The Skull Shaver is an intriguing model like no other; the unique design is definitely questionable, as its five thin-blade approach is very different than that of the other top hair shavers in the market at the moment. But does the Skull Bald Eagle Shaver live up to the hype?
Skull Shaver have been around since the end of 2012, capitalising on a pretty big gap in the market. Headblade also arrived on the scene around the same time with their unique design, but for those looking for an electric shaver, there aren’t too many other options on the market.
With its five-blade, flat surface design the Bald Eagle Smart definitely stands out from the other players in the balding market; there really isn’t anything else like it. The Bald Eagle Smart is an adaption from the original Bald Eagle Palm, improving on several areas. Probably most notably the fact that it ran on AA batteries. The Bald Eagle Smart uses a rechargeable Li-Ion battery, which makes things much simpler and more cost effective.
Has the Skull Shaver filled that gap in the market effectively? I think so, carry on reading to find out how.
[box]EDIT: Since first writing this review, Skull Shaver have actually released a newer product; the Pitbull. Find out what I thought of it here (hint – it’s better than the Bald Eagle, so you’re probably better off heading there!).[/box]
Skull Shaver Review
Please note: This is a completely unbiased review. I have not been sent anything free from Skull Shaver to influence my thoughts. I’ve paid full price for all my products as I am always looking for an optimal shave and, of course, to help you guys get a quality product!
Opening the Skull Shaver
Immediately upon opening the Skull Shaver, you can see it’s pretty high quality, far higher than some of the other products available. The Skull Shaver itself is pretty small and light, and comes with a handy carry pouch as well (not that I can say I’ve ever used it, but hey the idea is nice). If you are in the UK like me, then you might have to get yourself an adaptor for this one. It comes with the EU two prong that fits into those sockets in the bathroom, but you’ll need an adaptor for the standard three pin. Obviously you’re fine if you are in the US, I just guess the creators of the Skull Shaver either;
A) Just couldn’t be bothered to release a UK version.
B) Thought that we’d just all happily use adaptors with ours anyway.
C) Didn’t realise people go bald this side of the water.
or D) Hates everyone from the UK because they’re all bucktoothed, tea-swilling snobs.
I like to think it’s a little of all four. Anyway, aside from us UK residents carting around an adaptor with us everywhere, I have to say that the Skull Shaver is the best I’ve found on the market to date.
Using the Skull Shaver
The Skull Shaver gives you pretty much as close to wet shave as you’re going to get without actually wet shaving. Personally, I’ve tried wet shaving for extended periods but I find it to much of a hassle and often quite irritant around the neck and back of the head. I haven’t had any irritation problems like this with the Skull Shaver.
In comparison, the Headblade obviously gets a closer shave without the irritation problems I’ve got from regular razors. But I just prefer the ease of an electric razor. If I’m wet shaving every single day, I spend anywhere up to ten minutes in the shower doing so. With the Skull Shaver, I’d say I never really spend more than 5 or so minutes using it.
The first few initial days of adapting to the shaver are pretty rough and I found my head feeling quite sore On one occasion, the skin was flaking from the scalp (this is stated that this may happen in the manual and I found it to be pretty spot on). Though I’m sure if you’re not new to shaving your head, you’ll know how sensitive the scalp can be when using a new razor. The best way to deal with this is to just hop in the shower quickly and apply some water, soap and moisturiser if you have it.
Cleaning your Skull Shaver
This is one of the key advantages of the Bald Eagle Pro, which puts it ahead of the competition. As pictured in the image above, to clean the Skull Shaver all you have to do is fill the sink a tiny bit and turn it on. It really is that simple.
In my experience, it cleans the shaver out almost completely. And I’ve been using the Bald Eagle Smart for pretty much a year now. I’ve read in other experiences online of people having to replace their Skull Shaver after six months or so (never sooner). Mine has held out pretty well, even on those lazy occasions where I leave the hair to grow out for a few days longer than anticipated.
Can I use my Skull Shaver elsewhere?
The Skull Shaver, in my opinion, is not ideal to use for a clean shaven face. It doesn’t cut as close as a wet shave. You would probably be better combining this with a regular razor if you sport the completely clean look. If you’re going for the stubble look, it can do a fairly good job. But sometimes I find it doesn’t cut smoothly and pulls hairs out. I still use my regular electric shaver for my facial hair, though. I wouldn’t advise using the Skull Shaver for your face.
You would think that due to its large surface area, the Bald Eagle Smart may be ideal for using on larger areas such as your chest; I haven’t found this to be the case. I definitely prefer to use a regular electric razor for the torso, and I will definitely stick to an electric/wet shave combo for the ‘lower’ regions. The Skull Shaver is ideally suited for the shape of your head, but isn’t as well suited to… well, you know where else.
Negatives of the Skull Shaver
One drawback that I’ve found with the Bald Eagle Smart specifically is that though the battery life is stated as 2 and a half hours, if I use it with less say 50% life, it isn’t as powerful. You could say that this is to be expected from any product like this, or that it really isn’t that much of an issue. Well it isn’t, but I do think that if the advertised battery life is 150 minutes, it should last 150 minutes at full potential.
The only other possible negative for those that sport a full beard is that because of the larger shaving surface area of the Bald Eagle Smart, it’s difficult to define on your sideburns between hair (or ex-hair, as I like to call it) and beard. This isn’t too much of an issue for me and I combine it with my Gillette Styler. But if you’re looking for one product to maintain head and beard, this isn’t it.
If you’re looking for convenience, then the skull shaver is definitely your best bet. It gives a close enough shave that you only really need to use it every few days. I use mine every two days religiously at the moment whilst giving me minimal irritation. There are other head shavers on the market, but none as good as the bald eagle shaver. We hope you found this helpful as one of the most popular and in depth skull shaver reviews on the internet. If you did, please feel free to carry on looking around the website for more helpful information on the skull shaver bald eagle pro!