Monthly Archives: September 2005

Prime Blades

Life imitates Onion. It’s uncanny: the Onion got it spot on, right down to the second lubra-strip. It makes you wonder where Gillette’s R&D department are getting their ideas from.

Mathematically-minded (or bored) observers will have noticed that, in leapfrogging the 4-blade solution, Gillette has established an interesting protocol: only producing razors with a prime number of blades. Next comes the 7-bladed razor, then 11, then finally the one we’ve all been waiting for: a square-headed, quadra-lubra-stripped, 13-bladed behemoth, powered by a car battery and aptly named the “Gillette Unlucky For Some”.

Interesting times.