36 thoughts on “how often should i replace the blade? seems to me like i have to replace it every other shave.

  1. Anonymous says:

    whenever you feel like it’s not cutting right is when you should change it.

    4~8 shaves is the general advice but individual results will vary.

    • Anonymous says:

      this is the correct answer

      >whenever you feel like it’s not cutting right
      however, I change them every other shave just because they’re cheap af and it’s easy to remember

  2. Anonymous says:

    Depends on the blade for me. Astra blades I notice changing quickly, usually replace them every other shave. But both Wilkinson and Gilette Platinum I have noticed easily last me 5+ shaves.

    • Anonymous says:

      i use wilkinson, yesterday was the second shave, and it gave me a few microcuts when going against the grain, and overall felt less sharp. maybe it’s because of hair thickness, i have kind of dark and thick hair, 5 oclock shadow always feels really coarse

  3. Anonymous says:

    >Noname razor breaks
    >Read nothing but good reviews about muhle r89
    >Buy it
    >It doesn’t give a clean shave at all and is designed for stupids who cut themselves if the slightest bit of the blade is exposed

  4. Anonymous says:

    >how often should i replace the blade?
    Depends on the softness of your skin and coarseness of your beard.

    Blades are cheap enough that you can use them once. I usually get 2-3 shaves out of a DE (I use Astras and Feathers.)

    Funny enough, though, when I use picrel (It’s from 1906) the single-edge cocaine-type blades it uses give just as close a shave but last for 8-10 shaves.

  5. Anonymous says:

    >how often should i replace the blade?
    >seems to me like i have to replace it every other shave. i shave twice with the grain and finish against it

    Two shaves per blade is pretty normal if you’re doing a full three-pass. You could stretch it out if you go for a good-enough one-pass plus some cleanup. (Not like anyone else touches your face during the workday.)

    However, if you really want to extend the life of your blades, rinse them in alcohol after each shave. What causes them to go dull so quick isn’t the edge itself deforming, but minerals and shit from your soap and water building up on the edge. If you give them a good rinse with water then alcohol, then let them dry, they’ll stay sharper for longer and you’ll be able to get another three or four shaves out of them before they actually go dull.

    This trick works with anything. I kept a single Mach 5 cartridge going for eight months of daily shaves this way.

    • Anonymous says:

      >a full three-pass
      this is just autistic masturbation. The difference between a one pass shave and a three pass shave is literally a couple hours of hair growth…

  6. Anonymous says:

    No one can tell you with certainty, you have to figure it out by trial and error. I shave both my face and my entire scalp, so no more two shaves before the blade is dull and I risk cutting myself.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Anyone else here use shave oil? I’ve gotten on the Environmental Working Group train and try hard to avoid household/personal products that aren’t highly rated on there for safety. Found this stuff and I really like it actually. This plus a Merkur and Feather blades does me well.

    • Anonymous says:

      feathers are indeed the sharpest. most people find them too sharp, even.

      but the shape of your razor head matters as much if not more so. a feather blade will be nerfed by a closed comb head with gentle angle of cut.

      • Anonymous says:

        >feathers are indeed the sharpest. most people find them too sharp, even.
        >but the shape of your razor head matters as much if not more so. a feather blade will be nerfed by a closed comb head with gentle angle of cut.

        Feather blades are super-sharp because they are meant to be used with Feather razors, which are extremely mild. If you put a Feather in a really aggressive razor like a Muhle R41, it will cause irritation. The Muhle is meant to be used with a gentler blade, like an Astra.

        >this is usually where someone pipes up with how they shave with a slant razor and a Feather, dry, with no soap, because that’s how manly they are.

  8. Anonymous says:

    it depends on the blade. some of them last very long so it reduces the cost per shave even when the blades cost more. The best blades I know so far for my taste that also last long are the one from Muehle/Mühle and Persona Platinum. Derby blades are dirt cheap and last only one or two shaves depending on your hair thickness. Also you can feel when the blade needs to be replaced.

  9. Anonymous says:

    5 bucks and after a year its getting hard opening but could anything beat this beast?i stock 5 of them. Also here in italy ibuy Astra pack of 20*5 blades for 8 euros, i change the blade after each use.

    • Anonymous says:

      this thing is the biggest scam. It only exist to keep people away from safety razors so they buy the overpriced 4 blade razor instead

    • Anonymous says:

      >could anything beat this beast?
      The metal handle from Wilkinson is 15 bucks. (._.) Give your stock away to friends and family for a taste, and get yourself the real thing. I mean, that’s what it is, a trial package, if you’re not sure whether DE is for you. Or an airport article: Forget your razor? Didn’t want to pack a blade in your hand luggage? Take this one…

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