Trying To Get A Close Shave

I started shaving late in life. Seriously – I wasn’t shaving on a daily basis at age 30! It was only because I went into TV that I began this daily chore.

I started with an electric and later switched to a blade. Neither was without problems.

The electric shaved poorly. The blade cut the crap out of me.

Once, back when I used to fill-in at Good Morning America, the makeup artist asked if I had shaved with a pin! Early in a blade’s life cycle, when it was really sharp, was when I bled the most. I actually preferred my blades a little dull.

I finally switched back to an electric razor a few years ago. It’s OK, though Helaine notices spot I miss. They’re really spots I’ve hit that the shaver can’t deal with.

Too much minutiae. Let me get to the point.

I went razor shopping Monday night at Target in North Haven. The old one is getting… well, it’s getting old.

There was a pretty good collection of razors, but how can you tell what’s what? Is there really enough of a difference that one manufacturer can sell one shaver for three times as much as another he also makes? How can a mere layman differentiate?

There were two shavers from Norelco with a 2:1 price difference. As far as I could see, the only difference was, the more expensive one was packed facing sideways while the cheaper unit looked forward. Both looked similar and had the same copy points on their packaging.

I bought the cheaper of the two. Who’s the sucker, them or me?

I’ve just been sitting on the sofa, looking through the instructions. I suppose I could have shaved without instructions, but I would have missed this surprise:

Shaving with a clean, dry face gives the best result.

After all this time are they saying, “Don’t use pre-shave.” I think they are. Wow.

Oh, the manual also adds:

The green light ring around the on/off button goes on to indicate the razor is ON. (emphasis theirs)

Isn’t that what the noise is for?

5 thoughts on “Trying To Get A Close Shave”

  1. Geoff,

    I’m surprised that a usually sharp bargain-hunter like you didn’t look for the shaver on the Internet. Last winter, when I needed to replace my Norelco, I stopped by a couple of local retailers, scribbled down some model numbers and then went online.

    I wound up getting a top of the line model from an “e-tailer” connected to .. a price comparison site that I later used to purchase a digital camera.

    More and more, if it’s not groceries or a really good sale, I’m doing my shopping online.



  2. I use a Braun razor that cleans itself. It seems to work decently, though, I also get spots I miss. I guess the best part of being in production is that I don’t have to shave if I don’t want to.

    I know a blogger who spent a few posts on shaving. I did a search on his blog and can’t seem to find the posts right now, but his URL is


  3. I don’t have the luxury of using an electric razor because my facial hair is too coarse. I use a triple blade disposable……… If you want a great shave, you need to see an “old italian” barber. [I am not stereotyping, but have had the best luck with old italian barbers]. You can get a shave with a “straight blade.” I do not recommend trying this magic act yourself, as cuts can be fatal. If you want a local barber that does this, let me know…

  4. I have used a Mach 3 for the last 3 years…….on my head! Ok, I use it on my face as well but its the first blade I’ve used in years that gives me a close shave and doesn’t carve me up.

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