Skip to comments.Shaving dollars off the cost of razor blades (anybody tried these?)
Posted on 10/30/2013 8:27:21 AM PDT by virgil283
"The trouble, of course, is that as razor cartridges have become more and more sophisticated, they've become more and more expensive. An eight-pack of cartridges can cost $25 or $30.
In response to this, several companies have popped up offering less expensive options online...." "I started using my Harry's razor in mid-August, and I could not believe how much closer a shave I got with blades than I'd been getting ..."
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I have had a beard over 30 years. It has no skin irritation or bleeding from those sharp objects. My skin cancer risk is greatly reduced. Sunburn is reduced.
Get steel made in the USA.
Nothing gets as close as a straight razor.
There is a lot of counterfeiting in the personal care arena. And at the price cartridges, you can guess why. Maybe your last package was not the real deal.
I dumped cartridges for a DE (double edged) razor 2 years ago. Best shaves I’ve ever had. Much closer than ANY cartridge. 10c per blade (box of 100 is $10 on Amazon and a good DE razor runs about $30-40). Replace the blade about 1/week.
Only drawback is that you can’t carry on plane.
i use Gillette Venus disposable... they work well... but the one thing i like most is any Venus razor works on any Venus handle... that is a major plus for me... using other disposable razors, i had to make sure i was purchasing the exact razor for the exact handle... too much of a bother...
or more "Red Sox?" haha... i am so sick of the MLB players growing out their beards during the play-offs and World Series... that is so 2010... think of something else to do already... like growing a mustache in the style of Rollie Fingers... mis dos centavos... :)
I’ve heard soaking blades in alcohol prevents rust/ corrosion and makes them last longer.
Also keep your wife away from them. Those hairy legs kill them.
This, he says, lengthens the life of the blades. I've never tried it because I've got a beard (the cheapest solution of all).
Here's a yahoo link you might find interesting:
I switched to a double-edge razor and will never go back to the crappy newer models.
There are many styles out there but this is what I bought after much research:
The blades are inexpensive and VERY high quality. The blades in the expensive cartriges are like foil.
The Feather blades are about 4 bucks for a 10 pack (quick math, about 40 cents a week IF you switch out blades weekly). I’ve used the Merkur blades too and both are excellent.
Traditional wet shaving = bubble bath for guys ;o)
“The concept is this: Razor blade dullness stems more from oxidation, microscopic rusting, than from contact with whiskers. Water that sits on blades between shaves causes the oxidation.
Corrosion can cause metal on the blade to flake off and the edge to become blunted and jagged. That results in blades pulling and tearing hairs instead of cleanly slicing through them.
Degraded performance prompts most people to ditch the blade for a new one.
If water causes rusting, and rusting is the main culprit of blade dullness, then, presumably, drying your razor blades could increase the life of blades. A high-profile test of this happened when consumer-advocate radio host Clark Howard of Atlanta used a 17-cent disposable razor for an entire year. He said he extended blade life by blotting his razor dry with a towel after use.
Howard’s report intrigued Atlanta resident Brian Cohn, who then tried it himself. Cohn said his results weren’t quite as good but still amazing. Instead of blades lasting the usual 10 days to two weeks, his blades lasted five to six months.
“I just couldn’t get over it,” he said. “I truly hated buying razor blades.”
Cohn has since invented a razor-storage device with a small fan for drying razors. He hopes to market it under the name RazorPro.”
If you have a hairdryer it only takes a few seconds.
I, on the other hand, have gone the fuzzy faced route and only use an electric up on my cheeks where the beard doesn't grow well.
I have always wanted to get a straight edge shave. You may have convinced me. Do you do it yourself? And if not how long did it take you to get used to it?
Learn to wet shave. $2.50 for a package of 25 double-edged razors. I get ~5 shaves per blade before replacing. I stopped paying for Mach 10^e245 blades. Ridiculous.
But everyone I know who has used them, loves them. I tend to use one of those expensive cartridges for nearly a month, so it isn't high on my radar screen. But when my last batch from Sam's Club is gone, I'm going to give them a try. I thought they would be gone by now, but two of my three daughters gave me more for Father's Day.
“Traditional wet shaving = bubble bath for guys”
That’s right, and we get to do it every morning.
I find myself shaving on the weekends when I don’t really need to. Then top it off with some Dominica Bay Rum.
You need to get yourself a razor sharpening pyramid. Pyramid power! /s
Yep. Right down to the bone. (((Shudder!!!)))
Those handlebar mustaches on the old Oakland A's looked way cool. Those on today's Red Sox look like some guy that crawled out from under a rock.
“Ive heard soaking blades in alcohol prevents rust/ corrosion and makes them last longer.”
There is water in alcohol unless it is the 99.9% pure alcohol variety. I do not believe that soaking metal in water would prevent corrosion. It would likely speed up the process of corrosion.
I have that same razor handle and love it. I had been buying the Wilkinson Sword blades at Walmart for $1.75/10, but they stopped carrying them. At least Fred Meyer has “Kroger” branded blades, but they are about a dollar more per 10 pack. Still a cheap shave at one blade a week.
