The Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 razor

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The Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 is a five blade razor with an elegant black and blue design.

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Head of a Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 razor blade.
Head of a Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 razor blade.

The new Hydro 5 razor (£) has been described as revolutionary. The reason for that claim is the gel reservoir on the razor’s blue plastic head. The reservoir consists of a row of seven individual pods that, according to the Wilkinson Sword, reduce friction while shaving by 40 per cent in comparison to lubricating strips.

The razor and blades are available for purchase online at Amazon (£):

If you want to conserve the gel you can snap back the blue hood, so it doesn’t touch your face. Exposing the razor head can prove handy while trimming sideburns.

A look at the razor's gel pods.
A look at the razor’s gel pods and head.

The razor’s look and feel

The razor looks good thanks to its neat, gently curving design.

Black and blue are the dominant colours of the Hydro 5, interspersed by a narrow white strip. Those colours help emphasise the sweeping shape of the razor’s handle.

The blue material on the handle has a durable, rubber like feel, making it easy to grip during a wet shave.

The head of the Hydro 5 is able to swivel forwards and backwards, aiding shaving on areas such as the curve of the jawbone.

A man holds a Hydro 5 razor.
A man holds the Hydro 5 razor.

The launch of the Hydro 5 razor

The introduction of the Hydro 5 follows six years after Wilkinson Sword initially launched the Hydro shave care range.

Innovatively, the razors that came onto the market in 2010 hydrated throughout a shave, helping to minimise skin irritation. Two years later the gel reservoir was first seen when the Hydro Silk and Hydro Power Select razors were added to the range.

Prior to the launch of the new range of Hydro 5 razors, in 2016, a further advancement to Wilkinson Sword’s product range was made in 2014. The Hydro 5 Groomer (£) – which hydrates and can be used for shaving, trimming and edging – was made available to the public. The razor is available online via Amazon (£):

The origins of Wilkinson Sword

The company’s origins can be traced to 1772, when Henry Nock established a gun making workshop in London. It continues to make swords. Notably, a ceremonial sword was created for the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is 2002.

Nock’s son-in-law, James Wilkinson, entered the company as an apprentice in 1804. However, it wasn’t until 1889 that the company was renamed as Wilkinson Sword. Soon after it began producing razors. In 1898 the company released the innovative Pall Mall safety razor.

Five years after the end of World War Two Wilkinson Sword formed a joint venture with Osberghaus KG, a company based in Solingen. In 1955 they began manufacturing the world’s first stainless steel razor blades. A year later they launched onto the marked in England.

A number of landmark products have followed, including the world’s first stainless steel blades and the Quattro razor, in 2002, the first four-blade razor for men.

The Hydro 5 follows more than a century of shaving related innovation by this British company.

A Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 razor.
A Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 razor.

The Wilkinson Sword Facebook page

Stay informed about new shaving products via the Wilkinson Sword Facebook page.

A Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 razor.
The back of the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 razor.

One Comment

  1. Jane Olsen says:

    Thanks for the suggestion. I’m going to get my husband this razor as the one he’s using right now isn’t doing the job (and giving me a rash!).

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