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Shaving for me is not quite so extensive

  1. each and every time

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  2. 2-4

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  3. < 10ish

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    19.0%
  4. every once in a while, such as monthly or yearly or so

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  5. never

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  1. Aug 15, 2005 #1

    DaveC426913

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    I went to buy disposable blades for my razor the other day.

    <rant>I have to buy a new razor because no one stocks my 10-year-old razor anymore, thus no one stocks my razor's blades either. It worked perfectly. It didn't have neon lights, it didn't double as a vibrator, it didn't irradiate my bathroom with green Gillettium rays, it didn't have a button on the steering wheel and it didn't break the sound barrier. What it *did*, was shave my face.</rant>

    Blades were 13 dollars for a pack of 6. Six!

    I was stunned at the price. Nay, astonished. Verily, a blood vessel on my forehead spontaneously popped, knocking a can of jasmine-scented ultra-foaming, with extra-whitening alpha-proto-granule shaving cream off the shelf, clattering at my feet, and attracting the derision of a sales clerk who was clearly a frustrated librarian.


    This caused me to question my shaving regimen. Now, granted I am a bearded, mustached man, and shaving for me is not quite so extensive. Also, being in the IT industry, personal hygiene is considered abberrant - if not downright frowned-upon - behaviour, thus, as I do not wish to be dragged out to the parking lot and have my glasses stomped upon by the other geeks, I try to blend in by shaving a mere once a week.

    Nonetheless, my question stands valid: Can I really afford to ditch my blades every few shaves?

    Thus, this poll. I need a wide-ish collection of (ideally male, though not essential - not that there's anything wrong with that) peers from which to glean a good sampling.

    The prerequisites are:
    - you shave your face (other bits not interested)
    - you use a razor with disposable blades
     
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  3. Aug 15, 2005 #2

    brewnog

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    They're indeed expensive, although I find that decent blades last a lot longer than those on a disposable. I usually use an electric shaver, but if I wet shave every day then I find blades to last up to a month.

    I also find that a pack of 2 replacement heads for my Philips electric toothbrush is £7, and that replacement heads for my Philishave Coolskin are about £13 each, there being three of them. That's £39 ($70?) for a new set of blades.

    I suppose the answer is that if you don't want to pay out, just buy disposables.
     
  4. Aug 15, 2005 #3

    Astronuc

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    I would vote never, but then I don't use a razor - not since 1981. :biggrin:

    I couldn't resist. :wink:
     
  5. Aug 15, 2005 #4
    I wet shave and only buy a pack of 8 blades every 6 months, because they are so over priced!

    It is however possible to re-hone the replacement blades!
     
  6. Aug 15, 2005 #5

    brewnog

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    Are you out of your tree man?!

    I dismantled my Mach 3 once. It's impossible to even pick the damn blades up without shredding your fingers to ribbons!
     
  7. Aug 15, 2005 #6
    You can do it without taking the blade head apart. But you have to be brave/stoopid to attempt what i tried. :uhh:

    I saw a tv progabout 2 years ago, a guy invented a small battery operated honing station for his ravor blades, he was trying to get a backer and see if he could manufacture the product. Needless to say the backer didn`t take him on as the razor blade companies wouldn`t be too pleased with the product. All he did way press the blade into the dock and it caused a cylider to rotate at quite a high speed and it honed the blade.

    Well, liking the idea that i never needed to buy blades again i decided to see if it actually worked. Not having his gadget i used a pillar drill set to the slowest rmp! i turned a bit to fit in the drill press. The bit was 4inch in diameter. i glued a thin strip of l leather onto it and set it in motion, and yes it was very scary but it did actually work. However i havn`t tried it since as i though it would be pushing my luck doing it twice.
    High speed drill + Razor blades = A whole world of pain!
     
  8. Aug 15, 2005 #7

    Astronuc

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  9. Aug 15, 2005 #8
    Some while ago I stopped buying the replacement heads for my razor and opted for the disposable ones. Good trade for a while but all of a sudden the buggers got all wobbly after about 3 shaves and the $6 for a pkg of 10 became a waste. The local "dollar type" store has packs of ten for, you guessed it, a dollar. Good for 2 shaves max but then again...cost. I tried shaving ONCE with my Dad's razor, the insane kind that has a double edged razor blade inside, BIG mistake! Also, if anyone offers you a stiptic pen to stop the bleeding, run....just run.
     
