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Spitball
10-09-2011, 12:29 PM
For a long time, I have changed my razor every Sunday morning. I'm not sure how I came to that practice, but it has gone on for over thirty years. Now, I am questioning that logic.

For twenty something years I used an Atra razor. I stopped using it a few years ago. I'm not really sure why now, but I think maybe Walmart stopped carrying it. After that, I used a variety if disposable razors. I can't really remember the exact names but maybe Bic Comfort and Schick ST2 or 3.

This past week I used a Schick Hydro 3 because my wife got the razor free (or close to it) with a coupon. It is a great shave, but how long can I use the blade cartridge? It has been a week, and the blades seems like they could go some more.

At $8.99 (I'm guessing here) for a package of replacement blades, it might be wise to develop a new pattern for replacement. I have never discussed this with anyone else, but what do you people do?

JaxRed
10-09-2011, 12:40 PM
I usually swap weekly, but I keep hearing if you dry the blades they last forever.

bigredmechanism
10-09-2011, 01:07 PM
I find that keeping them dry increases the life of them, but not by too much. Maybe an extra few shaves. I've heard, but never tried, that using them on denim jeans helps reform the blades.

Joseph
10-09-2011, 05:26 PM
Are you a daily shaver or every few days? I usually use my razor [similar to yours, but not quite the same] only about twice a week and do touch up shaves in between with my electric the rest of the week. With that method I will typically get a month or more out of my blades.

Redhook
10-09-2011, 08:47 PM
I use the Gillette Mach whatever power razors. They're expensive and they come in packs of 4. They cost about $14. I use them forever though. I would say I use them for at least 4 months, rotating every day, and have no problems with cuts or burns. They're incredible really. I just wait forever to buy the next 4-pack.

BTW, the power option is definitely the way to go. It provides a much better shaving experience.

Spazzrico
10-09-2011, 09:26 PM
The only real solution to high-priced corporate blades (this is my occupy Wall Street moment), is to go back to your roots like I did and get yourself an old fashioned safety razor. After a week of adjustment the shave is just as close if closer and much cheaper! I bought a sampler pack of 100 blades from Amazon for $20. It's been over a year since my purchase, and I'm guessing I've got another two until I need to repurchase. I change out my blades every week or two depending on how often I shave. I also use mug soap for the lather, which cost about $5 and lasts around 4-5 months. The initial cost of the razor and a brush (if you go totally wet shaver, which I recommend) is the expensive part, but it's paid off quickly considering the ridiculous cost of Gillette disposables.

So I say....Declare your independence! Be a wet shaver! It's cheaper (unless you buy really expensive creams(the best of which make shaving a joy)) and it's less waste, and lets face it, it's sexier. Go here for more info.
(http://www.wetshaving.net/) Or here. (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/6886845/ns/today-today_weekend_edition/t/how-get-perfect-shave/)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31Q7U4VJqzL._SL500_AA300_.jpghttp://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41aBc47VLUL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

GAC
10-10-2011, 06:29 AM
I've got a beard/mustache, which I keep trimmed up pretty tight, and only shave the remainder about every couple of days. I have the Gillette Mach3 and Fusion razors, and use a gel shaving cream. But I use the same blade for almost a month before changing.

I think it's different depending on what type of facial hair (coarseness) one has. Mine is probably a medium, while my Dad's was pretty heavy. He'd shave in the morning, and when he came home from work would already have what is called the 5 o'clock shadow. It takes me a couple of days to get the stubble.

I think what saves (extends) a blade is the prep beforehand - moisturizing, softening the skin. I do use a hot towel and let the shaving cream set for several minutes to penetrate and soften. And it does help.

I do what I can because the price of these replacement blades is simply ridiculous.

bucksfan2
10-10-2011, 09:13 AM
I use the Gillette Mach whatever power razors. They're expensive and they come in packs of 4. They cost about $14. I use them forever though. I would say I use them for at least 4 months, rotating every day, and have no problems with cuts or burns. They're incredible really. I just wait forever to buy the next 4-pack.

