REVIEW – For more than 2 decades, I have shaved my head each day and maintained it as bald. For me, this was more of a medical issue that a stylish choice, since I kept suffering from painful ingrown hair due to the texture of my hair. Over the years, I have tried many shavers with varying results, and the battery-powered Gilette Fusion Proglide has reigned supreme over all others no matter the features that the manufacturers claimed would result in a clean and close shave. The newest contender is the HeadBlade S4 MOTO GoldFinger. Let’s see if it ends up in the pile with the others that have been defeated by the Gilette.
What is it?
The HeadBlade S4 MOTO Goldfinger is part of a line of Signature Series Stainless Steel (S4) head shavers. As with all S4 models, only a limited run of 3,000 units is produced. They are made of stainless steel and are gold plated. The S4 MOTO works with the HB4 or HB6 blade cartridges.
What’s in the box
1 x HeadBlade S4 Moto GoldFinger (w/blade)
3 x Replacement Blades
1 x Additional HB6 Adaptor
Design and features
The HeadBlade S4 Moto GoldFinger is made of aluminum and plastic. The gold part is aluminum.
The design allows the blade to flex in a spring-like manner when you apply pressure to shave. This ensures great contact without it being abrasive.
It has a finger grip that is rigid but still a bit flexible so that it expands to hold even a larger finger.
The blade is made up of six smaller individual blades. The opposite end of the blade has a ball that rotates as you rest your thumb on it in what seems to be a natural position.
I started off using this shaver with very low expectations. I used the provided shaving lotion and created a thin layer of coverage on my head. Keep in mind that I usually shave every day so it is not easy to see the stubble on my head with the naked eye. However, it is easily felt when I rub my hand on my head. If you have good eyesight, here is a snapshot a spot of my head with stubble:
As soon as I started to use the Headbalde, I was impressed. The way it allows you to hold and position it makes it glide smoothly over your head and face, and the quality of the blades is so good that it provides a very clean shave with less effort than the battery-powered Gilette Fusion Proglide shaver that I have been using for years. Keep in mind that I have tested other shavers and none of them provided a clean shave like the Gilette. That is until now. The design of this HeadBlade allows you to switch angles or the finger that you place in the grip so that you can easily get to every spot on your head and face. And, because the blades work so well, the overall shaving time is faster than any other shaver I have tried. Here is a snapshot of my head a few minutes later:
It is important to note that this shaver works just as well without shaving lotion/cream and with just water. I tend to shave my head in the shower as a part of my showering routine. I was concerned that it would not perform well in this scenario, but again I was wrong, and it did so without the nicks that I get from my Gillette. This may be somewhat unfair to my Gilette since I think that no matter how many replacement blades that I get when ordering what are considered genuine Gilette blades, the quality seems to vary. Hopefully, this will not be the same when I order the replacement blades for the HeadBlade. I am also hoping that the HeadBlade replacement blades will last longer since the shaver itself is relatively expensive.
The only thing that I do not like about the Headblade in comparison to my powered Gilette, is that my hair does not clog the blades of the Gilette whereas the HeadBlade blades get clogged and I do have to spend a couple of minutes vigorously washing it in the sink to remove the stuck hair from in between the blades.
HeadBlade is producing this S4 Moto GoldFinger model as a limited edition. Only 3000 will be available for purchase.
What I like
- The build quality
- The close shave
- The ease of use and positioning
What I’d change
- Maybe make a powered version that may help with the clogging of the blades?
- Possibly lower the cost a bit
I can honestly say that prior to trying this HeadBlade shaver, that I was very sure that it would just be another ok shaver that would not come close to the clean shaving experience that my trusted Gilette Proglide powered shaver accomplishes. Well, I will readily admit that I was wrong. And, I was so wrong, that at least for now, this shaver has become my go-to shaver and has demoted the Gilette to 2nd place. Well done and two thumbs up!!