I've found this site two days ago, what a great resource!
I remember as a kid back in the early 70's, being fascinated with my dad's DE gillette (sorry I can't recall which model). I just loved the way the handle would open the top, and the solid weight and feel of it.
When I was finally ready to begin shaving he had made the switch to disposable fixed head gillettes, so that's what I used as well. I then moved to pivoting heads, razors with lubricating strips, and finally "the ultimate" as far as I was concerned, the Mach 3. Man I really get hooked on those commercials.
Two years ago as I was walking up Madison Ave. here in NY and I noticed The Art of Shaving store. I was pretty impressed, this stuff was way nicer than my vibrating mach 3 and edge gel! I walked in and was quickly kitted out with a new handle for my mach 3, pre-shave oil, shaving soap (I had to have that wooden bowl), medium grade badger brush, after shave baum, and a stand to hold everything. I didn't know what I was buying or what I was doing, but I was convinced that this was the absolute pinnacle of the shaving experience! I must say that using all this stuff made for a pretty nice shave.
So a year and a half goes by and here are these damn commercials again, Oh no, 5 blades!!! If three blades were good then five... Let's just put it this way. I quickly went out and bought the jack hammer version of the fusion. The next morning I lathered up and went at it, I told myself that this was way better than 3 blades but it really wasn't any different and worst of all I couldn't use my overpriced AOS handle any more. No worries I'll just head back over to the Madison ave store and get a handle for the fusion. Next day comes, I go to the store and the sales person tells me that it's still hasn't been released Oh well I'll check back in a few months.
Fast fwd. to last Monday, I decide to see if the handle has been released so I check online. Turns out the handle will set me back $250 but its temporarily unavailable.
So I'm online and thinking about shaving and I eventually come across this beast!
I'm in love I have to own it! Wait, what the hell is it? who cares just buy it! Done, I bought it from nashville knife shop and it should be here tomorrow.
After sending off my credit card info and sealing the deal, I realized that the thought of putting a razor blade up to my face scares the living crap out of me! I do remember my dad's old DE, but I also remember him wearing those tiny bandages and cotton, and those little blood stains on his collar
Anyway, I finally found this site and after doing some research I'm starting to feel a little more confident about my decision.
Thanks for reading,