June 13, 2005 3:46 PM   Subscribe

Schick Quattro and Schick Quattro For Women: what's the difference, really?
posted by punishinglemur to Shopping (20 answers total)
if it's like the gillette's my wife & I use, none at all. they're interchangable.
posted by boo_radley at 3:55 PM on June 13, 2005

one is pink.
posted by crunchland at 3:58 PM on June 13, 2005

posted by ldenneau at 4:00 PM on June 13, 2005

If there is any real difference, my guess is that it's in the quality of the blade.

That seems to be the case with the Mach 3, anyway. I'd been using a men's Mach 3 (my husband had two), and the blades last a couple of months for me. I received a Venus (women's mach 3) as a free sample, and was really disappointed that the blades were only good for a few uses before needing to be changed.

And the Venus blades cost more than the Mach 3 blades, too. What a rip-off.
posted by luneray at 4:26 PM on June 13, 2005

When I looked at them at WalMart, the only difference I could find was about $4 in the price.
posted by mischief at 4:34 PM on June 13, 2005

does anyone else find it funny that razors sport more and more blades? where will this stop?

holding out for the Schick Venti myself - a quick shave with a delicious coffee - mornings (or pre-date rituals) were never so efficient.
posted by seawallrunner at 4:36 PM on June 13, 2005

btw, (and i know this doesn't answer the question), but the mach3 is a much better razor (women's and mens we've tried em all).
posted by jba at 4:50 PM on June 13, 2005

Schick's cheaper razors come in pink, black, and mysterious genderless green (for uncomfortable feminists like moi-meme?), but seem to be otherwise identical, so I vote meaningless and inexplicable gendering.
posted by ITheCosmos at 5:23 PM on June 13, 2005

I'm pretty sure the women's version will be inferior. I think Gillette's marketing department is pretty cocksure of themselves, and would have no problem selling an inferior product at a higher price. Name of the game, really.
posted by five fresh fish at 5:51 PM on June 13, 2005

Either way, they both may not be available much longer, so stock up now.
posted by schoolgirl report at 6:19 PM on June 13, 2005

The prescient Mad magazine wrote about the marketing of razoe blades in 1979 (!)
posted by sleslie at 6:33 PM on June 13, 2005

The "Women's" ones besides being pink, are easier to hold in the shower/tub, being more bulbously phallic.

Also, the rubbery strips on the fore and aft of the blades seem to make it easier to shave my legs.
posted by blasdelf at 6:52 PM on June 13, 2005

Not sure of the brand, but I once tried to shave with my wife's razor, and it was pretty clumsy. The handles are shaped to accomodate a different grip than what I use when gripping my own razor. So, IMHO, that was the one and only difference I could ever find. Ergonomics.

I would like to know why blades are so %&#$@ EXPENSIVE! (I know, I know...because they can)
posted by Thorzdad at 6:52 PM on June 13, 2005

Do the men's blades fit on the Venus handle? I do like the Venus handle for the easy-to-handle-in-the-bath reasons mentioned above.
posted by matildaben at 7:00 PM on June 13, 2005

Yes, matildaben, they do.
posted by Ruki at 7:16 PM on June 13, 2005

and wasn't there a mefi post on how awesome old-fashioned saftey razors were? I have a sudden interest in them.
posted by boo_radley at 7:33 PM on June 13, 2005

I bumped into that MAD parody a while back; someone should find it and scan it all in. It's damn funny, even before you notice that it's so prescient. If only they were still that funny.
posted by NickDouglas at 10:03 PM on June 13, 2005

Women's razors seem to have a bigger gap between the blades, to accommodate longer hairs. On occasions when I haven't shaved in a week, the Mach 3 is no good at all - it clogs instantly. Women's disposable razors seem to work better then, and they are also good for cutting nose hairs.
posted by springload at 2:36 AM on June 14, 2005

From my experience, for many brands / styles of razors there's no difference between the men's and women's blades, except that the women's blades tend to be pink and often cost much less.

I bought a pack of Schick Protector blades (for women) and used them with my men's handle, because I didn't care that the pink blades clashed with the red handle if it saved me $4. Didn't have a problem with them at all.

springload wrote "they are also good for cutting nose hairs."

You're either sticking the blade in sideways, or you have some big damn nostrils.
posted by caution live frogs at 11:12 AM on June 14, 2005

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