Micro Touch One Razor (And How To Shave With It!)

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You may have seen the late night television commercial selling an old style safety razor called the Micro Touch One and it piqued your interest.   Maybe you were attracted by the sales pitch from that guy who runs the famous “Pawn Stars” shop in Las Vegas as seen on TV–I’ve been there and they do a lot of business so they must be doing something right.  Or maybe the commercial triggered a memory of you watching your father or your grandfather shaving when you were a kid and it appealed to you.  Or maybe you were attracted by the low cost of blades because they are a lot cheaper than cartridges for the modern razors.

Anyway, for whatever reason, you’re interested in the Micro Touch One.  But what do you really get for the money, and more importantly how do you use the razor?

micro touch one

I ordered the standard package with the razor and the extra blades when the commercial first aired on TV and it took over 8 weeks to arrive.  Hopefully they’ll improve the turn-around.  Anyway, I received the razor, a travel case with a little mirror in it, and four packs of blades.  There was also a little pamphlet on how to get started using the razor.  The instructions were actually pretty complete, though I think they did neglect to mention a couple things–but I’ll get more into that later.

DECEMBER, 2013 UPDATE: The razor has also appeared at some “megamart” retailers in the US, probably just for the holiday gift-giving season.  It appears to be the same razor and blades, though instead of a travel case there is a chrome razor stand:

big box micro touch 1

The razor has a relatively small amount of blade exposure, which should give it the reputation of being “gentle” and “forgiving” of technique.

mt1+weishi

The Micro Touch One razor and travel case look an awful lot like like one made by a Chinese company called Weishi, as you can see from the side-by-side comparison above.  The Weishi safety razor is in itself a knock-off of a Gillette razor from the early 1960’s so I supposed the Micro Touch One could be a knock-off of a knock-off–it is a bit lighter than the Weishi I bought a few years ago by a few grams.  But it would not surprise me if the Micro Touch One was made by Weishi.  And if that is the case you can use your favorite search engine or internet shopping site to find comparable razors and their prices.  But I should say that the razor is all metal and seems to be decent quality.  Only time will tell how well it will hold up over the long-run.

If you bought a One Touch Micro razor on an impulse from the TV commercial, you probably paid too much for what you got, and I don’t know how it’s going to hold up in the long run, but I think you will find it an acceptable entry into “old school” DE shaving.  Be prepared to give yourself some time to adjust to a new way of shaving.  However there are also other razors available to you that might be better.

The blades are from a South Korean company called Dorco, however these blades were made in Vietnam.  Again, knowing the company should give you the knowledge you need to find comparable prices.  The blades work fine for me (a bit harsh on the first few strokes but then it smoothed out pretty well).  As always with blades “your mileage my vary” so I acknowledge that what may work for me may not work for you.

But the most important thing here is how you use the Micro Touch One.

How To Shave With The Micro Touch One

Shaving with a double-edge razor like the Micro Touch One is not like shaving with a cartridge razor–you can’t just take great mindless swipes with it an expect a decent shave.  It’s a skill, like learning to ride a bike or play a musical instrument.  There’s going to be a learning curve, but for most people it’s relatively short.  You may just have to unlearn some bad habits.  Here are the basics of shaving with an old-school safety razor like the Micro Touch One:

  • You want to hold the razor so the blade edge is at an angle of between 30 and 45 degrees to the skin.  Modern cartridge razors set this at an average angle for you but here you can to do it for yourself.  On the positive side you can learn the angle that is optimum for you and the area you’re shaving.  Try holding the razor handle parallel to the ground and slowly rock down the handle until you feel the blade begin to cut.  Be sure to lock your wrist and move your arm as a single unit while you use this type of razor.

  • Since there is no pivot on this kind of razor you want to avoid shaving around corners whenever you can.  So divide up the area you’re going to shave into its flattest parts.  Think of it like shaving a diamond by its facets.

  • You don’t want to go over the same spot again and again all at once, particularly without shave lather.  Use strokes that overlap slightly and don’t worry about getting every bit of stubble all at once.  Shave in phases or passes from different directions, relathering each time, with each pass gradually reducing the amount of hair, until you achieve the level of closeness you are looking for.

  • Know how your hair grows.  Shaving (at least initially) in the direction that your hair grows in (the “grain”) is a common suggestion really essential when shaving with a cartridge razor.  But you may be able to “cheat” a little bit with a safety razor like the Micro Touch One: I suggest trying to shave straight down to make learning to hold the razor at the proper angle and pressure easier.  You want to develop a “muscle memory.”

