For years now, I’ve been fascinated by the raging “arms race” between pesky facial hair and the shaving industry.

First, came the single-bladed razor. That sufficed for well over 100 years. Then came the two-bladed razor, which lasted for about 20 years. Then came the three-bladed razor, followed by the four-bladed razor. One would think that no whisker could possibly survive the onslaught of all those blades.

But, lo and behold, now comes the miraculous five-bladed razor! Evidentally, the assumption in the razor industry is that, given enough blades on a razor, we will eventually be able to safely and painlessly slice right down to the very hair follicles themselves.

Where will it all end?

I’m not waiting with bated breath for the six, seven, and eight-bladed razors, one of which will provide me with an absolutely perfect shave with a single stroke.

I presume that we will eventually have a 10- or 20-bladed razor. And, just think, we will get all that for a mere $100 per shave (with each additional new blade, a single razor costs more and more).

Isn’t “progress” just wonderful?

Roland Fleming, Auburn

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