Remember back in the day, when men shaved with a razor that had only one blade? Well, I don’t either. By the time my adolescent self had even the barest need to shave, the Gilette Sensor had already been on the market for a year or so. I have never shaved regularly using a razor with less than three blades, which always struck me as a reasonable number to have. (Clearly the marketing department at Gilette has done a good job penetrating my psyche.)
In the manner of many households, the Better Half and I have sometimes duplicated purchases for simple necessities. As a result, we’ve had various redundant razors and refill cartridges cluttering up drawers and bathroom cupboards for years. During this same period, the various razor manufacturers have increased the number of blades they put in their products; I believe they’re up to five, but may have lost track. As preposterous as five blades has always seemed to me, we ended up with a five-bladed razor at some point. (I draw the line at any straight razor that runs on batteries.) I never liked the damn thing, and found it unwieldy for tight spots like under the schnoz. In a recent fit of pique after buying the wrong kind of refill cartridges, I consigned the whole lot to the garbage can and bought a new, three-bladed razor. It seems almost quaint and old-school to me, and works just right.
So, a two-parter for this week’s Stupid Tuesday Question. 1) What is the meet and proper number of blades for a razor? Ladies, please feel free to chime in. This does not count razors wielded by others, such as at a full-service barber shop — one big-ass blade seems to work nicely there. 2) What other products hit a nice sweet spot where they had been perfected by just the right amount of tinkering, only to be ruined by going too far?