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Save a Blade Razor sharpener

  1. Jun 17, 2008 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    https://www.saveabladesale.com/Default.aspx?mid=500453
     
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  3. Jun 17, 2008 #2

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    Isn't it easier to just put it under a pyramid?
     
  4. Jun 17, 2008 #3
    Back when I started to shave my legs, there was no such thing as disposable shavers. We did hone the blades, and they lasted a long time. You can sharpen pretty much any blade, if your so inclined. I don't see why this product would not work just fine.
    As the cost of goods reaches sky high, I can bet we see more products like this.
     
  5. Jun 17, 2008 #4
    I have no reason to not believe this would work. Honing is what sharpens blades, gets all of those nicks out.
     
  6. Jun 17, 2008 #5
    This looks like a good product, but what about the aloe strips.. Normally they go bad before the blades do, then it pulls the skin.
     
  7. Jun 17, 2008 #6
    Resharpen Reuse Reshave.

    I like it.

    We are way too much of a throw away society.
     
  8. Jun 17, 2008 #7

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    It's in the "Scepticism & Debunking" thread - you have to make comments like that.
    If your razor has been sabotaged by being used on the legs of the lady in your life and then put back in place as a deliberate attempt to maim you ( it happens - I think they like the Harrison Ford chin scar and trying to spread it around)
    Then just running it the backward (ie not cutting) up your jeans will remove any nicks in the blade.
     
  9. Jun 17, 2008 #8
    Everyone should just grow beards anyway, its better for the environment.
     
  10. Jun 17, 2008 #9
    Hmm, I say nah to that idea. Beards=not pretty :biggrin: and they itch too, haha.
     
  11. Jun 17, 2008 #10
    I just visited the sales website to do a quick cost/benefit comparison... Lots of warning signs that this is not a trustworthy business:
    1. Full selling price is not listed, only a price "after mail-in rebate". ($14.99 + S&H)
    2. Shipping and handling cost is not specified.
    3. No mention of or links to additional information (company contact, shipping costs, warranty, etc.)
     
  12. Jun 17, 2008 #11

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    If you want to spend time sharpening a blade, why would you buy disposable razors?

    Though, when I saw the thread title/product name, it sounded like an SNL skit to me. :rofl:
     
  13. Jun 18, 2008 #12

    Ivan Seeking

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    Well, to be fair, I don't think a safety razor is made that isn't disposable.

    I wonder most about how well it works. With the price of blades, which is ridiculous, this may be worth the money.

    I saw that they are now making razors with 5 blades. SNL once did a skit that predicted this. The pseudocommercial ended by asking why they would make a five-blade razor. Answer: Because you will believe anything!

    ...the first blade pulls and stretches the hair, the next one stretches it even farther, the next blade, even farther...
     
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  14. Jun 18, 2008 #13

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    After actually watching the full ad, I should point out two things. One, it's not sharpening, it's honing the blade. Sharpening means grinding it back to a new edge to remove imperfections (i.e., nicks) and removes some of the material. There's not a lot exposed to be removed in the first place. What this is doing is honing, which will straighten out slight bends at the end of the blade; that's not going to get rid of nicks in the blade.

    The other thing that's apparent as you watch the demo is that it only hones one side of the blade (it can't get inside the razor to get the other side). Anyone who's honed a knife edge knows you hone both sides of the blade to restore the edge. It seems it wouldn't do anything that mgb_phys' suggestion wouldn't do.
     
  15. Jun 18, 2008 #14

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    For those of us who want to be "green", I prefer a rechargeable Norelco shaver - they last a really long time. Next step down would be buying the humongous bag of disposable BIC shavers. They are very thin and light-weight and work just as well as the expensive ones where you get a metal handle and end up buying lots of heads.

    As Moonie pointed out, when you hone only one side of an edge, you end up with an edge that is curled away from the stone, and that blade is not going to cut as designed. I used to own a hand-cranked stropper that would sharpen razor blades, and that rig was designed to hit both sides of the edge alternately. It really did work.
     
  16. Jun 18, 2008 #15

    Ivan Seeking

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    Scissors are only sharpened from one side.

    Electric razors don't work for me. It must be my incredibly manly disposition.
     
  17. Jun 18, 2008 #16

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    Have you ever cut anything well using one side of a scissor? :wink:
     
  18. Jun 18, 2008 #17

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    Ah, you need to look for the eclectic razors.

    The reason that scissors are only sharpened from one side is that the hollow-cut surfaces (in good scissors, usually) needs to be maintained as-is and not tinkered with, and the friction of one edge rubbing against the other re-aligns the edges, so that if you create a turned edge during sharpening, they are straightened during use.
     
  19. Jun 18, 2008 #18

    Ivan Seeking

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    Responding to Moonbear: Actually, each blade of a scissor is an effective knife.
     
  20. Jun 18, 2008 #19

    Ivan Seeking

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    I'm not sure that is correct, Turbo. Many eons ago I had a job that included sharpening scissors, and after sharpening, the blade was true and clean without any actuation... One difference that comes to mind is that the stone moved into the edge, and not away from it. I guess another big difference is that the scissor are very stiff, whereas the razor blades will likely flex.

    The angle was hypercritical as well.
     
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  21. Jun 18, 2008 #20

    Ivan Seeking

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    One of the reasons that I mentioned scissors is that I was always a bit perplexed by the fact that the scissor sharpener didn't leave a curled edge.
     
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