I suppose we must ask ourselves how many blades we will stop at. I must say I am a bit sceptical if 5 blades will shave any closer than 3 for example. Also how close can you shave with a blade anyway. I remember when double blades were introduced and were very popular for a few years. Then 3 became fashion and then 4, now it’s 5. Unless you go to lazer or electrolysis you can’t remove more than the hair at the skins surface. I suppose there is a possible “pull back” benefit with multibladed razors with the hair retracting beneath the skin surface for a short while, but again how much better with 4 or 5 blades? How long does hair retraction last as well. I feel stubble after a blade within a few hours anyway. Just some points I thought may be of interest.
I was wondering where the one-upmanship will end? I really like the Gillette shavers so I will probably try the Fusion. I don’t know if I will try the Quattro Power (4 blades) though. The 3 bladed Mach3 Turbo (as well as the M3 Power) work better for me than the Quattro.
I agree with Aliciadarling that more blades can give a closer shave, but there has to be a point of diminishing returns. The Mach 3 razors have worked better than the dual blade Sensors for me. I’ll get the Fusion when it is available and report back.
Speaking of new products, Philips Norelco has introduced some new shavers called Smart Touch/Speed XL. There are two additional rings of blades, with a screen consisting of slots and holes. The shaving area is increased by 50% so that could mean a faster shave. Stuart, since you are a Norelco fan that may be worth a try.
Hopefully after a few more laser treatments on my legs, choice of razor/shaver may not be so important.