Between the worlds of hard-core, straight-edge blades and convenient electric shavers lies the day-to-day drama of multiblade razors. Yearning for more than the plastic variety, we looked at four upscale models with varying price points. Three use Gillette’s Mach3 blade, while a fourth uses a Gillette five-blade for a debatably closer shave. The difference comes down to balance, grip, design, materials, and maybe the badger-hair brush.
The flat, curved handle is rubberized on the inside for a firm grip. Its weight is solid, and the blade-ejector button is discreetly integrated into the design. A travel version, called Verona, is just as sleek and comes with a leather pouch. $250 ($500 with badger-hair brush and magnetic stand), $225 for travel model; hommage.com
The Art of Shaving: Power Razor
Developed in conjunction with Gillette, it looks like a manual model, but the five blades pulse gently at the touch of a button while a tiny searchlight illuminates the area being shaved. An additional single blade on the rear is for trimming. Nice grip. $150 ($325 with badger-hair brush and stand)
Molton Brown: Cutting Edge
Hand-polished, nickel-plated brass fittings make this a handsome razor. But looks aren’t everything. The handle tends to get slippery when wet and feels too light. We prefer Molton Brown’s skincare products, like the new Re-charge Black Pepper Shave Oil ($30) that minimizes razor burn and ingrown hairs. $150 (stand included); moltonbrown.com
Acqua Di Parma: De Luxe
Its asymmetrical design concentrates weight near the bottom of the handle, so this Italian-made razor feels heavier than the rest. But the slight arc of the wenge wood provides a wonderful grip. The Collezione Barbiere shave cream, balm, and cologne set ($120) is a nice complement. $310 ($675 with badger-hair brush and stand); acquadiparma.com