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Glad it slices my hair, not my face
, 16 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Gillette Fusion Manual Razor Blades Pack of 8 (Grocery)
My hair is thick and like steel wool, so shaving can be a painful dragging experience. I started using the fusion blades around two years ago and my first reaction was that having 5 blades is a surprising yet significant improvement on 3 blades of the M3. The tug on individual hairs feels less as the pulling force on the hairs is more distributed across the larger razor surface, I get fewer cuts due to this, I used to get on average around 7 cuts per shave, now its down to 1-3 each shave shaving every other day, that may still not sound good but is a big improvement for me.
I started with the fusion power razor but eventually never bothered to replace the battery as it wasn't doing that much for me having the razor vibrate (or emitting strange and wonderful waves of energy as the advert would have you believe, its just vibration!). Note that these ordinary fusion blades (not power blades) will still fit your fusion power razor! You are not tied down to use the more expensive fusion power blades with your fusion power razor as Gillette would have you believe. The standard fusion blades work perfectly well, vibration or no vibration.
The single blade for fine trimming is useless for me. I require this 5 bladed razor as it can make better work of my thicker hair, so trying to use the one blade is not useful, it cannot cut sideburns and in fact it rarely actually even catches a hair to be able to cut it, as if its too retracted into the shaver case and not able to get a good reach into a piece of hair. I guess it may work if you have thinner softer hair but then buying a five bladed top end razor seems like bit of a contradiction.
The blades actually wash surprisingly easily considering it has 5 blades close together. Over time it does clog up a bit more which suggests it has a coating that gradually wears down. I've managed to make each blade last me for about 2 months which then makes the expensive initial cost of these blades seem less prominent. While it is not as clean a shave as when you first take out a new one, it still lasts surprisingly long, retaining its ability to cut without an uneven pulling on the hair as a blunt blade may give.
Overall it's the best blade surface I've found to date, well until all the blade R&D around the world culminates in the giant leap forward for facekind of having 6 blades instead of 5!
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