I've used Flickers for years, .even back when one could find them in the stores. I've also ordered them online before, and really like them. But as much as I like the product, I've NEVER PAID $38 FOR ONE RAZOR! Is Flicker now charging by the blade??? I actually thought I was buying 5 Flickers for that price...and kept wondering when the rest would be shipped!
So, it doesn't shave as close as a straight razor. It uses too much shaving cream. It doesn't last.
I have been using this razor for years, and the things I love about it outweight those issues. 1( and 2) No, it doesn't shave as close as other razors, but it is close enough. It is great to carry on long distance camping/hiking trips, BECAUSE it doesn't really need shaving cream. I think some of the people who think it isn't shaving as close as they like are causing the problem with the shaving cream. If you only use a small amount (or better yet, use just some hair conditioner....better for your legs, less drying, and it won't clog up the Flicker)it works fine. A small amount of something to lubricate it is all you need, either a light coating of bath soap, or just water. I love that it does a commendable job dry, too.
3) I have been amazed at how long the blades will last if they aren't clogged up.
4) And another great point...it will pass through airport security anywhere in the world w/o a problem.
All in all, I was just happy to be able to find them online. Give them a chance in the right context.
These razors are not made anymore - there is an entire community in need of this product - it is the developmentally disabled ladies. We are guardians to a wonderful lady and she struggles to shave her legs without cutting them, this razor is perfect for her! Without this razor she has to have someone assist her and it is humiliating for her. I don't know why they stopped making this - my guess is it wasn't a huge money maker but there are so many disabled ladies that need these! We bought what we could find!