For the past few years, razor blade company's have been releasing more and more complicated razors with more and more blades. I suppose with inflation influencing everything else, perhaps it should be no surprise, but are five blades on a vibrating handle really necessary?
think we can answer that question fairly quickly - no. People got along
with 2 blades for years and had no problem at all. (People shaved with
straight razors and most still did okay, unless they had Sweeney Todd
for their barber.) But enough people have embraced the three-bladed
razor to make us wonder whether it really is an improvement over its
ancestors, and whether that means more will always be better.
couple of years ago when Gillette released its first five-blade razor,
it seemed incredibly absurd. The idea is that the five blade system
pulls hair out and away from the skin while it cuts it, which
apparently gives a closer, more comfortable shave. The current model
includes another blade for trimming, so although you aren't shaving
with all six at once, it still has six blades.
that any more than two blades will actually cause more razor burn and
more pain. More blades means more friction - more ways to irritate the
skin and more blades to nick it. However, are saying that they've
solved those problems by putting the blades closer together, making
them our of friction-reducing materials, and adding large guards to
protect the skin.
The paradox is that most of the people with the
most sensitive skin will actually have better luck with two or three
blades. People with thicker hair usually do find that the increased
number of blades can help their shave to last longer - a definite plus.
However, those who have easily irritated skin will probably want to be
careful before rushing out to by the latest in razor inflation - for
the most sensitive, less is probably more.