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MikeL46
12-13-2014, 04:28 PM
I try to change my cheap, disposable razor every year. Sometimes I forget and change it after 2 or 3 years.

The secret?

Whiskers are not tougher than a steel blade, but dirt (small particles of rock) is harder than steel, so you must thoroughly wash your face before shaving to remove dirt from the skin. I shave in the shower using face soap as a lubricant. Since the soap is a surfactant it will keep any dirt from adhering to the skin and damaging the blade.

And this may be more important, you must remove water from the blade. As water dries it leaves behind minerals that will form crystals on the edge of the blade. You can only see these crystals with extreme magnification, but they are much larger than the sharp edge of the blade. There are several ways to prevent the crystal formations:

- WD-40. Remember WD stands for Water Displacement
- Leave the blade in water. Change the water at least weekly to prevent algae growth.
- Towel dry the blade followed by blowing the last of the water off the blade. I do this. But the first few times I did it I managed to cut my lips with the blade. Compressed air would work but few of us have it in the house.

Every once in a while I get a sample of a 'NEW' blade in the mail. I throw them in my pile of throwaway blades to be used later. It has been 10+ years since I had to buy a razor.

Mike

Baz
12-13-2014, 05:25 PM
Don't see the (initial) problem. I, like most true men, never have to replace a razor blade, for me that is 40+ years.
You have introduced a new problem though. Apart from wasting resources by using a disposable item when a long life item would be better, by shaving in the shower you lengthen the time in there and waste a whole lot of water every day.
The real answer is to give up un-natural habits.

Dan Dubeau
12-13-2014, 05:47 PM
Don't see the (initial) problem. I, like most true men, never have to replace a razor blade, for me that is 40+ years.
You have introduced a new problem though. Apart from wasting resources by using a disposable item when a long life item would be better, by shaving in the shower you lengthen the time in there and waste a whole lot of water every day.
The real answer is to give up un-natural habits.

ya, like shaving. :)

flylo
12-13-2014, 05:56 PM
Use a straight razor for the closest shave you'll ever get & nothing to throw away.

Forrest Addy
12-13-2014, 06:08 PM
I solved the problem by growing a beard.

Why sweat making a forty cent item last a year? WD40? Not on my face. A clean wet foce with the whiskers softened by washing leads to a smooth comfortable shave. More shaves per edge is a by-product.

Back in the day when I went into the world bare-faced, I shaved with a folding razor like the movie cow town barbers stropped on their shoe soles. After the shave, the razor was cleaned and dried, stropped on a leather strop once dressed with sheep tallow, folded up and stored in its leather case, then placed in a closed drawer below sink level where rising steam can't get at them.

My Dad trained me. I still have his ivory handled "shave knives"and they are pristine. Sone years go I showed them off to me grown nieces. They were impressed when I opened one and swiped at a hair from Beth that was streaming in the draft. The hair momentarily tightened and parted as the razor made a tiny "ting!" at the instant of severance.

loose nut
12-13-2014, 06:15 PM
Forrest is right, put the effort into making the expensive things last. I get about three or four months out of one of those 5 bladed razors but then I forget to shave a lot.

A.K. Boomer
12-13-2014, 06:43 PM
I have not had to buy a razor blade in about thirty years or so,,, and do not have a full beard or anything, just got an electric razor that's all... things are dang handy and never make me bleed...

martik
12-13-2014, 07:40 PM
Been using the same electric shaver (and foil) here for 30+ years but I do use a razor for getting those the shaver misses.

boslab
12-13-2014, 07:43 PM
Perhaps we can persuade Macona to stick a used blade under his electron microscope, I for one would love to see a new and used edge.
Mark

justanengineer
12-13-2014, 08:26 PM
Use a straight razor for the closest shave you'll ever get & nothing to throw away.

When I was in the military and visiting 3rd world crapholes finding a local barber capable with a straight razor was easy-peezy and I never once even got nicked. I used to have them shave not only my face but also the sides and part of the top of my head as I've kept an extremely high-n-tight that borders on a mohawk due to the height. A haircut via straight razor always lasted me a good three weeks vs one with clippers. Sadly, according to all the locals using a straight razor requires some extra special license, they think there might be a barber licensed and capable about an hour away in Indy.

