07-25-2013, 02:05 AM
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Hi lads,can you stretch out the life of a blade by simply turning it over,or am I being stupid.?

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 07-25-2013, 02:51 AM
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AFAIK no - the edge will be just as dull no matter what side is up, just like any other knife would. A good rinse of the razor and blade after each shave will prolong the life of it though - since there will be less gunk sitting on the edge between each shave, slowly corroding it.

Sort of related; it used to be (in the day before stainless blades) blade sharpeners for sale (see for example here, here or here), but in this day and age they seem to have completely disappeared...

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 07-25-2013, 03:54 AM
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(07-25-2013, 02:51 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: AFAIK no - the edge will be just as dull no matter what side is up, just like any other knife would. A good rinse of the razor and blade after each shave will prolong the life of it though - since there will be less gunk sitting on the edge between each shave, slowly corroding it.

Sort of related; it used to be (in the day before stainless blades) blade sharpeners for sale (see for example here, here or here), but in this day and age they seem to have completely disappeared...

Thanks Hans,you always come up with the goods.


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 07-25-2013, 06:15 AM
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  • Grumpy
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I have four blade sharpeners (old ones) which work ok on Carbon Steel Blades.

Some people do turn the blades though.

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 07-25-2013, 08:51 AM
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It's not a mattress, it's a blade. No need to turn it.

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 07-25-2013, 09:02 AM
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(07-25-2013, 08:51 AM)Johnny Wrote: It's not a mattress, it's a blade. No need to turn it.

Clever.
Sam.

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 07-25-2013, 09:14 AM
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I do turn my blades over between uses. I've never seen a study, but it makes sense to me that because I hold the razor at less than a 90 degree angle to my skin, the blade will wear unevenly. It just takes a moment and isn't any trouble at all.

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 07-25-2013, 04:17 PM
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  • Crag
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I used to cork my spent blades for that "extra" shave, but there's really no reason to do it since you are only getting a good, not great shave, so I just toss them at the first hint of tugging...

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 07-30-2013, 08:15 PM
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Unless I put the blade in a different razor there's no possibility that it gets flipped. I get 7 shaves from a DE blade and an average of 14 shaves (conservatively since I never kept records) from a SE blade. I see no reason to flip them.

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 07-31-2013, 04:54 AM
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In the past they used to sharp carbon blades in glass cup,or on the glass hone,like this :
http://ehive.com/account/3021/object/722...azor_blade
That was common during The Great Depression (1930,s)...

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 08-04-2013, 01:30 PM
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Or on the inside od glas! Biggrin



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 08-11-2013, 12:18 PM
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Blades are so cheap now why bother.

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 08-11-2013, 02:59 PM
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I wouldn't bother. If it works for you, by all means... but I doubt it does anything.

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 09-10-2013, 10:46 PM
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I have too much repect for my skin to try this and would rather find a brand I like and buy in bulk to save money.


Marc

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