James Bond Sorts Out Razor Prices

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James BondThe soaring cost of modern cartridge-based shaving has been debated in the House of Commons. Three members of the DUP criticized the price of men’s razor blade cartridges in an Early Day Motion, stating that “the exorbitant increase in the retail price of men’s razor blade cartridges means that in three years the price has increased in some cases by almost 100%”.

An eight-pack of razor cartridges currently retails for approximately £22, making the profit margin for some companies around 1,000 per cent. East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell, South Antrim MP Willie McCrea and David Simpson have backed a Commons call for the pricing to be examined, and for the Office of Fair Trading and consumer bodies to investigate the sector.

Presumably all three MPs are fans of both the cut-throat razor and the old-fashioned safety razor, both of whose long-term maintenance costs a fraction of the price of cartridge-based razors. All three MPs appear to be fairly well groomed and one, Simpson, sports a moustache.

In further cultural developments, the latest Bond outing has produced a 405% increase in sales of cut throat razors. During a scene in Skyfall, Naomie Harris gives 007 a close shave using a cut throat razor, whispering in his ear that “sometimes the old ways are the best” as she performs the shave. Online retailer The Shaving Shack has reported a massive surge in sales of cut throat razors, presumably from Bond fans keen to emulate their well-groomed hero.

It’s about time that James Bond and cut throat razors got a mention in the House of Commons; in fact this should occur with daily frequency.


The Chap was founded in 1999 and is the longest-serving British magazine dedicated to the gentlemanly way of life, with its own quirky, satirical take on a style that has recently entered the mainstream.

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