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To my horror not only have I for the first time in my life submitted an on-line opinion, but the Schick version of this brilliant razor (same razor & blades, different package) has been taken off the market in the USA and I'm having to import them. A bit disappointing that you can pick them up off any supermarket shelf in Peru, but not in the consumer capital of the world. No cuts, close shave, almost perfect. If anyone knows a good on-line retailer that sells these please let me know.
Just bought this yesterday. Why did no one ever tell me? Amazing. I must have quite sensitive skin I suppose cause ever since I started shaving, 12 years ago, I end up with this red inlfamed chin that burnt for the rest of the day. It would only be the next day before I could touch my chin again. My job requires a clean shave and a tie(yuck). But I resisted. For the last ten years I have been shaving every other day. I started with the original Gillette. Moved on to the Gillette Excel when that came out. This sometimes gave a closer shave but still burnt the hell out of my skin and i was cutting it on an average of 2-3 times per shave. Next came the Gillette Mach III. This gave even a smoother face, but a more burnt one at that with chunks of skin that have been gauged out as if in testomony that it is the razor of them all!! So I went back to the Gillette Excel. Yes, there was burning. Yes there was blood everytime. But at least it was not as bad as the Mach III. The day before yesterday, I was getting some groceries in Sainsburys, one hand holding the shopping basket, the other a piece of tissue to the crater left by the gillette excel on the right side of my chin. I remembered I needed more razor blades. But they had ran out of the ones I needed and I was standing there trying to figure what to do when a thought occured to me. This does not happen very often by the way but anyways...I thought (with great concentration) why Gillette? Why not try something else. There, hanging just to the left of the 'out of stock' marker for all the gillettes I saw it. It was gleaming at me all yellow and shiny. I introduce to you the Wilkinson Sword Diamond sumthin...blah...blah... I read something about protector wires on the blades and as I dabbed at my still bleeding chin, I thought why not. In-depth description (if your into that!) ========================================== £4.
99. Comes with two blades. Nice Packaging with a blue base and a clear plastic flip-top (if you keep that sort of thang). The handle is made of a top plastic coating (mine is yellow but aparrently you can get other colours) and the other part that your fingers grip is made of black rubber with great unslippary grip. The blades themselves swivel in two directions. So I suppose combined, you could call it 3D! It has two blades on the head which are covered with very fine vertical wires. there is also two horizontal strips. A yellow one which is spongy and helps to strech the skin for the blades to pull on the hairs. When shaving, this is the first part of the head that makes contact with your skin, followed by the blades and then a blue horizontal strip which feels oily and aparrently contains aloe vera and vit E!! Yeah.....please. Anyway.....I tried it today for the first time and guess what, the smoothest shave I have ever had (yeah, ok, you guessed it...gosh, I raved about it enough!!). No bumpy red skin. No cuts and blood. No burning. The blades glided easily over the skin and it took two strokes over the same area compared with three or for using the gillette. Easy to rinse after and it stays gleaming with no dried up shaving foam residue. It doesn't even feel like I shaved at all today apart from the fact that my chin is difinitly smoother. So for those of you who are Mach III users, what do you have for skin....sand paper??? Or am I a freak. Well in either case...I am finally OK with the shaving thing... I hope you agree...Enjoy Amigos.
I apologise beforehand for jumping into the mans world of razors..... But I just had to share my disgust for what I term as almost the worst razor I have ever tried. I periodically end up nicking my other half?s razors from his basket in the bathroom, and up till now I was satisfied with the effectiveness of the Gillette Mach3 he was using. (But that will be another op). This time there was a newcomer lurking in the depths. The usual brand that I buy for him was not in stock, so he ended up settling for Wilkinson Sword. In a snazzy blue / yellow combination, the Wilkinson Sword Protection 3D Diamond razor (mouthful) looked rather professional. Retailing at £2.38 for the razor plus two extra blades at most supermarkets and chemists, it seemed a reasonable price for what you were getting. Worth a try we thought. What Wilkinson Sword Protection 3D Diamond razors offer: *Alpha Diamond coated blades. *3D Action. *Ultra thin Protection wires. *Protector stand for storage and travelling. *Razor and two blades. Once the packaging is dispensed with, the razor itself is a bright yellow, with a rubber-like easy-grip handle. Easy to hold and use. Its protector stand is a clear Perspex-type plastic hood that tips back as you lift the razor. It also enables you to stand the razor on its handle, resting the neck on the hood. The spare blades are housed in a little flip top box tucked into the back of the stand, allowing for disposal of substituted blades. *Alpha diamond coated blades: This apparently makes them ultra tough and blunt-resistant. Ensuring a close and effective shave. *3D action: 1D is the backward / forward swivel action of the head. 2D is the slight side-to-side motion of the blades themselves. Meant for careful contour areas. 3D is the description of the ultra-thin protector wires, ten in all. These supposedly prevent you slashing your face to ribbons.
