UPDATE 10/1/2018: WE HAVE BEGUN SHIPPING RAZORS AGAIN. THE "RELEASE DATE" LISTED ON THIS PAGE IS FOR NEW ORDERS AFTER OCT. 1.
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: 3.73oz 106g
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!
Posted by John on 13th Jul 2018
As passionate as I have become about vintage Gillette razors (thanks in no small part to Matt and the rest of the Razor Emporium collective), I cannot exaggerate my love for this fantastic, modern DE razor. It boils down to this: shaving with this razor is like playing a Stradivarius violin.
In his seminal work, "A Philosophy of Music Education," eminent music educator and philosopher Bennett Reimer discussed the difference between "knowing about" and "knowing within." The type of knowledge one generates from learning within an experience is that which makes an experience unique. In music, knowing "within" is knowledge of a different order than knowing, say, what a quarter note is, or who to read in the key of B-flat. Music is unique because it inherently provides insights into emotions and aesthetic development that only music can provide. It's not just about making music; it's about connecting the experience with the emotions in ways that only music can do. Playing a Stradivarius violin makes this goal much more attainable in the hands of an expert than a cheap violin from a pawn shop.
In shaving, sure we have to know "about" how to perform the complex actions of shaving, the grain mapping, the proper lather techniques, etc. But we have to learn "within" the experience of shaving. We experience tactile feedback. We act upon the razor, and razor acts upon us (much as pedagogue John Dewey described the artistic process) in a continuous cycle. Having the Rex Ambassador in your hands is like playing on a Stradivarius: certainly it helps you perform the complex act of shaving (with excellent weight, perfect balance, smooth design, etc.), but it helps you connect the act with the aesthetics of the experience, the emotional content of the shave. This razor helps you explore the aesthetic/emotional component of shaving in a way that only the greatest razors can.
If you, like me, are one of those people who treat their shaving as an important ritual, as time to explore the sensual/sensuous nature of shaving, you must have this razor. It is the Stradivarius of the DE razor world.
Posted by Unknown on 10th Jul 2018
I own several DE adjustable razors and believe this is most likely the best DE adjustable razor. The design is very good and the balance in the hand is superb. Above all, the quality of the shave is great.
Posted by JACK KATZMAN on 30th Jun 2018
Bought this beauty at the Big East shave meet. I am really impressed with the quality. Mechanics work flawlessly. Easy to adjust and gives the best shave I have had from a DE. Puts the Merkur's, Rockwood and Gillettes to shame. Will last a lifetime.
Posted by Justin B on 26th Jun 2018
This is the best adjustable razor I have used to date. Simply put, it is one of the best razors, period. I experimented on the adjustment for 3 shaves beforr deciding setting 6.5 is the best for me as a daily shaver.
I do not feel this is an ultra-aggressive razor nor do I feel it is too mild. It's just right. Setting 4 felt very comfortable for a 3-pass DFS but I figured out I can get to BBS in 2-passes on the max setting with some touch ups on my trouble spots.
The Rex Ambassador is very smooth and efficient at the same time. It reminds me squarely of my legendary razor: the Paradigm 17-4.
You will not be disappointed with the Rex; however, YMMV (your mileage may vary) as everyone's skin, beard growth, and pattern are all different. I have zero desire to buy any other razors now.
Matt has done a fantastic job with the Rex Ambassador and has demonstrated great perseverance and humility during the difficult beginning. Rest assured that Matt has ironed out the design flaws from the M series. He has a customer for life right here.
Posted by Ed on 26th Jun 2018
The quality and finish of this razor is second to none. An eye-catching piece of engineering that exudes quality and attention to detail in every single bit, from the gorgeously knurled handle to the laser engraved serial number, brand and dial.
But where this beauty really excels and shines is in delivering absolutely unsurpassed shavings. Very intuitive to use, adjust the dial at #4 and it will glide smoothly along your face taking away every single whisker without you barely noticing it. You want it milder? Go down to. a lower number? In the mood for a macho shaving experience? Try #6. Your shave, your decision, your enjoyment.
This is not an inexpensive razor, granted. But boy, we are talking about a stainless steel, luxurious adjustable razor that shaves like an angel. Since this lady came home my Timeless and Blackbird are struggling to show up in my rotation.
So if you're on the fence, stop hesitating. This thing will not disappoint you!
