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(CNN)   How long does a razor blade really last? Gillette comes clean on the facts   (management.fortune.cnn.com) divider line 178
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2012-06-08 09:09:36 AM  
The article's spot on - I use a Merkur Classic, and you can buy blades for a pittance. For the price of a pack of 10 Fusion blades, I can buy 50 double edge blades - and get a better shave to boot.

Using cartridge razors is a great way to waste money.
 
2012-06-08 09:24:30 AM  

FormlessOne: The article's spot on - I use a Merkur Classic, and you can buy blades for a pittance. For the price of a pack of 10 Fusion blades, I can buy 50 double edge blades - and get a better shave to boot.

Using cartridge razors is a great way to waste money.


I have a safety razor, too, but I find that every time I shave, I wind up bleeding a lot.
 
2012-06-08 09:31:46 AM  
Oh, they were a total waste when they were only two blades. But now that they've added three blades *and* a moisturizing strip? It's a total bargain. And just think...in a few years, there'll be the technology to add a fourth blade. And maybe a small nozzle that delivers a light puff of aftershave as well. Razor blades are like computers...I mean, my cellphone alone has like twice the capacity of computers from a decade ago. It's astonishing when you think about it.
 
2012-06-08 09:51:22 AM  

FormlessOne: The article's spot on - I use a Merkur Classic, and you can buy blades for a pittance. For the price of a pack of 10 Fusion blades, I can buy 50 double edge blades - and get a better shave to boot.

Using cartridge razors is a great way to waste money.


Figured that was a 33c or a 34c. I love my 34c. Four passes, and there's not a hint of stubble.

RexTalionis: I have a safety razor, too, but I find that every time I shave, I wind up bleeding a lot.


Is it from catching on uneven skin or from too much pressure? Safety razors require nearly no pressure on the face like cartridge razors do. I learned to shave with a straight razor, so cartridges scare the crap out of me with the pressure they require.
 
2012-06-08 09:56:59 AM  

palladiate: RexTalionis: I have a safety razor, too, but I find that every time I shave, I wind up bleeding a lot.

Is it from catching on uneven skin or from too much pressure? Safety razors require nearly no pressure on the face like cartridge razors do. I learned to shave with a straight razor, so cartridges scare the crap out of me with the pressure they require.


Uneven skin and unsteady hands. I'd make for a terrible surgeon. Once, I managed to cut a deep line in my face because somehow my hand decided to go sideways in the middle of a stroke.
 
2012-06-08 10:07:29 AM  

RexTalionis: Uneven skin and unsteady hands. I'd make for a terrible surgeon. Once, I managed to cut a deep line in my face because somehow my hand decided to go sideways in the middle of a stroke.


Yeah, an electric might be more your speed. My hands have gotten shaky over the years, but I'm still somehow perfectly steady when shaving. At least I have that.
 
2012-06-08 10:27:22 AM  
I have a Merkur 34C with Feather blades, yeah it takes a few shaves to get it into your head how light a touch it takes after decades of zooming away with a Mach and such. Though I still use my Mach3 for my head, I have a couple moles that I can't seem to avoid. One thing the DE razors do really well is deal with a several day growth of beard where a multi blade razor will clog and grab, a DE razor just trucks right on through.
 
2012-06-08 10:29:43 AM  
Shaving snob thread!

I shave once every 3 weeks or so. I use a mach 3, which I've been using since they came out. I love that Gillette invested in R&D and gave me something I can use. A blade will last me 3-4 shavings, or 3 months. I don't care that an 8-pack of cartridges which lasts me two years cost 20 bucks. Big friggin deal. I'm not planning to switch anytime soon.
 
2012-06-08 10:47:24 AM  
he tells viewers what Gillette never had: That the company's blades last up to five weeks.

Yeah, sounds about right.

/fark those double edged safety razors
//those are old man razors
///and most old men were smart enough to change
 
2012-06-08 10:50:10 AM  
Not only do I love the Gillette Fusion, Kroger now makes a knockoff that works just as well at a fraction of the cost. I'm an in the shower no-look shaver.
 
