09-16-2014, 05:09 PM
  • joedy
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Years ago (before TSN was around, I believe), there was some discussion about corking new blades before use. I still keep a wine bottle cork in my drawer, but only find that I have to cork some blade brands.

I think that the consensus was that corking (a single swipe on both edges) helped to strop the edges and I have found that with some blades that it does produce a tangible difference.

Is anyone else corking their DE blades these days?


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 09-16-2014, 06:04 PM
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Please search this forum plus the Internet. Lots of posts on corking plus "hand stropping". Neither makes much sense to me. With the quality and engineering in today's blades, I do not see the need for either. For example, why would anyone want to "cork" or "hand strop" a Feather blade?


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 09-16-2014, 08:12 PM
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I cork kitchen knives, to de-burr when sharpening...

Never corked a razor blade.

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 10-04-2014, 02:25 PM
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Corking DE blades is often mentioned as a way to get an extra shave or two from a blade. I've tried it and I have to say that the results are inconclusive. I have discovered another use for the technique though, and it involves the blades I don't like much. I can get a much more pleasant shave from say, a Merkur or Dorco blade if I cork them first. If I end up with more than one package of a blade on the B list, I will PIF it to a fellow shaver. The opened box will likely wind up collecting dust for awhile, until I want a shave and I'm left with nothing in the razor blade cupboard but these runners-up. That's when corking can make a real difference. I find that the polystyrene "packing peanuts" work as well or better than actual cork.

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