Blade longevity: misconceptions vs reality.

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Blade longevity: misconceptions vs reality.

Postby matthewoli98 » Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:26 pm

I decided to write this post a couple of days ago after getting a bit of flack for the amount of uses i get from blades, so i decided to write a detailed post on my shaving routine, and perhaps explain how i get the amount of uses from a blade that i do, please remember this is entirely subjective and might not be the case for you.

I believe that blades should be replaced by feel, by this i mean that a blade should be replaced by how it feels when shaving, not by the number of shaves it has been used for. If a blade tugs uncomfortably or compromises the experience at all i replace it, but if i still get a good shave i carry on using it, whether it's on shave number 3 or 15.

There are far too many variables to just say "i get 3 shaves from a feather each and every time." A lot of it has to do with preparation. Showering or washing your face before shaving, using a pre shave paired with a slick soap goes a massive way with helping get the maximum use from a blade without compromising the experience.

After using a blade, i dry the razor and rinse the soap residue off the blade, and dap it dry (never ever wip dry), this can cause damage to the cutting edge and remove any coating whether it be platinum or teflon.

I also flip the blade, this does absolutely nothing with extending blade lifespan, its just an old habit and helps me keep track of the amount of shaves i get, i do this purely as a way to keep track of how well my pre shave routine has been working.

When i started wet shaving, i was looking for a replacement for cartridge razors, as a college student, cost saving is a huge factor, so even though i have tons of blades, i see no need to prematurely replace blades still giving great shaves.

In conclusion, id like to encourage any wetshaver reading this, just try replacing according to feel instead of a fixed number of shaves, you might be surprised by the amount of shaves you get.

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Re: Blade longevity: misconceptions vs reality.

Postby Clouds » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:22 am

matthewoli98 wrote:In conclusion, id like to encourage any wetshaver reading this, just try replacing according to feel instead of a fixed number of shaves, you might be surprised by the amount of shaves you get.


I fully agree with you on this.
What I also do, is if I feel some tug, the next use of that blade will be with a more aggressive razor and if its still tugging I wont bother finishing that shave but will replace.

But - I don't get mileage out of Feather blades for whatever reason - I think the most that I have out of a Feather is 7 shaves.
My longest laster was a Wizamet SI at 20 shaves. I've also tossed blades after 3 shaves.
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