experience or just the experience of other people you know? For the people who liked it, what kind of facial do they have? (Thick hair? Light hair? Sensitive skin?)
I went ahead and ordered it. VOI is high regardless of what you say.
Superior is my own judgement. I bought this based on Malo Bourgon’s recommendation and later thought they were better than my Gillette Fusion at not cutting my face while shaving, not getting clogged with hair, and at the strip not drying out and becoming useless after ~3 uses.
Ben, safety razors are great if you can use them right, and have the face and patience for them. I can’t/don’t, no matter how I do it either I get a terrible shave or cut my face a lot or both.
Can take some practice to use to and as long as you do all the pre and post work properly, there should be no side effects, other then it does take a bit longer.
Should doesn’t matter. I’ve read like 10 different guides to shaving with a safety razor, tried with-the-grain for a while, tried against-the-grain, used Proraso and Taylor of Old Bond, and Geof. Trumper shaving soaps/creams with a badger hair brush, used a combed handle and a solid handle, set aside 10 minutes for nothing but shaving, and used various aftershaves, tried about 7 different blade brands, and still the only time a safety razor worked really well for me was if I hadn’t shaved in a couple of days – but everything works under that circumstance (except with-the-grain, which leaves me with a lot of stubble).
I don’t doubt that a lot of people get good results from double edged razors, though – they never seem to stop saying so!
It’s probably worth trying for someone who’s not had good experiences with cartridge razors, or for whom the monetary savings is material (even after the cost of a handle).
My number one shaving tip is to shave in the shower
I just switched to DE safety razors – love ’em. My skin is sensitive, too, and never liked cartridge razors! If you have the opportunity, I still think it’s worth giving safety razors a second chance – different blades are very different, and it takes some practice to get a really good lather (which made a HUGE difference for me!). Everyone is different.
Just grow a beard.
Misha Gurevich, totally agree about shaving in the shower. Getting this bad boy was a game changer in my shaving life (basically I actually started shaving regularly) http://thesweethome.com/reviews/the-best-fogless-shaving-mirror/
I almost forgot! I also got a waterproof Bluetooth speaker for the shower so I can listen to audiobooks while I’m in there. Now I actually look forward to shaving!
You can also put your smartphone in a ziplock
I prefer the pace 3, the larger gaps between blades means they dont get clogged. Clogged razors are annoying as hell.
After I switched to safety razors I can’t imagine ever using anything else again. I have to use good quality shaving cream and pre-cut oil but god damn it works so well. And I love the ritual of it, whereas I used to hate shaving.
What about guys who shave their heads? Would this be better than a Headblade(tm)? I’ve tried everything from straight razors, Gillette products, electric shavers…nothing seems to offer a perfect solution.
I’ve found that the powered-shave feature of Fusion makes all the difference. Does Dorco still beat them despite not having powered vibration?