Don's Life In Thailand (Chiang Mai)
|Make Your Razor Blade Last 2 - 6 Months or
Information here has been gathered from 5 different sites
(Some have reported Blades lasting 6 to 8 months)
Based on information I started gathering about 6 months ago, this is what I do:
Prior to beginning, I sharpen my blade by Running the blade backwards over an old pair of
jeans 20 times
1 I put some water in a tea kettle and bring to a boil
2 Instead of a shaving product, I use Body Lotion with Aloe on my beard
3 I pour some boiling water into a cup
4 I put my razor in the cup for about 3-4 seconds
5 I shave a portion of my face; rinse the blade; and put it back in the cup for 3-4 seconds
6 Repeat step #5 until finished
7 Rinse the razor throughly and put back into cup of hot water for about 5 seconds
8 Pat the razor dry with a towel (or use a blow dryer), then put away in a bag for the next use.
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.
The reason for the above steps are listed below. My blades are lasting at least 3-4 months or
Here's information that I've found on the Internet
Tips to Properly Prepare Your Face
Some guys might not consider this, but rushing through a dry shave, or one where your beard
hasn’t been fully softened, takes a real toll on your blades. You wouldn’t use your best knives to
hack away at a piece of frozen beef, would you? You’d thaw it out first.
So here are a few things you can do to make life easier for your beard and your blade:
1 Always wait 20-30 minutes before shaving in the morning, since your face is puffy with
overnight fluid that keeps you from getting a close shave.
2 Whenever you have time, try and soak your beard in warm water or steam for at least 15
minutes, this will relax your skin and soften your beard hair dramatically, making it easier for
your blade to cut.
3 Soften the area to be shaved with hair conditioner. Allow it remain on for several minutes to
get the best results.
4 Don’t use too much product: it’s more about how you work the lather onto your face than
how much of it there is. If using a shaving brush, use painters strokes. If using your hands, use
a gentle circular motion. There shouldn’t be any lather built up on your face, just a nice, thin,
even layer covering the hair.
Caring for Cartridge Style Razors
1 Rinse your blade in hot water every few strokes: this clears the blade for cutting, and a hot
blade will go through hair easier and more cleanly than a cool or cold one will.
2 Clean your blade after every use: Take the time to properly rinse it in hot water, then dry it
with a towel. If you want, pour a little rubbing alcohol on your blade, this will purge any
remaining moisture that will dull and oxidize the cutting surfaces.
3 Store you razor away from moisture: Even having it out on the counter when you shower
affects the blades long term performance. The blade should be put in a cool, dry place after it’s
been properly cleaned.
4 Wait a little longer between shaves when possible. Some people skip the routine on
weekends. Less shaving means the blades will last longer.
Try freezing unused razor blades instead of leaving them to sit in the bathroom. This removes the
moisture problem completely. Just remember that they are there and remember to remove them when
needed! It is also a good idea to put them in a container specially earmarked for this purpose rather
than leaving the anywhere in the freezer for someone to cut their hand on.
Sharpening your blade
1 LifeHacker recently reported that you can extend the life of a disposable razor blade up to
twenty months by swiping it backwards against your arm 10 times whenever it starts to feel dull.
The idea is to mimic the action of those leather strops barbers once used to sharpen straight
razors, except the hair on the forearm also sharpens the blade. Apparently a lot of people report
this method works well. Of course, if you shave your forearms, it won’t work for you.
2 Run the blades over an old pair of jeans, as described here. This is what I do.
Click Here to watch a video CLICK HERE
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.
Because the only evidence he had was anecdotal, he paid for testing research from an
independent laboratory, 360-Degree Testing Service of Yonkers, N.Y. It tested a two-blade razor
from Bic, a three-blade razor from Gillette and a four-blade razor from Schick.
The results? Using the fan device to dry blades extended blade life an average of 122 percent, or
more than double.
To check out the Razor Pro CLICK HERE