I've found Feathers mow down my thick stubble easily. Usually I use a Tech but other razors have worked well. I have tried less sharp blades and whilst they have mostly resulted in a decent shave. there is a degree of tugging and pulling even on the very first use that isn't there when using a Feather. I usually do 3 passes which will get me very smooth. 3 blade cartridges took some effort to get any sort of adequate shave which is why I have not used one since trying a DE. However, if the Hydro works well for you, and you don't feel you're being stung for the replacement cartridges, I'd suggest sticking with it.
Razors: English Gillette Tech
Cream: TOBS Shaving Shop, Proraso
Soap: TOBS Sandalwood, Wilkinson Sword
AS - "Noir", Old Spice
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