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Works well, and is reasonably priced relative to other brands

  • Aug 30, 2010
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Let's be honest. Five blades, lubricating strip, rubber fins to stretch your skin; this is all gimmickry of the worst kind. All you need is two, three blades at the most, to reduce pressure and give a reliable shave. What the heck could four blades miss that the fifth is going to get? More money, that's what. The razor companies need to make money, and the truth is that automated manufacturing has made blade prices so low that the only way they can make any money is by convincing us we need something from NASA to cut the hair on our faces. Maybe you need five blades if you're a primate veterinarian shaving the balls of a gorilla, and time is really a factor. But for the average human face, shaving with five blades in a row is insane. Back in the days when you used a single blade, did you need to go over the same area five times in a row? No.

However, given that this is pretty much the background for the entire industry, I'll try to be fair and judge this razor relative to its peers, not on an absolute basis. On an absolute basis, I'd give this two stars for being an over-engineered waste of money. It shouldn't cost over a dollar to buy a replacement blade for a razor. On the other hand, Gillette charges almost three dollars to replace the blades in their latest quint-bladed-micropulsing-milk-foaming-espresso-making mostronsity. So, even though it's an outrage that one would have to spend a dollar to get what should be nothing more than a few pieces of machine sharpened metal costing five cents to produce, this is actually a pretty good option given what's out there.

How does it shave? Great, of course. The first two blades do an awesome job. The trailing three blades make you feel like you're getting something for your money and look cool. I'm guessing they don't even get dull, and are probably as bored with their jobs as the marketing people at Schick, who have to constantly find ways to make cutting hairs on your face with sharpened steel exciting, even though humans have been doing it with for centuries just fine.

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The Schick Hydro 5 Blade Razor's advanced ergonomic design and lubrication features will dramatically improve your shaving experience. Its exclusive Hydrating Gel Reservoir is designed to keep skin hydrated as you shave, and its five Ultra Glide blades feature Skin Guards that will smooth your skin and reduce irritation. This high-performance shaver also features a Flip Trimmer for precise trimming in hard to reach areas.

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Hydro 5 Blade Razor
At a Glance:
  • Hydrating Gel Reservoir soothes with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E
  • Reservoir lubrication lasts twice as long as ordinary strips
  • Five Ultra Glide Blades for a close, comfortable shave
  • Skin Guards provide double points of contact between the blades and your face
  • Flip Trimmer offers precision for hard-to-reach grooming
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Hydrating Gel Reservoir soothes with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. View larger.

Hydro 5 Blade Razor
Hydro 5 Blade Razor

Flip Trimmer delivers precision for hard-to-reach grooming. View larger.
Advanced Hydration and Comfort Features
The skin on your face is a sensitive surface that can easily dry out or become irritated by harsh shaving or an inadequate razor. With its Ultra Glide blades with Skin Guards and water-activated skin conditioners, the Schick Hydro 5 keeps your skin hydrated and smooth with each shave. The razor's Ultra Glide blades with Skin Guards provide more points of contact on the skin, creating a flatter, smoother surface to shave, resulting in a comfortable shave with less irritation.

While most razors have conditioning strips made from a combination ...

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