  • You want to use as little pressure on the razor as possible.  The pivots and head design of modern cartridge razors can compensate for too much pressure on the razor–up to a point anyway–but old school safety razors like the Micro Touch One require a light touch.  Tilt your head to one side and rest the head of the razor on your cheek.  That’s as much pressure as you want to use while shaving.  Don’t press down on the razor if you can avoid it.

Give yourself some insurance for the shave by preparing the area well.  Use a mild facial soap–no deodorant or body bars please!–and lots of warm water to clean the area.  Then leave it wet, don’t towel off.  And for goodness sake, use a decent shave cream.  Nothing out of a pressurized can!  The propellants will dry the skin, then they have to add all sorts of artificial lubricants to make up for it.  I recommend going “old school” with the shave lather too, by using a shave cream or soap you apply with a shaving brush.

If you find that you are experiencing a harsh shave, try shaving more in direction with the grain instead of just going down (or up).  You may want to try a different blade as well: while the Dorco blades worked fine for me, blades can be a very “personal” thing–a brand that works well for one person might be terrible for another!  Blades are not all made the same (they can have different metallergies, coatings, and grindings) so it pays to experiment to find the brand(s) that works for you.

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Comments

  1. Thanks to the Micro One I’m a lifelong and forever de wet shaver now. It was the Micro One that pointed me in the right direction. I NEVER buy anything off the tv. I’m familiar with many nightmares cultivating from ordering stuff off the tv; the merchants have your card, and despite promises of money back guarantees, they have your card and they can charge your card anytime they want. Even if they plead guilty, getting your money back can be an awful experience, so you have to block and reissue a new card etc etc. Besides, like the Micro One you can find the same products in Target and Bed Bath etc very often anyway. Anyway, instead of buying the Micro One I searched the internet and found that my granddad’s razors WERE available for sale! The rest is history. Kudos for Micro One and the gentleman from Pawn Shop!!

  2. Nicky Helms says:

    My first DE razor. For the money thought it would be ok to see if I liked a DE. Picked one up, got it home, didn’t open right. Took it back and found a Van Der Hagen that opened smooth. Speaking of knock offs. The micro touch is either a perfect knock of the Van Der Hagen or it is a Van Der Hagen. Anyone know? Also don’t see the name Van Der Hagen much online. Is it worth trying.

  3. Leonard Howard says:

    I goty micro touch 6 months ago and is my first and only DE razor. It was $35 with the “extra” 20 blade option. I’ve had very good results so far. I use the Van Der Hagen soaps and they work well together. I agree that the kit can be purchased cheeper at other sites or megastores as mentioned. Good first razor!

  4. Auwolf79 says:

    This is a Great video and review. I recently picked up my micro touch at Wal-mart since I had seen the commercials and because I have my Great Granddaddy’s old razor and always wondered what it would have been to shave with one, I decided to try it out. I have used it twice now but have found it to not give me a good close shave. After watching your video I knew I was shaving the right way. My problem is I have a THICK beard and I mean THICK along with very sensitive skin. I found myself having to lather up a couple of times and even by doing that I still have stubble and missed places on my neck. Which I don’t know about ya’ll but my neck hairs grow crazy and every direction. I’ll give the razor props as far as being able to open it up and clean out my hairs, but with my THICK beard I am constantly opening and cleaning it. So in the end I think my Norelco 3D electric razor is a better razor for THICK bearded men like myself. If I had to use this type razor back in the day I would find myself getting in trouble with my boss and probably having to shave twice a day. Thanks again for the Great video and review!

    • Jeff Hammond says:

      The razor is a day to day razor. Meaning you shave with it either everyday or every few days. You shouldn’t be trying to cut a fully grown beard with this razor. That’s what electric razor are for.

  5. Alex in Denver says:

    I picked this up about two months ago (March, 2014) as my first DE razor and have not had a problem yet. It seems gentle enough for a beginner and is a pretty good value.

  6. Wow ! What a range of views about shaving. Many stores that have the “As Seen on TV” section, have it for $19.95. Razor, 12 blades, razor stand. Got mine at Wahlgreens, also at True Value hardware on the “ASOTV” section. Just wanted to say that I have been US Navy for 28 years, meaning : shaving every day no matter what. I enjoy the comfort of the one touch and the savings on blades. $24 for eight blades that only last a few shaves (on purpose by mfg) Suck it up, learn a new tool (razor) save the money and do something good for your family with it. Don’t be so vain, its just shaving. good luck, and do something positive for someone just for kicks. TC

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