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The World's Best Kept Razor Secret

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Doug in NC

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I heard this on Clark Howard's show and wanted to share it. An engineer called in one day and explained that your shaving razors will almost never get dull if you clean and thoroughly dry them after each use. Since then, others have been experimenting with the idea and one guy mentioned using the same razor for over a year and it's still going.

Apparently it is the moisture that dulls the blade. I always thought it was the cutting through whiskers that dulled the blade. Hey, this may not save you thousands but why replace razor blades every few weeks when they could be lasting you months?
 

Restrain

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I leared to shave using a straight razor, al la Sweeny Todd. I can assure you that cutting through a beard will dull a razor. Not water, not soap, but friction and impact on the cutting edge. I cleaned and dried the razor after every use, but if I didn't strop it to restrore the edge, you could tell it the next day.
 

Lee in L.A.

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I prefer the electric thing. Doesn't shave quite as close and clean. But less mess, and it does good enough. It's just gonna grow right back anyway. :shrug:
 

Mountain Man

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I leared to shave using a straight razor, al la Sweeny Todd. I can assure you that cutting through a beard will dull a razor. Not water, not soap, but friction and impact on the cutting edge. I cleaned and dried the razor after every use, but if I didn't strop it to restrore the edge, you could tell it the next day.

Ditto to Strahan, a blade wears away with every use. I laughed my arse off when I heard that show. If you really want to be cheap, get your Grandpaw's old two sided, single blade razor and strop that before every use. It make take you 30 years to wear it down to where the edge won't stick out beyond the holding bracket, but the pennies will scream from all the pinching!
 
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Mike Boyd

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A throw away razor will last me at least two weeks. They are so cheap I don't worry about extended use. I have a full beard, now, and only trim my beard using hair clippers. For some reason, I never figured out why.........when any razor is used by a female to shave legs, etc., it is too dull to use again.
 

Joker

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How do I keep my Andis blades sharp? I assure you they get dull just from clipping hair. They do need sharpening at least once a season.
 

MARK JOLLIFF

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I remember years ago I had a date with a really pretty woman and went out and bought new clothes, haircut etc. I forgot to buy razors though. My roomate used one of those old style razors where you drop the blade in the top and I borrowed it. I almost died of blood loss. I had probably 15 pieces of toilet paper stuck to my face. It turned out o.k though cuz my date couldn't stop laughing at my story. Just disposables for this dummy!
 
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