  10. Aug 15, 2005 #9

    brewnog

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    Blunt razor blades are still razor sharp, much much sharper than any other blades you'd have around. I reckon leather is the only way to get the fine edge you'd need.

    The Dremel might be a good idea though, I've still not treated myself to one yet. Roll on my first paycheque!
     
  11. Aug 15, 2005 #10

    honestrosewater

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    Oops, sorry, I voted before reading the post. Subtract one from the 'every once in a while' option. FYI, I just change them whenever they are no longer sharp enough - I don't pay attention to the time period; I would guess once a month or so.
     
  12. Aug 15, 2005 #11

    BobG

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    There's actually a couple of solutions to your problem:

    Buy a roll of duct tape. Compared to cost, you get a lot more shaves out of a roll of duct tape than a package of razor blades.

    Buy cheap, cheap disposable razors and a can of WD-40. Spray a small amount of WD-40 into your palm and rub into your face before applying shaving cream. Even the cheapest disposable razor blades will give a smooth comfortable shave. (The WD-40 makes it tough to get the stubble out of the blade, so you'll get less shaves per blade, so buy the really, really cheap blades).
     
  13. Aug 15, 2005 #12

    Moonbear

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    :rofl: That's it, just get your face waxed! :surprised

    Wait, I think I need a few more of those for that comment...:surprised :surprised :surprised :surprised :surprised :surprised

    Okay, that should do it.

    Those razors with replaceable blades never seemed like much of a bargain to me. The blades didn't seem to last any longer than on the cheap disposable razors, were a pain to find the right kind, and their only selling point seems to be a lot of things that have nothing to do with shaving.

    I do indulge in the ones with the nice little moisturizing strip on them. The razor always outlasts that little strip, but when I start a new razor, it makes for an almost luxurious experience (it's also good for when I'm traveling and don't feel like packing a heavy can of shaving gel...the little moisturizing strip makes it nice and confortable to use with just plain soap). Of course I'm just shaving legs every few days, not a face every single day or twice a day like you guys do, but I can usually get one to last a couple weeks (I get a new one when I notice that I have to shave the same spot three times to get the hair all off).
     
  14. Aug 15, 2005 #13

    BobG

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    You laugh, but if the US is ever attacked by chemical or biological weapons, I'll emerge from my three day hydration and air filtering plunger system with a clean shave while you ...... well, I guess you won't really care about shaving anymore, will you?
     
  15. Aug 15, 2005 #14

    Moonbear

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    :rofl: As long as you're wearing that contraption, I don't suppose having hairy legs will be such an unattractive concept anymore. :uhh:
     
  16. Aug 15, 2005 #15

    BobG

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    :uhh: Well, I haven't exactly worked out the part where it's time to take the suit off :frown: . So far the options are slow :cry:, quick :surprised, or just duct myself somewhere where I won't be in the way.

    edit: A closer look at the last photo reveals the secret. You're supposed to shave before you apply the duct tape! Doh!
     
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  17. Aug 15, 2005 #16
    I do the same as Rose does, though I shave differant parts I'm pretty sure. I just replace the blade when it doesn't seem to be working very well any more which is only maybe once a month usually. Ofcourse I only shave once every few days.
     
  18. Aug 17, 2005 #17

    Danger

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    Even though my whiskers are fairly tough, I get about 2 months out of a blade with daily use. When it starts to scrape, I turf it. I use a Gillette Sensor razor, but Rexall Drugs 6-for-$3.50 replacement blades (about half the price of real Sensor blades, but otherwise identical). Also, I use Barbasol shaving cream (with Aloe), which costs $2.49/can and lasts about 8 months.
     
  19. Aug 17, 2005 #18

    loseyourname

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    Once the blade starts cutting me, I'll replace it. I don't really keep track of how long that usually takes, but I'd estimate that a blade lasts me about a month or so. A couple of things, though: I never shave against the grain, I only shave every other day at the most, and I'm currently sporting a moustache, goatee, and decently sized sideburns, so I'm not shaving the whole face.
     
  20. Aug 17, 2005 #19
    I prob get about five shaves out of a razor, i used to use them for 10+ shaves but i found my skin got very itchy and irratable, whereas now i shave everyday and my skin has been super smooth.
     
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