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For many years now I have used mens razors instead of womens. They were recommended to me for keeping the bikini line in trim. About a few years ago I decided to replace the razor I had before and got the Wilkinson Sword Quattro Titanium (a shorter name would have been appreciated!) only really because it was on offer, looked good and sounded like it would do a good job. I have to say, I wasn't disappointed.
Sorry men, this review is based on a womans experience.
- Appearance -
It isn't the most important aspect but this razor does look good. It is white and silver in colour. The razor has 4 titanium coated blades. And the fourth blade really does make a difference to the quality of the shave. The blades are contained behind a thin bit of filament.
There is a lubricating strip at the top (which contains aloe vera, vitamin E and Pro-B5) which gives greater comfort and a smoother shave. The titanium coating means the blades last for longer as well.
They come with a white holder which you can store up to four blades underneath.
- Practical Use -
I'm sure I don't need to tell you that when you shave to use a form of foam or gel. Personally I use conditioner as I feel it softens the hair and leaves my skin extra soft, but the product you use is down to personal preference.
In practice these razors are very good. They leave my skin very smooth to the touch and though the blades are sharp I don't find myself with streams of blood running down my leg. It also works wonder on the under arms which are left smooth and razor burn free and the bikini line. It doesn't pull at the hairs and it glides effortlessly over the skin, taking the hair with it as it goes and leaving your skin smooth.
The blades themselves last for quite a while and I try to get as much use out of them as I can. As womens hair is thinner than that of a mans beard they are slower to blunt. But you are looking at perhaps a couple of months per blade. Once my shave is becoming more irritable and I feel I have to go over an area a few times I change the blade.
- Price -
These aren't the cheapest out there. However, I think it is one of those times where you get what you pay for. When I was struggling for money I used the cheapest razors I could find and just had to deal with unsighlty cut marks and dry skin. Now I am back to using this again I never want to go back to that again.
For the razor itself you are looking to spend about £6.99 (Boots) which comes with 2 blades. Replacement blades can be found for around £6.12 (4) or £11.73 (8) (both Boots). It is worth it in my opinion as they do give a good shave.
I normally buy these blades along with the actual razor itself as they are usually on offer at local supermarkets which makes it cheaper to buy it new rather than just the blades itself. However in this review I will look at the blades only.
As you can tell from the picture and the name, there are four blades on the front and then on the rear there is an extra single blade that can be used for trimming or neatening areas. On first use of a new blade, you can feel the quality and sharpness of the blades. The cut that these blades give is very good and you feel very smooth afterwards.
The rear single blade I rarely use myself, however when I have used it for neatening little bits round nose and ears it has been very useful and very precise. On the front there is the blue strip along the top which acts as a guide as yo how worn the blade is. When new, it is blue but as you use it this blue fades and eventually goes white. When it turns white it is time to replace the blade.
Personally I like to replace blades every few weeks, however I have had them last for a few months quite easily before and they still gave a brilliant cut each time. With some blades I have found them to roughen up my skin a little, however with these there is no such problem. I use Nivea Sensitive Shaving Cream with these blades and this combination works a treat and leaves my skin silky smooth.
They attach to the razor via a simple clip mechanism. Just push the razor head into the rear of the blade and it clips in by itself. The blade is on a pivot with the razor handle which means that it will move up and downwards by a few degrees which makes going around the contours on your face very easy. I've used razors without this feature and I wouldn't be able to do without it now.
If your in need of a new razor sometime soon then I would highly recommend you choosing this one. I paid around ~£4 for the razor and 4 blades a few months ago and I will definitely continue to use Wilkinson Sword in the future. I'm not too sure on the price of the blades individually but when I bought my last razor they were slightly more expensive than the pack I bought.
I found these to be absolutely brilliant razor blades for sensitive skin. They seem to be far sharper than their rivals and I find much less drag and pulling when using them. They just seem to cut through the hairs without any effort. The end result is much less redness and irritation. If you've ever had to wear a fastened shirt collar and tie to work with a neck that feels it is on fire then you will really appreciate these!
They also seem to stay sharper for far longer than the non-titanium version. So you won't buy as many and you can easily get away with taking only the blade in your razor on holiday with no need to pack spares.
One trick I have found is that you need to store the razor either stood up like a toothbrush in a glass or something or lying down on its back. If you put it down with the blades facing down then the lubrication strip goes all sticky and makes a right mess of whatever it is resting on.