2012-06-08 10:58:20 AM  
I replace blades by feel and I shave every other day (I should shave every day because I have a thick beard...but I hate shaving). I usually replace the knock-off 5 blade cartridges every 2-3 weeks.

I've considered going to a straight razor...but since the knock-offs don't cost more than $10 for 5...doesn't seem worth it right now.
 
2012-06-08 11:05:51 AM  
5 weeks? Bullshiat. I use Fusion and I can go twice that with one razor. And my hair grows so thick, I can't even use disposables. I use mine LOOONG after that green strip disappears. You'll know when it really needs to be changed cause your face will feel like you just ran sandpaper on it.
 
2012-06-08 11:20:21 AM  
i212.photobucket.com

Shaving thread.

/Relevant because my wife always "borrows" my razor to shave.
//Hate finding my razor in the shower, but love the results.
 
2012-06-08 11:31:07 AM  
You f*cking plebeians. I shave with a hand-carved stone blade, honed with only the finest diamond-dust millstone, and a self-developed Himalayan yak-butter recipe for my shave cream.
 
2012-06-08 12:10:40 PM  
Fark Everything, We're doing 5 blades

Would someone tell me how this happened? We were the farking vanguard of shaving in this country. The Gillette Mach3 was the razor to own. Then the other guy came out with a three-blade razor. Were we scared? Hell, no. Because we hit back with a little thing called the Mach3Turbo. That's three blades and an aloe strip. For moisture. But you know what happened next? Shut up, I'm telling you what happened-the bastards went to four blades. Now we're standing around with our cocks in our hands, selling three blades and a strip. Moisture or no, suddenly we're the chumps. Well, fark it. We're going to five blades.
 
2012-06-08 12:12:09 PM  
Y'all are a bunch of pussies, I shave with a hammer.
 
2012-06-08 12:16:03 PM  

Barfmaker: Y'all are a bunch of pussies, I shave with a hammer.


Amateur.

i212.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-08 12:28:05 PM  
I tried a safety razor with bloody results. I still use a Gillette Sensor. Old school twin blade.
badgerandblade.com
Link
 
2012-06-08 12:28:35 PM  
When I started shaving I used a Gillette Safety razor, which held a double edged blade. The razor, which I still have, was metal and a bit heavy.

Interestingly enough, when I worked at the local hospital, the ER staff had safety straight razors. There were guards on the blades.

I eventually switched over to the metal handle version which used disposable cartridges and liked that. Remember the cartridges which came out with a little button you pushed that cleaned the krap out from the double blades? Notice also that you can't find them anymore?

They worked too well. That little button that cleaned between the blades extended the cartridge life considerably.

I have a box full of old straight razors, but I'm not crazy enough to use them. Since I didn't grow up using them, I'm not going to use my face as a training ground.

I use the 'disposable' razors now, which cost more than my original double bladed did. Unfortunately, most types I like sell you the whole razor -- and don't have replacement cartridges. (Even though the blade can snap easily off and on.) Now, I have these exotic looking, science-fiction type razors, some in fluorescent colors, with 'manly sport names'.

Considering that the majority of plastics come from oil based chemicals and the cost of oil has exploded, I find it curious how the razor industry has just exploded with plastic razors, most of which will not even be recycled, but tossed in the trash.

I snap the cartridge off mine and dump the handle in the recycling bin. The cartridge goes in the trash.

A set of blades will last me a month with daily shaving. When I need more, I keep getting sticker shock when I find that even a pack of replacement cartridges can cost almost $20. I used to buy a pack of 10 double edged blades, wrapped individually in waxed paper, in a small cardboard box, for $2.00. The blue tinted blades did not rust fast.

BTW. How many of you have been in old homes or apartments and spotted that little slot in the back of the medicine cabinet? Know what it's for? Razor blade disposal. Folks used to drop their used razor blades between the walls for disposal.
 
2012-06-08 12:39:43 PM  

SnarfVader: Barfmaker: Y'all are a bunch of pussies, I shave with a hammer.

Amateur.

[i212.photobucket.com image 500x304]


theshroom.files.wordpress.com

Meh. I shave with a rabid badger.

