Getting a close shave with an electric razor isn’t impossible, but it takes some fierce engineering to match the effectiveness of a razor-sharp metal blade and a lathered face. With the new Arc6, Panasonic has: defied the laws of our universe, and probably many others, with a cutting head with a total of six moving blades, promising cleaner results in a single pass.
Imagine tackling an overgrown lawn by attaching secateurs, trimmer, scissors, sickle and lawnmower to a riding mower, and you’ll get a general idea of what it’s like to drag the Panasonic Arc6 across your face .
The shaving head features two titanium-coated blades for thick stubble that work alongside two lifting blades and two finishing blades to cut and cube all other types of facial hair, including those tricky whiskers that settle on the jawline and nape of the neck . According to Panasonic, all six blades are made from “Panasonic’s advanced Japanese blade technology known for its strength, sharpness and durability.” The blades are also “forged from the same highest quality stainless steel used to make Japanese swords…” If you’ve ever fantasized about shaving with a samurai sword, this is perhaps the closest you’ll come to realizing it. that dream. (Never try to shave with a sword, regardless of its historical significance.)
To reduce the number of times the shaver has to be dragged over a user’s face to trim the last hairs, the Arc6 also has a floating trimmer head which, along with the six blades that can rotate up and down, offers 22 different directions of movement so that the cut surfaces remain as close to the skin surface as possible. This added flexibility also ensures that the shaver is effective on a wider range of faces, and Panasonic claims the new Arc6 also cuts a wider swath than its predecessor, the Arc5, whose five blades now seem so primitive.
The Arc6’s electric motor delivers 1,400 horizontal strokes every second, and to maximize battery life, a built-in beard sensor measures stubble thickness and density 220 times per second and automatically adjusts the motor’s power 14 times per second, so that it only runs at full power when needed. The way razors go, it sounds like something born out of Tony Stark’s private R&D lab, which also helps explain the $400 price tag — or $500 if you buy it with a cleaning and charging station — when it arrives in April. becomes available in the US.
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