The only other gripe is the cost of the blades but I think this is pretty much true of all razors these days. They sell you the razor for next to nothing and then rob you on the blades. A bit like ink jet printers and ink.
I've been a fan of Wilkinson Sword since I started wet shaving in the mid-90s (I used an electric razor for 10 years before that.) I thought the Gillettes were a bit too expensive at the time and I think they still are. So I started with the Protector (3 blades), and then tried the Quattros (4 blades) when they came out, then the Titaniums.
Has anyone found any difference in performance between the first Titaniums and the redesigned ones with the edging blade along the top? I haven't. To me it's just a case of WS playing catchup with Gillette.
I think the Quattro Titaniums are great. I get at least 12 shaves out of each blade, with the occasional nick to the skin but that's usually me being heavy handed! I take the other reviewers points about the lubricating strip not lasting five minutes, but that is not a problem if you use a good quality moisturising gel or cream (NOT shaving foam - horrible cheap stuff!) I use a shaving brush to apply the cream as well, which helps to lift the stubble better than applying it with your finger tips.
As for price, the cheapest I've found so far was on Ebay with an 8 pack for £9 (inclusive of postage.)
I'm on to my last blade in the pack now, and will be buying another pack before long. Then again, I was in my local Morrisons last week and saw that King of Shaves now have a new razor out, so perhaps it's time to change ...
I have been using the Wilkinson Quattro Titanium now for a good few years, since the famous freebie for the razor, well it certainly worked on me, was the best shave I had ever had and since then haven't been near anything else, they may have sent out a free bie but they have got hundreds from me in charge for these replacement razor blades.
The blades usually come in packs of either 4 or 8, I usually get the 4 packs because for some reason it's cheaper to get 2 packs of 4 than 1 pack of 8 at a lot of places, for what reason i'm not sure, maybe the inconvinience but I would have thought the extra packaging would have upped the price, the cost for a 4 pack from Boots is £5.75, or £5 on Amazon, the 8 pack, which goes against my last theory, is £10.99 at Boots or £10.49 on Amazon. In this case Amazon confirms my theory...
These are expensive razor blades, so much so that as a student I did have to limit/ration my blades towards the end of last year and use them for perhaps longer than I would usually, maybe this isn't a bad thing as I probably do usually chuck them well before they're finished with, using the benchmark price of £11 for a pack of 8, this should last most people easily a good few months if not longer, which means eventually you do only spend upwards of £30 a year on razor blades which isn't a huge amount when thinking about it that way.
The blades are coated with titanium (thus the name) to give a closer and less irritable shave, i'm not sure about anyone else but I've never had a problem with these blades when it comes to irritation or anything, I have sensitive skin so using these blades with the Gilette sensitive skin range is perfect for me and gives no problems. They are supposed to last longer the blades with the titanium as well, this means as I mentioned before that you will need to buy less in the future since they do last longer, I unfortunatly got into the habit if throwing them away prematurely. The lubricating strip usually for me gets a bit messy in the plastic packaging when left for a while, I don't know why this happens but it's not a huge problem, a quick rinse and it's fine again, it certainly helps smooth the shave as well.
Overall, I don't think I would choose any other razor/blade, it may be expensive but this is one item I am willing to splash out on, £30 a year or so for a great shave is more than cheap enough for me to keep using this, there are also special offers on at some stores meaning even cheaper blades...
When I was younger I was very lazy when it came to shaving and if I was lucky I could go 2-3 weeks without needing to do much more than wash my mug... good times. By the time I finished University, however, I was finding that shaving any less than once a week left me looking like a Neanderthal who'd somehow managed to get dressed and hold down a job!
A few years ago I discovered the Wilkinson Sword Quattro Titanium razor after receiving a free sample thanks to a link from one of the fledgling consumer awareness sites that are so prevalent nowadays. Shaving with a good quality multi blade razor was somewhat enlightening for a chap with fairly sensitive skin who'd been cutting himself to ribbons since turning fifteen.
The combination of four sharp blades safely retained behind filament thin wires and a narrow, soothing strip containing added vitamin E and aloe vera is a winner. I can normally finish a shave with no more than gently glowing cheeks and occasionally the odd nick on my neck. The cleverness doesn't end here, as the blades are held at an angle and are also spaced closer together than is usually the case, reducing irritation and meaning that you'll seldom have to make a second 'pass' with the Quattro Titanium.
