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?
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.