So I've been DE shaving now for a little over two months. For the last couple weeks I've been very curious as to how close of a shave I've been getting in comparison to the Atra I used in the shower for the last 20+ years or so. I have pretty thick and full facial hair. I've been happy with my DE shaves and have been progressing nicely in skill level.
So into the shower with the Atra I went. It was a quick shave as I always did with the Barbisol Beard Buster shave cream. I paid careful attention to try and shave exactly as I always did for comparison purposes - nothing extra. One thing I noticed is how easy the Atra with the swivel head makes it to get correct blade angle. My face was nice and wet as I always shave after scrubbing and shampooing/conditioning so my beard has been wet for a while. I've always been DE shaving after and out of the shower but I may have to try it in the shower sometime.
So I got out of the shower and studied my face. It clearly delivered a good shave. However I AM getting just as good of a shave with my DE razors. My jawline and neck area still have a stubble that can only be felt with the hand and my mustache area still has the same appearance of a ever so slight shadow if I get right into the mirror. I can go against the grain on my neck and jawline with a DE (and most likely the Atra) but I haven't felt the reward was really worth it during the times I've done it. The mustache area is pretty much out of the question.
So in conclusion I enjoy the DE shaving a lot more than the Atra in terms of quality time to myself and getting to use the different DE's and soaps. I'm able to get as close of a shave with the DE's even as I'm still learning. The Atra will go back in the drawer and be there if I ever need it. Possibly if I'm in a severe spur of the moment time pinch I may call on it.
The only place I still have a tad of difficulty is under my nose and under the corners of my nose but that's the only place I have to do "touch up".
So now my curiosity has been satisfied.
Oh.... and I'm one of the ones that is not saving money.......... ;-)