I’ve been shaving since I was 19 – I was a late bloomer – and since day one, my shaving routine has been in a state of constant struggle between electric shavers and razors. I’m not too proud to admit that there was even a dark chapter in my life when I thought it’d be cool to use a straight razor. Do you have any idea how long that takes? You have to make sure the blade is sharp, heat up the lather, then be super careful that you don’t slice your own throat. I was getting up an hour early every other morning just to shave! But I digress…
I’ve been through my fair share of male grooming products. I’ve gone from high-end, top-of-the-line, special order electric shavers, all the way down to bargain store disposable razor blades, and just about everything in between. I’m constantly looking for the best shave possible. For the Excalibur of shaving devices. The one product that will end my search and bring about an era of love and prosperity for all males that have passed through the gauntlet of puberty and entered the realm of manhood! You might even say that I’m obsessed with this endeavor. Many people have. My own wife is one of them. But to them, I say “Phooey!” and “Pshaw!” Shaving is what defines us as men and separates us from the animals!
Why shouldn’t I find the best possible way to remove the hair that is constantly encroaching my face? So what makes a great shaver? For me, it’s the three S’s, speed, smoothness, and slice-ability. Speed is the first quality and it’s an easy one to explain. I’ve got to shave every other morning, and usually when I’m already late for work. I need a shaver that doesn’t leave me standing in front of the bathroom mirror for hours on end. Smoothness is also pretty self-explanatory. You know why you’re really shaving, right? Because your wife, or girlfriend, or lady you picked up at the bar wouldn’t let you anywhere near her if you didn’t. Ladies might claim they like the look of a rugged man, but when it comes time to get close they’re looking for a smooth face to snuggle up to.
The last quality is slice-ability, and yes that’s a word I made up. You know that feeling you get when you’re using a dull razor or an electric shaver that’s lacking in the power department? That feeling of the blade cutting the hair, but not through it, and then ripping the hair out by the root? That’s got to be one of the most painful experiences a man can go through, and I don’t like it. That’s why “slice-ability” is a major selling point for me when purchasing a shaving device. I want something that’s going to cut through my beard hair like a samurai sword wielded by Keanu Reeves. Which brings me to the Panasonic Arc 3 ES-LT71-S Review.