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How to Possibly Sharpen and Reuse Your Razor Blades for Years

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+warwagon    12,610

So I was watching a Harry's Razer review, and the guy said he watched this particular video on how to make your disposable razors last longer. He said it really works.  I haven't tried it yet, but if someone wants to try it and see if it works

 

 

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Circaflex    3,487

Waste of time IMO, the time spent could be put towards something else for me. Three years ago I switched to a safety razor and haven't looked back. I picked up a 100 pack of blades for under 10 dollars.

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+warwagon    12,610
3 minutes ago, Circaflex said:

Waste of time IMO, the time spent could be put towards something else for me. Three years ago I switched to a safety razor and haven't looked back. I picked up a 100 pack of blades for under 10 dollars.

The time spent could be put towards something else? It takes about 20 seconds lol. I'm totally going to try this!!! I figure no need filling up the landfill with razer blades.

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Xilo    914
2 minutes ago, Circaflex said:

Waste of time IMO, the time spent could be put towards something else for me. Three years ago I switched to a safety razor and haven't looked back. I picked up a 100 pack of blades for under 10 dollars.

Did this as well. You also get a much better shave with less skin irritation.

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Circaflex    3,487

And how often do you do have to do this? I just dont see the need to do this when a replacement is a few cents.

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Mando    5,117

lol wtf what utter nonsense. 

 

do what I do my disposable razors last years without any sharpening :p grow a beard! and wtf who shaves their arms???? what kind of nutjob is he?

 

I trim my face with an electric to keep it tidy. 

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Circaflex    3,487
3 minutes ago, T3X4S said:

Dollar Shave Club.  End of thread.

 

 

Surprisingly, you can purchase the exact same razors they sell you, for much cheaper.

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Lamp0    627
15 minutes ago, Mando said:

lol wtf what utter nonsense. 

 

do what I do my disposable razors last years without any sharpening :p grow a beard! and wtf who shaves their arms???? what kind of nutjob is he?

But he's not shaving his arms, he pushing the razor the opposite direction up his arms & claims this sharpens the razor.

I mean, I am no scientitian, but it sounds plausible.

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T3X4S    4,532
17 hours ago, Circaflex said:

Surprisingly, you can purchase the exact same razors they sell you, for much cheaper.

Are you referring to the razor, or the blades ?

I think my razor was free - the executive blades come every month - a pkg of 4  @ $9.00.

To me, it seemed like a no brainer considering the blades I used to buy were close to $8.00 per blade & these are just as good.

17 hours ago, Lamp0 said:

 

I mean, I am no scientitian, but it sounds plausible.

LOL "scientitian"

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T3X4S    4,532

This is interesting, if the person is being truthful, he did a microscopic pic of before/after using the method & shows the results.

Now, it is far from scientific, he did not show the actualy process and only showed the "results" - so take with a grain of salt.

Process is apparently called "stropping"
 

 

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+Jimmy1    10,352
17 hours ago, Lamp0 said:

I am no scientitian

 

clearly ;)

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Mando    5,117
23 hours ago, Lamp0 said:

But he's not shaving his arms, he pushing the razor the opposite direction up his arms & claims this sharpens the razor.

I mean, I am no scientitian, but it sounds plausible.

huh so his skin suddenly sharpens Damascus steel.....who is he? Thor?

only thing he could possibly be doing is cleaning the gunk off the leading edge.

 

use shaving oil and clean the razor every stroke....same effect.

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Mando    5,117
6 hours ago, T3X4S said:

This is interesting, if the person is being truthful, he did a microscopic pic of before/after using the method & shows the results.

Now, it is far from scientific, he did not show the actualy process and only showed the "results" - so take with a grain of salt.

Process is apparently called "stropping"
 

 

stropping is a term for leatherwork post sharpening your knives, not that different from that claim, you use a leather strop and light oil, to deburr the leading edge of a blade, it doesnt sharpen it, it just smooths the leading edge, doesnt feel as ragged but is no sharper than before.

 

done the same process for 13years as a leatherworker (before i went into IT) on my craftsmen blades, sharpen on topside of "strop" with fine grade wet n dry, flip strop over rub in light oil to the oiltan hide strip and alternate flick knife edges up and down to remove ragged burrs from the tapered cutting edge.

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compl3x    6,290
On 5/31/2017 at 7:13 AM, Circaflex said:

Waste of time IMO, the time spent could be put towards something else for me. Three years ago I switched to a safety razor and haven't looked back. I picked up a 100 pack of blades for under 10 dollars.

Yep. I got a Merkur Barber Pole and a 200 pack of Feather blades.  After about a month of practising I get the same result as using one of those 4 bladed monstrosities in the same amount of time. If you really want to save money & actually enjoy a shave this is the way to go.

 

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You just cannot sharpen disposable blades. As Mango said, you can remove burrs to make the edge smoother so the blade doesn't tug at the hair but it  isn't going to cut the hair, it will just pass right over it because there is no edge to cut it.

 

If you want to waste your time doing this you may as well also waste some time on trying to straighten out the bristles on your old toothbrush, too.

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Sir Topham Hatt    248

I tried the denim thing.  Didn't work for me.

Pushing the razor up your arm = sharpens it?

 

No.  It probably cleans the razor at best.  I mean, would you use your arm to sharpen a knife?

 

I switched to old fashioned safety razor, spend about £100 on blades, which I've worked out will last me around 50 years - and that's using them liberally!

 

More interestingly, in the UK, Gillette have been advertising larger packs of blades at a "cheaper" price.  I wonder if this is because beards have become fashionable again and many who do shave are looking at alternatives...

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+Mirumir    5,633

Had been using the Gillettes for many years before I switched to an electric shaver (a Philips) several years ago. I swap new blades every two to three years. The device itself is unkillable, although after about 10 years of usage, the battery life has degraded a bit.

 

There's no hassle with a foam or gel and the end result is a much better and cleaner shave which your girl will appreciate much more. 

 

I find that an electric shaver irritates the skin to a much lesser degree as well.

 

 

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Steven P.    12,459

The best advice I can give is to simply dry off the blades after use, that extends off the shelf blades for quite a bit longer. It is water that blunts them, especially when left wet after use ;)

 

Just press the head on a towel to remove excess water > done. :D

On 6/1/2017 at 3:26 AM, compl3x said:

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If you want to waste your time doing this you may as well also waste some time on trying to straighten out the bristles on your old toothbrush, too.

LOL (Y)

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Mando    5,117
On 6/1/2017 at 2:26 AM, compl3x said:

 

 As Mango said, you can remove burrs to make the edge smoother so the blade doesn't tug at the hair but it  isn't going to cut the hair, it will just pass right over it because there is no edge to cut it.

I am but a pawn in game of life......oh wait that was Mongo :p

 

Spoiler

 

 

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compl3x    6,290
On 6/2/2017 at 6:57 PM, Mando said:

I am but a pawn in game of life......oh wait that was Mongo :p

 

  Reveal hidden contents

 

 

 

Lol.

 

Sorry, Mando.

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Mando    5,117
46 minutes ago, compl3x said:

 

Lol.

 

Sorry, Mando.

thats alright mate :) ive been called a lot worse before teeehee 

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