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(New York Magazine)   If you thought the American razor industry couldn't get any more ridiculous, you'd be wrong. And it represents what's wrong with American ingenuity   (nymag.com) divider line 251
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2014-04-20 10:06:43 AM  
welp, time to bust out the strait razor
 
2014-04-20 11:18:10 AM  
So... Dollar Shave Club then.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUG9qYTJMsI
 
2014-04-20 11:32:06 AM  
Obligatory (NSFW language)
 
2014-04-20 11:39:38 AM  
Dollar Shave Club FTW.

With shaving cream from Kiehl's and a Braun for days when I feel lazy.
 
2014-04-20 11:43:37 AM  
Even better than Dollar Shave Club is buying a DE safety razor. They're $30 or less online, and blades go from $0.08-$0.30 each if you buy in bulk. The shave is closer than a cartridge, too, in my experience.
 
2014-04-20 11:58:54 AM  
I only shave with personally-knapped flint blades and a balm I make from the bark of trees I planted as a toddler.

/there
 
2014-04-20 12:02:57 PM  
I find more blades make it more difficult to shave. I needed razors last week and found the megamarts barely even carry twin blades any more. Those work fine for me.
 
2014-04-20 12:04:00 PM  
FTFA: the ProGlide FlexBall

Well, the name definitely screams, 'you can shave your nuts with this.'
 
2014-04-20 12:21:13 PM  
Or just use an electric razor, they're far less terrible to use.
 
2014-04-20 12:31:16 PM  

Voiceofreason01: welp, time to bust out the strait razor


and shred my face (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1T93rJ9p-s) (NSFW and violent link)

change1211: Or just use an electric razor, they're far less terrible to use.


and look like a bum
 
2014-04-20 12:46:43 PM  
I have one of the Gillette something or others, not sure which one to be honest, Tri-Pro Flexecutioner Powersport Xtreme or something like that, and I only have to buy a package of razor heads once every year and a half or so.  I shave six days a week and a single cartridge lasts between three to six months, so it's not like it's such an expense that I really ever even think about it.
 
2014-04-20 12:47:17 PM  

Gig103: Even better than Dollar Shave Club is buying a DE safety razor. They're $30 or less online, and blades go from $0.08-$0.30 each if you buy in bulk. The shave is closer than a cartridge, too, in my experience.


That's exactly what I did. Blades are cheaper, sharper and last longer. Much closer shave. I have a nice badger bristle shave brush, work up a good lather.

Also,

enry: a Braun for days when I feel lazy.

That.
 
2014-04-20 12:58:51 PM  
This article is what's wrong with American journalism, so it's fitting.
 
2014-04-20 12:59:15 PM  
I use dollar shave club and am happy with that decision. I even bought a year membership for a friend as a birthday gift. He likes it too.
 
2014-04-20 01:00:22 PM  
Dollar Shave Club is cheap, too bad their products sucks ass.   I've had countless of their cartridges self destruct during use including a couple that fell apart just extracting them from the package.     I gave up and cancelled and went back to the Fusion blades.    At COSTCO it isn't too bad.

The Fusion styler is actually one of the better things they came up with (if you ignore the idiotic razor blade adapter for it and just use the trimmer part).
 
2014-04-20 01:01:18 PM  

Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: the ProGlide FlexBall

Well, the name definitely screams, 'you can shave your nuts with this.'


to further fit the name, slap some titties and a pocket pussy on there and my daily shower is complete.
 
2014-04-20 01:01:58 PM  

Relatively Obscure: I only shave with personally-knapped flint blades and a balm I make from the bark of trees I planted as a toddler.

/there


Gwenyth Paltrow, is that you?
 
2014-04-20 01:02:54 PM  
This isn't Ameican Ingenuity. This is some farking moron giving another farking moron with a business degree oversight of an engineering team.

/Simpsons did it.
 
2014-04-20 01:03:15 PM  
I just use the same blade cartridge for a six or so months before swapping out. Growing a goatee and hiding in a museum's collections storage where the public won't see me (so facial appearances are not essential) certainly help.
 
2014-04-20 01:04:03 PM  
Funny thing, I got a Panasonic mid-range foil shaver recently, and it actually works really well. I used a Norelco for years but it would always leave hairs on my neck because I have a cowlick, and I'd have to clean up with a blade. Not any more.

/Okay, Panasonic, you can send the check now.
//actually a true CSB
 
2014-04-20 01:04:42 PM  
Razors are for women. A man's face should look like a cross between a Viking and a Dwarf.
 
2014-04-20 01:04:57 PM  
So the articles entire premise is that consumer will buy a new product?  Or not? I can't really tell what the point of the article except to biatch.
 
