FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 14 Posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1275 times:
I thought 3 blades was enough, Shicks' 4 blader a little ridiculous. But they've outdone themselves again. Gillette just introduced the Gillette Fusion (both in a power and non-power version).
I picked up the Power version today (slightly superior blades, or so I read in Cargo magazine). I'll pit it against my Mach III Power (which I never use the power option with. I just like the blades better).
In terms of size, the actual area where the blades lie is the same size as the Mach III. Basically, they are just spaced a lot closer together.
I'll try it out in the morning and let you know if it really is any better.
ArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3361 posts, RR: 16 Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1253 times:
I think SNL did a skit about this years ago.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I think they had 20+ blades. It was so funny how they had to explain how each blade cut EVEN CLOSER with every pass, with a few blades that just come close just to intimidate the hair.
JAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3321 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1237 times:
I've been shaving since I was about 13-14. Lately I've been shaving with an electric and then taking a shower and shaving with a Mach 3. It works pretty good. I do have to go against the grain in some spots and that can be a bit scary since you feel like your going to slice yourself but if you use lots of shaving cream you'll be fine.
I finally admit it, I hate shaving and it's such a chore. Either I shave every 2-3 days or go to school looking like a slob. If I'm lazy I'll just use my electric in the morning to make myself look presentable at least.
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NeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1198 times:
5 Blades seems like a whole bunch of overkill. I have been happily using the Mach 3 for quite some time and I like it, I tried the Quattro, didn't like it as much. I will be sticking with the Mach 3, I don't know how much closer of a shave this would give you. Seems like redundancy after the first blade anyways.
MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 15727 posts, RR: 47 Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1198 times:
Quoting FSPilot747 (Thread starter): Gillette just introduced the Gillette Fusion (both in a power and non-power version).
Where did you pick it up? I thought it wasn't even going to be "revealed to the public" until Feb 5? In any case I think Gillette has a lot of money bet on this product succeeding, even though in my uneducated opinion it seems like the Mach 3 has beat the pants off the Schick 4. I tried the latter once and barely after one shave the razor was so impossibly gummed up that I threw it out and stuck with the Mach 3 ever since...in case you cared .
FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 14 Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1092 times:
I pitted the Fusion (Turbo blades) against both the Mach 3 Turbo blades and the Gillette Sensor (old two-blade style, yes the one your dad uses).
I used the fusion optimistically, in other words, I wasn't negative when trying it out. I actually thought it was pretty cool. After I took it for a spin, however, I felt it was just ridiculous. Apparently, Gillette is hoping that the fusion will have the same success that the Mach 3 line did. It most definitely will not. There is simply too much friction with 5 blades, and I nicked myself three times (I normally don't nick myself and hardly ever more than once and that's when it's in areas around my chin). I shave extremely carefully, too, as I have sensitive skin. It's the shaving equivalent of running a lawnmower over your face. It's simply too much. The thing that gets me is that, from an article I read in Cargo, Proctel and Gamble's acquisition of Gillette was partly contingent on this product. The president of P&G tried it first, and apparently liked it.
I've used the Mach III (turbo blades, not with the power on, that's just stupid and doesn't do anything). It's trusty, and does the job, although sometimes it's slightly painful around the edges of my chin. I thought to myself, and realized that I can't ever remember my dad nicking himself and he shaves fast and against the grain (his skin's as hard as nails, though). Anyway, he uses the old Gillette Sensor 2-blade. I decided to add it to my test.
The winner of the three? >> Gillette Sensor . One of the better shaves I've had in a while. Doesn't nick or pull around my chin, and is pretty smooth. You need to add a little pressure to go against the grain (I do lightly over my chin and upper lip). No nicks. Smooth, and the blades are really springy (the Mach III blades don't have any spring feeling). And in the end of the day, it's just as close as any Mach III (depending on how you shave).
In theory, Gillette claims that "you take one stroke, it takes Three" when referring to the mach three (or five, if you're a fusion user). So really, it's all about saving time (assuming quality is equal). Dermatologists claim that anything more than two blades is just irritating for your skin.
So again, winner: Gillette Sensor. don't waste your money on the Fusion, it's just really a ridiculous product, and next thing you know, Shick'll have 6 and they'll bite back with 10. Really bad for your skin. If you're a Mach III fan, give the Sensor a try (2 blade version). It's cheaper, too. If you use it, shave slightly slow and gentle. It may take two light strokes, but you don't feel all the friction you do with 3 (or 4 or 5) blades.
JAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3321 posts, RR: 4 Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 906 times:
I used to shave with a Sensor Excel before I started using the Mach 3. The reason why my dad swears by the Mach3 is the back of it is open so you can clean the blades out throughly. The Sensor has the attachment mechanism at the back which causes you to be unable to properly clean out the blades. Then they get clogged with hair, skin or shaving cream and it doesn't shave properly.
I will not spend $10 for the Fusion razor, neither will my dad. We both use the Mach3 and buy the 26 pack of Turbo blades at Costco which between us lasts 8-12 months.
[Edited 2006-02-05 23:06:48]
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