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Old 06-23-13, 01:39 PM   #1
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Razor Blades

Not bike related but, I need some advice.

I try to get as many shaves out of a blades as I can but, the blades for razor need replaced. I went to the store to buy new blades and just about choked on the price. I am considering buying an electric razor and wonder if any of you have any recommendations.
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We're talking face, not legs, right? Have you used an electric razor? It's quite a bit different from using blades and takes some getting used to. I use blades whenever I shower and use the electric razor between. They work best with short growth, less the 24 hrs. I had a Norelco for many yearsm, then, on the strength of a Consumer Reports review, got a Braun Series 5 (~$150) which I liked better than the old Norelco.
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I can relate.

I've been using plastic disposable twin blade razors because the replaceable blades are stupid expensive. And I just can't see the point of multiple blades any way.

There is a shaving thread in this forum. Some of the guys evidently are really old school, brushes, soap, straight razor and strop, etc. but I'm too lazy or indifferent to get into that.

I had a Norelco rechargeable that was OK. The replacement heads started to get hard to find and when the battery died I gave up on it.

I like the convenience of a shaver but decided just to use a razor for a while.
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We're talking face, not legs, right? Have you used an electric razor? It's quite a bit different from using blades and takes some getting used to. I use blades whenever I shower and use the electric razor between. They work best with short growth, less the 24 hrs. I had a Norelco for many yearsm, then, on the strength of a Consumer Reports review, got a Braun Series 5 (~$150) which I liked better than the old Norelco.
Yeah, I thought about that one but my innate cheapness won out.
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Iv'e been using Phillips Norelco for years just picked up a new one last month at costco and it came with a extra shaving head that's at least 24 dollars right there they shave pretty good but every now and then i still break out the razor and shaving cream to get a real close shave.
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Electric razors can really do a job on your skin in terms of razor burn. I have used them off and on for 35 years. These days I use a three pack of women's disposable Noxzema spa shave four blade razors that I buy at Walmart for about $ 5. I throw out and replace the razor every two weeks. I began using them after reading on the Net that women's razors are less likely to nick and cut you while shaving your head. I can attest this is true. The men's Gillette two and three blade razors that I used to use would routinely leave me bleeding.
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I've never gotten a good shave out of an electric. So I use plastic disposable twin blades I get in a 50 pack from Costco. If you rinse them well and dry the blades after shaving they usually last a week or more so a $15 pack will shave me for the whole year.
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You might look into a safety razor - it's the middle ground between an old school straight razor and the insane cartridge multi-blade razors most "manual" shavers use these days. It uses a single blade which is replaceable, and costs all of about a buck a piece. You can find the safety razor in specialty stores or at amazon; the blades you can probably find in your local pharmacy. I use a safety razor and regular canned shaving cream, which makes me somewhat of a heretic in the safety razor world, but I'm ok with that.
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I never could get a decent shave with electric razors, and the Gillette cartridge razors worked well for me but the blades were awfully expensive. Now I use a traditional double-edged safety razor. I use very nice Feather blades and a pack of ten is no more than $7. And if you're vigilant on Amazon sometimes you'll come across a deal. A couple of years ago I found a 100 pack of Feather blades for just under $50. I've hardly even made in dent in my supply so far, so there's no telling how long it'll be before I have to buy blades again.

I think straight razors are really cool, but I didn't go that route because I know I wouldn't keep up with the honing (assuming I could even hone it properly in the first place).
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My vote also goes to the DE safety razor. My Edwin Jagger came with a variety of blades. I won't need blades until the next presidential election (no exaggeration). I also bought about ten shaving soaps. I enjoy the variety of scents. Can't ever see going back to the cartridges, even though the China Mart ones I bought lasted a long time. I'm in the same boat as Lamplight. I'd likely cut my head off if I went the straight razor route.
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If you want your multi-blade razors to last MUCH longer, do not put them up wet. Use your cycling lungs to blow hard across the blades to remove all the water. You will be surprised how much longer the blades last. (I assume you already wash all the hair out first.)
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Old school is the best.
It really does not take very long to master one. Haven't had razor burn or an ingrown hair in forever.

