Many moons ago, I promised to give you all an update on the Infinity Razor – the “last razor you’ll ever have to buy” due to its “carbon injected steel technology.” I’ll stop for a moment while everyone hits the rest button on their bullshit meters. Noisy little things.
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You’re all smart people, and if you regularly read this blog I hope that you’re all smart consumer as well, and that Jeremy and I have been able to teach you a thing or two about ASOTV products. First and foremost, anytime you hear a claim that uses the world “technology” paired with anything involving periodic elements, metallurgy, or the phrase “space age,” please take that with a grain of salt. The guys and gals who write ASOTV ad copy have a hard sell, and they rely heavily on buzzwords to make their product seem enticing. They’re waging their bets on the fact that most people won’t question the phrases they make up, and that they won’t look into their claims before purchasing the product.
Lucky for you, here at We Took the Bait, we’re not normal people. Case in point – carbon injected steel technology. Now, if you’re like me (ie: not a metalworker, chemist, or razor maker) having a razor made not only of bad*ss, hard as nails steel, but also injected with carbon – the impetus for life as we know it – seems like a good thing at first. But, I would be doing our readers a disservice if I didn’t look into their claims a little further. I Googled “carbon injected steel” and didn’t really come up with anything at first, which is weird because the infomercial for the Infinity Razor leads you to believe that they’re harnessing some cutting edge methods. Then I Googled “carbon steel” which led me to Wikipedia, which I then followed to this link which told me that 85% of the steel produced in the United States is carbon “injected” steel.
Not. Special. At. All.
As I told you in my first review of the Infinity Razor there was nothing outwardly remarkable to make me believe that it’ll still be shaving the hair out of my pits when I’m in the old folks home. In fact, I remarked that it looked just like a cheap old plastic razor that you can buy from the drugstore in a bag of twelve for five dollars. I distinctly remember being disappointed as I lathered my legs up. I was expecting to be part of a shaving revolution, a change in the way that Americans get rid of unwanted body hair when they don’t feel like waxing, epilating, lasering, or using any other process that already revolutionized the way America gets rid of unwanted body hair.
I was happy after my first use of the Infinity Razor, meaning that I used it to shave my legs and it did so in the fashion I expected. Just like any old razor would on the first go round. I rinsed it out and put it back in the little razor stand that it came in, and then a couple days later it was time to put it to use again. I noticed immediately that the blades of the razor had just been sitting inside of a pool of shower water. It turns out that the innovative and forward thinking inventors of the razor, smart enough to use and brag about using the most common kind of steel in the country, didn’t think about how that steel might react when forced to sit in a pool of soapy water while not in use. There are tons of razors that cost less than or close to the amount of the Infinity Razor that can be stored on the side of the shower with suction cups, so I’m unsure why this didn’t occur to the makers of the Infinity. So skeevy.
I rinsed it off, cleaned out the caddy, and used the razor again. Instead of putting it back into the storage cesspool, I let it hang out in the edge of the tub with my shaving gel. I figured they’d have some things in common to talk about.
The next time I used it, I noticed that it wasn’t so easy to rinse. The stubble and shower gel had formed sort of a barrier that made cleaning it difficult – after only three uses. Since the Infinity has a detachable head (weird for a blade that’s supposed to last until the Apocalypse…) I removed it and ran it under water. Then I discovered that I couldn’t get the blade attachment to stay on. Then I thought I had reattached it, only to have it slide off and scrape my leg when I used it.
Two strikes, Infinity Razor, two strikes.
I didn’t have to wait long for the third and final strike to put my Infinity Razor out of commission for good. About a month into using it, the blade periodically coming off and clogging up during each use and becoming increasingly duller, I entered the shower to discover a stop of rust on the blade. Unfortunately, my morning routine does not include getting tetanus. Experiment = over.
Ye olde lockjaw under the microscope.
So, in summary: the Infinity Razor looks, feels, shaves, and lasts about as long as a regular old plastic razor- probably because it’s made from the same stuff they are. In addition to its mediocrity, it’s also poorly made, and the detachable head gets easily clogged and slips off frequently when attached. We’ve promised not to tell you whether or not you should buy the products we review because, really, this is just one (admittedly, very smart and beautiful) person’s opinion. That being said, I have to tell you that this razor is a piece of crap and lasted about as long as a pile of coke at Lindsay Lohan’s Welcome Home From Jail party.
You can draw your own conclusions from here.
(Photo sources: http://www.stickerheads.com; http://www.butlersheetmetal.com; http://www.humanillnesses.com)