If you're both a) serious about grooming and b) flush with cash but c) don't live near a proper barber shop, then The Art of Shaving Power Shave Collection ($400-$450) is for you. This incredibly stylish set includes a first-of-its-kind brush, featuring either pure or fine badger hair, that uses powered oscillations designed to lift the beard and produce a rich lather, helping the weighted, powered, spotlight-boasting razor to shave that much closer. Polished chrome and black lacquered accents abound on the brush, razor, and included stand, making it one of the most impressive grooming sets we've seen.
When you think about it, changing tiny plastic combs out just to try and get your facial hair the right length is pretty archaic. The Remington Touch Control Beard & Stubble Trimmer ($50) does away with this concept for good by giving you control of an LED touchscreen, offering up 175 different lengths from 0.4mm to 18.0mm, or a wide enough range to handle nearly every style, from standard stubble to a moderate moustache.
Forget to shave in your rush to make out of the house on time? That wouldn't be an issue if you were rocking a Carzor ($17). This handy gadget combines a razor, blade storage, and a mirror in a collapsible, credit card-sized package, making it a no-brainer to carry with you at pretty much all times — just be careful when flying, as we doubt the TSA will find the tricky design to be as novel. [via]
Is your handsome mug insured for several million dollars? Then perhaps you can justify buying a Zafirro Iridium Razor ($100,000). This insanely-expensive razor is also insanely advanced, featuring a handle made from pure iridium — which is mainly derived from meteorites — particle-sharpened solid white sapphire blades with edges that are less than 100 atoms across — roughly 5,000 times thinner than a human hair — and pure platinum screws to hold the whole thing together. Limited to just 99 razors, although we suspect they may have trouble finding that many buyers. [Thanks, Arrick]
It only makes sense that one of the most expensive shaving kits we've ever seen was designed by the same guy who designed one of the most expensive cars we've ever laid eyes on: the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The TwinLuxe Chrome Edition Shave Set ($800-$1,600) is a good match for the Phantom driver, featuring a devastatingly simple design with an integrated razor that packs Gillette Fusion blades, and a holder for the included dry TwinLuxe Shave Brush, all adorned in perfectly-polished chrome, solid white alumina ceramic, or a highly wear-resistant PVD coating. And if you're needing some skin and shaving creams, gels, and other products, they've got 'em, with bottles designed by the same Phantom vet.
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It might look a little odd, with its oversized head, but it's that head that helps the Panasonic Vortex Arc Shaver ($180) deliver a consistently close shave. Capable of wet or dry operation, the Arc features an ultra-thin foil, Nanotech blades that cut hairs off at their bases, Multi-Arc floating blades for uniform, even pressure on hard-to-shave spots like the chin, a blue LCD status display, a pop-up trimmer, and a fully automatic cleaning and charging system to ensure it's ready to go when you need it.
Finally decide to get rid of your 5 o'clock shadow once and for all? Ensure it stays gone with the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D Shaver ($240). This flagship shaver features three dynamic cutting elements mounted on a GyroFlex 3D platform, allowing it to conform to the curves and angles of your face, while the AquaTec seal lets you shave wet or dry. Other features include an automatic travel lock and carrying case, a zinc liquid metal frame, and a touch control display that lets you know when it's time to charge up.
You'd think that after all these years, someone would have figured out how to make a better nail clipper. And now they have. The Klhip ($50) is the result of reverse engineering the standard clipper, featuring a design that has you applying pressure directly above the blade, leading to smoother nails and no clippings on the floor. Made in the USA from surgical stainless steel and finished in an attractive satin, the Klhip may well be cure for that nasty nail biting habit.
Do you really need another excuse to splash booze on your face? If the answer's yes, check out Kyoku Sake Infused Shave Cream ($35). Apparently, sake "softens and intensely moisturizes the skin" — which would have only served as more incentive to down a bottle of Wakatake Daiginjo — and this mixture also includes silicone micro particles to help your blade glide across your burly, wind-hardened skin.
If you haven't noticed, we dig black around here. So it's no surprise that we're enchanted by the Baxter 45th Anniversary Razor ($345). Produced in a limited run, this commemorative cut throat razor features a handmade, blackened Hart Steel blade, a special black Horse Butt Leather sleeve from Makr Carry Goods, and a black handle to round out the darkness, which is broken up only by the 14k gold inlay "45" on the spine. Good for serious groomers and deranged, black-obsessed killers alike.
Prefer a permanent five o'clock shadow to a perfectly clean face? Then the Philips Norelco Stubble Trimmer ($35) may be right up your alley. Sporting nine length settings, this precise powerhouse can trim as close as 1mm, and does so comfortably thanks to a flexing guide comb and self-sharpening, hardened Inox steel blades. Just remember that it's for facial use only, lest you end up with an itchier downstairs than your buddy who picked up crabs on his last trip to Panama.
Remember that Fusion Chrome Power Shaving Set we told you about a while back? Well, now the set's optional, as is the "power." The Art of Shaving Fusion Chrome Razors ($100-$150) include the Fusion Chrome Power, the Fusion Chrome ProGlide Power, and the Fusion Chrome Manual, all featuring a perfectly balanced, nicely weighted and handcrafted polished chrome handle, as well as Gillette's smooth-gliding five-bladed Fusion shaving system. A great marriage of lasting elegance and disposable convenience, without the decidedly sporty blue and orange color scheme.