Interesting this was just posted as I shaved with an excel for the first time in months the other night. I was curious how the shave would ensue after being used to a DE razor. I found the excel better than the 3, 4 and 5 blade power or non powered razors I have used. Less irritation.
I picked up the excel again b/c I have been a bit to agressive, always trying to get the perfect shave and needed to use something "safe" to get ready for work. The shave I got was good. I used all of the wet shaveing techniques I've learned; the brush, cream, lots of water... multiple passes. How did it compare to my DE? Less irritation but not as close of a shave. However, my DE technique is not yet up to par and I'm confident I will get to the point where I can go for that close shave without some days of irritation....
PS.... I don't remember my shave ever being so good with an excel... I have no doubt this is because of the excellent prep that is now routine for me.
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