(Dear Readers: I promise to get back to insightful technology punditry very soon — but this was too good to pass up.)
A lot of people have written about the new five-blade razors from Gillette (including one of my new Yahoo! co-workers, Jeffrey), but I haven’t seen anyone ask the obvious question: when will the six-blade arrive? I decided to do some analysis, thinking that there must be a corollary to Moore’s Law, except for shaving.
Time elapsed between key blade-related technologies:
Single blade safety razor (1901) to the double-blade Trac II (1971): 70 years
Trac II (1971) to triple-blade Mach 3 (1998): 27 years
Mach 3 (1998) to quad-blade Schick Quattro (2003): 5 years (note: Schick was sued for patent infringement in the process)
Schick Quattro (2003) to quintuple-blade Gillette Fusion (2005): 2 years
I put a graph together to help me predict the next logical advance: six blades:
My prediction: we’ll have six in late ’06.
Update: Now I realize that I had just gotten behind on my BoingBoing reading. Lots of stuff on this there.