Written on: 14/05/2008 by mark lucas (13 reviews written)
You may require plastic surgery after using.
So male grooming might not be something that takes up priority these days, especially with current trends. Nor might reading a review about it. Wanted to share my experience of this particular product anyway.
Shaving products generally make me laugh, every time I see an advert on TV some company have released a new improved version. In other words, added an extra blade. An extra dimension to the whole mundane experience men go through every morning (unless they're George Michael, Bob Geldof or that guy with the really white teeth from the Bee Gees). You can be sure in five years time we'll all be seeing 'innovative designs', all boasting 20 super duper jet-propulsion micro blades on a 30cm strip bigger than the average face " - For the extra smooth skin-shearing experience .
All these highly paid researchers & designers can't seem to get beyond adding an extra blade or two. Why didn't they just do that in the first place? Probably because It's totally unnecessary. Especially if you've got decent durable angled blades to begin with. Which brings me onto this product:
Wilkinson sword are market competitors for male shaving utensils. They're a slightly cheaper competitor and it shows. Using their shaving product with any amount of lubrication or skin enhancing protection still feels like you're ripping your beard out. I used a razor stick with a disposable head by these guys a while back (the quattro series). It's probably categorised mid range and looked like a jet fighter or maybe a silver BMW 7 series car? I'm not sure which. Anyway, not your average entry level plastic disposable for me, oh no!
Unfortunately it gave me a horrendous rash for weeks. The only way I got rid of it was by plastering my skin in heavy duty anti-septic cream every night, (which eventually dyed my pillow a suspect shade of pink).
I used my usual shaving cream (Gillette, the market leaders) which is great for sensitive skin. I've never had any problems with it before so blaming the razor wasn't a stretch. I wrote off to the European division of this company, even included a few snazzy photos of the skin hanging off my face. I wouldn't normally waste my time on something like that but was unemployed and curious at the time. I also wondered if there was a design fault and they'd had other complaints. They responded promptly with an apology, sending me back 5 free blades and a new Quattro stick. They were exactly the same brand which had torn my neck off. After weeks of bloated swollen facial irritation, didn't find much consolidation in them wishing me 'every confidence in their range'. They also stated they'd had no other complaints about the product, which made me wonder why they had a complaints dept allocated to the Quattro series in the first place. They advised I use a better shaving cream and suggested their own current range.
Wilkinson sword... cheapo blades? Hey, I'm not that vain but what's the cream going to do, melt my face off ? No thanks.