BTW, the power option is definitely the way to go. It provides a much better shaving experience.

Yup. I bought 8 or 10 blades and they lasted me well over a year.

Roy Tucker
10-10-2011, 12:05 PM
I think I use mine for at least a month before changing. Maybe longer. It's not till I go "man, this thing doesn't work very well" do I change. I currently use the Gillette Fusion (or whatever one it is that has 80 bazillion blades on it). I shave after I get out of the shower so my beard is pretty softened up. I shave 5-6 days a week (never on Saturday, sometimes skip Sunday, depends if we go to church or not).

For the longest time, I used the old-fashioned safety razor that I stole out of my dad's bathroom back in the dark ages. I hacked away at my face for like 25 years with that thing. I finally graduated to a Trac II that I used for probably another 10 years.

I finally started watching my wife and daughters use all kinds of exotic Venus $$$ blades and spend a lot of money on them and I thought "what about me?" ;) So I bought whatever the predecessor to the Fusion was and went "oh my GOD, these things really work!". Never went back.

Caveman Techie
10-10-2011, 02:04 PM
Good topic! I started an experiment last year to see just how long I could go using the same razor. I started with my Fusion razor and a four pack of cartridges. From the research I did I learned that in theory you should be able to use the same razor indefinitely as long as you keep it from rusting.

So to do this I stapled a two foot long piece of denim to the hand towel rack next to the sink, it doesn't look bad because the hand towel covers it. I use this to strop the razor before each use on the denim, this knocks the little bit of rust that does build up on the razor off. After each use I make sure to clean the razor thoroughly and dry it as much as possible this helps keep the razor from rusting in the first place. I have heard of some people keeping the razor in alcohol to keep it from rusting, but I don't have a good place to keep that so I haven't tried it yet.

Anyway, I'm at just over a year now of doing this and I still have two cartridges in the refill pack and the one that is on the razor. I would still have three cartridges except I went on a business trip and I wasn't as thorough at cleaning the razor. All in all I would say you can comfortably get 3 - 4 months out of a good razor as long as you keep it dry, clean, and free of rust.

JaxRed
10-10-2011, 06:13 PM
The only real solution to high-priced corporate blades (this is my occupy Wall Street moment), is to go back to your roots like I did and get yourself an old fashioned safety razor. After a week of adjustment the shave is just as close if closer and much cheaper! I bought a sampler pack of 100 blades from Amazon for $20. It's been over a year since my purchase, and I'm guessing I've got another two until I need to repurchase. I change out my blades every week or two depending on how often I shave. I also use mug soap for the lather, which cost about $5 and lasts around 4-5 months. The initial cost of the razor and a brush (if you go totally wet shaver, which I recommend) is the expensive part, but it's paid off quickly considering the ridiculous cost of Gillette disposables.

So I say....Declare your independence! Be a wet shaver! It's cheaper (unless you buy really expensive creams(the best of which make shaving a joy)) and it's less waste, and lets face it, it's sexier. Go here for more info.
(http://www.wetshaving.net/) Or here. (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/6886845/ns/today-today_weekend_edition/t/how-get-perfect-shave/)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31Q7U4VJqzL._SL500_AA300_.jpghttp://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41aBc47VLUL._SL500_AA300_.jpg


I wouldn't use one of those things again if you pay me.

Redlegs23
10-10-2011, 09:36 PM
My blades typically last about 2 and a half to 3 months. I use the Gillette Mach III I think. Shave 5-6 times a week, with medium coarseness facial hair. Switching blades once a week would get expensive.

cincyinco
10-11-2011, 04:00 AM
Does anyone ever use one of these?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/71/No_name_straight_razor.JPG/280px-No_name_straight_razor.JPG

Also, a somewhat related question..

