Smart Consumer: So which one has the cutting edge?
'Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will involve cold, hard steel. You will risk your skin . . . and put your neck on the line."
When actor Patrick Murphy got our message about his latest 'assignment', he had visions of an exciting new role in an action movie .
Alas, it was just your facetious consumer correspondent's way of asking him to test-shave some of the more popular razors.
High-definition TV makes viewers all too aware if the actor has suddenly grown five o'clock shadow when it's supposed to be 10am.
A close shave is also a must when applying prosthetic skin as Patrick discovered when he starred in a recent movie: Portrait Of A Zombie.
"I would have to spend an hour having it put on my face every day. My skin had to be smooth so that it would adhere properly," he says.
With sensitive skin and a career where close-ups are critical, he has the perfect credentials as this week's shaving correspondent.
Patrick assessed razors on four criteria -- styling, efficiency, closeness and skin-friendliness -- and wrote a report on each one.
We also asked some clean-cut guys to give us their verdicts on their favourite tool for shaving.
Computer engineer Frank Browne from Waterford recommends Gillette Machs -- "but anything with two blades up is usually good.
"I tried all the discount supermarket blades -- they're super cheap but they sliced my jowl up," he says.
Ken Kirwan works with Youghal-based glazing specialists SGS so he knows all about a cutting edge. He also goes for the Mach3.
"I find it takes longer for stubble to return."
Dublin photographer Darren Kinsella is happy with Aldi's own-brand razors. "They cost a fraction of the price of the brand names and do just as good a job.
"It's all marketing. There's only so close a blade can go in order to cut hair before it cuts into your skin," he says.