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Old 06-23-13, 05:01 PM   #15
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I think straight razors are really cool, but I didn't go that route because I know I wouldn't keep up with the honing (assuming I could even hone it properly in the first place).
It's really simple. Lay the blade flat on the stone and slide it across, flip it over and repeat until crazy sharp.

I need to sharpen mine about every 100 shaves.
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Old 06-23-13, 05:36 PM   #16
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Grow a beard. I've had one for about 30 years now and shave about once a week to trim things up. Blades last me about 3-4 months. Beards are no longer as scary as they once were.
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I have always used an electric.

Basically electrics come in 2 varieties- those that cut with a foil and those that cut with actual small blades. For the most part the foil shavers have the curved head with a lot of holes in it, the blade shavers are usually rotaries like the Norelco, with slots in the head and a rotating piece below with 10 or so little blades.

This is my experience- with a foil shaver the individual hairs go through holes in the foil and get clipped by the moving cutter below. The foil is thin so you get a pretty close shave, but it can be hard for individual hairs to go through the holes so you will miss one occasionally, and the foil shaver doesn't work very well if you go much more than 24 hours between shaves. The rotary has slots that the hairs go in so it gets all of the hairs and doesn't miss some. But the head is thicker so it doesn't shave quite as closely. I have both types. I use the foil shaver every day and then occasionally I will back it up with the rotary for anything that got missed. And on weekends if I don't shave on Saturday I will use the rotary shaver on Sunday.
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Old 06-23-13, 07:25 PM   #18
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Is this the queue to necro the safety razor threads? I still haven't gotten to half the pack of 100 blades I got on amazon for 5.99
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i hate cheap blades they hurt to much i use mach 3 now
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An old toothbrush can make even a cheap blade last for weeks. Clean that edge immediately after use - don't let all that soapy stubble fester.

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OR,Have a look on badger and blade,the reviews of blades and shaving related stuff are good.There are cheap but good blades,soap and razors out there.
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Eh, the last time I tried replacing my blades on my electric razor, I figured I could get a year's worth of cartridge blades for that price (was rocking the beard at the time and only shaving the neck, cartridges don't last quite so long now). Wet might take me a little longer (getting a good lather on the soap) and uses a bit more water, but the actual shave part is faster and I get closer, so that's a win. Also it doesn't feel like I'm yanking and pulling each hair out individually like it does with an electric if I skip 2-3 days.
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Eh, the last time I tried replacing my blades on my electric razor, I figured I could get a year's worth of cartridge blades for that price (was rocking the beard at the time and only shaving the neck, cartridges don't last quite so long now). Wet might take me a little longer (getting a good lather on the soap) and uses a bit more water, but the actual shave part is faster and I get closer, so that's a win. Also it doesn't feel like I'm yanking and pulling each hair out individually like it does with an electric if I skip 2-3 days.
Exactly why I don't use an electric anymore. I used a Remington for several years. It never did well in the humid months either, especially on the neck.
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If you want your multi-blade razors to last MUCH longer, do not put them up wet. Use your cycling lungs to blow hard across the blades to remove all the water. You will be surprised how much longer the blades last. (I assume you already wash all the hair out first.)
I slap the razor on my hand towel a few times to remove as much water as I can and then I use the blow dryer to remove any remaining water when I dry my hair. Seems to make them last much longer.
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I used cheap Gillette Good News for a couple decades, suddenly a few years ago they turned to crap. I mean really crap. I found a few of the old ones in the back of the linen closet where I keep them, and viola! they were great. Then back to a new bag from the store and ouch.

So, I have been using Shick Hydro 5 for the last half year with great success. Costs a little bit, but lasts a really long time and gives me a really, really close and comfortable shave.
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