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I heard about the Azor Razor on Money Saving Expert forums in the freebies section.
A free razor was available to people who downloaded the Azor app on the iphone. So I downloaded the app and used the app to send my details for the free razor.
The Azor is made by The King of Shaves.
The razor is advertised as being a razor for men, but to me a razor is a razor and not really gender specific.
The razor has four blades and has several features -
Light sculpted handle
A cut out section between the handle and the blade in a U shape for better visability whilst shaving
A skin pre-tensioner on the handle
A reflex hinge so the razor moves and glides easily
Blade cartridge pops on and off
The razor is a little ugly looking in my opinion, but in all honesty who cares what a razor looks like!
It shaves well and I like the way the head moves around, it moves with the contours of your body - I did not cut myself once!
One thing that I am not so pleased with is the fact that the handle does not have much grip on it and i found myself holding onto the razor very tightly to stop it slipping out of my hand.
The razor costs around £5 for the handle and 1 cartridge and a pack of 5 cartridges costs around £6 so it is middle of the range in terms of price.
You can learn more about the razor at the King of Shaves website - http://www.shave.com/azor/
There is also now the Azor 5 which has 5 blades instead of 4.
I give 3 out of 5 because the razor does its job but I would much prefer a better grip and the design is ugly.
~Razors - the battle of the sexes!~
For some reason hand held razors seem to be marketed either towards women or men when you look into purchasing them, with almost nothing being on the market that is aimed at both groups, yet in todays ' hair free' rather than 'hirsute' society there seems to be no reason why anyone cannot buy many of the simply made basic hair removal razors that are on sale as they all do a similar job. I feel that if the price is right and the hair removal item of choice seems to fit the bill there is no reason not to give it a go, which is in part how I ended up with a number of the stylish yet hard to get used to Azors.
Some time ago there was a glitchy deal on in a well known store that meant you were able to pick up these King of Shaves razors for much less than their normal retail price making them hard to turn down. Somehow I came to end up with a number of Azors dotted around the home, which being a fantastic bargain buy were something I thought could be put to good use in the future. Some of the little Azor razors I bought came as part of well sized gift packs which contained a number of products from the same brand that could be used along side them, others came as travel sets that had a shaving gel and a balm as well as a razor in an easy to transport re-sealable carry pack. Even though these razors might be considered to be a mens facial care product I see no reason why women cannot use them if wanted and as such I feel they can be used by both sexes if brave enough to master the techniques needed in order to safely operate the Azor.
~What makes the Azor unique~
The handle on the Azor is very slim and well formed, with the very minimum of fuss and effort needed to grip it firmly in your hand in order to try to get used to the feel of the handle before attempting to get anywhere near the face if your are a man, or the legs if you are a lady. The top part of the Azor has a well formed shaving surface which is held within a simply formed plastic casing and is then hinged via the rather odd bendy side fixing (the living hinge!) which King Of Shaves say features their special 'Bendology Technology'. This means that once the Azor is out of the packing the shaving head is not facing upwards as it would be with any other razor, as it sits almost in line with the handle when not pressed against the skin doing its bit to rid the worlds hairy bikers and equally hairy biker birds of their unwanted and most unfashionable swathes of facial, leg, under arm, bikini and chest hair.
~Ease of use - or not!~
King Of Shaves say this odd ungainly bendy hinged feature that they have incorporated into the Azor is there as it helps to give a close, clean shave when using the razor. I feel that claim sounds fine and dandy when you see it in writing, yet in reality these razors are fiddly little devils that can be closer to methods of torture if used by the un-practised user. I have found out that using an Azor with any degree of success is an art form in itself, as when I used one of these it often cut my skin and caused some bleeding and scratching that was not very nice at all. Of course I know that Azors are not marketed as being something you can hack away at your legs with, yet my reasoning was and still is that if they are gentle enough to be used on the face to remove facial hair, they could and should be safe enough to be used in between waxing as needed in case of any random stray leg hairs that may pop up un-invited from time to time.
