Through the generosity of another B&B member, I received a few razors in the mail, one of which is a J-1 Eversharp-Schick, the one with the round ribbed ivory handle and gold head. Not the prettiest razor in the world, but there are worse. Certainly not as nice looking as any of my DEs. Anyway, I decided to give it a try. Included in the package was a Schick injector with one blade left in it. I didn't know how old it might be, but I chanced it.
I wanted to hate this razor, mostly based on recent Schick offerings, I think, which seem more like they want to be Air Jordans or motocross racers than something one might want to shave with. Design and hype trump substance. I wanted it to be a failed experiment and to get back to my DEs.
I'm getting some wonderful shaves out of this! Part of it might be that it affords me a better view of what I'm doing, part might be being more familiar with the angle after so many years of cartridge shaving, but in the end it's doing a great job, better than I've achieved so far with my DEs (which might be due to still being on the learning curve). I'm still not happy with the tricky spot on my neck that nothing seems to shave smooth, but the injector is doing a better job there. All with less irritation, too (I'm almost not afraid to use aftershave, but I'll stick with Thayer's and Proraso pre/post for now). I'll see how the CVS blades do tomorrow (and I don't want to dredge up whether or not they're the same as Pella's; that's been worked enough on prior threads). I'm not giving up on my DEs, but this razor is a keeper for sure.
(BTW, is this Eversharp the same Eversharp that made pens (including the very cool Skyliner)? What is it with pen and razor companies? Gillette owns Parker, Waterman, and Papermate; Bic makes razors . . .)