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.