As most of you know, I shave my head. For decades I’ve used the basic Gillette razor, but lately I’ve gotten a few nicks that have made me question if I should bother to even keep shaving. After one of my co-workers saw the scar on the back of my head from one of my shaving episodes he suggested the ATX Headblade. I’ve had it for a few weeks now, and wanted to share my impressions.
First, the idea of using a wheel to guide the blade is a brilliant innovation. It means that your chance of the blade slipping and slicing your scalp sideways is tremendously minimized. As I’ve used the blade, I have never felt it slip to the side, as long as I keep the wheels to my scalp.
My first impression of the blade itself was that it was a bit more rugged feeling than a standard Gillette blade. The steel felt heftier, which works well when dealing with the rough skin on your scalp. I’ve used the first blade for a few weeks now, and it’s only now that it seems like I should switch it out.
The experience of shaving with the ATX Headblade is perhaps my biggest issue with it. The instructional videos show how to simply drive the blade across your head, and let the blade do its job. However, my head is not perfectly round and smooth, and I’ve discovered this even more when trying to use the ATX. Shaving the top of my head works just fine until I get about 2/3rds of the way back. Trying to get the blade to lie flat enough to make contact with the back of my scalp is a challenge when using it as instructed. Instead, I’ve started using the blade in more of a wheelie configuration. I often need to lift the front wheels up, so that the blade contacts my skull at the right angle to cut my hair.
I’ve also had some issues with using the blade along the side of my face, and behind my ears. These are awkward areas to shave, even with a traditional razor. By taking away the typical handle, I’ve had to learn how to hold the ATX to get it to work right in these areas. After a half dozen shaves, I’m starting to get the hang of it, but it’s not intuitive.
Finally, I’ve also felt like the shave I get from the ATX isn’t quite as close as what I got with a more traditional razor. This could be due to the perceived toughness of the blades, as they might not be quite as sharp as the Gillette blades. I haven’t been disappointed per se, but I’ve noticed the difference.
So should you buy the ATX Headblade to shave your head? From what I’ve stated above you may thing the answer is ‘No’, but despite it’s awkwardness, I haven’t nicked myself yet. I haven’t even felt like I’ve gotten close to nicking myself. That in itself is a bit plus with a blade like this. When the wheels are rolling the blade isn’t going to slip to the side in your hand, which means you won’t get nicked. So despite a few flaws, I can’t say I wouldn’t recommend the ATX.
I’ve been getting more used to using it, and it’s gotten the job done. It’s not any more expensive than a traditional razor, and it has helped to stop my head from bleeding. I’ll probably keep using it for a few more months, as the kit I bought came with multiple razors. Once I’ve got a solid 3-4 months under my belt I’ll decide if I want to go back to a traditional razor, but if not, I feel like the ATX Headblade is a capable blade that gets the job done.