/image hot like fresh gouts of facial bleeding
 
2012-06-08 01:04:57 PM  
The Mach 3 was the last decent razor they ever made. While safety's are the best, I've been pretty much converted to the Schick Quatro. It's a safety sans blood.

Oh also -- wtf is up with all these gels and creams?

Nothing and I mean nothing beats Barbasol.
 
2012-06-08 01:31:48 PM  

Rik01: Razor blade disposal. Folks used to drop their used razor blades between the walls for disposal.


Which is hell on inspection and refurbishment crews...

Most blades are sold with packages that double as "vaults" for your old blades. you slide your fresh blades out of one side, and your used blade into the other.
 
2012-06-08 01:44:45 PM  

toraque: Meh. I shave with a rabid badger


I tried to shave with a honey badger, but he just didn't give a fu*k.
 
2012-06-08 01:51:01 PM  
I use a Gilette sensor twin blade and I go through about 6 cartridges a year, maybe. Of course I only shave once or twice a week.
 
2012-06-08 01:53:17 PM  
Am I the only one that uses an electric? 15 years now, will never go back.
 
2012-06-08 01:58:51 PM  
Eh. I've been getting acceptable results with napalm.
 
2012-06-08 01:58:54 PM  
 
2012-06-08 02:00:00 PM  
After gallivanting through what looks like the African Savanna, Paris, and some Asian rainforests, he tells viewers what Gillette never had: That the company's blades last up to five weeks.

I hate that commercial. I always imagine his trip ends in some third world hospital for a staph infection.

I probably give up on blades too soon, but I just feel like I need a really clean really sharp blade. My hair is also pretty insane, it can actually stick in my hand like a splinter when I stroke my beard to ponder things.
 
2012-06-08 02:02:56 PM  
I just have a swarm of bees trim up my beard:

i591.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-08 02:06:59 PM  

FormlessOne: The article's spot on - I use a Merkur Classic, and you can buy blades for a pittance. For the price of a pack of 10 Fusion blades, I can buy 50 double edge blades - and get a better shave to boot.

Using cartridge razors is a great way to waste money.


This! One of the best investments I ever made was a safety razor from The Art of Shaving. An occasional pack of Merkur blades, and some of their awesome shaving soap is all you need.
 
2012-06-08 02:10:46 PM  

FormlessOne: The article's spot on - I use a Merkur Classic, and you can buy blades for a pittance. For the price of a pack of 10 Fusion blades, I can buy 50 double edge blades - and get a better shave to boot.

Using cartridge razors is a great way to waste money.


I use something that looks a lot like that but I'm pretty sure it's a Gillette. It was my Grandfather's and came to me in a box of old odds and ends - 1940's sewing kit from some store in Detroit, silk 48 star US flag, and some other stuff. Anyhow, I was out of the el-cheapo plastic disposables I used to use and instead of buying more I figured what the hell, I'll buy some double-edge blades and see how Granpa's razor works. I was incredibly surprised at how good a job it does and have been using it for about 4 years now. The only time I don't is when I'm on vacation. I bring el-cheapos because I'm afraid of losing Gramp's razor.
 
2012-06-08 02:11:37 PM  
I inherited my father's overly tender skin. The one time he went to a barber for a shave, the barber asked him to never come back. "Safety" razors aren't, with my skin. Twin blades do the job just fine and a month or so is about right.

I miss those blades with the clean-out. They were better than anything available today.
 
2012-06-08 02:12:25 PM  
weasels ripped my flesh
 
2012-06-08 02:13:36 PM  
I use a crappy $25 electrical razor i bought years ago just to thin out the hair (cause its a pos and can't give you a real shave). Then, I use a Mach 3. I shave every other day and one Mach 3 lasts 1.5 - 3 months.

/csb
 
2012-06-08 02:16:23 PM  
dad.mysbrforum.com

If I've got a hot date, I'll usually shave the top of my feet.
Razor is pretty much worthless after that.
 
2012-06-08 02:17:59 PM  

animal900: Am I the only one that uses an electric? 15 years now, will never go back.


I cut (pinch?) myself with electrics more than cartidges. Either way there is still blood involved. Might as well stick with sharp metal and a closer shave so I don't have the beard shadow 2 hours later.
 
