Are you supposed to put a new blade in every time or can you get away with using the same one several times? I just got a my first safety razor today and shaved with it today. I also need to know how often I'll be needing to buy new blades. Thanks guys.

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Thank you for the info. What is a high quality blade? Which brand? My razor came with shark blades.
I reckon I'll give my shark sample a go tomorrow. I've been disappointed by my first feather blade, been a bit happier with the KAI blade I've been using this week. I do not recommend CVS brand...haha.

Without sharpening it, about one week.

 

With continual sharpening with a blade-sharpener...about four months.

Blade sharpener? For safety razor blades? Please elaborate.

Blade-sharpeners for DE safety-blades, Yes. They were very common back in the old days. They came in a variety of styles. Some were semicircular sheets of metal or roughened ceramic. You scraped the blade against them in a side-to-side kinda see-saw motion, to sharpen the edges. Other sharpeners were like shot-glasses with frosted, rough glass sides. You put the blade inside the glass with the edges vertical, then rubbed it around inside the glass in a circular motion to sharpen the edge.

 

The one I use is a little zip-pull blade-sharpener. About the size of two matchboxes. You open it up, slip the blade inside, close it and pull on a the zip-cords. This spins the wheels inside (which the blade sits on top of) and this rubs the blade over the whetstones that close over the blade, sharpening it up.

 

You can find little doodads like this in antiques stores and flea-markets and they're often very cheap. I bought one and before I moved to straight shaving, it was the most money-saving shaving device I ever bought!

 

These sharpeners will work on all modern DE razor-blades.

 

Pop the blade in. Close it. Pull the strings (two or three times back and forth should be plenty). Open it. Nice and sharp.

Dope! You win. Thanks!
Very cool. I doubt I'll be getting one but it's a cool old school device that they don't make anything like anymore. I might get one just as a collectors type item one day. That's really cool.

Shahan,

What is the make and model of that sharpener? Where did you get it? I am having a hard time finding much of anything about sharpening safety razor blades online. Thanks for the info. 

Devin

Depends on a lot of factors: which blades you buy, how thick and coarse your beard is, how often you shave, etc, etc.

I shave every other day and go through about a blade per week, although I could probably get a little more out of each blade. I bought a huge bulk of blades for about $13, so I don't worry too much about going through them.

Should I not be using my safety razor everyday to reduce irritation? I'm starting to think my face must be super sensitive because I got some major razor burn today and didn't do anything different than yesterday. Am I "overshaving"? I don't like feeling any stubble whatsoever when I get done. 

Also I have a couple other questions and didn't want to start a new thread. Should I make sure my soap is not sitting in any excess water when I'm done with it? And has anybody here ever used shave secret shaving oil? I just bought some today and rubbed it on my face to see if it helps with the razor burn and it seems to be. It says on the bottle to just it alone when shaving but I don't think that sounds like a good idea considering how tender my face is today.

 

Keep your face well-lathered, and use a good soap. I had some irritation until I found a good soap. I use Proraso now, and it made a world of difference. I follow my shave with some Nivea replenishing balm, and it works well.
Thanks. I have some type of Nivea post shave stuff but it burns when I put it on. Maybe I need to change it up.

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