~Price, summary and rating~
Prices for the Azor sit at around £4.99 each in many high street stores which is not overly high considering the market they sit in, but you can purchase these direct from King Of Shaves for just £2 per pack, although when thinking about how the actual product performs when in use I feel that even £1 is more than I would want to pay for one of these as they fail on so many levels. When I bought my packs of Azors I received the razors and a number of care products in each little gift set which came from the King Of Shaves range. I feel the other products worked well and were much better when in use than the actual razor was, so my purchases were not a total loss.
In my opinion all of the types of Azor I have tried are equally as fiddly as each other and are rather ungainly and hard to handle when in use. This performance leads to poor over all results that are less good than when using a cheaper unbranded disposable razor with a normal shaving head set at an easier to use angle. I feel that the amount of cuts and nicks produced by the Azor is rather unacceptable and my feeling is that rather than the makers saying how easy these are to use, they should perhaps consider providing more information about how to safely use them than they do on their packing. In the end these seem to favour looks over performance and as such they fail to work as they should so with that in mind my rating for them is 1 star.
I have used all three razors. Firstly the black Warp, which was good, light, and easy to use giving a good shave. Then the alloy Azor M which I found a little too heavy, like using an older Gillette twin blade razor I once had 20 years ago. Then I used the sensitive S razor which had a stiffer 'bendology' compared to the black Warp. But these razors give a good shave when used with gel or cream applied with a shaving brush. This is mainly because shaving brushes give a more thorough application into the stubble, compared to merely applying gel or cream by hand.
Overall, the shape is good, with the wishbone shape enabling me to see where I am shaving - I have a styled beard and I have managed to style it better compared to using my earlier Wilkinson Sword Protector Diamond (twin blade).
I'm not too sure about having 4 blades in the cartridge though, but I have had no soreness or razor burn. I take longer to shave, no rushing or anything. But I would prefer it if there could be a two blade version, or even, if it were possible, an Azor that could be designed to take razor blades for single blade shaving. This would combine the Azor shape with traditional shaving, but may work better with a fixed head as the razor blade end might be too heavy for the bendable part.
I have not seen the King Of Shaves shaving cream sold anywhere.
The Azor razor, from King of Shaves, is more than a rival to its more established competitors and puts some of the confort and joy back into shaving. For the past few years I have used an electric battery operated razer and have found it to be irritating on my skin. i must admit that I have never heard of King of Shaves before now, but wish I had known a long time ago.
The razor is light and extremly flexible for maximum precision as well as confort. The 'living hinge' is a genious idea and once you get used to it, you wonder why you havn't used one before. It does take a while to get used to as it is very bendy but after a while you realise how ell designed it is. The lightness of the razor is pleasently surprising and takes a while to get used to, after using heavier razors for the past few years. Yet, it shaves just as close as its competitors, if not closer. The changeable blades are quick to change once you get the hang of it, and most versions come with at least 3 replacements depending on where you get it
The azor is also one of the best looking razors produced in a very long time and is very stylish. You almost don't want to shave with it.
I have been using Gillette razors (sensor, sensor excel, mach 3) for many years but I decided to go this a go after seeing it on promotion in the supermarket. £2.50 bought me the razor plus 3 blades. I had been very impressed by other King of Shaves products such as the shaving oil so I was hopeful that this would be of the same high quality.
To cut to the chase the King of Shaves razor and I did not really hit it off from the start. To begin with it is very light and the plastic handle feels cheap - very much like a throw away razor. The blades are pretty good and work well on the easier parts of the face (cheeks, neck)giving as close a shave as the Gillette models with less strokes. On the other hand they seemed to clog up and wear out more quickly than the Gillette models. Also the head is just too big to get into the hard to reach places; I simply could not get the blade to shave within 3 to 4mm of my nose. In this respect the lack of a precision blade as you would get with the Gillette fusion is a big oversight. The net result was that once I had finished shaving I would go back to the Gillette to finish off the areas under my nose and next to the corners of my mouth
Then we come onto the shave itself....for me the strangest thing is the shaving position. I just could not get used to it. With every other razor I have used there is an angle between the handle and the section with the razor blade. Usually to get the blade at the correct angle with your face you hold the handle away from your face and start shaving. Here the blade just continues in a near straight line from the handle. When you then try to shave under your nose you have to hold the handle up against your chin. The head is supposed to bend with the contours of your face but all I found was that when you try to do this it felt all wrong. Invariably the blade would spring back to its odd position and I would end up using the plastic above the blades rather than the blades themselves
I have owned my Azor for a long while I recieved it to test as it was very new when I got it. I think I sent a text after seeing a promotion in a newspaper and I have to admit that Gillette may have to relinquish some of their market dominance. The razor is extrememly light, which at first seems strange and I was questioning as to whether it was doing the job. I did prefer something more substantial to hold, but there are no comprimises with regards to quality of shave. The blades are easy to change and are somewhat cheaper than other competitors' blades which makes a change. I think the cost of blades is ridiculous, whensets are on offer it can even be cheaper to buy the whole razor than a new set of blades! Once you get used to just how light the razor is, you can feel the shave much more.