2014-04-20 01:05:22 PM  

Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: the ProGlide FlexBall

Well, the name definitely screams, 'you can shave your nuts with this.'


i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-20 01:05:38 PM  
I buy the disposable Gillette Sensor 3. There was a huge increase in comfort when they went to twin blades, a noticeable increase when the Sensor came out with independently floating blades, and a marginal increase in three blades over two. I shave only 3-4 days a week, so I use about one razor a month. Oh, and I use cream hair conditioner instead of shaving cream; something I picked up from watching Queer Eye; it really makes a much better and cheaper shaving cream than the foamy or gel stuff.
 
2014-04-20 01:05:43 PM  
 
2014-04-20 01:05:51 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: Voiceofreason01: welp, time to bust out the strait razor

and shred my face (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1T93rJ9p-s) (NSFW and violent link)

change1211: Or just use an electric razor, they're far less terrible to use.

and look like a bum


That video is blocked in my country something something copyright grounds. Was it some kind of advertising or was it a review? I wanted to see some gore, man
 
2014-04-20 01:06:34 PM  
What a terrible idea.  That reminds me of all those ridiculous products you see advertised on TV.  If you really think that'll solve whatever problem you're having with your shave, then you're a damn fool.

I've been saying for years that it's more profitable to pay marketing people to convince the customer that a product is superb and necessary than it is pay engineers to actually come up with a product that says those things on its own.
 
2014-04-20 01:06:52 PM  
So... seven blades?
 
2014-04-20 01:07:40 PM  
"Little tiny hairs...growin' outta my face!"

/not obscure
 
2014-04-20 01:07:55 PM  
I haven't shaved my face in more than 15 years.

/problem solved....
 
2014-04-20 01:09:00 PM  
The last thing I need when I'm half asleep is a razor that swivels. I'd probably end up needing a tourniquet for my neck. This might cause problems when I'm driving to work.
 
2014-04-20 01:09:00 PM  
Eh. I just buy the one that on sale.

/shrug
 
2014-04-20 01:09:37 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-04-20 01:09:54 PM  
I use a rechargeable electric razor, that was probably $50-$80 two years ago and still works great.    Why is there a blade industry at all anymore?
 
2014-04-20 01:10:51 PM  
I inherited my granpa's old double edge razor and one day threw a blade in it to see how it did. Been using it ever since.
 
2014-04-20 01:11:27 PM  
Mark my words. Favorite me, favorite this thread. Bookmark it. Do whatever you have to do to scorch my prescient words.

Within the next decade, maybe two, the disposable razor industry will have its come to Jesus moment. There will be a strong push towards simplicity and a return to basic 1 or 2 blade disposable safety razors. No batteries. No swivel heads. No moisture strips. One or two blades. Minimalist design.

The ads will mock the 8 blade razors of tomorrow, with the major players acting like they weren't the ones responsible for blade inflation, pretending that they are the innovators, and marking up the price of the simple designs as if it somehow costs more to manufacture less.

But alas, the insanity will have stopped. Well, it will have turned its fickle eyes towards other arms race products with ridiculous, meaningless specifications in the name of sounding better without actually producing any additional value. But I won't spoil that one for you. You'll just have to experience it for yourselves.
 
2014-04-20 01:12:15 PM  

ajgeek: This isn't Ameican Ingenuity. This is some farking moron giving another farking moron with a business degree oversight of an engineering team.

/Simpsons did it.


The problem is this constant urge to "improve" things, even after the point where they work just fine. At a certain point, things actually get stupid and less useful. But the "progress" must go on. . . .

See also: "smart" TVs that switch the input source when you simply want to get a DVD out of the player, "smart" cars that second-guess when your wipers should be on or your lights dimmed, etc.

Or, you know, Windows 8.
 
2014-04-20 01:12:23 PM  

What. The. Fark?


Honestly, Gillette, if I didn't know any better, I'd almost assume that you were pulling this kind of shiat specifically to drive people away from such silly-ass products. Even The Onion can't mock you any more than you mock yourselves, and that's saying something.

Gig103: Even better than Dollar Shave Club is buying a DE safety razor. They're $30 or less online, and blades go from $0.08-$0.30 each if you buy in bulk. The shave is closer than a cartridge, too, in my experience.


Cannot be stated strongly enough. I use a Merkur Classic, and I buy Astra Superior Platinum blades in boxes of 100. About 10 cents or so a blade, each of which lasts for about a week of daily wet shaves. Gillette's ridiculous pricing, and the industry's assiduous greed in chasing those prices, drove me back to DE safety razors, and I haven't regretted it.

If you're worried about disposal, here's a simple solution. Buy something in a metal can with a resealable plastic cover - I prefer wasabi peas. Once empty, cut a rectangular slit in the top of the cover, and you have a recyclable, metal container that you can drop into a recycle bin once it's full. Keep it under your sink, change your blade once a week, and you're good to go. Takes a couple of years to fill one can.
 
2014-04-20 01:14:06 PM  

Rhypskallion: I use a rechargeable electric razor, that was probably $50-$80 two years ago and still works great.    Why is there a blade industry at all anymore?


Electric razors take longer to use.  I can shave my face in less than 30 seconds with a replaceable cartridge razor.
 
