I was so happy at Walmart the other day, as I found a four pack of disposable three bladed razors for $3.99. When you have to shave everyday for work, and then also go for the “chrome dome look,” you can easily become as the British say “out of pocket.” It costs a lot to buy shaving materials, and when I saw this cost, there was an almost Grinch like smile across my face. Wilkinson Swords actually does seem a bit British, due to the imagery on the package, and the price alone is of low cost compared to other disposables. Yet what ultimately matters is performance, as some triple bladed razors aren’t effective at all against whiskers or tufts of hair on your head.
The blue handles are cheaply made. I noticed that immediately, as there are no ridges for slip protection when they become wet, and the strange plastic cover over the blade is difficult to remove. At first I thought this was an excellent razor, as it took care of a major part of my beard with one quick swipe. Unfortunately, after just a few strokes, the blade seemed to become completely dull. A strange experience that I’ve never encountered before, and my initial reaction was, “perhaps that’s a dud.” So I pulled out another razor, and tried to shave again.
Again, I was impressed at how well it provided a close shave. Then just as quickly as I felt confident, the blade went dull again. It didn’t matter how many times I “watered” the blades, to remove beard hair, as these start out sharp but lose this almost immediately. Its odd, and while I haven’t figured out why completely, I am fairly certain its due to the quality of the steel. Its flimsy, and while the sharp edge starts out that way, it can’t take the simple “wear and tear” that any disposable razor should be able to. If you want to shave your head, buy ten of these.
The only advantage to these, if there can be one, is there was no bleeding. There also was no irritation either, and as someone with sensitive skin, that’s always an issue. Yet its inexplicable performance means I’ll never purchase them again. You shouldn’t require a four pack just to take care of a simple beard and mustache growth, because that’s not cost effective. These are poorly made razors, and while they are cheap, the cost of using them is much more expensive due to their lacking ability to take care of your shaving needs. Avoid these at all costs, or be prepared to fill up your bathroom trash bin with lots of disposable razors.