The only downside I would say is that there is no finishing blade, no blade to allow you to detail sideburns etc. With other brands, you can control them in such a way that you can manage this with disposable blades, but unfortunaterly this razor isnt quite upto the job of detailing. Overall, it is definately a viable option because of the running cost and quality of the product. What I would say, though. is that Gillette will continue to supply the best razors out there, with their chunky handle and sustantial blades.
I have been using the King of Shaves Azor now for about 3 months and could not be happier with it.
In the past I have used othe razors such as Gillete Fusion and Wilkinson Quattro, but as a regular shaver (on average 6 times per week) i found the high price of the cartridges was off-putting.
The Azor has a very light handle and I find it just the right size as well so it fits in my hand well. Replacement cartridges are cheap and are easily available in pretty much all health and beauty stores.
The cartridges have a very simple clip-in system which I believe is superior to Gillete's, in that it doesn't have tiny little buttons that need to be depressed. The storage is very clever as well, and you can easily keep the razor in the same holder as your spare blades when you aren't using it.
I seem to get a much closer shave from this razor than I did with either of the competitors, so I would have to say that the blades themselves are of a higher standard. Admittedly, they dont keep their edge as long as the Gillete or Wilkinson blades, but because they are much cheaper this isn't really an issue.
Literally the only fault I can find with this razor is that it is possible to clip the cartridge onto the handle the wrong way up, which could potentially be quite dangerous. I'm sure that everybody would agree though that this is highly unlikely (and perhaps if you do manage this, then you deserve to cut yourself!)
I recieved the azor razor and a pack of blades as a present a few month ago, i already knew the brand as i used the oil and gel but was put off by the price and type as i tend to go for a disposable rather then cartridge.
I always shave in the shower using oil and gel (king of shaves now) so i preceded as normal using my new Azor and cut myself to bits! got out of the shower telling my partner i would never use that razor again!
But being the careful (with money) kind of man i am i thought i better use up what i had as they are expensive.
I then read the instruction leaflet and continued using the razor over and over again, and i am still using it now.
Firstly it is very diferent in shape and how its used to other razors so please read the leaflet or check out the website before you use it then make sure you give it a week or two for getting used to it.
Once your used to it it's very easy and comfotable to hold and the cleanest shave from the sharpes blade i have ever used .
I cant say how many shaves i get from each blade as i have not counted but it easily outlasts all it's compatition so even at the RRP it is economical.
The blades are not the easiest to change and i have still not got used to it but a quick fiddle about soon sorts it out, other then that the only bad piont i have is the head is to large to get the bit under your nose, i hope they put 1 blade on the back like another manufacturer has but in the meantime i keep a Bic handy to do that bit, i know that sounds a bit of a pain but the Azor is that good it's worth it.
Buy it and give it a chance i think you will love it.
my husband uses this razor and he loves it he says it is the best razor he has ever used , and he has used a lot of the recent main brands as he has sensitive skin and they all would make his skin sore after use but this one he can use as many times as he likes and he never gets sore or gets a rash from it , he says the blades last a lot longer than the leading brands and are cheaper by far , the rest of the range of king of shaves is brilliant too as he uses the oil at times too ,
i can definatly see a different in his skin since he started using this razor he always seems to look clean shaven now as there is no rash or soreness , he has said he wouldnt change this brand for anything and looking at his skin i can see why ,
mind you i have used this razor on my legs and i can see why he likes it it makes my legs very smooth for a long time and i have never cut myself or nicked myself as i have with other razors ,
I was really happy with my gilette M3 razor and wasn't intending to switch brands. That was until I saw the King of Shaves Azor on the shelf. I'd used King of Shaves products before (mainly their shaving oils) and was very happy so I knew that the product would probably be pretty good.
