Razor blades are getting more and more expensive all the time. Every time they add yet another blade or a new blade suspension system or a new type of lubricating strip, the price of a pack of razors seems to go up significantly. Some one has to pay all those shaving technology scientists and engineers. Are frugal living and being clean shaven mutually exclusive goals?
When I first started shaving, I used the single blade BIC disposables. A few years ago I joined in the Gillette MACH III revolution and graduated to three blades and a lubricating strip. Now these MACH III’s are obsolete; the newest entry is the Gillette FUSION, complete with five blades, a cushioning suspension system, a deluxe lubricating strip, etc, etc. I am not sure how many more blades they can add before it’s just going to be too physically tiring for people to shave.
What is the need for all this enormous engineering effort and expense? Has human hair become tougher to cut as it has evolved in response to improved shaving efficiency? Are we five times hairier than we were when the BIC disposable was all the rage? Is there a small but rapidly growing cohort of werewolves living secretly among us? I do not know what the answers to these questions are, but I do know a little trick that helps your blades to last longer (I’d say about fifty percent longer in my experience). Here it is:
1. When finished shaving, rinse out the blades thoroughly making sure that there are no hairs trapped in there.
2. Next, use a Q-Tip to smooth a light coating of baby oil on the blades.
3. Finally, leave the razor to dry in a spot where air can circulate around it (say on an open shelf – NOT in a closed drawer or cabinet).
That’s it. I have done this for a few years now and I do find that extends the life of the blades significantly. I can’t remember where I first heard about this idea, but I do remember the key being the baby oil. The oil creates a barrier that helps prevent the oxidization of the blades. Keeping the blades clean and allowing air to circulate around them between shaves also helps to prevent oxidization. Give it a try and leave us a comment to let us know how it goes.
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