Originally Posted by Renault78law
Count me in the camp that thinks DE is all hype. I actually enjoy shaving with it, but think the mach 3 is the best in terms of a consistent shave. Think about this, at on point in time, shaving with a DE razor was the only option available. When double-bladed razors hit the market, most men dumped their DE in favor of the newer technology. I have to believe it was for good reason. Then comparing double-bladed razors to triple-bladed, I can personally attest to it working better. Like most men, I tried both, and went with whichever was better for my needs.
In my opinion, for your daily razor, shave with as many blades as you can get away with, meaning without irritation. Of course, if you enjoy the art of shaving or have the time, by all means, go with the DE. Except for weekends, it's not for me.
I'm with you. I do enjoy using the DE, but one of the 3 or 4 blade schick's seems to give me at least as good a shave, in much less time. It does sound like people with tough beards may get a marginal benefit from a DE. Mine is, I think, not so tough, and it grows in fairly sparsely and slowly (testosterone-deficient, I suppose
). I've found that I get a much better shave (by whatever method) in terms of both closeness and comfort if I go a day in-between without shaving, but unfortunately I get just enough growth in a day to look a bit unprofessional. A friend at work has similar beard growth but has very fair, fine hair so he can get away with the every-other-day thing. Bastard.