I'm very pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed! It took me a while to get used to shaving with this razor (I'd say 2-3 shaves until I felt totally comfortable with it) but even on the first shave I was convinced that I would be sticking with it. Why? Well firstly because it looks so cool! It makes shaving fun! Secondly because I just think that it gives a closer shave than my old Gilette M3 did and it's much cheaper.
All in all I'm very happy with this product but if you intend to buy make sure you allow a little time to get used to the Azor.
Rather unusually for this type of purchase, the thing that first attracted me to the King Of Shaves - Azor razor, was the price of the replacement blade cartridges. My ususal Gillette Razor the M3 Power, (which im in all honesty fairly satisfied with other than cost of blades), cost around £1.95 per blade, and the Azor's come in at around £1.22 per blade. Which is quite a considerable price difference.
That, and the fact the Azor head unit im reviewing here (with 3 blades) cost only £4.88 (at time of writing) made this package seem an absolute bargain.
I have to admit, that I was slightly nervous making this purchase, my only other experience of King Of Shaves, has been with the shave gels and oils, and not all of those have agreed with me. However the Azor shave gel, (the black one) did seem to work best for me, so I was hoping that using it in combination with the Azor razor as recommended (obviously I suppose) would be a winning one.
Well its actually very cleverly packaged, and marketed in my opinion. It looks pretty sophisticated in it's black colour scheme, and the design of the head part of the razor looks quite innovative and impressive with its sweeping arch. Pinnafarina would probably be proud of those design lines.
However, this illusion of quality and sophistication, soon vanished when I opened the packet.
OK, I absolutely hate over packaging, its a real bug bear of mine in fact. This however, was just far too minimal it lead to a huge anti-climax.
After opening the flimsy package, the whole Azor excitement wore thin immediately. I was just left holding a flimsy looking, razor. It just didn't have the quality or solid feel that something like a Gillette or Wilkinson Sword razor has. Also hello King Of Shaves, what am I supposed to do with the razor when im done shaving with it? Gillette provide a nice stand for their Razors, as do most of the others. What exactly did King Of Shaves provide? Absolutely nothing. Ziltch. A big Zero!
The next disappointment came with the blade cartridge. Now I am used to a very cleverly designed unit, which would allow me to change cartridge blades easily, maybe even with wet hands. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Azor razor is definitely not that beast. Its quite a fiddly, preposterous hit-an-miss affair. You have to somehow press down on a flimsy plastic node, whilst maneuvering with your other hand, the cartridge out and away from the head unit, all without slicing your fingers open on the blade.
Well I managed it, but not what I would call well designed or a slick operation.
--Shaving with the Azor--
As most Razors do, the manufacturers kindly provide a written instruction on how to shave, and how to change the cartridge blades (although that bit is unclear).
An apparently the word "wetted" exists. "Make sure the beard is wetted well" or words to that affect. Oh well, live and learn I do.
The instructions also give out the usual, useful, but pointless advice of :
- Do not shave first thing in the morning.
When do they expect me to shave? at night? mid-morning? Do they expect me to come home from work and shave, because we can't first thing?
Personally I also, always ignore the shave with the grain advice. Although you do risk increasing any irritation, shaving against the grain does improve the end result.
Anyway, aside from my petty complaints and gripes, this razor actually does perform well. Actually not just well, its pretty damm good. Although it feels cheap in the hand, it does actually glide beautifully and effortlessly.
Its very comfortable to hold, its easily rinsed clean while shaving, and even on the "with the grain" strokes, it was noticeably biting into the stubble growth and leaving a smooth finish. Five or so minutes passed, and I still had no appearance of red or sore skin, despite shaving against the grain.
I used the cartridge blade about 5 times, before swapping over to a new one. I expect though I could have got a few more comfortable shaves out of it. An certainly if you do not have thick stubble, you could be looking at as many 8-10 shaves from each blade.
All in all I was quite impressed with its performance.