They sit over the actual blades themselves in a vertical fashion. The razor also has the standard lubra-strips to help reduce shaving burns and aid the razor glide over your face. Right, once the general description is over and done with, I shall proceed to tell you exactly why I would never buy them again or recommend them to anyone. Once my other half had emerged from the bathroom with blood and loo paper on his face in various places, I knew something wasn?t right. With Gillette Mach3 razors this has never happened. I have used them myself and really think they are the best ones on the market. He had shaved as usual; applying foam and off you go. His verdict on them was that they are almost clumsy to use, not a flexible shave at all, and didn?t give him the confidence for a close shave. Also the ultra-thin protector wires had created a lot of friction burn. Never again he vowed. A few days later I decided I needed a little less winter fur on my legs and spotted them. I applied shaving foam to my legs and struck out with the Wilkinson Sword razor. Halfway up my shins I thought that they weren?t all that bad, so carried on. I was wrong. Soon I was bleeding from several areas, and threw it back in disgust! My verdict was similar to my other half?s one. They suck! I hadn?t achieved a close shave at all, I could still feel stubble, and I also had friction burn, plus loo paper stuck in strategic places. Summary: a waste of money on a product that could actually be termed as dangerous, or at the least useless. We will be sticking to Gillette?s Mach3 in future; even if Wilkinson comes up with a newer razor I would be loath to try it. I will use own-brand disposables before Wilkinson Sword Protector3D Diamond. For more information on this and other Wilkinson products visit: www.wilkinson-sword.com
Mind you, the pills are helping.... So, on to the razor. A man with no razor blades is truely a man in trouble, the fear of being refused credit with the bank and the horrors of the repayment plans for the HUGELY OUTRAGEOUS PRICES charged for them are not pleasant things to go through. Imagine my joy and elation when, on a reluctant shopping trip to Wood Green (suffering Dorothy Perkins, New Look and a range of local shoe shops) we stumbled into Superdrug and saw a FREE Wilkinson Sword Protector 3D when you buy a set of 4 blades for £2.99. Snapped it up, I did (don't you just love Yoda speak?). When it comes to shaving I'm not exactly dilligent, as much as 2 weeks can go by without a blade coming close to my face and I need to have something pretty heavy-duty to do the job. The Protector 3D more then reached expectations. The Look: --------- We've all seen razors, the standard design applies here - stick thing with a couple of blades in plastic on the top, the difference with this one is the little (tiny in fact) wires over the blades (the protector bit) and the exagerated curves on the stick bit. YELLOW! Hurrah, the most colourful razor I've ever owned! Other colours are also available (even team colours for your footy fans!). The Use of the razor: --------------------- This is obviously the most important part of it all, what's the point of having a lovely looking thing sat in your toiletry bag which rips your face to shreds every time it's used? There are no such problems with this one, easy glide (one of Gillette's tag lines? Sounds like it) strips on the razor head makle for, ahem... easy gliding over your face. I was a little worried about the protecting wires, thought they'd dig in or something, but they turned out to be completely unnoticable and I managed to not knick nyself even once! Loo roll and my face are very familiar w
ith each other after a shave. It fits nicely into the hand, the head moves well over the contours of the chin and it gives a good clean shave. Can't fault it at all on ease of use. Overall: -------- Well there was a lot of hype about these razors when they first came out, a lot of the clashing swords and macho-man feeling well protected behing his metal bars types of advert on the TV. For me, however, I was happy with my Gillettes, never a problem, always used them (habit more than anything else I think - and I got my first razor as a stocking filler, Gillette Sensor), why bother to change? Only the offer of a freebie with cheap blades got me to change - choice of a fiver for 5 with the Gillette or £2.99 for 4 with the Wilkinson Sword, no contest really. I've been really happy with this razor, if you've got the chance of nipping into Superdrug, have a look. Good shave, nice looking and it woul't break the bank.
