Archive for March, 2009

Cool758: The razor phone that really shaves

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

While the iPhone is getting the cut and paste functionality, other mobile phone manufacturers are trying a litteral implementation of a cutting tool. Indeed, the Cool758 mobile phone is a very interesting invention as it let its owner make phone calls (which, so far is a normal function on a mobile), but it also allow him to use its shaver on the base of the phone to shave! It’s far from the Motorola RAZR, as this phone really integrates a shaver, making it the first “razor phone” or “shaving phone“.

Cool758: The razor phone that really shaves

Cool758: The razor phone that really shaves

If shaving isn’t your thing, there’s always its dual-sim capability, a touchscreen, an FM radio, and a 2 megapixel camera to fall back on. The Cool758 is available on the site Solomobi.com is currently selling around £70.

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Win Treatments at Nickel Spa in London worth over £150

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

nickel contestMankind is running a contest to win treatments at Nickel Spa in London worth over £150. To participate, it’s simple, you will need to purchase any 2 Nickel products from Mankind website between the 19th March and midnight of 16th April 2009, and use the Promotio Code WINSPA.

nickel Competition to win Treatments at Nickel Spa in London worth over £150 !!

Nickel Competition to Win Treatments at Nickel Spa in London worth over £150 !!

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Damascene Razor: The World’s Most Expensive Straight Razor

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Hommage, the Parisian purveyor of luxury grooming equipment, skincare and spa services for men, has created a limited edition, platinum-sheathed straight razor using the same ancient layering techniques as the Crusaders’ swords, for $30,000. Called the Damascene Razor, the blade is hand-forged in Germany with 128 layers of legendary Damascene steel, with a rose and torsion pattern. The sheath is plated in pure platinum, treated to resist tarnishing. The name Damascene is often attributed to the steel swords made in the vicinity of Damascus, Syria and first gained its mythical reputation during the medieval Crusades.

Damascene Razor: The World's Most Expensive Razor for $30,000

Damascene Razor: The World's Most Expensive Razor for $30,000

The razor comes in a lacquered gift box of Tanzanian anigré wood. According to Hommage, “the blade of a Damascus steel sword was said to be able to cut a piece of silk in half as it fell to the ground and was strong enough to cut through a rock without losing its sharpness“, it can also be used to eventually get the world’s most expensive shave.

You can also check Hommage new shaving set, the Hommage Monte-Carlo Shave Set which costs £2,625, manufactured at 500 pieces.

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Gillette Sensor advert from 1994

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Friends of nostalgia, do you remember Gillette’s advert from the 90s? This is a video from Youtube showing the Gillette Sensor advert from 1994 with the magic key phrase “Gillette, The Best A Man Can Get!“: I hope you will enjoy this ad:

It’s good to see again all these old adverts. I will try to find more TV ads for all main razor brands to share with you.

Review of the RazorPit Razor Blade Sharpener

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Let’s review the RazorPit: Mankind has launched exclusively in the UK the RazorPit, a revolution that will change the shaving experience and  decrease the expenses related to it.  The RazorPit is a razor blade sharpener made of a small silicone plate that within a few seconds sharpens the razor blades, making them as good as new. In just a few strokes on the RazorPit, you will extend the life of blades for up to a year. It also removes and clean the soap coverings, skin and hair that accumulate to the cutter blade and makes them dull. RazorPit is imperishable and by extending the razor blades life, you can do your bit for the environment and save yourself money as you will not need to replace them as often. The RazorPit can be purchased here for only £19.95.

RazorPit Razor Blade Sharpener - Only £19.95

Buy the RazorPit Razor Blade Sharpener for only £19.95

Razorpit Compatible razors

Razorpit is compatible with practically every shaver/razor on the market today (about 95% of razors), such as Gillette Mach 3, Gillette Mach 3 Turbo, Gillette Mach 3 Power, Gillette Mach 3 Power Turbo, Gillette Fusion, Gillette Fusion Power, Gillette Fusion Stealth, Gillette Venus, Gillette Venus Devine, Gillette Vibrance, all Wilkinson razors and a long list of other brands and models.

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Safety Razor with an oscillating blade

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The oscillating razor is commun these days, but did you know it was invented 66 years ago? In 1933, an inventor created the first safety razor using an oscillating blade connected  to a pair of friction rollers which revolves and causes the whole blade to move sideward with a reciprocating motion, as indicated by arrows in the photograph (click on it to see it full size). The article says that the miniature mowing machine is declared to give an unusually close shave with a minimum of chafing and discomfort. Personnaly, I think that having a razor blade moving side to side against my skin sounds a litlle lethal.

oscillating_saftey_razor

oscillating_saftey_razor

[Especially designed for those with tender skins and tough beards, a new safety razor employs an oscillating blade to cut the hairs.]

Using the same principal, Gillette created a battery-powered rather than friction-powered razor, the Gillette Fusion Power Battery Powered Shaving System.

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Invention of the first 5 blades safety razor

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Invention of the first 5 blades safety razor

Invention of the first 5 blades safety razor

If you were thinking that Gillette would be the first to invent a five bladed razor, then let me tell you: They are 76 years too late, it was created in 1933! Indeed, the 5 blades are used in a new type of safety razor designed by a French inventor. It was advertised that a stroke of the razor across the face would remove every trace of hair in its path, based on the hysteresis effect. Also, speeding up the shaving, this razor did not need to be be taken apart after shaving, a simple rinsed under the faucet and screwed, head down in its dedicated case. The blades require no sharpening, according to the manufacturer, and will give good service indefinitely.

Gillette started manufacturing in 2006 the Gillette Fusion, which uses five blades and a lubricating strip on both the front and back.

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Gillette 1909 Safety Razor advert

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

This is Gillette’s adverts day! God I love looking at these old adverts for Gillette Safety Razors. I’ve found another great one, from 1909, it’s a French advert which shows the Gillette razor as the King of the razors (Le sacre du roi des rasoirs).The advert underlines that the safety razor does not need sharpening, and that it’s a great gift which worthes a lot and doesn’t cost much. For the French learners, safety razor is translated by “rasoir de sureté“.

Gillette 1909 Safety Razor

Gillette 1909 Safety Razor

This Gillette advert was published for the first time in the December 1909 Edition of L’Illustration. If you are interested by this advert you will also be interested by some old Gillette razors.

Early Gillette Advert for Safety Razor

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

This morning I wrote a post about an advert from Gillette staring a baby shaving, that I though was created in the 50s. I was wrong! I’ve been looking deeper in it, and I’ve found out that this ad was in fact created in the early 1900s !!! There is another copy of this great Gillette’s ad, this time in English, as you can see below:

Early Gillette Advert for Safety Razor

Early Gillette Advert for Safety Razor

If you like it, you can purchase a post at this address

French Gillette advert: First Shave

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

As always, I was browsing the web to find some interesting shaving trivia to share with my visitors. Today, I have found a great advert from Gillette showing a baby starting shaving early with a Gillette double edge safety razor. This advert is in French, probably from the early 50s, no much more information about it, except that is made me laugh when I saw it.

Gillette advert: Shaving baby

Gillette advert: Shaving baby


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