This article on MSNBC has an article about the new 5–blade razor announced by Gillette. Here’s the picture from the article:
Do we really need a 5–blade razor? I would have said that we never really needed a battery-powered 3–blade razor, but according to the article, the M3Power is “. . . is now the world's top-selling razor. “
To get more information, I went to the Gillette site and selected the Fusion Tour. It appears as though the Fusion and Fusion Power might both be released at the same time. Ok here seem to be the benefits:
- Blades are 30% closer than Mach 3 and the tight blades create a “shaving surface” that distributes force across all the blades — The first time I used a Mach 3, I cut my lip open because the blades were so sharp and tight, so if I actually try the Fusion, I’m going to be damn careful. Also, I already have a hard time getting whiskers and shaving cream out from in between the blades of my Mach 3, so I don’t know that I am looking forward to tighter blades.
- Enhanced lubricator strip — I live at high-altitude and my lubrications strips dry out in no time; I doubt that the “enhanced” means it doesn’t dry out quickly at high altitude, although I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
- Flexible comfort guard — Don’t Mach 3s already have this?
- Modern razor handle — Yes, I don’t want to get carpal tunnel from the several minutes that I spend shaving.
- Precision trimmer blade on the back to trim sideburns, etc. — I am really worried about this as I have cut myself several times when grabbing my Mach 3 at home and especially when grabbing it out of my travel kit when I’m on the road. Now, will this cause the Fusion to be classed as a weapon by the TSA?
I think that I’m just going to go buy a straight razor and strap from Shavecenter.com. Hell, I’m already using a brush, so I might as well go totally old school. Of course, I don’t think they’ll let me bring a straight razor on a plane.