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Gillette Safety Razors

I've been using Gillette safety razors ever since I begin shaving years ago. As the people  who practically invented the safety razor and marketed it for the first time way back in 1901, they do seem to recognize a little something about shaving razors and shaving products that other companies just don't get.

These days, the Gillette safety razor I am using is their Mach 3 razor. It's a little dated I guess, and there's always newer models out there like the Fusion and whatever else but I'm still extremely contented with my Mach 3. Three blades is sufficient in my opinion, and I believe a number of the newer Gillette safety razors are getting a little carried away. The fusion has five blades on one side, plus an additional single blade on the reverse side. The single blade idea is a nice touch, as you can get into those tight spaces and face crevices better.

The sole problem with Gillette safety razors is that they are all very expensive. It's not that the Gillette safety razors themselves cost too much money, it's the additional replacement blades that will end up costing you a small fortune. If you are like me and have a thick beard, you can easily go through a lot of blades every month, so the costs quickly add up.

A few years ago I believed that I could cut down the razor overheard expense costs a little by looking into some of the alternatives to the Gillette safety razor lineup. First of all, there aren't that a lot of alternatives that aren't actually owned by Gillette. Gillette is a monster of a company, owning a lot of other companies and pretty much ruling the safety razor market. I suppose this is only fair since they invented the safety razor, but they have a near monopoly on quality shaving products.

Anyway, I wound up buying a bag of cheap throw away razors made by a generic and obscure company whose name I cannot even recall now but I'm pretty sure they weren't owned by Gillette. While the blades were considerably cheaper, never in my life had shaving been more excruciating and hard. Believe me, following a week of using the cheap razors¸ a solid, well made safety razor is worth the extra money..

So even though they seem to be a little pricey, I'm pretty much a loyal fan of Gillette safety razors.  I'll probably make the plunge and try their new Fusion razor as soon as I run out of Mach 3 blades.

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