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Works for Trac II also
on March 5, 2011
If you don't think the never-ending string of new razors that don't work with older blades is a scam, look at how these cartridges are made to work with either the pivoting Atra or the non-pivoting Trac II. If Personna could do that, Gilette could have done it back in the day.
Anyway... I always preferred the Trac II, which does not pivot, to the Atra, which does. Of course I gave up on my Trac II when it broke. I couldn't find any new handles for them, so I got rooked into the three blade, four blade, seven nine twelve blade idiocy.
Eventually I found that they still make Trac II handles. Gillette doesn't, of course; if they sold their older razors you wouldn't pay ridiculous prices for their new wonder razor of the week, and marketing is what it's all about, after all, Not customer service or providing a good product.
But third parties still make Trac II handles. More, the Personna Bump Fighter Razor http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0011Z3WXU/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000GJIQ9M&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=183WKGADXCJBP7GGY04E is not only good for people who have trouble with razor bumps; it can and does accept standard Trac II blades. It is a nicer Trac II handle than the original. It works perfectly with Trac II or these Twin Pivot Plus blades. I know, I've tried them.
As for the blades themselves, they give me a shave at least as good as anything else I've tried, quickly. (I use an old Schick Injector and a Merkur Progress that uses your grandfather's double-edge blades; it does a fine job but you have to be patient with it. The twin-blade is quicker and less likely to nick you). Also various three-blade razors. I haven't seen they have any advantage over the Twin Pivot Plus, except to marketers, since they cost you more.
Be sure to soak or steam your beard well and use a decent shaving cream or soap (the stuff in tubes or that you whip up with a brush and mug is, almost without exception, better than anything you'll find in an aerosol can) and these blades will give you as good a shave as you could get anywhere.