Electric-shaver types need not reply.
If you shave manually and you shave every day, how often do you have to replace the blade? Is anybody getting much more than a week or ten days out of a blade before it's dull or abrasive?
My curiosity was piqued by the new ads for the Gilette Fusion blades, which claim that some people can use a single blade for THREE WEEKS. This doesn't seem possible to me.
Tell me your experience. If you're getting more than 10 days, what kind of blades are you using and what kind of beard do you have?
I've seen an ad for a device that allegedly sharpens manual blades of all types. It allegedly extends the life of blades almost indefinitely. Anybody got any experience with this product? (I don't recall the name of the device.)
I have a very heavy, sharp beard, as my wife will attest. Even clean shaved I can scrape her bad. I also have sensitive skin, unfortunately. I generally shave every other day, as even new razors rip me up if I do it every day, but I'm pretty bushy by the time I shave. Anyway, I have this magnetic thing that I stick my gillette sensor excel (I think that's what it's called...I use the old two blade one as the three blade one rips me up) in every day. I think it was from sharper image, but I'm not sure. Anyway, it keeps my blade in great shape. I only have to replace it every couple months.
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Though I rock a beard, I still shave my neck about 3-4 times a week. My beard comes down about one inch under my chin and progressively gets closer to my jaw as it moves towards my ears. So, I have about 1/2 of a face to shave. I guess that gives me the equivalent of a full face shave twice a week. Enough with the numbers.
To answer the question at hand, every Christmas my wife buys me a ten pack of Gillette Sensor Excel or Sensor 3 blades. I go through the first nine by March. The final blade lasts me until December 25th. It takes a man to rock a beard, but it takes an even bigger man to use the same razor blade for 9 months.
I have a neck of steel. Respect the neck...
In a closely related point, blade proliferation is getting out of hand. Haven't we reached the point of significantly diminishing returns or are we going to have to watch commercials for the Gillette "Ocho"?
are we going to have to watch commercials for the Gillette "Ocho"?[/QUOTE]
Ya, I've been watching the dodgeball tournament on the Ocho. ESPN 8. I just can't get enough of it.
I shave every other day and only get 3-4 uses out of the Gillette Fusion. As soon as the moisturizing strip wears away, I have to change the blade; otherwise, I'm in for a rough shave.
It seems like most of you are getting 2-3 weeks out of a blade. What's the secret? No reliance on the strip?
I also always shave against the grain; maybe that has something to do with it.
I'd be curious to know whether others shave with the grain or against it. If I shave with the grain, I might as well not shave at all. The only problem is this can irritate my skin (and apparently burn through razor blades).
Last edited by rsvman; 07-14-2008 at 03:15 PM. Reason: remembered name of device
No more than 7-8 days, and that's pushing it. I've tried multiple brands, all pretty much the same.
When I do shave, I use a blade once and then toss it. My beard is made of steel and grows in so many directions that there is no such thing as grain. I hate shaving. I have a beard.
My beard is just now starting to come back so i don't recall. I normally buy disposals, because I’m cheep, and they don't last long although I use them until they don't cut anymore. I just let it pull.
I have heard that if you dry off the blades one blade should last close to a year.
In February 2006, a gentleman called the show and spoke about using the same razor for a year. He revealed that blades don't degrade from shaving, but rather they corrode from the moisture that collects on them once you're done shaving.
Drying your razor blades extends shelf life
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Still trying to make a name.
Knowing nothings gonna change what I am.
I was a young troubadour,
when I rode in on a song.
and I'll be an old troubadour,
when I'm gone.
Wow. I know I'm cheap but I'm worse than I expected. I use the Mach 3, shave during the week, not much on the weekend and I usually replace my blade once every 2-3 months. I just ride it until finally I remember that I haven't replaced it in awhile and then go another week or so before finally giving in.