Posted by lmi on 22nd Jun 2018
For a long time I was hesitant to get the Ambassador because of the price, however I came across a post on a shaving forum where the creator chronicled the development and improvements to the razor along the way. I was convinced that this was definitely a quality product. I already had two adjustable razors that I was totally satisfied with, but picked this one up because of the quality and detail.
The Ambassador did not disappoint. It turned out to be my smoothest and most efficient razor to date consistently giving me a one pass DFS and two pass BBS. It is a beautiful and well balanced razor.
What price can you put on quality and great shaves?
Posted by Craig M on 20th Jun 2018
I’ve used several different razors over the years to find that perfect one. I’m glad I bought the Ambassador. It’s just what I was looking for. You can adjust it to be more aggressive or more mild depending on how you like it. I like setting three, but adjust up and down sometimes. Don’t even worry about the price. It is so well made that it will last several lifetimes. I bought one for myself and my dad. He plans on passing his down to my son when he’s old enough. You can tell a lot of work went into the design. This is absolutely worth the money. You definitely get what you pay for!
Posted by Pierre on 9th Jun 2018
Just gone mine with a N2 serial number, this thing is a beauty and shaves as good as it looks. The finish is very good, not shiny and not completely dull finish. As far as the shavin, very smooth got a very close shave with no irritation by stopping down on the aggression with each pass. It’s not pricey in my opinion it’s paying a premium for a premium product. I am happy I went for it.
Posted by Frank V on 28th May 2018
When I first got my Rex razor about 3 weeks ago, I was a bit disappointed as I got some irritation. I stuck with it and got it dialed in to where I dont get any irritation on my neck area anymore. What I have found is this razor requires good technique just like other razors but to get that amazing shave you need to pay close attention to what your doing. Once you get familiar with this razor, you will get the best shaves you have ever had!
I found for my shaves, a feather blade at a setting of 4 WTG and 2-3 ATG with a final cleanup/blade buff at 1-2 is my method if I want BBS. Matt is right. This razor will show the truth in your blades more then any other razor. When I got irritation I tried different settings, different angles, and all types of methods. Once I changed my blade that I normally use (Gillette Silver Blues) to a feather, that’s when the razor performed outstanding! I could dial in a smooth yet efficient shave with the sharpness of a feather to back it up. Speaking of blade buffing. I don’t really do it that much but this razor buffs extremely well with no irritation. The rounded edges on the guard make it real nice to go back and forth with it and it doesn’t skip or catch the skin at all.
The weight of this razor is heavy BUT...it’s very well balanced. You need to pay attention to this weight as the wrong angle combined with the weight can cause either a skipping or a dragging feel to it. The wrong angle will intensify the bad effects of how the razor glides over the face as the weight will either assist or mess with your shave. It’s not hard to find the angle. You just need to pay attention with to it during your shaves. Once you find it and maintain it your good to go.
The blade loading is real nice! It locks in and I get no chatter. Only thing I don’t like is the grooves in the head lock the blade so tight that you have to pry it out after your done with either your finger nail or a small tool. Something to keep in mind as I’m careful trying not to cut myself when I disassemble my razor for it to dry. I found loading the blade by setting it on the tray and then screwing the cap on to be the safest and easiest method. The other way to do it would be to push the blade into the groves and then screwing the handle down to lock the cap in. I find this method to be a bit dangerous as I feel if I slip while pushing the blade down into the cap grooves, I’m gonna cut myself.
The quality and the make of this razor is by far the best I have EVER seen. The laser engraving is super nice. I kinda wish the numbers were a tad bit darker on the collar but it’s nothing major. The smooth curves and lines along with the finish and balance is truly remarkable. When you pick this razor up, it feels very solid and high quality. I can understand why I paid so much for it. Someone took some serious time into making this razor.
Knurling and the handle are perfect. The knurling is very sticky to the hands and the length of the handle is perfect. I don’t like long handles as they get in the way when I’m shaving. I also like how the knurling pattern is different on the collar piece and the bottom handle end. It helps with muscle memory differentiate what part of the razor mechanisms your working with.
