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Revisited: Shave Well Mirror

I'm still a big fan of the Shave Well Fog Free Shaving Mirror. I decided to buy another one just for traveling, and I was surprised to see that the company has introduced new models since I wrote about the product for Cool Tools.

As I mentioned in both reviews, I use the mirror with a suction cup instead of the permanent hook the company provides. Now, the company offers a travel version that includes a suction cup hook! You're welcome for the idea, Shave Well.

The travel version, with the exception of the hook, is the same as the one I've been using for years. Its size is big enough to use, yet not so large to make it hard to travel with. Nonetheless, there is a new Deluxe Model that is quite a bit larger than the original. That's the one I bought last week. I'll use it at home and travel with my old one. The larger size is nice, I guess. I have a big head so no complaints about having more surface, but the old one was just fine for me too. The larger model is the same price as the old one, by the way.

One change I very much dislike is the addition of a large, ugly "The Shave Well Company" sticker on the back of the mirror. This is inconsiderate for customers who have glass-walled showers. It's like hanging a small billboard inside your bathroom. Fortunately, with a little patience, the sticker can be peeled off.

Oh, and the mirrors also now come with other attachments systems, too, such as a magnet version for a locker. They're no longer just a one-product company! Well, one product with different types of hooks, I guess.

WordLock Karma

I love Wordlock's approach to the traditional combination lock. Instead of remembering four numbers, you can use a word to open the lock. I find this much easier to remember, and more fun. Well, not that fun, because Wordlock has carefully selected the letters and their positions so that it's very difficult to spell out adult versions of "four-letter words." This is a disappointment.

In fact, speaking of word usage, it's a little weasle-y that Wordlock carefully describes the lock as having "10,000 combinations." That's true (hey look, it's math) but you certainly can't choose from that many words. To reach that number you have to also count "KSOT" and "RXOB" as possible settings. You'd be better off with numbers.

Because of the obstacles in finding a suitable, memorable, and workable four-letter word for the lock, I caution you to carefully consider your choices. Don't inadvertently tempt fate by choosing a negative word, such as LOST. Certainly not for the luggage lock, at least.