A Gentleman’s Grooming Tools

I’ve come to realise something interesting over the last 18 months or so.   I happened to mention it in conversation at work today and several other people agreed with my realisation, even though they only realised when I pointed it out.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide

I am referring to the quality of Mans Shaving Razors currently available.

For many years I have (in hindsight foolishly) fallen for the marketing hype, and persistently bought Gillette Razors.  After all, they are “The Best a man can get”, right?   My Father always used to use Gillette, and to start with I tended to follow suit.

I’m not sure why, but at some point I picked up a pack of Wilkinson Sword blades, probably on offer somewhere or other, and have been using them for quite some time (since Jan/Feb if not earlier) perfectly happily and without issue.

I’ve recently needed to stock up on blades, so I picked up Gillette once again, wincing as usual about the price!  In use I’ve now noticed something which I’d specifically not noticed with the Wilkinson Sword variety.

Wilkinson Sword Hydro Razors

I’ve noticed that I can only use the Gillette ones about twice before they are blunt enough to leave my face feeling quite sore.  The pack of four blades I bought for an obscene sum less than a month ago has just about seen all the use it’s going to, and I’ll be replacing them once again.    On reflection the pack of Eight Wilkinson Sword blades I bought in Jan/Feb has lasted me until mid June, which is significantly longer, and without such a marked decrease in shaving quality.

I don’t want to think about the price per shave I get out of the two packs respectively, but suffice it to say that I get FAR FAR better value for money out of the Wilkinson Sword ones.  Shaving quality is good with both, and while the Gillette ones might “currently” have the edge (pardon the pun) on first use, they quickly tail off in comparison.

So, I will be bying more of the Wilkinson Sword Hydro razors in the future, and deliberately staying away from the Gillette.  That is until the marketing machine convinces me otherwise and the next incarnation of the “Fusion ProGlide Ultra Extreme Power” or whatever Gillette produce next comes along and I am taken in by the marketing and convinced to give them a try!

Do you have a preferred brand of razor?  and have you noticed a similar problem with the Gillette brand ones?


Posted on July 19, 2011, in Thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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