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Shaving dollars off the cost of razor blades (anybody tried these?)
Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | Sunday, September 29, 2013 | By JOHN I. CARNEY

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've used 4 bladed Gillette for years but in the last 6 months I'm getting blades that seem dull right out of the box. I tried a sharpner or hone setup and it helps some but still its not as good as they were in the past. This company has cheaper blades and you can schedule auto shipments.. Any help ?
1 posted on 10/30/2013 8:27:22 AM PDT by virgil283
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To: virgil283

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.


2 posted on 10/30/2013 8:31:17 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: virgil283

Nothing gets as close as a straight razor.

Nothing.


3 posted on 10/30/2013 8:34:19 AM PDT by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: mountainlion
I wish ML....but my beard comes out more homeless than duck dynasty.......
4 posted on 10/30/2013 8:35:07 AM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: virgil283

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.


5 posted on 10/30/2013 8:35:58 AM PDT by The Free Engineer
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To: virgil283

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.


6 posted on 10/30/2013 8:36:29 AM PDT by Cousin Eddie
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To: virgil283

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...


7 posted on 10/30/2013 8:36:43 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: virgil283
but my beard comes out more homeless than duck dynasty.......

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... :)

8 posted on 10/30/2013 8:39:09 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: virgil283

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.


9 posted on 10/30/2013 8:39:20 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: virgil283
I've got a friend who swears that dull blades are mainly caused by small amounts of rust on the blade. So he keeps his used blades in an oil solution to prevent the rust.

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:

how to extend the life of your razor blades

10 posted on 10/30/2013 8:40:45 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: virgil283
My beard is more mountain man than anything, but that's ok. I'll keep it.

/johnny

11 posted on 10/30/2013 8:40:54 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: virgil283

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:
http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-HD-34C-Chrome-Plated/dp/B001LYAQ9E

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.
http://www.amazon.com/Feather-Razor-Blades-Hi-stainless-Double/dp/B001G5FOLI/ref=pd_sim_hpc_4


12 posted on 10/30/2013 8:41:15 AM PDT by brewer1516
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To: Cousin Eddie

Traditional wet shaving = bubble bath for guys ;o)


13 posted on 10/30/2013 8:42:31 AM PDT by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: virgil283

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/yourmoney/chi-ym-spending-1104nov04,0,936147.story

“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.

Freegards


14 posted on 10/30/2013 8:43:20 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: virgil283
Clark Howard did an experiment using the same blade for a long time. The trick is to clean and dry it religiously. The dullness doesn't come from wear (because the blade is much harder than hair), but from microscopic rust destroying the edge.

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.

15 posted on 10/30/2013 8:44:03 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: papertyger

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?


16 posted on 10/30/2013 8:44:05 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: virgil283

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.


17 posted on 10/30/2013 8:44:47 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Cousin Eddie
cartridges for a DE (double edged) razor .....before disposables I used DE..but always cut myself. Are you saying they are better these days ??
18 posted on 10/30/2013 8:45:04 AM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: virgil283
Pittsburgh thinks we invented the Dollar Shave Club. I'm not sure if it is true. The banana split, penicillin and Big Mac were actually invented in this area.

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.

19 posted on 10/30/2013 8:46:37 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: papertyger

“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.


20 posted on 10/30/2013 8:47:18 AM PDT by brewer1516
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To: virgil283

You need to get yourself a razor sharpening pyramid. Pyramid power! /s


21 posted on 10/30/2013 8:49:21 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: virgil283
I hated the huge multiblade razors. But then I got a Spishak Mach20. The Gillette 3000 is pretty good too.
22 posted on 10/30/2013 8:49:32 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: papertyger

Yep. Right down to the bone. (((Shudder!!!)))


23 posted on 10/30/2013 8:49:39 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (You can keep your doctor - if you lock him in your basement.)
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To: latina4dubya
.. . like growing a mustache in the style of Rollie Fingers...

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.

24 posted on 10/30/2013 8:49:58 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

“I’ve 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.


25 posted on 10/30/2013 8:51:00 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: brewer1516

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.


26 posted on 10/30/2013 8:52:34 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: virgil283

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.


27 posted on 10/30/2013 8:52:48 AM PDT by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: virgil283

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.


28 posted on 10/30/2013 8:55:35 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Disambiguator

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.


29 posted on 10/30/2013 9:01:39 AM PDT by brewer1516
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To: virgil283

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.


30 posted on 10/30/2013 9:01:45 AM PDT by JohnG45
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To: virgil283

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

Halcyon days


31 posted on 10/30/2013 9:01:53 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: virgil283

I use the disposable razors. Cheap and effective.


32 posted on 10/30/2013 9:02:07 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: Leaning Right
I've got a friend who swears that dull blades are mainly caused by small amounts of rust on the blade. So he keeps his used blades in an oil solution to prevent the rust.

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).

33 posted on 10/30/2013 9:02:17 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Cicero

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.


34 posted on 10/30/2013 9:03:04 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: longfellow; papertyger

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.


35 posted on 10/30/2013 9:05:03 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: virgil283

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,

MFO


36 posted on 10/30/2013 9:05:45 AM PDT by Man from Oz
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

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


37 posted on 10/30/2013 9:06:02 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Cicero
I'm gonna go for the 15 bladed razor myself.




MadTV did a 20-blader parody commercial.

But the best has to be the 22 blader. That should solve all my problems!



But if I wanted to go really hard core I'll get an 80-blade MagmaCore Extreme.
38 posted on 10/30/2013 9:06:25 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: virgil283

I use an orbital sander. Any tips for those?


39 posted on 10/30/2013 9:09:55 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Cousin Eddie

40 posted on 10/30/2013 9:10:41 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: virgil283

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.


41 posted on 10/30/2013 9:10:46 AM PDT by lwd
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To: brewer1516

I used to hold the razor upside down, turn the opener and pretend it was the belly of a B-17;-)


42 posted on 10/30/2013 9:11:30 AM PDT by PeteePie (Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people - Proverbs 14:34)
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To: The Free Engineer

Shaving cream song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rpq6u8hYgk


43 posted on 10/30/2013 9:12:44 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: longfellow
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?

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.

44 posted on 10/30/2013 9:16:08 AM PDT by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

If rust is the problem, someone should make one with ceramic blades.


45 posted on 10/30/2013 9:18:22 AM PDT by chopperman
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To: Cousin Eddie

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.


46 posted on 10/30/2013 9:20:21 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: brewer1516
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.

Amen, brother.

I use Art of Shaving cream with a badger brush. Finish off with Clubman or Old Spice (daughter's favorite).

47 posted on 10/30/2013 9:23:34 AM PDT by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: Lazamataz

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 ....


48 posted on 10/30/2013 9:23:56 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: latina4dubya

“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.


49 posted on 10/30/2013 9:25:06 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Senator Cruz basically made the Democrats fight for a whole bunch of things that they already had.")
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To: virgil283

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.


50 posted on 10/30/2013 9:25:51 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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