Pros: Lightweight, small and easy to maneuver.
Cons: May feel too small for larger hands.
I had just completed my first half-century of life. And my body was insistently reminding me of its eventual decay and demise. I needed to at least pretend that the best years of my life were still to come, by regressing to my adolescence. What better way to do that than with an ultra-cool buzz cut, and modern face stubble. The latter I could manage on my own, with some judicious lack of shaving. As for the haircut, I didn’t feel like spending the bucks every week at Supercuts just to maintain the look. (With me, cheap wins over vain any day.) So I bought this Wahl clipper.
The nooks and crannies of hard transparent plastic package are convenient storage for the four cutting guards (1/8” to ½”), protective comb assembly, cleaning brush. lubricating oil and instructions. As for the device, it measures about four inches long and just over an inch wide, has a 6.5-foot cord, and weighs just a few ounces. It’s the perfect size for my smallish hands to grip, though bigger, more macho fingers may find it awkward. Fortunately, my partner was going to do my haircutting, and his hands are even smaller than mine.
The clipper cuts efficiently and cleanly, even at the tightest trim level. Because the blades are barely 1.5-inches wide, they do an excellent job of following irregular head contours. I cautioned my partner into restraining his trimming enthusiasm just a tad, since the blades did dig into my scalp a couple of times. This, despite the blades already being restrained by the 1/8-inch guard.
In addition, doing an entire head of hair can take longer than with the wider blades of a standard-sized model. But the light weight means less fatigue on one hand. The longer cord plus the smaller size makes it easier to maneuver the Peanut all around the head. The increasing heat from the plastic may cause some alarm, but the instructions reassure users that this is perfectly normal.
You can easily clean the blades with the included brush, both during trimming and after, which the instructions recommend. The suggestion to oil the blades at least ONCE (their caps) per day seems a bit excessive, unless you’re cutting hair for an American football team. You can complete cleaning by wiping the unit with either a clean, dry cloth, or a damp one.
In the end, the Peanut worked like an elephant to grant me that clean, youthful look. The cut was short enough that even my undyed gray hair hid under my remaining black strands and blended into my pale scalp. Now, if only I could do something about the bags under my eyes, the jowls in my cheeks and the growing frequency of age spots.