2012-06-08 02:23:21 PM  
Twice a week, I stick my face in a wood chipper. Seems to get the job done.
 
2012-06-08 02:23:22 PM  
I don't have to shave, I root for a good hockey team.
 
2012-06-08 02:23:59 PM  
I quit using disposable a few years ago. I use a razor that is so sharp it could severe my head as easily as shave my face. Needless to say, the first month was a learning curve that hurt. Daily. But I survived. I should shave daily, but I usually shave once a week. The gf likes a few days growth on my face. I'm sported a month old beard because, hey, f*ck you.

My razor?

worthopedia.s3.amazonaws.com

Union cutlery.
The initial investment and occasional shipping to have it resharpened is hardly anything next to what I spent before. I'm still on my 2nd bar of shaving soap.
 
2012-06-08 02:28:33 PM  

quizzical: Dollar Shave Club

/relevent


Honestly I found that to be the most interesting information from the article
 
2012-06-08 02:28:37 PM  
Meh. My dad uses some ancient twin blade system that's still available from Gilette. Works great, actually. They're cheap too.

No one needs Mach 3 or whatever, except for Greek chicks.
 
2012-06-08 02:33:25 PM  

quizzical: Dollar Shave Club

/relevent


I know someone who swears by it

Though it takes me about a month or so to go through a single disposable razor, and there's two left in the box so I'll be good for a little while
 
2012-06-08 02:35:19 PM  
The jeans trick works. Been using the same Hydro cartridge since September and it's like new.
 
2012-06-08 02:35:48 PM  
Now see, this is why I just said 'fark it', grew a beard, and started buying 12 packs of disposable store brand razors for $4.

They tend to last forever since I only shave about twice a week to get rid of my hair neck.
 
2012-06-08 02:39:24 PM  
 
2012-06-08 02:43:09 PM  

Rik01: They worked too well. That little button that cleaned between the blades extended the cartridge life considerably.


Isn't this the primary reason why blades go dull in the first place? People shave, rinse the blade quickly and set it back in the cabinet nice and wet so that corrosion can eat away at the edge. Wipe the blade down after each use and you will extend the life significantly.

/has a baby-face though, so doesn't have to worry about these things
 
2012-06-08 02:43:22 PM  
You can get a good shave from an electric, but it will cost you at least $100
 
2012-06-08 03:01:40 PM  

BKITU: You f*cking plebeians. I shave with a hand-carved stone blade, honed with only the finest diamond-dust millstone, and a self-developed Himalayan yak-butter recipe for my shave cream.


SnarfVader: Barfmaker: Y'all are a bunch of pussies, I shave with a hammer.

Amateur.

[i212.photobucket.com image 500x304]


robertus: Twice a week, I stick my face in a wood chipper. Seems to get the job done.


I personally jump off the side of the nearest cliff and or skyscraper. On the way down I press my face against the rock wall or building. Once on the ground I check to make sure I didn't miss any spot. I then plunge my head into a tank of rabid pirahnas to make sure any nicks are removed. Then I have someone using a firehose spray me down with sulphuric acid, followed by gasoline and light me on fire. then I towel off and go to work while banging your mom.

Like a real man.
 
2012-06-08 03:06:53 PM  
Ill change it when I see rust.
 
2012-06-08 03:12:35 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: BKITU: You f*cking plebeians. I shave with a hand-carved stone blade, honed with only the finest diamond-dust millstone, and a self-developed Himalayan yak-butter recipe for my shave cream.

SnarfVader: Barfmaker: Y'all are a bunch of pussies, I shave with a hammer.

Amateur.

[i212.photobucket.com image 500x304]

robertus: Twice a week, I stick my face in a wood chipper. Seems to get the job done.

I personally jump off the side of the nearest cliff and or skyscraper. On the way down I press my face against the rock wall or building. Once on the ground I check to make sure I didn't miss any spot. I then plunge my head into a tank of rabid pirahnas to make sure any nicks are removed. Then I have someone using a firehose spray me down with sulphuric acid, followed by gasoline and light me on fire. then I towel off and go to work while banging your mom.

Like a real man.


Pussy. I shave my pubes with a circular saw.
 
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