Gillette Fusion Phenom Manual
with Gillette Fusion HydraGel
Gillette's well-made, finely tuned Fusion Phenom is currently winning the ever-escalating "War of How Many Razor Blades," with five on the main shaving surface and one on top for "precision trimming" around sideburns, mustaches and in that little space under one's nose where five-blade high ordnance just won't do. The razor itself looks like something from a Gatorade-sponsored future, and though some say anything more than two blades is overkill—never mind five—it can't be said that the Fusion Phenom doesn't deliver a super-fast, very close and almost impossible-to-screw-up shave. Fusion HydraGel shave gel comes in five varieties, from "Clear Skin" to "Tough Beard," and lathers thickly and aromatically, with a refreshing, citrus-y scent. If you want to severely minimize the time you'll spend on those 14,000 shaves you'll perform over your lifetime, and make it so you'll never have a nick again, the Gillette Fusion Phenom is your best bet by far.
Gillette Fusion Phenom, $3.89; Refills, $24; Gillette Fusion HydraGel, $4