Dam grubbermint rules.

J Tiers
12-13-2014, 11:37 PM
A haircut via straight razor always lasted me a good three weeks vs one with clippers. Sadly, according to all the locals using a straight razor requires some extra special license, they think there might be a barber licensed and capable about an hour away in Indy.

Dam grubbermint rules.

?????

If you ain't just jokin.......

Every barber I have gone to has trimmed the edges with a straight razor. Around the ears, sideburns, and back of the neck. Them'uns musta all had licenses, eh?

aostling
12-14-2014, 12:08 AM
... Whiskers are not tougher than a steel blade, but dirt (small particles of rock) is harder than steel, so you must thoroughly wash your face before shaving to remove dirt from the skin.

I'll give your plan a try -- at least I will wash my face, and towel-dry the blade to reduce the deposits. Currently I change the 5-bladed razor every month, and they are expensive.

boslab
12-14-2014, 02:17 AM
Whatever happened to the ceramic razor I once read about?, bought up by the razor companies I suppose
Mark

darryl
12-14-2014, 03:11 AM
I might as well chime in here. I use disposable razors and by about the fourth or fifth shave the blades are just bouncing off the stubble. I had an electric foil type shaver and after the second foil ripped I gave up on it. I think I got about three months out of it in total. Then I bought a three head Philips shaver. I went through three sets of heads before giving up on that, but I got about ten years out of it. That's when I went to the disposables.

I used to have big hair and a full beard, and have alternated between shaving and just letting it grow. For the past several years I've been trying to keep a clean look, but now I'm letting my hair grow and I'm contemplating letting the beard come back. It won't be the same color it used to be- I might have to start wearing sunglasses so I can handle the glare :)

Blazemaster83
12-14-2014, 03:17 AM
A year? lol i think i get about 2-3 shaves per blade, then like Darryl ^ said, it just bouces off the stubble. I have always had really thick, tough facial hair. It laughs at electrics, and the crazy 5 blade disposables don't really work for me. I have thought about trying a straight razor. If I could get 2 months out of a razor i'd be happy, let alone years. As far as a beard, just can't do it.

macona
12-14-2014, 03:27 AM
Perhaps we can persuade Macona to stick a used blade under his electron microscope, I for one would love to see a new and used edge.
Mark

I could but I use electric myself.

Daveb
12-14-2014, 12:05 PM
[QUOTE=J Tiers
Every barber I have gone to has trimmed the edges with a straight razor. Around the ears, sideburns, and back of the neck. Them'uns musta all had licenses, eh?[/QUOTE]

The license is for the bag they have to give you to carry your head in.
Dave

lakeside53
12-14-2014, 12:08 PM
Trimming the edges? around here I haven't seen a straight razor used for decades! Never on me.

If it wasn't for complaining woman, I probably wouldn't bother to shave.

A.K. Boomer
12-14-2014, 12:17 PM
I use electrics and have some hairs that are so thick they won't fit through the screen and have to be plucked,,, (and go in about 1/3" and make me bleed when pulled out...

Im just glad nobody's chimed in yet about storing their blades in a plastic pyramid --- then we would have had problems...

Alistair Hosie
12-14-2014, 12:59 PM
Wow do any of you up and coming cheapskates use both sides of the toilet paper, like they do in India ? LOL Alistair

paul463
12-14-2014, 01:48 PM
Open comb Gillette from Ebay, $4
DE blade sample pack $10
= all set for a loong time, and can mow off two weeks worth of whiskers in 2 passes.

mattthemuppet
12-14-2014, 02:00 PM
Wow do any of you up and coming cheapskates use both sides of the toilet paper, like they do in India ? LOL Alistair

No, but I do get four uses our of my underpants! (Cue someone saying "what, you use underpants?")

brian Rupnow
12-14-2014, 02:48 PM
I remember my dad 'sharpening' a double edge Gilette razor blade by setting it inside a round waterglass and rubbing it back and forth around the inside curve with his thumb. I was far too young to shave then, and I don't know how effective it was, but I remember him doing it.

lynnl
12-14-2014, 03:05 PM
For about the last two years I've made it a practice to vigorously wash my face with soap and hot water prior to shaving; previously I would just soak my face with a hot, wet wash cloth.
Frankly, I can't tell that it made a bit of difference, either in the closeness or comfort of the shave, or in extending the life of the razor.

