June 05, 2004
Four blades

A few months ago, my buddy Paul mentioned the fascination with multi-bladed razors.

I recently ran out of my regular razors and stopped by the supermarket to pick up some new ones. I was surprised to see a FOUR BLADED RAZOR.

FOUR blades!!!1!

Yep, you read that right, four effing blades! Of course, I had to buy it.

When I got home, I examined the package a little closer. I was happy to read all the vital info.

The Most Souped Up Disposable Razor -- Ever!

I'm just the kind of man that needs "maximum shaving power" from "The Most Souped Up Disposable Razor -- Ever!". Four blades AND four lube zones! Who can ask for more?

You simply must love the terminology that has found it's way into razor advertising. Note that this is an 'All Terrain Shaver' and has 'High Endurance'. What these two things have to do with shaving I don't know, but they do make you feel more manly if you buy it.

Some light shavers or women may not know what a lube zone is, so I will explain. To make razors more complicated, manufacturers have added these little strips of gel to the tops of razors. When the razor gets wet, the gel dissolves slightly and leaves some sort of coating on the skin. It never made sense to me because anyone that is shaving with a razor has shaving creme slathered on their face already. But hey, it 'soups up' the razor, so whatever.

Take a look at the razor head and indeed, there are four blades.

Count 'em!

That stuff in pale green are the 'lube zones'.

I've shaved with the razor twice, and to put it succinctly, it sucks.

The blades really don't shave that well and I had to go over areas a couple times to get things smooth. This is bad since it leads to razor burn. When using a good razor, you can feel it cutting and know that it's working. This razor feels like a plastic bar moving over the skin and you aren't sure if it's actually shaving.

The lube zones turned my face into a slimy mess. All the green crap covered my face and I literally had to scrub it off with a washcloth. Way too much slime.

Now that I've tried one kind of four blade razor, I guess I have to review the others...

Posted by michael at June 05, 2004 02:54 PM