Evolution in the Bathroom - picture by Koert van Mensvoort


I have been conducting some attempts to backtrack the evolution of Gillette shaving razors appearing in my bathroom. Whereas older shavers were simple sticks with a blade on top, the recent models appear like fully accessorized Ferrari's. I and my colleagues believe wet and electric shaving are developing itself towards a common evolutionary optimum, possibly closely related to vacuum cleaner design.


Unfortunately our collection still has some 'missing links' and furthermore, there are serious scientific doubts about the second razor from the left, which is believed to belong to a different sub-species. If you happen to have a razor in your bathroom you believe to be this missing link, we would highly appreciate it if you send it to us for investigation.


Mail your 'missing link' razor to:


Next Nature Research

t.a.v. Koert van Mensvoort MSc MFA

Eindhoven University of Technology, Industrial Design Department

PO Box 513

5600 MB EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

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  • http://irfarmacia.com/apcalis-oral-jelly-r.html

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  • I have been trying to locate the original Gillett Trac 11, but can't seem to find them. Are they discontinued?

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  • We have found the missing link in shaving evolution. Stop sending your razors. Thank you.

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    How to shave yourself a quick and symmetrical goatee: http://www.likecool.com/GoateeSaver--Grooming--Body.html

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  • Shaving in 2020? ;-) <img src="https://nextnature.net/research/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/fiveblades_530.jpg">

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    LOL That music video is just ... nuts! :-P I would love to see a parody of this one with one of the beardy guys...

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  • Guys, forget about Taliban or Amish. Today, I just glipsed into shaving future: http://www.shaveeverywhere.com/

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    Ah yes, but you forgot to mention the Amish in North America or orthodox jews in Israel... So what can we learn from that?

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  • Hey Arnoud, I believe the non shaving experiment you propose is already carried out.... by the Taliban. According to them, real men have a beard the size of at least one fist.

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    If men weren't so eager to shape the world and themselves in it, we'd all grow beards now, wouldn't we?! Facial hair is a metaphor for that. But are men worse than women in this perspective? The only way to find out is to not shave again and see how people change and if/how mentality changes. Makes me wonder what women would look like without the shaving industry... ehrrr... on second thought, I take that back :-D

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  • Real men shave themselves with a stone.

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  • I can't remember what I started with, but I swtiched to the Gillette Sensor around 1990, but never really saw the point to "upgrade" to any other model. Why pay more for blades, the Sensor works pretty good. A couple years ago, I switched to a Classic Safety Razor and haven't touched a plastic cartridge since. I get a closer shave and the blades I buy cost a fraction of the cost of the plastic cartridge blades. here's a nice review of classic shaving from a founder of Wired Magazine: http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/000979.php

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  • > Longer handle over time reflective of larger/taller humans over time? Or better product placement in the shops?

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  • http://www.theonion.com/content/node/33930

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  • Longer handle over time reflective of larger/taller humans over time?

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