I use the Schick Quattro, four bladed disposable razor, which I really like, other than the clogging that sometimes occurs. Typically I'll get about 3 months' use before it starts dragging and feeling dull.

I've been seeing a TV ad, done by a guy on one of the Pawn Shop programs, touting one of the old style double edge type razors. That would eliminate the issue with the clogging, as in the multi-blade arrangement. Anybody here use those? Has the grinding/sharpening technology for double edge blades improved in recent years?

paul463
12-14-2014, 04:48 PM
Double edge blades are sharp as all hell. Feathers are said to be the sharpest and you won't get them at walmart, but there are tons of options available online.
And they aren't expensive at all, I spent $10 on a sampler pack of different brands 2 years ago, I still have half of them left. I'll never spend money on a disposable again.

boslab
12-14-2014, 05:09 PM
I remember a shop in London that specialised in shaving, they sold all sorts of razors, but the best seller of the straight razors was the lagoule "singing" razor, that was one sharp beast!, and expensive.
They had a cutthroat shaving competition there, they looked for volunteers to be speed shaved, I couldn't imagine sitting in that chair!
Mark

Mark Rand
12-14-2014, 05:43 PM
I find that scissors used once a month or so are all that are needed to control facial hair. Razor blades are far too useful in the workshop to be wasted in the bathroom.

PixMan
12-14-2014, 09:28 PM
Well I guess I the most foolhardy, wasteful one among us because I use the latest 5-blade from Gillette and LOVE the close shave I get. Yes, I have used single-edge, double-edge and others, but nothing has ever given me the comfortable close shave I get now. I change the (uber expensive) blade cartridge about once every 3 months. It doesn't ever clog up on me either.

Glug
12-14-2014, 09:43 PM
Entirely on topic to HSM. Italian master makes straight razors. Great technique and methodical approach, wonderful shop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJENBAB85EE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6DJedrjeK4

wtrueman
12-14-2014, 10:43 PM
Kinda dragging this out but I started out 50 some years ago with an electric. I think I shaved so hard I had my hair become in grown. Changed to the cheapest 10 or 20 throwaway pack sold. Still use them in the shower. I do have to admit though that I shower only for about 10 minutes and shave near the end. The throw a ways last me about two months. Wayne.

MichaelP
12-15-2014, 01:05 AM
Entirely on topic to HSM. Italian master makes straight razors. Great technique and methodical approach, wonderful shop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJENBAB85EE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6DJedrjeK4
Absolutely mesmerizing. Thank you.

Prokop
12-15-2014, 08:27 AM
Straight razor lasts forever, not just a year. That's what I am using.

fjk
12-15-2014, 10:02 AM
I remember a shop in London that specialised in shaving, they sold all sorts of razors, but the best seller of the straight razors was the lagoule "singing" razor, that was one sharp beast!, and expensive.
They had a cutthroat shaving competition there, they looked for volunteers to be speed shaved, I couldn't imagine sitting in that chair!
Mark

Trumpers?

Daveb
02-07-2015, 07:24 PM
Wow do any of you up and coming cheapskates use both sides of the toilet paper, like they do in India ? LOL Alistair

Only if we've read both sides.

Never been able to get on with multiple blade razors, they clog. Single blades OK

Black_Moons
02-09-2015, 10:28 AM
I remember a shop in London that specialised in shaving, they sold all sorts of razors, but the best seller of the straight razors was the lagoule "singing" razor, that was one sharp beast!, and expensive.
They had a cutthroat shaving competition there, they looked for volunteers to be speed shaved, I couldn't imagine sitting in that chair!
Mark

AHHHH $@#$%@#()@#). god that is some nightmare fuel. I hope they had paramedics, blood donors and a priest standing by..

Davek0974
02-09-2015, 10:40 AM
Man-up!

I just use a craft knife to get rid of most of the stubble then a quick whiz with the cordless angle-grinder and I'm good to go :)


Or if you must, just use and electric shaver.