When it comes to razor blades, you have a choice of 10 own brand twin swivel blades for 99p, or a packet of 4 blades in a shiny box for £5. The features on the own brand blades are the same that people were paying a premium price for 10 years ago, so I have to work hard to justify spending more money on shinier stuff. At the moment, I'm using Wilkinson Sword Diamond Protector blades. Partly this is because I read about the technology when they were being introduced and it sounded interesting. Partly its because Savers is selling a handle and six blades for £3.99, which is merely expensive, rather than extortionate. The Gillette Mach 3 blades seem to be _always_ expensive, and they do seem to be have more successful marketing. The WSDP blades seem to last a couple of weeks and give a reasonable shave. I've never been bothered to do a scientific test to see how much they are better than the cheaper solutions.
I use Protector razors as I have small moles on my face, one or two of which are in awkward places on the jawline, and are a bit raised. I also have a largish flat mole on my cheek (now close your eyes, and imagine this face with hazel eyes and a sarcastic grin - you now have no idea what I look like). The protector, designed to minimise nicks and cuts has been my choice for years now. From the outset, I felt that it did exactly what it said, no more, no less. It did cut me a lot less than any other razor, and that was all that I was looking for. The handle is very comfortable in the hand, and the pivoting head works very well. The Protector used to have a swivelling back and forth head, but now it can perform mini shaving acrobatics which does result in a decent clean shave. I recently bought the newest version, the Protector 3-D Diamond; the new innovation is a little yellow strip of what looks like sponge at the bottom of the blade head. I don't know what this does, but the shave I have just had was noticeably smoother than the last one I did with my old protector, and my face feels remarkably smooth. Though my hairline is receeding like an army in retreat, my face grows hair in the time it takes for normal people to make a cup of tea, so this is a bonus. Furthermore, I like the heavier metal version of the razor, which feels easier to use compared to the plastic one. Combined with Noxema shaving foam, I would wholeheartedly recommend this razor, though you only get two blades with a new razor for 4.99. I assume the plastic one is cheaper, but the metal one is worth it.
I have been using this style of razor for quite a while now and am pleased to announce that I have found no real problems with it. It offers a cose shave, meaning no need to constantly hack away at the same piece of your face over and over again to remove a patch of troublesome care, as the hair is often removed in one or two strokes. The razor glides smoothly over your skin and rarely leaves you with any cuts, as many other razors that I have tried have done. This is a good feature, meaning that applying the aftershave won't sting as ,uch as there are no cuts for it to worm its way into!! This razor comes in a variety of head designs, including the badge of football teams being able to be displayed upon the handle and back of the blade head. You can also get a few designs including small pictures and this enables you to have your razor personalized a bit more. When you first buy this razor, it comes with four blades if I remember correctly. The blades have quite a long life and when they do have to be replaced they are cheap to buy too. The razor itself costs only £1.99 and as it comes with the four blades, this is quite a decent deal. I know worse ones! The razor has a long life also as my one lasted quite a while before I threw it away and got a new, of the same make as I liked the result. For a cut-free, close and smooth shave, I would recommend this razor to men of all ages, from young teenagers to the fully mature adult!
I have tried and tested nearly every type of wet and dry razors due to the fact that I have very sensitive skin. The last thing you want after a shave is a sore looking razor burn. After seeing the advertisment of the Mach3 on T.V. I bought it and after shaving with the razor and Gillete Gel , I had the perfect shave, not a mark to be seen anywhere. It is of good quality, has a rubber grip handle,three blades, a small layer of shaving gel that when wet smoothes over the skin,on the bottom of the blades is a small rubber gripper that individually holds back the hairs for the blades to do their work.
This razor has been my choice for a number of years. The main feature is not the way the head supposedly moves in 3 Dimensions (although only 2 are to any great extent) but the way in which the 2 blades are wrapped in a thin metal wire. As far as I can tell there no drawbacks to the wrap, the shave is at least as close as any other I have tried. But the advantage to any man (or woman) is that you will experience far less nicks and cuts. I can apply good pressure, get close to the root of the hair and still leave the skin layers intact. I think the 'lube' strip is a waste particularly as at the other edge of the razor is a sponge strip to drag the skin and make the hair stand up more! The handle comes in either a fetching "ManU' Red or Silver and is quite ergonomic. One side of the handle is a neoprene type rubber which, no matter how wet it gets, affords good grip. And Now, the razor has been treated to the latest development - the blades come with a "diamond edge" - at a cost though. Time will tell if the new blade lasts consistantly longer and is worth the extra cost. I love it, I think it just about, out performs the Mach 3 from Gillette which is its closest rival.
3 blades for a closer shave