Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Dec 9, 2008
Off topic from the norm, but we have to shake things up every once in awhile, don’t we?
The first razor I ever bought for myself was the Gillette Atra. I bought the razor because it had two blades, and at the time, all other razors only had one blade. I wasn’t a big shaver at the time, so I didn’t have to use it daily, but as I got older, I did have to start shaving more often.
Anyway, I used that razor for a couple of decades, and I still have it,… well, not that same one, but the same brand, and it’s the one I use at home.
However, we’re always looking for the next big thing, right, so a couple of years ago, I decided to move up to the Gillette Fusion, because it had five blades. I mean, you’ll shave closer with five blades, right?
Truthfully, it does shave close. Too close, unfortunately. Even though I’ve used it for a couple of years while on the road, I finally realized that it was beating up my face. If you don’t push down hard enough it kind of drags across your face. But if you push too hard it irritates your face, or at least it irritates my face, and it feels like it’s breaking out all over the place, and you can’t do anything about it because it hurts to shave for a couple of days. I tend to have sensitive skin, so I should have known better, and I should have figured it out.
And you know what happened; I’m now on the road again, and which razor did I bring? I remembered, though, so I shaved relatively lightly the first week, and I just wasn’t feeling good at all. So I decided to go to the store in this area to buy another Atra. And, of all things, the store didn’t have one. Now I was stuck, because I don’t notice any commercials for razors these days, but I knew I had to get something. I then decided to buy a Gillette Mach 3 (doesn’t anyone else make razors besides Gillette?), mainly because it sounded somewhat familiar to me.
Oh yeah, Tiger’s in the commercial; that had to be it. Anyway, I get back to the hotel and don’t think about it until earlier this morning, as I was letting my face recover the entire weekend, when I finally open it up. And, of all things, it has three blades; man, I need to pay more attention to these stupid commercials!
Well, I was stuck. I knew that I couldn’t shave with the Fusion, so I decided to go ahead and shave with the new one. And it wasn’t a bad shave at all, but the jury will really be out in the morning when I’ll know for sure whether it’s made my face start hurting again or not. However, I have to say that, right now, I’m feeling pretty good, so that’s a good sign.
Oh yeah; I do have an electric shaver at home also, one that used to be my dad’s, but I don’t use it all that often, especially for work situations. I’ll sometimes grab it for a quick shave if I’m looking particularly scruffy and my wife wants to get out of the house on a weekend. I don’t know what brand that is, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s also a Gillette; my family tends to stick with certain brand names. Loyalty, thy name is Mitchell.
Of course, no one knows more about the art of shaving than Bugs Bunny, as he proved in this classic cartoon, The Rabbit Of Seville:
So, what kind of razor do you use, and why? Does it work well for you? I don’t know if women use razors with more than one blade on their legs, but y’all can contribute also, if you’d like.