One claim from the manufacturers that I'm not so sure on is that these blades have 'Advanced blade technology', that 'adapts to the contours of your face for maximum skin contact'. As far as I can see they're saying that the blades bend slightly and you're shaving, which would seem to be fairly accurate from the many many months I've been using the product. What they fail to mention - surprisingly enough - is the fact that flexible blades are softer and therefore probably more likely to become blunt quicker, which may reduce their usefulness.
Although these razor blades were never cheap the cost has crept up over the years and a pack of four currently retails for £5.29 on www.boots.com (£9.79 for an eight pack). I'm just glad that I only have a wet shave once a week. It may be possible to re-use the blades if you have soft hair, but my bristles grow in thick and fast once they get started. Also, the moisturising strip seems to 'go' after one shave, which is probably intentional.
An excellent product - I'd rather shave once a week with these than every other day with a cheap and nasty disposable razor that irritated my skin.
Also, while disposable razor blades can't be considered as being good for the environment, putting a small plastic razor head with a few blades in it into landfill is probably far better for the environment by using bulky disposable 'stick' razors where the whole razor is thrown away. The cardboard sleeve that these come in is recyclable, as it the small plastic tray that they sit in before use.
Expensive, but truly a five star product.
The Wilkinson Sword Quattro Titanium razors are available in packs of four for £5.38 or eight for £8.99. Whilst they are expensive they are around the same price as similar products such as the Gilette Mach 4 blades.
This Quattro titanium blade consists of a plastic frame containing four individual blades, all differently angled, enabling the shave to get closer and closer as each blade passes over the skin. You take one stroke and the razor takes four. I also find four times the blades four times the irritation although I do have to go over my face three or four times to get the same level of closeness when using a single blade razor. So it is a swings and roundabouts situation.
Running from top to bottom of each blade there are 7 strips of metal being equidistant apart. These are the "bars" referred to in the Quattro Titanium advert slogan "So sharp that they have to be kept behind bars".
These bars serve a very important purpose. They divide the blade up so that if you are a bit heavy handed one day and dig in a bit hard, and let's face it this is easily done when we are tired, recovering from a heavy night or just have a momentary lapse of concentration, the cut produced by the blade will stop at the next bar. This will result in a small nick as opposed to a nasty, and potentially very deep gash.
On the top of the plastic cover there is a blue strip containing aloe and vitamins E and proB-5. This strip not only replaces natural moisture lost during shaving with the aloe it serves as a conditioning strip and is meant to give a more comfortable shave. Whether this is the case or not I cannot comment since I have not carried out any actual market research and removed the strip and used the blade.
The strip has a secondary feature since the colour fades to show when the blade is due to be replaced. I question the accuracy of this since if you rinse the blade a lot or the blade remains wet then it will fade quickly even though the actual blades aren't being used. Personally, I think this colour-fading feature is a waste of time and adds nothing at all to the razor.
On the bottom of the plastic cover there are large rubber fins that are meant to stretch the skin and make the hair stand proud to ease the shaving process. Once again, it is impossible to tell if this feature actually works or not.
On the reverse side of the plastic cover there is a single precision blade that can be used in those hard to reach places (under the nose), the delicate places (just around the lips) and to style any designer stubble that the user wants to leave in place, as well as squaring off side burns.
I have read sites, mainly razor blade manufacturers' sites that recommend that a razor blade should be replaced after every shave. In my opinion this is rubbish.
I find that the first shave is always bad even though the blades are at their sharpest. The blades have to mould them to the shape of your face, and I find this is what happens during the first and second shaves. The third and fourth shaves are always the closest and give the least irritation. By the fifth shave the blades are starting to get a bit blunt and the seventh shave is where it is time to give up and throw it away. Based on this cycle I find that a four pack of blades will last me a month.
There are other razor blades containing four individual blades, such as the Gillette Mach 4, but these do not have the safety bars that the Wilkinson Swords do, and being a bit heavy handed I find that these have stopped me from slicing half my face off.
On a final note, a tip to prolong the life of these razor blades is to rinse them out in warm water. Never use hot water since this could warp the blade and appears to make them blunter quicker.
4 titanium coated blades to deliver what you expect from a high performance razor: exceptional shaving comfort, less skin irritation plus a high performance edging blade for precise edges and shapes /