5.1 surround shaving

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After years of getting free diapers in the mail (and way too small for me or Mrs. Guesswork!) I finally get something useful: Gillette sent me a Fusion razor with a single free cartridge, so I figured I'd give it a try.

First, a word about my shaving habits. I've been shaving with a Mach 3 Turbo for years now and it does a good job. I shave both my face and my head, but I only shave every 3 days or so, but I also have a pretty thick beard, so it's pretty important to me for the razor to be able to hack through the growth. I typically make two passes, one with the grain to get rid of most of the hair, and a second against it to get a smooth shave, so it's important to be able to shave against the grain with minimal irritation.

Where the Mach 3 (and Mach 3 Turbo) has three blades, the Fusion has 5 plus an extra blade on the back for letting you trim the edge of your beard, sideburns, etc. The head is fairly bulky-feeling--pretty much the same width as the Mach 3, but about 4mm taller (16 mm as opposed to 12). This doesn't seem to be blade width though—the blades appear thinner—but rather is the rubber guide directly under the blades. Despite the apparent clumsiness of the bigger head, it feels reasonably sensitive and the blades conform reasonably well to your face—at least as well as the Mach 3 did. The quality of the shave is excellent. It's at least as smooth and I think smoother than the Mach 3, and the blades seem to cut more cleanly with less irritation.

I'm not sure what to think about the trimming blade on the back. It seems like bit of a gimmick, but I suppose it could be useful to keep your beard straight, which I usually do with a trimmer. It's set perpendicular to the main blades, so I kind of expected to cut myself, but it seems like they've engineered it so you don't and it would certainly be convenient to be able to manage your facial hair with a single tool.

So, my first impression is that the Fusion is a better razor than the Mach 3, but I'm going to want to try it a few more times before I decide if it's worth the extra dollar per cartridge.


I've found the extra blade to be useful for cutting the hairs on the skin immediately under my nose, which otherwise are unreachable. One of those 'hard to reach places'.

I think the razor was not meant for your face. I think it was a hint for you to clean the house, make a romantic dinner then shave your wife's legs before you fluff her pillow and kiss her goodnight.


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