This is probably not the best razor in the world, in terms of the effort which has gone into designing the attachment for the cartridge blades. It is definitely a "must do better" verdict.
Also its fair to say, it does feel like a cheap razor, and it does not come with any kind of stand for keeping it out of harms way.
However, it does do a job, and it is great value. In my opinion with a few design tweaks this would be a serious contender, and would live up to its manufacturer's name of the "King Of Shaves".
****UPDATED 4 WEEKS LATER!!!****
Since I have now been using these for over a month, I felt an update was in order. Actually alot of my earlier miss-givings have gone. I have got used to the flimsy feel, I actually now appreciate the light weight design.
The blades are easily changed, if you "click" them in straight from the cartridge holder. Still fiddly if you man handle them in, as I was trying. However, still slightly an imperfect design in my view. It is usable though, and easy to become accustomed too.
The most impressive feature though, and has resulted in me changing this to a 5 STAR rating, is the blades durability. I initially was changing blades after about 5-8 usages, what a mistake! I have found I can comfortably use them for at little over two weeks, which is over 12 shaves!
Given that these are also cheaper than Gillette blades which I previously used, AND last longer, these are outstanding!!!!
I am a girl and I love this razor.
I bought this as I had got sick of my old one and decided I needed something new. What initially attracted me was the fact that it seemed a bit cheaper than the others, then I looked more closely and noticed that It came with three blade cartridges instead of the usual one or two you get from other stingier shaving companies. I also noticed that it said minimal packaging, which I was quite impressed with as I always think that companies could produce a far better product if they wasted less on the packaging.
When I first got it back and took it out of the package I thought it looked very sleek - but it also reminded me of a toothbrush - the way that it's moulded with the grip part in it - this allows the razor to bend slightly when you use it.
When using razors I want one thats not going to slip and give me a cut, and alough the design is sleek, I actually found it really easy to grip, and have not slipped once. I like the fact that the sleekness means there is nowhere for bits of shaving gel or foam to get caught so it's really easy to clean too.
At the part of the hadle where the blade attatches there is a rubber bit that grips the hairs a bit to get them into the right position for a close shave.
The blade cartridges have 4 very sharp blades and a moisture strip, they do the job well.
Overall, I think it is excellent value for money, you get a nice close shave - I use it on bikini line /area, underarms and legs, with perfect results. And for that I don't mind if it's not pink!
Like me, I'm sure that most men will agree that when you find the right combination of razor and shaving cream, you don't deviate for love nor money. My facial skin isn't what I'd call super-sensitive, but for years, if I ever deviated away from the combination of a Gillette razor and the Gillette sensitive shaving gel, there would be hell on (translated as spots and stubble burn.) Earlier this year, disaster struck when Gillette decided to revamp its range of foams and gels, leaving me without my regular shaving gel and, worse still, my skin seemed to hate all the replacement versions. I quickly concluded, therefore, that if my loyalty to the brand were to go unrewarded then it would cease.
King of Shaves is increasingly becoming a significant competitor for Gillette. The company has been around since 1993, and in that time has grown a strong brand presence, focusing on technology and simplicity in its products, without the multi-million pound advertising presence that seems to keep David Beckham in new underpants. They sell products for both men and women and you can find them in most supermarkets and high street chemists.
Azor is the newest razor from King of Shaves. The Azor razor has won a number of awards, notably Best Buy in the April 2009 report in Which? I had seen advertisements in London's free men's weekly, Shortlist (where it also won an award) and eventually tracked it down in Waitrose after I finished with Gillette.
There are four key claims made by King of Shaves about this razor, which, having now used it for several months, I have mixed feelings about.
The design is intended to make the razor very light and easy to handle. It has a simple, ergonomic grip that sits comfortably in your hand regardless of whether you are shaving in the bath, the shower or in front of the basin. I'd definitely agree that this is the case. I was astounded at how light this razor was in comparison to the Gillette system and I loved the styling. It's very sleek and eye-catching, almost like a designer brand item and it's very easy to handle.
The razor has four coated blades that allegedly stay sharper for longer, reducing the amount of times that you have to change them, saving time and money. I can't say that I've seen strong evidence of this. I would previously have made one Gillette head last maybe six or seven shaves. With the Azor, I'm finding that the sharpness just isn't there after three or four uses and I'm swapping them out very frequently. When the blade is brand-new, the closeness and comfort of the shave is excellent, but after a couple of uses, the razor becomes noticeably blunter and it takes longer to get the desired result.
