Does the One Razor Really Work?

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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?

41 Customer Reviews on “Does the One Razor Really Work?

  1. Sometimes it is just stupid to try and fix something that isn’t broke. I have been shaving for 40 years and mostly have used a safety razor, They definitely give a better shave. people today do not want to take the time needed to prepare the skin before the shave, that is the only thing that makes a difference in the quality of the cut. The skin and hair must be wet and warm and lathered deeply before shaving. That is why barbers used hot towels on your face before the cream lather went on.

  2. My wife bought me this for Christmas and I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks. I don’t know if it’s me or what but the blades seem horrible that came with it comma paper thin and I can not get a close shave at all. Maybe if I use different blades and also the blades don’t seem to protrude out enough to cut the hair. I shave at the end of my shower so my beard is soft and I even tried using shave cream in the shower and still not a close shave. I do like the razor itself though and like all the other posts remember that this was all my dad had to shave with. Hopefully different blades will make a difference.

  3. De is the way to go went back to it about ten years ago. Tried several different models and blades, settled on a Merkur with shark blades( absolutely the sharpest) 15 bucks for a hundred no drag no knicks and they last

  4. First time I have used a saftly razor in over 40 years. Perhaps not the best shave possible on my first outing but no nicks and a clean shave. After having a full beard until recently and and after having used an electric sod cutter, and play multi blades, found shaving to be pleasurable although a bit longer. Shall see if things are still going well on my second shave and more.

  5. I purchased this razor expecting it to be better than buying expensive Gillette match 3,4,5. I regret it so much I’m even laughing about it! I got bleeding cuts all over my skin I used it on! I wouldn’t ever recommend this product to anyone. Plain terrible. Don’t listen to that bald head Bastard Rick Harrison (pawn stars) . The product is worthless and dangerous!

  6. This and the Van der Hagen razor that some Walmarts and Targets stock are both the same razor, manufactured by Weishi. I have the VdH version, and while I am looking to upgrade, I find it a comfortable shave, and miles better than cartridges, and I have never gotten more than a couple nicks from it. In short, not the best razor, but it’s an acceptable entrée into the world of wetshaving for the budget-conscious.

  7. Garry, you’re not wrong in saying that Micro Touch One is “cheap junk from China”. I’ve been trying to get it to work without hacking up my face for months now, and it’s a losing battle. I’ve tried everything. Soaps. Brushes. I put a good Gillette Silver Blue blade in it, and I’m still getting cut and nicked in the same exact places. From what I’ve read this razor is based on an expired Gillette patent, but I can’t help but think that Gillette wouldn’t make something that’s this blatantly CHEAP.

  8. I started shaving (retro-shaving?) with an old fashioned style razor (mine’s an Edwin Jagger DE09BA11-BL) long before I saw an ad for the Micro Touch One razor. I just got tired of the faddish, multi-blade Gillette (Mach 3, vibrating, gizmo this and that, etc.) and Schick razor wars and wanted to go retro because I prefer older stuff and older tried and true methods. I wanted something nice and built to last so after doing my research I bought the Edwin Jagger after looking at Merkur first. I’m glad the EJ is made in the UK, is heavy, richly chrome plated, polished and knurled like a socket wrench for good grip and not some cheap junk from China which I feel the One Touch is. I also use shaving soap, a shaving brush and a mug to make my own hot rich lather each and every time. The whole process is called wet shaving and I must say, ever since switching over, that shaving is something I look forward to and take my time with, especially with proper preparation. I get very good shaves and love the results after mastering the learning curve. I also finish off with old school aftershave–Pinaud Clubman is my current fave but there’s others to try.

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