I have fairly sensitive skin on my neck area below the jawline, where I have a lot of growth. I dont know if its the way the hair grows in, or how I shave it(I try to go with the grain, obviously), but I almost always get bumps(or burn?) a day or two later when the hair starts coming in again..

Any tips to avoid this?

Caveman Techie
10-11-2011, 08:20 AM
Does anyone ever use one of these?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/71/No_name_straight_razor.JPG/280px-No_name_straight_razor.JPG

Also, a somewhat related question..

I have fairly sensitive skin on my neck area below the jawline, where I have a lot of growth. I dont know if its the way the hair grows in, or how I shave it(I try to go with the grain, obviously), but I almost always get bumps(or burn?) a day or two later when the hair starts coming in again..

Any tips to avoid this?

Always shave after getting a shower the heat from the shower will help open the pores in your skin and help you get a closer shave. If you can't do that then take a wash cloth and soak it in hot water, get it as hot as you can then wring it out and wrap it around your face for a few minutes this will help do the same thing as a hot shower.

In the problem area's, put the shaving cream on those area's first and shave them last, this will give the most time for the shaving cream to soften the hair and make it easier to shave without having to go over and over the area which is usually what causes irritation on my skin.

cumberlandreds
10-11-2011, 08:54 AM
My blades typically last about 2 and a half to 3 months. I use the Gillette Mach III I think. Shave 5-6 times a week, with medium coarseness facial hair. Switching blades once a week would get expensive.

Use the same thing and last about the same amount of time. I have a fairly heavy beard too. Mach III's are awesome just for the fact they last as long as they do.

Reds4Life
10-11-2011, 09:33 AM
One of my hobbies is wetshaving. I use either double edges or straight razors. For DE razors check out Edwin Jagger or Muhle. The blades are cheap and work so much better than the overpriced cartrige garbage.

Check out www.badgerandblade.com

Spazzrico
10-11-2011, 10:45 AM
One of my hobbies is wetshaving. I use either double edges or straight razors. For DE razors check out Edwin Jagger or Muhle. The blades are cheap and work so much better than the overpriced cartrige garbage.

Check out www.badgerandblade.com

That's what I'm talkin' about! I would love to eventually go straight razor. Eventually I'll invest in the razor and strop (which seems expensive). Until then, wet shaving with the safety double....(guys really don't know what they are missing until they check out a luxurious cream with a great scent).

Never tried Jahher or Muhle, I like Astra so far and I really don't like Shark.

RBA
10-11-2011, 01:18 PM
My razor last for some time. But it doesn't last long when used to shave ear, shoulder, and back hair. ;)

Reds4Life
10-11-2011, 07:42 PM
That's what I'm talkin' about! I would love to eventually go straight razor. Eventually I'll invest in the razor and strop (which seems expensive). Until then, wet shaving with the safety double....(guys really don't know what they are missing until they check out a luxurious cream with a great scent).

Never tried Jahher or Muhle, I like Astra so far and I really don't like Shark.

Jagger and Muhle are brands of DE razors, not blades. ;)

For blades I like Feather, Gillette 7 OClock Yellows and a few others. Astra's aren't bad either, they are made in the same factory as the Gillettes.

You can get some inexpensive straights and strop combos for newbies. There is no need to invest in a super expensive setup until you have your technique down. My first straight razor was an $80 Dovo Special and a $25 strop. If you like vintage straights (some are fantastic, BTW) you can pick up a shave ready straight razor for around $40.

Besides Badger & Blade, you can check out www.straightrazorplace.com as well.

Spitball
10-11-2011, 09:52 PM
Always shave after getting a shower the heat from the shower will help open the pores in your skin and help you get a closer shave.

I shave while in the shower.

919191
10-12-2011, 08:06 AM
I like the Gillette Mach 3's. I read some article on the internet a while back and a guy said he used a razor for several months, maybe a year. He cleaned it by shaving it backwards from the normal shave direction on a poece of denim about 50 times. I started doing it on a wet washcloth and I never tracked the time, but they lasted forever, and i used them for my head, too. I shaved my head in the shower and i don't even think it took a minute.