The unique 'reflex hinge' of the head is supposed to bend and flex with every contour of your face, providing a close, safe shave. This works pretty well on the easy, larger areas of your face, such as your cheeks and the main part of your neck. But it's not a terribly good design for those 'hard to reach' places. I find that, for example, the area around my jaw line takes some patience and precision to get properly shaved and even then, I'll still occasionally find little patches of rogue stubble after I've shaved and showered. The area immediately below my nostrils is also a bit of a bugger and I miss the precision of the additional blade fitted to the back of the Gillette Fusion that helped shave in these places. You CAN press hard on this razor without injuring yourself but in reality, you sometimes find yourself pressing really hard and still not catching the little bits you missed before. There is, in fairness, an element of technique here. If your skin is well-prepared with a scrub, along with very hot water and a good shaving product, the razor performs far better than a rushed job - but the same is true of all such products.
Finally, the razor advertises a protective rubber bumper that sweeps across your face, lifting hairs and (apparently) making it easier to have a close shave, without nicks and cuts and without leading to in-growing hairs. I can say that I haven't once cut myself with this razor, but the claims about in-growing hairs are hard to accept or refute because I've never really suffered with this. I do still suffer from some stubble burn, but seem to have minimised this with a good selection of pre and post-shave products. For shaving, for example, I use the King of Shaves Alphagel, which seems to do a pretty good job, though needs to be used sparingly or your face becomes too slick for the razor to perform fully. I found the Alphagel Shave Oil almost entirely worthless, with nowhere near enough lubrication to help cut the hairs on my face and when using the oil, I suffered with the worst stubble burn I have ever known.
I've yet to get the knack of changing the blades. The 'plug and click' method that was so easy with Gillette razors doesn't seem to work here (regardless of what it says on the leaflet) and you have to pull open a little rubber cage in order to pop the blade into place. The blades are about the size and width of the Gillette Fusion blade but significantly cheaper at around £5 for four. The little plastic case that is used to hold the replacement blades can also be used to store the razor, and this system in general is far less wasteful on packaging compared to Gillette. The retail pack is packaged partly in cardboard, which can be recycled, and then the little plastic unit for the blades and is far more minimalistic.
All in, I have mixed feelings about the Azor system. The price is favourable compared to the market leaders and the design is stylish and simplistic. The quality of shave, however, is a little too variable for me and whilst this is partly dependant on a combination of factors, it is noticeably more dependant on taking lots of time and attention. Gillette Fusion was expensive, but you could literally whizz it around your face in no time at all. I can't honestly say that I've had a really, really good shave since moving on to the Azor, but the combination of this razor and the KOS shave gel seems to be the best compromise that I've been able to find since Gillette changed its product recipe.
I haven't written a review for a product like this and it's not exactly something to get excited about right? It's just a razor? But this product has inspired me to write a review.
You can't see it very well from the picture but it is a different shape to a normal razor, it has a longer arm part so the blade is easier to control. The blade is designed so that it bends slightly. Kings of shave describe this as a 'reflex hinge'. It allows the head of the razor to bend and flex this makes it really easy to shave with.
My boyfriend and I both have these razors. I use mine to shave my legs and as I have back problems have found that the design makes it easier to reach my ankles and much easier to shave. Rather than with normal razors where I have to stretch. Obviously I can't comment on shaving for men but my boyfriend says this razor is good as it has soft rubber piece which lifts the hairs and does not allow you to press too hard which results in cuts.
The handle is light and has very good grip so even when wet if you are in the bath or shower it is easy to keep hold of.
I bought mine from Tesco for £4.88. It comes in either black or white with 3 cartridges. When you run out the extra cartridges cost £4.88 for 4. In the packet with the razor you also get a £1 off voucher for your next purchase of cartridges.
According to the Kings of shave website the Mail on Sunday give this razor 5 stars and so do I. A brilliant shave!
Touch Skin Technology Reflex Living Hinge presses blades firmly yet comfortably onto skin for a super close shave /