The head has a nice slim design so troublesome areas like under the nose are easy to get to. The head also doesn’t have blade overhang to it so no sharp edges stick out of it! Very good head and the cap is nice. The 2 long posts to keep the blade in are super nice. When you tighten the cap to the blade tray with a blade loaded, you will hear a clicking/creeking sound (kinda like loading a slant razor) as the tolerances for the blade alignment are super tight. Once you thread the handle down all the way, the blade gap is spot on and the blade isn’t going anywhere. It’s ridiculous how tight the blade sits in the head. I like it though. Provides consistent results when shaving. There isn’t a quarter turn lock feel to it like a fatboy. I like how it just threads in and stays put.
The collar is easy to adjust on the fly. No opening doors or loosening anything. Just turn the collar to whatever setting you want and go. I have the N1 version and the collar is definitely not adjusting during my shave. It’s easy to adjust when you want to but impossible to adjust while shaving. You have to physically grab the collar with 2 fingers to adjust it. If you try to just drag your finger across the dial it won’t move. It’s the perfect tension for the collar mechanism! Only concern I had was a small cosmetic spot that appears to be from the laser engraving on the collar next to the number 6. But no problem! It’s cosmetic and Matt stood by the lifetime warranty they offer. He was willing to buff out the small spot I noticed at no cost or swap my razor out no questions asked. Outstanding customer service! I’m holding on to it though as they are busy pumping these razors out and I love it so much I don’t wanna give it up yet haha!
The threads on the bottom handle are super smooth. No grinding or sloppy or cheap feel to it. If your a mechanic you would understand what a good vs bad thread feels like. It’s smooth to tighten down and loosen up.
The razor is NOT aggressive at all but it’s very efficient! I like aggressive razors and at first I thought the Rex was mild because I didn’t get that “bite” like you would from like an R41. It’s just as efficient as an R41 but it’s no where near as aggressive. I tried the Rex wide open at 6 and it mowed down my facial hair very good on the first pass. Didn’t get any irritation but my face felt very raw. So I dialed it back down to 4 and it feels much better. It’s nice to know that I can crank it up if I need to shave a thick beard! Very versatile settings for all different situations!
I love the way you can infinitely choose what setting you want from .5-6. Sometimes a small bump up can make a good difference in certain areas you need a bit more efficiency. For example...I bump up to 4.5 around my chin and neck. Helps conquer the facial growth that’s all over the place in those areas.
Overall I really love this razor! Just had a bit of a learning curve to it and took sometime to understand it fully. Some tips for anyone having a hard time. Try new blades that you normally don’t use and be open to switch up your normal blade. Light touch and let the weight of the razor guide it in its downward motion. Pay attention to your angle of attack. Don’t shave fast with it. Short to medium strokes with confidence and it will glide over your face. Don’t be fooled that this razor is mild due to its smoothness. It’s not mild...it’s efficient so start low and work your way up. It’s not like a fatboy where the lower settings are unusable. Every setting has a purpose so take the time to learn what works best for you. If you have any questions or concerns, Matt is here to help and he always responded to all my long emails I sent to him haha!
It’s a fun razor to use and if you follow good technique and stick with it, you will get your best shaves with this!
Highly recommend this razor for someone looking to step their game up or for a seasoned wet shaver. Don’t recommend it for new wet shavers as I feel you really need to know what your doing or it will disappoint the end user as it’s an expensive razor to start out with and you still have to drive the Ferrari in a straight line. Start with something a bit more forgiving and focus on technique. Once you got that dialed down then I recommend you head on over to the Rex club lol!! You won’t be disappointed!
Thanks Matt for the great product and good support after my purchase!
Posted by LEN VANERSTROM on 21st May 2018
This is actually my second Rex Ambassador review. I purchased a first run M series last year. There were some fit, finish and functionality issues but those were rectified as best as possible by Matt and team. The M series became a great razor.
Now we are in a new year and we have a new series - the N series. They are following the Gillette system of date codes for these.
The newest incarnation improve upon the original in a couple of important ways. The fit and finish are now perfect out of the gate. More importantly, though, they have fixed the issues some of us had with the safety bar "canting" (look up what canting is) and they have also made the adjustment dial slightly harder to turn. That is a good thing, actually. While I never personally had any issues with accidentally dialing a different number up while shaving, some people did so they made it harder to accidentally change the setting.
All in all this is a fabulous razor, and one of my favorites to use. Personally I can't wait to see if they change anything next year for the "O" series. Though I'd be hard pressed to think of something that needs to change.
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