Reinventing the wheel is just not going to happen. Reinventing the razor by adding a couple wheels is something I have seen, but not until now have I had the opportunity to give one a try. The HeadBlade ATX is being touted as an “all terrain” razor, but for this review the only non-facial “terrain” service it’s been a part of has been atop my big shiny dome.
HeadBlade has been around since 1999, and though this razor, as with many of the razors on the market today, has gone through a number of evolutionary changes, the premise has remained a constant: To deliver a close shave quickly and with a minimum of skin shredding. The HeadBlade ATX pulls this off with great ease thanks to its very functional form. A good shave, however, doesn’t just happen with the ATX, it takes a little practice, especially if you happen to be accustomed to the regular blade on a stick razor configuration.
When learning to use the ATX, you have to fight the urge to angle the blade the same way you would a conventional razor. Doing so results in a very frustrating user experience and a bad shave. Once you realize that the little wheels are there for a reason and that they can be trusted, the HeadBlade ATX really shines.
The combination of a HeadBlade HB4 four blade cartridge and a little squirt of their HeadSlick Mentholated Shave Cream and you are off on an all-terrain adventure that’ll leave you feeling cool and smooth. If, like me, you thought the HeadBlade razor wasn’t much more than a gimmicky marketing ploy, we’ll have to stand corrected together. The HeadBlade system works as advertised and provides a quick, close shave time after time.
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