Random Razor Rant: I Need More Blades In My Razor
I finally caved in and bought a Gillette Fusion 5-blade razor last week. I’ve been using an old Mach 3 for I’ve lost track of how long (at least 15 years!). I’ve been in rebellion against the ridiculously high prices of razors and typically overuse my razors until they start to feel like flesh-ripping weasels. Then I head off to Costco and marvel at the insane thought of paying over $40 for a bazillion-pack of razors and chicken out and go to local supermarket or Target and get a 4-pack for the ridiculous price of $9+. My rebellion may have backfired last week in that I was looking for the cheapest option of blades but let the seductive siren-song of a 5-blade Gillette Fusion tempt me and I determined to get out as cheaply as possible (buying price–not per unit price) and I bought the slick new new razor handle along with two new blades on sale for only $6!
I justified the purchase by telling myself that I could always keep my old Mach 3 handle and buy the cheaper replacement blades later and that if these 5-blades were all they were cracked up to be, then maybe I would be sold and suckered into the age-old “give away the handles and charge through the nose for the razors” scheme. Well, here I am a week later with a very smoothly shaved face (when I shave of course) and enjoying the luxurious closeness of new, smooth blades. But I have to say, that every time I shave with these blades, I keep thinking that they have finally maxed-out on what gimmicky advancement they can offer that would entice men to upgrade their choice of razors. I let my mind spin with the absurdity of adding blades similar to Intel doubling clock rates every 18 months (or whatever Moore’s law used to be) and came up with my 22-blade Gillette Infinitum concept.