Does the One Razor Really Work?


Does One Razor work?The One Razor is trying to shake up the razor industry and bring things back to the old school way of doing it with just one blade, instead of 4, 5, or even 6. But can this really work as good as they say it does, and is it the same as when they give you a barber shop shave?

Overview
With the razor arms race leading to who can pack the most blades onto one razor it’s getting a little ridiculous. The most advanced model from Gillette has 5 blades, while the folks over at Dollar Razor Club have one with 6 blades. Even with all of those blades they still wear out relatively quickly, and before long you’re looking at

The Claim
The makers of the One Razor say that you don’t need all of those blades, and the reason that there are so many on today’s modern razors is just a gimmick to inflate the price and get you to believe that it’s shaving closer with fewer strokes.

The Hype
They’ve got Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars promoting this razor, which makes sense since he has a bald head and likely does a fair amount of shaving. This is a guy that knows his stuff, or at least appears to on his TV program, so he adds a lot of credibility the product.

The Cost
The One Razor is pitched at a price of $20 but you have to factor in the extra $8 for shipping, plus the extra $5 for an extra set of blades bringing it to a grand total of $33 shipped to your door. They say this is enough to get you through a year’s worth of shaves, which would put you at far less than what you’d spend in replacement blades for something like the Gillette Fusion.

The Commitment
This should lessen the amount of time you spend shaving, giving you a close shave with just one blade. You’re still going through the same motions of shaving, just with a different razor.

Evaluation
To try and prove their claim they say that you only have to look at the way barbers still give shaves. They still use a straight razor, just one razor blade, to get the closest shave around. Some features of this razor look like they’d be very beneficial, including the way you can twist open the head and either clean the razor off, or replace it with a new blade. One problem is that it’s easy to compare one blade against a 5 blade razor because they still make disposable razors with just one blade. The difference between the two is night and day, so they’ve got to make the case that their one blade is better than the other cheap one blade razors still on the market.

The video below is for the Akira razor, basically the same exact concept as this but they put a Japanese theme to it and tried to draw the correlation between samurai swords and the blades being used in the razor. It’s been said that this is the same exact product, just marketed under a different name. The website for this razor is not defunct, so obviously it didn’t find any ground in the marketplace.

One thing to consider is that when you get a barber shop shave it’s not just about the razor they’re using. It involves a lot of preparation beforehand, getting the skin ready to be shaved. It also requires a lot of post shave care, with lotions and creams to help the skin calm back down.

The One Razor is presented by Micro Touch, which we didn’t think too highly of their trimmer, but this looks to be of a better quality, and since it’s not made of cheap plastic should probably handle the simple functions they say it can do.

Final One Razor Review

The One Razor seems worth a try at this price point, as long as you are taking care of your face before and after you shave to try and mimic a trip to the barber shop. After seeing the process that they take in a barber shop, you should look to get your face and facial hair prepared for the shave by lathering up the skin, and softening up the facial hair by massaging it. After the shave be sure to use a calming after shave lotion or balm to soothe the skin.

Our Recommendation
The reason the razor industry is so competitive is because there’s such a large number of guys that have to shave every day. This means that there’s a ton of money to be made because it’s a disposable product. Blades are going to wear out, so you’ve got built in repeat business across a large demographic. But there is definitely room for improvement when big brands like Gillette are charging so much for their refill blades, and paying big name celebrities millions in endorsements each year.

What do you think? Does the One Razor work or not?


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Phyllis DeFalco August 11, 2013 at 12:51 am

I am an old-fashioned gal when it comes to shaving. I like a good close shave and can’t afford the waxing right now and frankly, I don’t know when I will be able to again. So I decided to give it a go and I did. Wow, I was impressed and the difference in quality is a lot compared to the one I was using before which is similar called Venus. That one comes with a “moisturizing” head that encases the razor blade and you get refills. I don’t know why this one does such a great job on my legs, maybe it is because it is for guy but hey if the guys don’t wanna use it, pass it along to the wives and girlfriends.

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LS August 11, 2013 at 4:04 am

I know a few guys who are interested in shaving with a straight razor, but it really is a lot of hard work. With today’s modern varieties, I cannot understand why anyone would want to go back to the old method of doing things. Multiple blades means you get a closer shave, and a lot of today’s higher end razors are coated with lubricants that ensure the shave will be safe. It seems to me that it would be a lot easier to just stick with the higher quality razors that are available on the market today instead of reverting back to old methods.

