About Atomic Blade
The Atomic Blade is a shaving razor that trades in the popular multi-blade design commonly used today for a classic single blade approach. Billed as your grandfather's razor reinvented, the Atomic Blade features a utilitarian, industrial look with its all-black finish and textured, extra long handle.
The product’s creators state that the Atomic Blade is an alternative to overpriced and hard-to-clean multi-blade razors. Unlike these options, they claim that the product can withstand tough abuse, even showing it survive a blow torch.
Using the product involves turning the knob at the tip of the handle, which adjusts the angle of the stainless steel blade and also opens the butterfly design to replace it when it wears down. The handle itself is 25 percent longer than standard razors, potentially leading to a more comfortable experience for those with larger hands.
The Atomic Blade’s website doesn’t list the cost of replacement blades. When we called customer support, we were told that they could not answer any questions because the product had been discontinued. We called back twice and received the same response each time. Despite this, as of August 15th, 2017, it was still available for purchase on the main website.
The blades look visually similar to standard safety razor replacements, so you might be able to use these, but without customer service being able to confirm this this, and without testing it ourselves, we can’t guarantee that this is the case.
How Safety Razors Differ From Other Shaving Devices
Safety razors have been in use since at least the mid-1800’s, and offer a different experience to traditional multi-blade razors because of a few main aspects of their design. Namely, safety razors use only a single, sometimes double-sided blade that is positioned on a head that does not swivel or conform to the skin as you shave. This makes the angle you approach your face from vital to the overall effectiveness (and safety) of your shave.
In general, the consensus amongst safety razor users on forums like badgerandblade.com and bladeforums.com is that blades tend to last about a week if shaving every day, or 4-5 shaves if you space out your grooming and let your hair grow a bit in between.
But what about for those with sensitive skin? In an article on Men’s Journal, Dr. Terrance Keaney, director of W for Men at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery clinic had this to say:
"I always tell my patients who get razor burn, bumps, and irritated skin when shaving to try a safety razor. All of these 4, 5, and 6 cartridge razors end up taking off too much skin and natural oils, leaving your face prone to breakouts, bleeding, and rashes.”
Another potential benefit of safety razors like the Atomic Blade? Cost. Those cartridge razors tend to be more expensive than a simple standard razor blade, so even though there is still an ongoing cost with safety razors, it will usually be more affordable overall, based on our research.
What about the Atomic Blade itself though? How much will it cost you to own one?
Atomic Blade Pricing & Return Policy
Currently, the Atomic Blade is priced at $19.99, with free shipping & handling. This standard option also includes 24 replacement blades, which the manufacturer says should last you about a year. It is also available as a deluxe double offer including two Atomic Blades and 48 total replacement razors for $29.98, again with free s&h.
The terms and conditions on the product’s website state that you have a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, with the company offering full refunds for 30 days, excluding shipping & handling (which is free in this case, except for return shipping, which you’ll be required to pay).
When you get ready to ship a product back, Telebrands asks that you include the following:
- Your order number and/or your complete name, address, and billing phone or email addres
- A detailed explanation regarding your reason for returning the item(s)
- Information about whether you would like a refund or a replacement
Atomic Blade vs. Other Shaving Options
The core features of the Atomic Blade include a single blade razor that is durable and adjustable. The question now becomes; are any other companies out there delivering similar products?
As it turns out, they are. During our research on Google and marketplaces like Amazon.com, we were able to find dozens of single blade razors that feature extra long handles, replaceable blades, a metal construction, and a butterfly opening. That being said, a fair portion of these were priced higher than the product in question, ranging from $24 to $36 and up.
A few, however, were priced lower, in the $15 to $18 range. Many of these were on Amazon, where they featured numerous customer reviews. One such product, the MCS "Journeyman" Safety Razor, was priced at $14.67 and held a four and a half star rating based off of 19 reviews as of this writing.
This razor features a butterfly opening, a metal construction, and an elongated handle, but notably, it lacks the adjustable shaving angle of the Atomic Blade. In fact, none of the other products we found during our research included this feature. Some, however, featured the ability to adjust how much of the blade was exposed to the skin, often via a numbered dial system.
The Atomic Blade also featured the most replacement blades of any product, especially when you consider that you receive 48 with the deluxe option.
One last consideration to make would be the weight of the product itself. While reading through various reviews on Amazon, we noticed many customers discussing how heavy the various safety razors were. Some said that they preferred heavier models because they allowed them to get a closer shave without having to press into the skin too hard, potentially causing cuts and nicks in the process.
We tried asking customer support how much the Atomic Blade weighs, but again, we were told that they couldn’t provide this info as it was discontinued.
If you’re simply looking for the cheapest, most basic option, something like the MCS "Journeyman" Safety Razor might be ideal.
If you’d like to be able to adjust the angle of the blade, however, or you prefer the blacked out look of the Atomic Blade, it may be worth it to pay a bit more and go this route, especially when you factor in the numerous extra blades that come with the product (though, to be fair, standard replacements can be found for around 20 cents online.)
At the same time, if weight is important to you, it may serve you best to go with a product that lists its weight, so you know what you’ll be getting ahead of time.
Atomic Blade: Our Verdict
Bringing everything that we’ve learned about the Atomic Blade into focus, we have a few thoughts on the product as a whole. Firstly, while the longer handle may be ideal for those with larger hands, others might find the design to be a bit cumbersome compared to regular safety razors.
Additionally, the makers of the Atomic Blade state that it can be used without shaving cream. While you may not have to use any, everyone shown in the product’s commercial does, and it’s easy to imagine that shaving would be a more comfortable experience this way overall.
Finally, we aren’t told the weight of the product, which may be important seeing as the heavier the device is, the less you’ll have to press into your skin (which could potentially cause nicks and cuts).
Without having tested the product ourselves, there’s no way to definitively state that the Atomic Blade will deliver “your closest shave yet”. Still, common sense tells us that you should be able to achieve a relatively close shave with just about any safety razor that uses a traditional blade.
Ultimately, if you choose to purchase the Atomic Blade, keep the 30-day return policy in mind, as well as the razor’s status as a discontinued product, which may impact any future support needs you have.
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