Schick razor blades: too sharp?
Philip Greenspun's Weblog 2019-06-16
Happy Father’s Day!
This seems like a good time to wrap up the razor blade test inspired by Gillette’s Toxic Masculinity ad.
Side-by-side testing with multiple subjects and some female perspectives revealed that the Dorco Pace 7 is superior to Gillette’s latest and greatest 5-blade cartridges.
What about Schick? The present company is the result of a merger with Wilkinson Sword, the inventors of the modern razor blade. So they should know more about making blades per se than anyone else.
After testing the Schick cartridges that are compatible with Gillette handles and the Schick Xtreme 5 Pivot Ball system, my conclusion is that Dorco Pace 7 remains superior. The Schick blades may actually be sharper and possibly therefore better for certain skin types. At first it seems that the razor isn’t working because, unlike with Dorco and Gillette, there is no feeling of tugging. However, stubble is removed from one’s face so plainly the blades are working. I ended up preferring the Dorco and finding it easier to control.
- Gillette’s advertising has moved on to address the challenge of shaving by the transgendered (latest ad with father and daughter-turned-son; unfortunate comments: “Does the razor shave away the 40% suicide rate?”, “We have to stop promoting mental Illness”, and “Gillette: the best my wife’s boyfriend can get”). Is the ad actually insulting to the LGBTQIA+ community? A cisgender teenage male is generally considered intelligent enough to use a cartridge razor system without a lot of assistance from a parent.
- “Dorco Pace 7 Vs Gillette Pro Glide” (Gazette), concluding that the Pace 7 is superior, but Gillette’s flex ball is nice
- https://philip.greenspun.com/blog/2019/05/01/cremo-versus-edge-shaving-creme/ (Edge, now sold by Schick’s parent company, is the winner)