I was hesitant about the investment of a bit less than $200 for a razor. I could not deny the MANY glowing reviews of this razor. Over time I decided wet shaving ‘DE style’ is a way of life so to speak and I will be doing it for the foreseeable future. So why not invest in me/my way of life, right? I am worth $200 and I would only have to buy it once.
BLUF: Totally worth it. It is a great daily shaver and also travels well!
This is a VERY well crafted piece of kit. It has excellent balance and weight. It looks great and is well machined. The knurling of the handle is comfortable and non slip. Most important to me: the razor is completely enclosed. The edges (or ‘ears’) of the blade do not stick out. It is a joy to use each day.
It has been happy with every blade I’ve put into it. It is a ‘mild’ razor body. It does pair well with sharp/very sharp/aggressive blades. But I’ve used ‘smooth over sharp’ blades in it as well and been just as happy. I do concede that there have been some blades I’ve used in this that may be better paired with a more aggressive razor or adjustable but I’ve never gotten a bad shave with any blade in this razor. As always, it does pay to try what works for you so blades that maybe are too sharp and/or rough in what you are using now will likely be well tamed in the AS-D2. In like fashion blades that seem not quite sharp enough/close enough in the AS-D2 may do better in your more aggressive or adjustable razor.
I also appreciate the contour of this razor body. The head is flatter than others I’ve seen so getting to difficult areas under nose, etc. are easier. Some reviewers have mentioned this razor requires a different angle in use. Maybe? As with any razor/blade combo, go slowly and perhaps somewhat thoughtfully so you can take the time to feel exactly what the razor is doing and adjust accordingly.
Again, totally recommended, even for the cost of it. Ironically the ‘curse’ of my purchase of this razor is now I am debating saving up for the Rex adjustable so I may try the blades that don’t pair as well in this one in the Rex... (yes, to replace the ‘beginner’ adjustable I have now. But hey, it’s an investment in myself, yes?)