A double-edged quandary

Consumer Reports showed up yesterday, and one of the smaller articles had to do with women’s razors, which are apparently exhibiting the same sort of multiple-blade madness that men — other than yours truly, anyway — presumably enjoy. (I have stuck stubbornly to a twin-blade setup all these years, except for a brief period when I regressed to a single blade.) The progress, if progress it be:

  • Gillette bolts three blades into the Venus;
  • Schick responds with a feminine variation on the four-blade Quattro theme;
  • Gillette upgrades Venus to “Embrace” with five blades.

The leading-edge technology, for the moment, comes from Korea and is sold by places like CVS; it has six blades. Target.com has a six-bladed razor with its own built-in supply of shaving cream, be nice and clean, shave every day and you’ll always look keen.

The CR testers, for their part, were evidently unimpressed by this constant hardware escalation.





1 comment

  1. fillyjonk »

    8 May 2011 · 5:28 pm

    For me? More blades means a bigger probability of either nicking a knee or the back of an ankle. (And hot wax is right out; an experiment this winter left me with a burned shin).

    FWIW, a nicked back-of-the-ankle bleeds like a monster.

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