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July 15, 2013

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spin

If i'm not mistaken, when using a shaving blade, the cutting edge will eventually bend because of pressure against one's face. The baby oil is only good against oxidation, (rust).

KI6H

Discouraged by the cost & waste of disposables, I've been using Personna double-edged blades and a Merkur safety razor for about three weeks now. The blades are sharper, and some shaving technique is required, but there is abundant support on the internet -- hundreds of demonstration videos, in fact. It's weird that so many men want to show you how to shave.

So far it's been an interesting (and arguably manly) vacay from Mach 3's, and the excellent, name-brand blades are about $12 for 100. thewirecutter tipped me off to this new obsession and badgerandblade completed the brainwashing.

In six months will I still be doing it? Don't know. But it's compelling to develop a new skill.

Bill

Your root problem is you're using Gillette blades. Argue about how they're ripping you off if you want, but they are, one way or another.

If you like the Gillette product by all means keep using it. This is not a moral issue after all. If you can afford $.02 for raw materials, $.23 for production costs, $.25 for profit and $3.50 for advertising and celebrity endorsements (or whatever it is, but I'd bet I'm not far wrong) by all means go for it. On the other hand, if it bothers you to be so overcharged, get something else. The Merkur razor and double edge blades are a good bet.

Bill

Oh, my mistake- Wikipedia Which is Never Wrong says the cost for making a Mach 3 blade is nine cents, not twenty-three. My bad.

herculodge

I like to shave in the shower. Are the Merkur save enough to use there? If so, I'll try it out.

KI6H

You could shave in the shower only if you have a fog-free mirror. I cannot recommend shaving "blind" with a Merkur, especially at first.

Bill

I shave blind with a Merkur, though. I have no problems doing so.

To use a double edge blade you hold it against the skin with only enough pressure to keep it against your face, never more. To get close you keep going over the same area of face until it is smooth enough to suit you. You'll find you're going by sound and feel rather than sight, so whether you can see it is not that important.

If you've never used a double edge- which is a tiny bit technical, enough that there's a whole legion of shave fans eager to geek about it with you- a Trac II knock-off might be a better start.

I use Personna Twin Pivot Plus, which are a knock off that fits either the slide on Trac II style handle or the pivoting clip-on Atra style. They're about 40 cents a pop on Amazon, depending where you get them. The handle I use is the Bump Figher razor. I bought it to get the handle, threw away the blades that came with it, and use the Twin Pivot Plus blades in it. At about seven bucks it's a pretty good handle. But you can also buy other Trac II knock-offs, ranging from disposable plastic models to heavy fancy plated metal versions from Germany, whatever strikes your fancy.

Bill DeFelice

I don't know if you ever listen to consumer expert Clark Howard but he's stated numerous times that residual moisture is the leading culprit for diminished blade life. Clark's suggestion of removing this moisture by either wiping the blade after use or blowing it dry with compressed air has extended the blade life for him and others have confirmed similar results. It sounds as if the blades get pitted from the water remaining on the blades for a prolong time.

Ed S

Whatever you do, don't fall for that dopey ad for the "Shaving Club" or something like that. It looks like the triumph of marketing over common sense.

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