Our experience with razors has inspired a desire to create the best razor possible. We have used the highest marine-grade stainless steel that is corrosion resistant and so advanced it requires specialized machining. We have continued the Gillette date code system (2017 = M) and have included serial numbers for quality control and product registration. We have put years of passion into designing the best razor so you can have the best shaving experience.
Shaving with an Ambassador is smooth and efficient - it's very easy to find the right blade angle. And because it's infinitely adjustable, getting the perfect shave is just a matter of turning the dial up or down for a closer or more mild shave. The weight is hefty and balanced right below the adjustment dial - perfect for letting the razor do the work. The Sure Grip knurled handle makes holding onto this razor easy and comfortable - especially in wet conditions.
Length: 3.5" 87mm
Weight: 3.5oz 100g
*Due to incredible demand, we have about a 10-14 day lead time from order placed to order shipped. Thank you for your patience!
Thank you for your interest in the Rex Supply Co. Ambassador Safety Razor. We are proud to have made the first stainless steel, mechanically adjustable, American made safety razor- ever. -Made in USA -316L Marine-Grade Stainless Steel -Infinitely Adjustable Shave -Individually Serial Numbered -Date Code in-line with Gillette system For more information or to purchase visit: http://www.razoremporium.com/rex-supply-co-ambassador-adjustable-stainless-steel-de-razor/ The Ambassador’s namesake is no accident, chosen to serve and promote the Rex experience. It is our aim that the Ambassador serves you for life, and is representative of the demanding quality standards gained from years of servicing razors from the golden era of American manufacturing. It has been said that perfection is unobtainable, but chasing perfection allows you to catch excellence. With that, we ask you to keep your eyes open for a full line of vintage inspired grooming accessories that respect and revive the art of traditional shaving for the modern man. We hope you enjoy the unboxing and video instructions, please let us know if you have any questions and subscribe for new Rex Supply Co videos!
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Posted by Tim on 12th Dec 2017
It's great to see fine safety razors made in the USA again! I own the Ambassador as well as modern competitors' products and the Rex Ambassador wins in every category. Great detail, feel, and workmanship.
Posted by Brian M on 20th Nov 2017
I've seen people here compare the Ambassador to the Rockwell 6S. I'm not here to complain about the 6S, but apart from the fact you can change the base plate on the Rockwell to alter the aggressiveness of your shave, this is like comparing a kitten to a jaguar. And I very much like the 6S. It's just not a good comp and as such, not in the same conversation.
The Ambassador is an amazing razor, one of my four favorite high-end razors, and the only one among them which is adjustable. Someone mentioned the Ambassador 'fails to replicate the features of the late 50s/early 60s Gillette Adjustables'. It wasn't supposed to! The Ambassador is modeled on the Gibbs Adjustable head, a French adjustable from 10-20 years before Gillette crossed the finish line on the 195.
And that's where the comparison ends, because the Gibbs doesn't hold a candle to this. For modern machining, fit and finish, tight tolerances, infinite adjustability, incredible heft and weight in the hand (while not unwieldy at all) and the best knurling I've ever seen, the Ambassador beats all other adjustable razors for comfort and quality of shave.
If I had to knock just one thing, I'd say it's not an inexpensive razor. But it's aimed at high-end users, and there are even more expensive non-adjustable modern DE razors out there.
What's clear to me is that Rex Supply Co has delivered a high-end, high-tech, heirloom quality adjustable razor, and that there is no other adjustable whose performance comes close to measuring up.
The Ambassador is top of class.
Posted by Michael Leonard on 19th Nov 2017
I use this razor to shave my head as well as to shave my beard.
I find that the increased weight and the larger machined grip, as compared to my adjustable Gillette razor, make for a faster, smoother shave.
Posted by Nate on 17th Nov 2017
Let me start off with the short of it…this razor is absolutely awesome! I opened the box and I was pleasantly surprised with the presentation and execution of this razor. If the box is your thing than you will not be disappointed. It is tough, well constructed, and has nice graphics.
The razor is superb! It is solid and well build. The razor has a nice heft to it, but not so much that it is cumbersome. This razor provided me with the best shaves I have ever had and I have several other razors to compare it to. I am an addict like most of you out there and own several others including the revered Slim and Fatboy.
I had some concerns about this razor before I purchased it. Some have been very critical in their assessments. Ultimately though, I made the leap of faith and I am glad I did. But, for the discerning consumers out there dyeing to know let us address some of the concerns that I had.
The adjustment knob does spin without locking into place. However, the knob does have enough friction to prevent it from just free spinning. I shaved with it several times before this review and I never experienced the knob changing/ moving during a shave.
Some were concerned with loading blades and lamented that the top cap was hard to align. I had absolutely no problems with aligning the top cap. If you watch the promo video for this razor you will see Matt align the top cap and trap it with two fingers on the bottom and a thumb on the top. This technique worked well for me.
The other concern was the price. Some have compared it to the Rockwell razor. All I can say is that this is a true adjustable. You simple turn the knob and it adjusts the blade gap. Its that simple. The Rockwell requires you to swap/ flip bottom plates to achieve different blade gaps. this razor is much more elegant and the knurling is far superior. Additionally, if you took the time to read this far down, well, you have the sickness too and I can guess that you probably own many other razors in your den. Stop denying yourself and go for it.
The satin finish is very nice and the details on this razor are well executed. The knurling on the handle is perfect. the knurling is very aggressive and provides a nice grip even with wet soapy hands. This is truly a pleasure to shave with and is my new favorite razor. American made and build to last. My congratulations to Matt and his team on a damn fine razor.
