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The Best a Man Can Get? Really?

Who needs a FlexBall on their face?

by
Stephen Green

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April 25, 2014 - 11:00 am

TOO MUCH

No joke — what you see above is the latest and goofiest razor from Gillette:

Procter & Gamble Co. is preparing to roll out its latest weapon in the fight for men’s faces—a razor featuring a swiveling ball-hinge that allows the blade to pivot and comes with a high-end price, according to marketing documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Dubbed the ProGlide FlexBall, according to the documents, the new device is aimed at winning sales in a crucial and profitable business that has come under pressure as styles have favored facial hair and men have shifted at the margins to cheaper discount options.

I reserve the right to point and laugh at anyone dragging a FlexBall across his face.

If you want a good shave, just buy an old-fashioned safety razor, a brush, and some soap. You can buy a year’s worth of safety razor blades for the price of just one of those newfangled doohickeys — and you’ll get a better shave, too.

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Safety razors aren't. Okay, they certainly are compared to a straight razor, but compare to a twin blade, they're lethally dangerous. Perhaps I exaggerate a bit, but I always found that I got a better shave with fewer cuts and much less risk of cutting my fingers on the blade with a twin blade. i got an even better shave with a triple blade, but that's where the point of diminishing returns rears it's harsh head. I tried the quad blades once, no meaningful improvement over the triples, except for the bottom line of the supply chain.

Oh, and while it may be more "manly" to use a horsehair brush and shaving mug, foam outta a can works just fine, and is quicker, thankayouaverymuch. I don't enjoy shaving, why would I make it take longer by futzing about with the brush and mug?
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Because if you futz around with a brush and a mug (and a cake of soap that smells good) you might actually enjoy shaving? There's also the fact that soap is much cheaper than can-foam. My cake of Crabtree&Evelyn costs $8 and lasted over a year when I was shaving every workday.
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