Razors have gotten pretty fancy over the years. They’ve gone from two blades all the way up to five blades on a single cartridge (or are they up to six already?). And as the number of blades has gone up, so has the cost of those blades. They often want $20 or more for a pack of 8 cartridges at the pharmacy.
But recently, I came across an American-made brand of razor that is the best shave I have ever had, and it costs about half of what you would pay for a leading brand of razor like Gillette or Schick. Now these brands make good razors too, but they are mostly imported, and boy are they expensive. If they are saving money by manufacturing blades overseas, very little of that savings has been passed on to the consumer.
The razor I now use is the M5 Magnum made by The Personna American Safety Razor Company. This razor is every bit as fancy as the other brands. It has five blades for regular shaving and an inverted safety blade on the edge for precision trimming. It’s got vitamin E and aloe for a smooth glide. It’s got a pivoting head that adjusts to the contour of your face. It even comes in plastic case that closes up and is very handy for traveling. What the M5 Magnum doesn’t offer is sticker shock.
The M5 Magnum consistently costs far less than the competition. You can buy an M5 Magnum with 20 cartridges on Amazon for $23.99. That comes out to just about $1.20 per cartridge.
Here’s the competition. Wallgreens Pharmacy is currently selling an 8-pack of Gillette Fusion Power cartridges, which are almost exactly the same products, for $23.99. That comes out to just about $3.00 per cartridge.
I’m not the only one who thinks the M5 Magnum is a great razor. Even though this razor costs significantly less than the competition, the M5 Magnum was the brand ranked best razor by Men’s Health magazine in 2010.
People just assume that American-made goods have to cost more because they are made by American workers, but that is simply is not the truth, and the M5 Magnum razor proves it. There are lots of great American products that are made in the U.S.A. and beat the competition on price. Sometimes they beat the competition soundly.
So, before you assume that buying American-made brands will cost more, give it a try for yourself. When you start buying American, you will find many high-quality American products that are at the price you would pay for an import or even below it.
Until next time, here’s to doing what we can to support our country by buying American.