2014-04-20 01:14:57 PM  
collectorsfrenzy.com
 
2014-04-20 01:15:05 PM  
One of the best things I ever read was some snark calling something a "marketing breakthrough."
 
2014-04-20 01:15:12 PM  

rnatalie: Dollar Shave Club is cheap, too bad their products sucks ass.   I've had countless of their cartridges self destruct during use including a couple that fell apart just extracting them from the package.     I gave up and cancelled and went back to the Fusion blades.    At COSTCO it isn't too bad.

The Fusion styler is actually one of the better things they came up with (if you ignore the idiotic razor blade adapter for it and just use the trimmer part).


The Costco brand razors wouldn't get me through a single shave, even after only a day of growth.  The DSC middle-of-the-road one works quite well for me, though.  Although I did have one that got "stuck" on the handle, and I had to apply a shiatton of force to remove it.  So far, so good.  And their shave butter works quite well, too.
 
2014-04-20 01:15:19 PM  
Double-edged safety razor convert here. I never did spend much on the disposables before, opting for whatever the cheapest option was, but after I bought a couple of really nice, heavy-duty antique razor handles for about $8 each and 100+ blades for about $15, I was sold. I don't think I'll spend another dime on razor hardware for the next two years at the frequency with which I shave, and although the process is a little more time-consuming and the risk of nicking is a bit higher, I've found the whole experience of shaving this way has become more pleasurable.

Telling the companies in the obscene cartridge racket to fark off is just an added bonus.
 
2014-04-20 01:15:20 PM  
I use a mach 3. I only shave every other day, opting for the shadow look half the time. If you blow really hard on the blades, to dry them off after use, they last forI months. use 5 or 6 cartridges per year, so it really isn't worth buying a new razor to save $15 per year. How often are people switchingWtf bladeEtc?
 
2014-04-20 01:15:26 PM  
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2014-04-20 01:16:28 PM  

Rhypskallion: I use a rechargeable electric razor, that was probably $50-$80 two years ago and still works great.    Why is there a blade industry at all anymore?


Because most of us a) want our face to actually be smooth after shaving b) don't like the sensation of having the hairs pulled out by scalding hot steel whirligigs.
 
2014-04-20 01:17:05 PM  

LazyMedia: I buy the disposable Gillette Sensor 3. There was a huge increase in comfort when they went to twin blades, a noticeable increase when the Sensor came out with independently floating blades, and a marginal increase in three blades over two. I shave only 3-4 days a week, so I use about one razor a month. Oh, and I use cream hair conditioner instead of shaving cream; something I picked up from watching Queer Eye; it really makes a much better and cheaper shaving cream than the foamy or gel stuff.


Shave oil works just as well, gives you about as many shaves, and usually has additional oils to soothe the skin without being comedogenic. Plus, the bottles are tiny (you only need a few drops for a full shave.) I typically use either King of Shaves AlphaOil (the menthol variety, when I can get it,) or Somersets Shaving Oil.
 
2014-04-20 01:18:00 PM  
Hell, I can't tell you what name brand I use.  It's the disposable blue ones with a moisture strip.  My wife buys them in the bulk size at the warehouse store once a year.

Damn things work just fine, and I'm a daily shaver.
 
2014-04-20 01:18:48 PM  

FormlessOne: What. The. Fark?
Honestly, Gillette, if I didn't know any better, I'd almost assume that you were pulling this kind of shiat specifically to drive people away from such silly-ass products. Even The Onion can't mock you any more than you mock yourselves, and that's saying something.

Gig103: Even better than Dollar Shave Club is buying a DE safety razor. They're $30 or less online, and blades go from $0.08-$0.30 each if you buy in bulk. The shave is closer than a cartridge, too, in my experience.

Cannot be stated strongly enough. I use a Merkur Classic, and I buy Astra Superior Platinum blades in boxes of 100. About 10 cents or so a blade, each of which lasts for about a week of daily wet shaves. Gillette's ridiculous pricing, and the industry's assiduous greed in chasing those prices, drove me back to DE safety razors, and I haven't regretted it.

If you're worried about disposal, here's a simple solution. Buy something in a metal can with a resealable plastic cover - I prefer wasabi peas. Once empty, cut a rectangular slit in the top of the cover, and you have a recyclable, metal container that you can drop into a recycle bin once it's full. Keep it under your sink, change your blade once a week, and you're good to go. Takes a couple of years to fill one can.


Or go the real old-timey route and cut a slit in the back of your metal medicine cabinet. Most of the old houses I lived in after college had those, with the slit labeled for razor disposal. After a few decades, there's probably a huge pile of rusting razor blades in the wall cavity.
 
2014-04-20 01:20:27 PM  
For all you people preaching Dollar Shave Club, you can buy the razors from the same place they do: www.dorcousa.com

DSC buys them from Dorco and repackages them. But then yourself for even cheaper.
 
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