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THE Razor to have!!! Read on, shavers.(11 posts)

THE Razor to have!!! Read on, shavers.boy nigel
Jul 9, 2001 7:33 AM
First off, I'd like to offer a heap of thanks to Larry Meade, a fellow RBRer. He posted something a month or two ago about the Gilette Venus razor, claiming that it was the real deal.

I've used many razors on my face and on my legs in the past. I was in my local drugstore the other day and the Venus caught my eye. I remembered that I'd read something very positive about it on the board here a little while back. I'd been using a twin-bladed Shick Tracer for a while now--without much problem--but I figured I'd see if the Venus was everything Larry'd said it was.

This is the first razor I've used that WOWed me; it was, immediately, something different and better. The Venus offers great rubberized grip, good length, and boasts a very nicely designed--and ergonomic--form. It features THREE blades and two "protective cushions" which smooth out your skin before and after the blades do their work. Kinda like pulling your skin taught first, they allow very close, supremely comfortable shaves. The head actually pivots (not just bending, like my old Tracer), and does so efficiently. It was the smoothest, most comfortable shave I've ever had, bar none. Really worth looking into. I had to stop myself from going over places twice, since I only felt the smoothness of the cushions--no blade feel at all. Sure enough, though, the blades did exactly what they were meant to do, without my even feeling them.

As a bonus, it comes in its own little stand with tape on the back for shower wall mounting. The stand also acts as a case for individually sealed--for safety--refills, of which the razor comes with one extra. No more leaving the tub for new blades.

I don't work for Gilette, but I'd be proud if I did. They've done splendid work with the Venus, virtually redesigning the razor. Though it's "designed for women," it offers men a really comfortable, close shave with no scraping or irritation (for me, anyway). My wife used it after I raved about it, and she's hooked as well. If you gents out there can get past its "feminine" iMac (translucent turquoise) appearance, you'll get a fine razor.

Try it; it retails for around $7.50 (with two blades and the case). Refills aren't cheap (8 for about $14), but they're so smooth they're worth it.

Best of luck, and I hope I've turned people onto a great new thing.

The Gillette Mach 3 is superb as well.9WorCP
Jul 9, 2001 8:50 AM
And very robust and masculine looking for those who like to shave their legs in a manly way.
Schick Triple bladeColnagoFE
Jul 9, 2001 9:17 AM
works great too. Not very expensive either compared to mach 3.
Gillette is rebuildable,nutmegger
Jul 9, 2001 9:54 AM
Schick is not. If something goes wrong with your Schick you have to get a whole new one, $$$. With Gillette, you can even do the work yourself if you're handy and so inclined. Recommend Elliott Gould and the Art of Razor Maintenance.
Yeah, butmike mcmahon
Jul 9, 2001 9:59 AM
those Gillette replacement parts cost a fortune. IMO, people are overpaying for that Gillette "mystique." More pros are actually using Schick these days. I've heard that the entire Telekom squad is using Schick razors that are labeled as Gillette just to keep the sponsor happy.
Schick is disposable....(nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 9, 2001 10:33 AM
Anyone ever try....Lazy
Jul 9, 2001 11:05 AM
Wilkinson Sword? Very popular back in the 70's I think. I was too young to shave back then.

Come on! Where are all you retro-grouches now?

BTW, I'm thinking about the new Braun "Mektronic". Anyone ever try this one?
Oh, c'mon Girls! Marketing trick?rollo tommassi
Jul 9, 2001 10:08 AM
I've been using the cheapest Bic disposables since I was old enough. The trick is to throw them away after two uses at most.

I always felt that "women specific design" was just a ploy to charge us more for the same thing the guys use.

But, I must say that I too have heard raves about the "Venus" from friends, so maybe I'll give it a try... I mean, if all the cool people on mtbr are using it, it must be ok! ;)
NO wayColnagoFE
Jul 9, 2001 10:35 AM
those cheap disposable bics are a cut waiting to happen. I never hacked myself as much as when I used my trac 2. triple blades are the way to go...and then use a fresh one often.
Agreed! NO WAY to those cheapo disposable Bics.boy nigel
Jul 9, 2001 11:48 AM
You hit the nail on the head, ColnagoFE.

When I first shaved my legs (I was young and foolish, trying to be pennywise), I tried those white-with-the-orange-cap, hollow plastic Bics. I bled like a stuck pig; those things are the poorest excuses for blades out there. It's like they come out of the bag rusty or something. I honestly don't know how anyone uses them--sorry Rollo, ol' girl! :)

Maybe since a woman's leg/underarm hair is generally much softer and finer than a man's, you've been okay with them. Must not take much pressure to get hair off a lady's leg; not always so with a man's thick, stubborn leg whiskers! Actually--and back to my original rave--I applied barely any pressure at all with the Venus and got a super-close shave, without feeling a thing. And nicks? Not a one. :)

Funny how this post turned into a Shimano-vs.-Campy rant a little while back! Funny stuff, and cleverly done. I really dug the whole Telekom bit about using one razor logoed-up as an imposter! A good Monday on the board, for sure.

On another happy note, I get DIRECTV installed tomorrow morning--just in time for Stage 4!! THAT's cause for celebration, especially in my house (The wife's really into watching it, too!).

Cheers all,
We may have to much spare time.............?STEELYeyed
Jul 9, 2001 3:18 PM
I'm going to try Venus,just started shaving my legs last month,it makes a huge difference in leg care and clean up,as well as evaporating sweat,I'm going to trim the hair on my arms too as it acts as a sweat sponge. The first time I shaved,it just felt like I was doing something very wrong,and I hacked myself up pretty good with the Mach 3,started using Suave moisturizing body wash to shave,it really is nice. If its OK to call Campangolo Campy why don't we call Shimano Shimy.
Sorry, it's a slow day in the office today.