The Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sensitive razor

The Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sensitive lays claims to being first five blade razor designed for sensitive skin.

The Hydro 5 Sensitive is part of a new range of razors launched by Wilkinson Sword early in 2016. It features gel reservoirs on the razor heads.

Similarly to Hydro 5 – which you can also find reviewed here on MannedUp.com – the hood of the Hydro 5 Sensitive holds anti-friction gel in seven individual pods, rather than in a conventional lubricating strip, on the hood of the razor. The plastic strip bearing the aloe gel can be pulled back during trimming.

Designed for a sensitive shave

Remarkably, research undertaken in the UK has revealed that more than four in every ten men reveals put off shaving, to some degree, due to the irritation it triggers.

As the first five blade razor to be developed for use on sensitive skin, the Hydro 5 Sensitive cuts – that’s probably an ill-chosen word when used while discussing shaving products – new ground.

The sleek new razor was tested by dermatologists prior to release onto the UK market.

The razor's head features gel anti-friction pods.

The razor’s head features gel anti-friction pods.

The razor’s look and feel

Like other products in the Hydro range, the razor features a neat, curved design but is immediately distinguishable from because of its colour scheme.

The Hydro 5 Sensitive hood features a lime green hood and a blue plastic strip below the five blades.

Flashes of lime green also add a dash of colour to the razor’s handle. The curved handle consists of a silver-coloured metallic shaft and light grey rubber, making the razor easy to grip while shaving.

The head of the Hydro 5 Sensitive swivels when pressure is applied then pulls back into its original position when released.

A man holds a Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sensitive razor.

A man holds a Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sensitive razor with a snapped back hood.

Innovations by Wilkinson Sword

Wilkinson Sword is a British company whose origins can be traced to 1772. The current name was introduced in 1889, in recognition of the role played by James Wilkinson in the evolution of the company. He developed techniques to produce sword blades with improved strength during the first half of the 19th century.

Today not many people are award that the company also produced motorcycles for a time. Starting with the Wilkinson TMC – which stands for Touring Motor Cycle – a luxury bike with a 848cc engine produced from 1911 to 1916.

During World War One Wilkinson Sword produced swords and bayonets for troops of the British Empire embroiled in fighting on the Western Front and other theatres of conflict.

In 1961 the company launched Teflon coated stainless steel blades onto the market, a step towards making shaving smoother and more comfortable.

The current additions to the Hydro range, including the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sensitive, build on a history of producing razor blades that started in 1890.

A Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sensitive razor blade.

A Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sensitive razor blade.

The Wilkinson Sword Facebook page

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The handle and bacl of the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sensitive.

The handle and back of the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sensitive razor.

3 Comments

  1. Looks very good wish I could try one could do with a good shave

  2. Carol Flynn says:

    This is the razor my chap uses upon his well-chiselled chin. Sometimes I use it on my legs (the razor, not his chin).

  3. I like these razors and have been using them since late 2016.

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