I’ve found the glycerin shaving soap lathers up really nice, too.
I dry my blade after every use, so my average blades lasts 6 months +. Also, you can literally use anything for shaving cream, so you are not tied to that either. I usually use dove soap in the shower.
I use five-bladed Gillette razors. They are expensive, but although I have a pretty tough beard, I find that I can use one cartridge for 4 months before changing it. It’s slowing down some toward the end, but it still works.
And I use one of those blue plastic two-bladed French throw-away razors for the difficult bits around the ears & nose, maybe once or twice a week. They last a year or more at that job.
I’ve considered the less expensive blades like Wilkenson or from a drug store. I’ll have to give it a try. They are likely made by a name-brand manufacturer anyway.
I’ve been using the Proraso shave soap (in the bowl) with a badger brush. That is wonderful stuff. It’s made the old fashioned way and feels great going on. The stuff in a can feels like floor polish compared to Proraso.
I use cryogenically treated Gillette Mach 3 blades available online. These blades are the commercially available Gillette blades that were then subject to cryogenic treatment to extend life. They are a little more expensive than the Gillette blades available in your local drug store, but boy do they last.
I change blades every other month. I have an average beard.
I used to love the old double edges Gilette Blue blades when the were phasing out I bought as many as I could afford. They were only good for a few shaves but you got a very close smooth one
I use the disposable razors. Cheap and effective.
Several sites will recommend using Ballistol to keep razor blades from rusting. It has the added advantage of being non-toxic, but the smell is off-putting to some. It is a water soluble oil that is slightly alkaline, and it bonds to metal.
You can smear some on a blade and wipe it off, and enough remains to prevent corrosion. I use it on my knives and other valuable metal objects (ahem).
Yep, Gillette Fusion. Every now and then ‘hone’ it back-forth on a leather belt.
It’s the microscopic burrs that ‘catch’ on your skin.
Every so often the “I’m going to shave with a vintage straight razor” notion becomes popular again.
Just letting you know that you risk finding out why mankind invented what’s now known as the ‘safety razor’. I recommend that you have dry hands and wear clothes when using one as seen by straight razor users in old movies; the greatest danger comes when they’re dropped.
There’s a reason the safety razor took the world by storm and how the ancient dirty joke with the “got any more of them hairy pickles?” punch line came to be. Just saying.
I have used the shave of the month blades but went to Dorco.
No regrets! Great blades! Great service!!
Now when I am in Costco, I turn my nose up that those high dollar blades that cost something like 50 bucks for 16.
My two cents,
One of the cruelest things a woman can do is to sneak your razor shave her arms and legs wash it off and put it back
Next you it you will damn near cut your throat
Voice of experience here
I use an orbital sander. Any tips for those?
Gillett blades are a RIP OFF. I couldn’t justify continuing to use those....way too expensive. For about the last 5 years I’ve been using the “5 blade” generic razors that my local food lion sells (”Healthy Accents” brand, I think). They work great and for 1/4 of the price of gillett mach iv or whatever.
I used to hold the razor upside down, turn the opener and pretend it was the belly of a B-17;-)
Shaving cream song.
Yup, just little old me.
I took it up because there was absolutely nothing that would quiet my baby daughter's constant complaining about my "whispers." So I researched YouTube videos on best shaves and the hands down winner among those who care about it was the traditional cut-throat wet shave.
I really didn't want to mess with strops and stones so I started with a shavette (straight razor that uses half of a double edge blade).
Took about two weeks to get used to it, but the payoff was a four-year-old that just loved to cuddle cheek-to-cheek, so you could say I was motivated.
These days I use a Feather Artist Club Straight which uses the sharpest disposable blades available (sharper than even traditional straights, so I am told) and I wouldn't think of shaving any other way now.
For me, and it seems I'm among a growing trend, shaving has gone from a chore to a personal ritual.
If rust is the problem, someone should make one with ceramic blades.
Closer is not necessarily better. Both hubby and son break out if they get too close. (Doesn’t matter how they do it or what they use for aftershave, they get ingrown hairs.)
We’ve found that single or twin blades work great. No bumps.
But finding good blades are hard to do. We like the old Gillette Sensor. They’re phasing them out, so I bought a ten year supply from Amazon.
I use Art of Shaving cream with a badger brush. Finish off with Clubman or Old Spice (daughter's favorite).
I’ve been using a Surform wood rasp on those stubborn heel and big-toe calluses, but it takes a while, you know—I don’t want to get in a hurry and scrape down to a bone.
I never thought about using a power-tool, Laz.
Hmmm. Maybe a Dremel ....
“i am so sick of the MLB players growing out their beards during the play-offs and World Series... that is so 2010... think of something else to do already... like growing a mustache in the style of Rollie Fingers... mis dos centavos... :) “
It’s not a baseball thing. It’s a sports thing. When playoffs hit, the shaving stops.
The best disposable ever was the Gillette Microtrac. I have a drawer of ten saved up from 1985. Unfortunately, Colgate canned shaving cream is no more.
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