Posted by Rob Lazz on 14th Nov 2017
I just had my first ambassador shave. The craftsmanship and finish of the razor is beautiful; a mix of artistry, balance, and precision machining. Aesthetics aside, this is the first shave I have ever had that was as close as my straights, and exceeds my other DE’s by a large margin. Nice work gentlemen!
Posted by AZ9393 on 6th Nov 2017
I bought this razor because I wanted an aggressive (efficient) shaver similar to R41 but made out of premium quality materials. I knew from the start this would be high quality but I didn’t expect it to be so efficient. It matches my r41 in that sense on the highest setting and yet feels a lot smoother at the same time. The adjustability is a great bonus for me as you can get a completely different type of aggression within seconds if you like going ATG and such. For me one quick pass on setting 6 is enough most of the time and it’s exactly what I wanted from this razor.
Posted by Len Vanerstrom on 3rd Nov 2017
So, a little backstory -
I pre-ordered a Rex Ambassador some time ago. When the razor was released I ordered a second one. I had a number of issues with these first two. Primarily the fit and finish of the razors was not up to my (admittedly) very high standards for a razor in that price class. The first razor had numerous dings and machining marks and the second razor, while it had less of the marks, did have a top cap that lost it's screw barrel inside the handle of the razor when I first put it together. The caps are not machined out of one pieces of stainless, they are a cap and screw barrel combined of two separate pieces and this one lost it's barrel.
I ended up sending a rather unhappy email to Razor Emporium about the issues that I had been having after I got the second razor and had the cap come apart. No sooner did I send the email (okay, maybe 10 minutes later) I got a direct call from Matt Pisarcik. For those of you who don't know, Matt is the owner of Razor Emporium. He also make some rather cool videos with Douglas Smythe, but I digress.
Anyway, Matt and I spoke on the phone for probably 25 minutes about the Rex, razor collecting, and razors in general. He said that he would personally look into my issues and send me out a replacement razor. He also said that they were going to use a slightly different cap going forward that would be a little more squarish on the underside. +1 for Matt personally taking the initiative to call a customer and offering to personally take care of my issue.
Razor Emporium had also just started offering to apply a new brushed finish to the razors that would take care of the machining marks and that if you sent in one you had pre-ordered so I took advantage of that.
Fast forward about a week and I received back my first Rex with the new brushed finish applied. Fantastic, things were looking up.
Fast forward again to today and I got the replacement Rex with the new style top cap. It had been delayed about a week or two because of when the caps were being delivered to Razor Emporium. No big deal, really. This new rex looks great, everything with the fit and finish is really good. Nicely done all around. Kuddos to Matt and Razor Emporium.
So, onto the performance review -
In the meantime while I was waiting for my second Rex to be taken care of I have been using my first Rex in my rotation. I have, oh, probably 8 to 10 razors that I use in my regular rotation and several more that I use occasionally.
Out of all of those razors, none have actually performed as well as the Rex. The adjustments of the Rex are from 1 to 6 with anything and everything in between due to how it is a smooth single adjustment, not clicks or steps. I suppose 'micro adjustment' would be the most accurate way to put it I guess. I use it on "3" so it is more of a normal/medium aggressive setting.
All of my shaves have been very smooth and I haven't nicked myself or gotten even a single weeper. I can't actually say that about any other razor I own, even those known historically as very smooth shavers - namely the red tip and the aristocrat 16.
The knurling on the rex is very good. Very grippy. The only way it's moving around between my fingers is if I move it. Really top notch.
Also, the hollow handle and two piece design is very nostalgic and reminiscent of vintage razors, as is the adjustment collar and head design (thank Gibbs for that design).
To sum up, my experience with the Rex started off not so good. In the time since, Razor Emporium and Matt specifically went above and beyond to take care of my issues. They turned my from a detractor into a promoter. On top of all of that, the razor shaves and performs superbly. I honestly can't think if a razor at the moment that I look forward to using more.
Posted by Phil Torango on 2nd Nov 2017
As others have written, the adjustment ring moves too easily and doesn't want to stay where I set it. More critical is blade attachment mechanism. I expected more of a clamshell opening like my 60yo Gillette Executive adjustable rather than the even more ancient Gillette non-adjustable razors.
Bottom line: the key features of the late 50s/early 60s Gillette adjustable razor weren't duplicated to my satisfaction!
Posted by Edward Raph on 27th Oct 2017
There are pluses and minuses that surround this razor. Here goes::
1) stainless steel
2) infinite adjustability 1-6 and in between
3) simple to load and unload the blade
4) great knurled handle
1) Price point is way too high
2) service was poor from RE...shipped very late and not when promised
3) much care needs to be taken when aligning the top plate
4) should be polished for this price
5) average efficiency....My Rockwell 6S gives a better shave, is
stainless, and costs half the price
I am glad that someone has finally came out with a stainless knob adjustable razor. Is this a great razor...NO. But, it is a good razor but not for $230. Save $130 and get the Rockwell 6S.
Posted by Rupert Bizzell on 21st Oct 2017
OK I debated over buying this razor because it is a bit expensive. I finally broke down and am glad I did. It is a beautiful razor no doubt but the more important question is how does it work? (spoiler alert: it works just great). The balance is fine,the grip excellent and it is smooth even with the higher settings. It ticked off all three columns for me:clean,close and comfortable. Some people might prefer a longer handle but for me this is just right. I like to have my hands closer to my face because I feel it gives me better control. The base plate is a bit thinner than say a Mergress(another fave of mine) which makes it easier to get into the tight spots on my chin and jawline. I am glad I talked myself into this razor. I am looking forward to many more fine shaves with the Rex. Well done!
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