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Don108 September 8, 2013 at 4:38 am

LS, I have to respectfully disagree. If having more blades meant you would get a closer shave, you could buy chef’s knives with five blades. That isn’t happening. Further, if this is a standard double-edge razor, you’ll be able to get 100 blades for less than $15!

Try this: go to the kitchen and get a tiny strip of tin foil. Try to shave with it. Each blade on the Gillette or Schick (I’m using the Schick now because the blades are much cheaper than the Gillette, and you get almost as good a shave) is thinner than that tin foil. DE blades are cut and polished from real metal so you can get a great shave without a bunch of chemicals on your face.

The DE experience is vastly cheaper than multi-blade shavers and most of the people I’ve seen who have one swear by it. I will say, however, that for the apparent quality of this razor vs. the price you can get much better razors and razor blades.

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big bossman September 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

ls- i once thought as you do.
however, you really don’t get a closer shave with those extra blades. i now use an old gillete that uses the drop-in blades. it does just as good a job as my mach 3 did but at a tiny fraction of the cost.
i can go to the store and buy a container of 10 blades for 3 bucks (about the cost of one mach 3 cartridge) and it will last for 2 months at least.
a double edge razor is just as good, just as easy and SUBSTANTIALLY less expensive.

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Eric October 18, 2013 at 6:38 am

I’ve been shaving with a Classic Gillette safety razor for years now and I will say that I get a better shave with it than with any of the multi blade razors out there. Not only is it cheaper (about $10-15 for 100 quality blades) but I never get shaving bumps anymore. You will have to relearn how to shave with one of these because you should take long strokes and not short choppy strokes. Again, it’s something that you should want to learn. If you are comfortable paying $100′s of dollars in cartridges, then stay with what you have. But if you see shaving as almost an art form and are willing to take 2-3 minutes more in your shaving, then safety razors or straight razor shaving is for you. Just don’t get a cheap, made in China, handle. Great vintage ones can be found cheap on eBay. Go that route.

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ebs November 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I just ordered this on line for my husband. The ad (Rick Harrison) said with this special offer you get an additional 12 blades FREE…with the addition of shipping and handling of $4.99. After I entered my credit info, name, email address and phone number, I was charged $7.99 for the 12 extra blades and $4.99 for additional shipping. Plus the initial $19.99 and shipping of $7.99. So this great offer of only $19.99 actually cost me over $40.00 and I didn’t get anything FREE! Of course, there is no way to cancel my order or contact the company. This better be the best razor my husband ever used!!
Sounds like false advertising to me!

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Lloyd Morgan January 30, 2014 at 9:06 am

My wife got me one for Christmas. I remember my Dad always using one for as long as I could think back. I tried it the night of Christmas, and at first it took longer than I thought, but I loved the shave. It was very close and I had no shaving bumps or skin burn. I noticed that I never had razor burn or any breakouts. My bread actually started growing back in thinner and softer. I will never give up my new razor, and have even got my son and son-in-law switching, not over because it gives a better shave, but cost a whole lot less. Thanks guys.
Dane Morgan
Danville, Indiana

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Edward February 16, 2014 at 5:52 am

I have not tried the One Razor. However, forty years ago I used the “safety razor,” which is what this appears to be. I would cut the hell out of my face. The modern multi-blade razors do not do this.

I did have a barber who told me the reason I cut myself so much is that I I did not shave correctly with the safety razor – you need to shave with a safety razor by only doing one pass, not taking the blade off your face until you end the swipe.

I have not been adventurous enough to give the safety razor a try.

I also have researched using a straight razor. You need to buy a quality straight razor, not the cheap ones on eBay. You need to keep it sharp with a whetstone and a strop. It also takes about fifty shaves to get used to it. No thanks.

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paula March 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

I purchased one at cvs, no shipping, no extra cost, and had a coupon for 20% off . and my dad really likes it. Don’t waste money on ordering, they always come out at retail stores for lots less.

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Ralph Marlow March 31, 2014 at 4:31 pm

I can only tell you this. My wife bought me a gillette fusion because they didn’t have blades for my razor. I used it once. Never picked it up again. Still looking for a decent razor.

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