Section: Questions Category: Halacha
|Halacha - Shaver Blades|
|Submitted by Tzvi Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh|
|Question: I was told b'shem Rav Heineman (Baltimore) that there's an additional problem with shaving blades of electric shavers that it's possible that the blade is sharp enough to act as a razer and subsequently people need to get their blades dulled- is this a true chashash?
|Answer: If the blade does not come in contact with the skin there is no problem even if it is a razor blade. I would guess that he was referring to lift-and-cut shavers where there is a risk that the blade will touch the skin, and in fact would be problematic if the blade is sharp.
Visitor Comments: 2
Rabbi Peretz Moncharsh, 2009-07-11 13:09:57
The lift-and-cut has a rotating blade, not a vibrating one. Since the blades are angled to be parallel to the surface of the skin, it neither cuts nor bruises.
When they were new, the advertisements for the lift-and-cut shavers showed a diagram of how their double bladed system gave an exceptionally close shave. They showed to upper blade grabbing the hair and lifting it while the lower blade cut it off lower then a single bladed shaver could. While their depiction showed only the hair being pulled and the skin remaining in place, there was concern that the skin could be pulled between the holes of the guard; as one can easily see that when pulling hairs by hand, the skin usually rises with them.
Adam, 2009-07-10 06:56:20
Kvod Harav: How can a vibrating sharp blade actually touch skin without bruising? I don't think the companies claim this.