Take your Jedi weapon. Use it.

The doorbell chimed, the dog barked and I went down the corridor to open the door, where a man stood and said, “Benjamin Lee? Your shaver is here”.

So I screamed and ran and hid behind the sofa until he was gone, leaving a huge plastic bag containing a box which contained a Braun Series 7 (790cc Type 5671) self-cleaning electric shaver.

Then I remembered that a PR company had written a month ago asking if I would test drive Braun’s new self-cleaning electric shaver, and that they would send me one if I said yes, and I had said yes. I think they knew that I wasn’t a fan of shaving, and that my unshaven look was borne of an aversion to shaving rather than anything to do with fashion.

I don’t have that much of a problem with facial hair, like most Chinese men, and you can’t really call mine a five o’ clock shadow. It’s more like a April 2nd shadow, as that’s how slowly our facial hairs grow.

But the thought of not having to use shaving cream/gel and a manual razor was appealing. Anything you need to plug in and recharge is appealing.

Braun Series 7 Shaver
Hmm… wonder what’s inside?

Excited, I opened the box…

Braun Series 7 Shaver

Removed the pamphlet on top of the styrofoam inner box…

Braun Series 7 Shaver

And revealed the top of the styrofoam inner box.

Then I took off the lid of the top of the styrofoam inner box.

Braun Series 7 Shaver

And I thought, “that’s a pretty big thing to bring up to your face”, before I calmed myself down and took apart the rest of the box and its contents.

There was this little canister of clear liquid with a “flammable” warning.

Braun Series 7 Shaver
Highly flammable. So that’s why they want a blogger to test it

The shaver part of the whole kit was in it’s own plastic spectacle case, and opening it revealed a sleek silver thing with buttons and an LCD display at the end.

Braun Series 7 ShaverBraun Series 7 Shaver

Darth Vader had one of these, and he cut off Luke Skywalker’s hand with it 25 years ago, so this is not new technology.

Still, I read the instructions very carefully (anything with flammable liquid in a plastic canister and a plug to put into an electrical socket requires you to do so), and I’ve started charging the thing to use later. It should charge in a short while I go find the rest of my Jedi outfit.

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