Strikes Out Looking
10-14-2011, 03:23 PM
There is way too much information in this thread!

I use the Mach III -- one of the good things about it is the blue strip that wears as you use the razor. I usually go about a week past the time there is no more blue strip.

JaxRed
10-14-2011, 03:32 PM
I use the Gillette Mach whatever power razors. They're expensive and they come in packs of 4. They cost about $14. I use them forever though. I would say I use them for at least 4 months, rotating every day, and have no problems with cuts or burns. They're incredible really. I just wait forever to buy the next 4-pack.

BTW, the power option is definitely the way to go. It provides a much better shaving experience.

This may sound like a silly question....but "the power option?" do these things have a battery in them that vibrate the blades or something?

Caveman Techie
10-14-2011, 04:10 PM
There is way too much information in this thread!

I use the Mach III -- one of the good things about it is the blue strip that wears as you use the razor. I usually go about a week past the time there is no more blue strip.

That little blue strip is there prompt the consumer in to spending more money. With an extra 10 seconds a day you could save a little bit of money. I don't know about you, but I can always appreciate saving money. :)

Fight the planned obsolescence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence).

RBA
10-14-2011, 04:20 PM
This may sound like a silly question....but "the power option?" do these things have a battery in them that vibrate the blades or something?

The battery is usually "AAA" and in the handle of the razor. Yes, the motor sends out "micro-pulses" to raise hair up and away from the skin so you can shave more closely.

dabvu2498
10-14-2011, 05:03 PM
Does anyone ever use one of these?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/71/No_name_straight_razor.JPG/280px-No_name_straight_razor.JPG

My barber does. It's old school and phenomenal.

RBA
10-14-2011, 06:36 PM
My barber does. It's old school and phenomenal.

I saw a Clint Eastwood Western with that blade (as a young kid) that made me afraid of them.

cincyinco
10-14-2011, 07:20 PM
Well I still can't conquer the razor bumps on my neck. I soaked my neck under hot water in the shower for 5 minutes, did the hot towel for another couple minutes, let the shaving cream soak for 5 and waited to shave the irritated area last.. Still got them. They're annoying. Only happens in this one area of my neck to the right of my Adams apple.

Any other ideas? Should I try a different cream? A different razor(that's why I asked about the straight razor)? Or am I resigned to having this irritation for the rest of my days?

Eric_the_Red
10-15-2011, 09:15 AM
Well I still can't conquer the razor bumps on my neck. I soaked my neck under hot water in the shower for 5 minutes, did the hot towel for another couple minutes, let the shaving cream soak for 5 and waited to shave the irritated area last.. Still got them. They're annoying. Only happens in this one area of my neck to the right of my Adams apple.

Any other ideas? Should I try a different cream? A different razor(that's why I asked about the straight razor)? Or am I resigned to having this irritation for the rest of my days?

I used to get razor bumps too. Now I shave in the shower (using HOT water), use a sensitive skin pre-shave face wash, and sensitive skin shaving cream. After shaving I dry my blade to prolong its use. Seems to have worked.

GAC
10-16-2011, 06:38 AM
I saw a Clint Eastwood Western with that blade (as a young kid) that made me afraid of them.

High Plains Drifter. The actor was William O'Connell

http://www.wearysloth.com/Gallery/ActorsO/26727-8523.jpg

You don't want a nervous nellie for a barber that's for sure. LOL

redsmetz
10-16-2011, 06:50 AM
I have to confess, I've never owned a razor in my entire life. During my high school years when I had to shave for school (and only then infrequently, until the vice-principal would holler at me to shave), I used my Dad's electric (as did my brothers). Once I finished school, I've only shaved a handful of times and haven't been without my beard since September, 1978. Likewise, I wear my beard full, so I don't do any of the trimming of any areas, hence no razor. I did use my wife's once when I was having some surgery. First time I'd ever used a non-electric razor on myself.

