Having used a “speed of sound” razor in various versions for the past 20+ years, the recent design change to their 3 bladed cartridges (supposedly with improved blades) left me with really bad razor burn after the first 2 or 3 shaves with the new improved blades. So being a bloke at heart I turned to the internet to research an alternative. What’s a guy to do after more than a 20 year relationship with one brand? I discovered there’s a lot of trash out there in internet-land about shaving and razors – but there are a few good sites – and the recent Wired 4-way test seemed to hit the mark. Across most of the reviews and test articles the new King of Shaves Hyperglide razor seemed to be topping the polls for best wet shave razor – even though it was only launched at the beginning of the year.
Could it really be that good – especially with the classic Merkur Futur still ranking well in reviews and tests?
With a slight air of scepticism I ventured off to Boots and perused the array of men’s shaving products. Staring me in the now slightly stubbled face was the King of Shaves Hyperglide – all very glossy in it’s simple packaging and with it’s slightly quirky catapult style designed head. To persuade me further it was on offer so I parted with my £4.99 (£5 cheaper than normal) and returned home, apprehensive about tomorrow morning’s ablutions.
Now, clean shaven and sitting at my desk, with no razor rash, I’m a fan. You may think it a bit sad that at 55 I’ve become a brand fan of a razor, but Will King and his team have done for the humble razor what Dyson did for the vacuum cleaner. It really has given me the best shave ever. Admittedly it takes a little getting used to, but the result is a very close shave without having to scrape your skin to pieces, all aided by the outstanding (and long lasting) lube strip.
I’m going back to the shops later to stock up on some spare cartridges and another Hyperglide razor for my travel bag. Who knows, I may even go the whole hog and get a year’s supply direct from the King of Shaves website.