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The best expensive mediocre shave a man can get.,
This review is from: Gillette Mach3 Razor 1 Count (Health and Beauty)
Mediocre and Overpriced, March 13, 2008
By supernatural (Illinois) - See all my reviews
Unfortuantely, these mediocre and overpriced blades are probably the best shave that most people will get from the mass produced blades and shaver systems. It gives a better shave than most 2 blade razors I've tried (Excel, etc.), and 3 blades is about the most blades that I can use on a razor and be able to get to all the nooks and crannies on my face - thus I don't recommend the Fusion or any other razor with more than 3 blades. Here are a few other points:
1) For thicker beards, these blades will rarely last more than a few shaves before you feel the tug and pull leading to razor bumps.
2) I do give these blades credit for the flow through design allowing hair and residue to be rinsed through the blades without clogging them; but, then again, why do you need 3 blades in a razor? With an exceptional blade, you should only need one to cut your facial hair.
3) Another design flaw with this razor (as well as most razors) is that the "fins" or whatever they are called, on the bottom portion of the razor head (that supposedly "prep" your beard) actually scoops away the shaving cream before the blades have a chance to touch that portion of your face - so now you have 3 blades being pulled across inadaquately lubricated skin. Trust me, you need the shaving cream there when the blade scrapes across.
4) I would recommend getting a classic double edge razor. My wife has noticed a huge difference in my face and neck - no more razor burn! I can shave everyday now. I prefer a Merkur double edge razor which can be found on Amazon or you can do a google search for "classic shaving" to find them for cheaper. The blades will usually run about $5 for a ten pack, and one of these super sharp blades last about a week for most people. Think of the cost savings and the benefit to your skin if you only gave up purchasing the ever increasingly expensive and insane multiple blade cartridges.
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Initial post: Mar 4, 2011 7:53:47 AM PST
Hugh de Man says:
Merkur, bah! I use Corsican barnacles, making for a shave of impeccable smoothness, not to mention a tasty snack afterwards.
Posted on Nov 25, 2012 8:09:50 AM PST
Jillian Gray says:
I'm not really sure what you thought you'd be getting for the price of a Gillette Mach3 Razor--a country club hot shave with a straight razor by a barber, perhaps? Maybe not so much.
1) People with thicker beards have no panacea where ANY blades lasts more than a few shaves before needing to be replaced or sharpened, let alone a Gillette Mach3.
2) Theoretically, with the Sword of Zeus or something you'd be able to get an Eternity of shaves out of the blade, but again, this is a Gillette Mach3 disposable shaver. See, the theory is to combine safety with sharpness on a mass-market shaving razor....
3) I'd venture to guess that the "fins" "scoops away" the amount of shaving cream it needs to, since the shaving cream is just to hold WATER in your beard and close to your skin for shaving. You do realize you don't need an inch of shaving cream on your face in order to shave, hopefully. One of the better shaving gels produces virtually NO foam for shaving.
4) My beard growth is "medium", I have to shave everyday to look neat, but shaving 3-4X per week with these types of razors (3-blade, 4-blade) will usually last a month to 6 weeks.
There's no comparison between a barber's hot shave and much else, let along these types of systems, but for the everyday shaver these sorts of systems work just fine--unless you've got a barber on the payroll.
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