Reading about all the time and money folks put in to shaving makes me even happier to always have my beard.

BTW, my wife and none of my kids have ever seen me without a beard.

GAC
10-17-2011, 04:46 AM
BTW, my wife and none of my kids have ever seen me without a beard.

Mine have, over the last 20+ years, on a couple of rare occasions. On a whim I've shaved it off, and then my wife will scream "Grow it back! Now!". Some look better with a beard then without. :p

cumberlandreds
10-17-2011, 01:35 PM
Mine have, over the last 20+ years, on a couple of rare occasions. On a whim I've shaved it off, and then my wife will scream "Grow it back! Now!". Some look better with a beard then without. :p

I have had a mustache most of my adult life. I would occasionally shave it off. The first time I did after being married my wife gave out a horror-like shriek. I said "Wow Am I really that ugly". She never really answered me back. :) So I rarely shave it off anymore so I won't scare the wife to death.

Hoosier Red
10-17-2011, 05:02 PM
Well I still can't conquer the razor bumps on my neck. I soaked my neck under hot water in the shower for 5 minutes, did the hot towel for another couple minutes, let the shaving cream soak for 5 and waited to shave the irritated area last.. Still got them. They're annoying. Only happens in this one area of my neck to the right of my Adams apple.

Any other ideas? Should I try a different cream? A different razor(that's why I asked about the straight razor)? Or am I resigned to having this irritation for the rest of my days?

I have no way of knowing if it's just marketing gobbledygook but Gillette's fusion brand has a pre-shave face wash which warms up as your rub it in to your face. The experience is pretty cool, and I've noticed a slightly cleaner shave, but I don't know if it would help what you're doing.

redsmetz
10-18-2011, 02:12 PM
I have had a mustache most of my adult life. I would occasionally shave it off. The first time I did after being married my wife gave out a horror-like shriek. I said "Wow Am I really that ugly". She never really answered me back. :) So I rarely shave it off anymore so I won't scare the wife to death.

One of the rare times I did shave off my beard, I kept a mustache (haven't been without it since 1972). Someone saw me and asked when I'd grown a mustache. "Um, just shaved off my beard..."

Dom Heffner
10-22-2011, 10:12 PM
Use the Fusion blades, shave in the shower, the blades seem to last a few months, but there is a noticeable drop off in the closeness after the first week.

If you dont shave in the shower you are missing something.

Boss-Hog
10-25-2011, 12:50 PM
Use the Fusion blades, shave in the shower, the blades seem to last a few months, but there is a noticeable drop off in the closeness after the first week.

If you dont shave in the shower you are missing something.
I've nearly always shaved in the shower (using a shower mirror), but I've never been able to achieve the same closeness as I can when shaving immediately after showering. I use the same shaving tool (lately, I've been using the nice but expensive Gillette Fusion Power blades) and the difference is very noticeable pretty much everywhere (particularly in my cheek and neck areas).

I always allow about a minute for the shaving foam or gel to settle in the shower and I still do not get the same level of closeness as I do when using the same method after showering. I've even recently tried purchasing the pricey Fusion gel that has been recommended in this thread with the same results.

I have to shave every day for work, and I'd really like to continue shaving in the shower because it saves cleanup time, but I'm not sure I can continue to knowing there's a noticeable difference. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Strikes Out Looking
10-25-2011, 05:47 PM
When I don't shave I look a good 10 years older. My beard comes in white, however my hair only has some grey in it. I can't stand looking old, so I shave pretty much every day.

Raisor
10-25-2011, 07:56 PM
I keep my Raisor with me at all times.

Spazzrico
10-25-2011, 09:17 PM
I just remembered this Onion piece (http://www.theonion.com/articles/****-everything-were-doing-five-blades,11056/)....very apropos.