08-07-2018, 11:54 AM
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As the subject states, I am keen in understanding how does everyone track blade milage (shaves per blade).

I know there are Gents who only use a blade once and there are still others who get minimum 9-10 shaves. I get bored after 5-6 shaves and mostly forget the count.

How do you reach the count? Are you maintaining a log sheet, an excel or something else ?

Also, do you think blade milage depends on the razor one is using...I.e Same blade behaves differently in different razors?

What all are you doing to drive maximum milage from a blade in terms of do's & don'ts?





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 08-07-2018, 12:53 PM
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  • ischiapp
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I like shooting SOTD.
To be clear in description, I have a list (see my tools into signature).
On that, I note number of shaving for blades into current rotation.

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 08-07-2018, 03:02 PM
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I have a dry erase memo board on mirror...."M' means current blade was installed on Monday.
Ignore the names..... Tongue 
Different razors do effect blade mileage in my opinion, as do diff. soaps. Many variables in shaving... Cool 
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 08-07-2018, 04:30 PM
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I keep an Excel sheet and it seems the biggest variable is the blade itself, then the razor for me.  I see the rest of the software rotation somewhat consistent for all, so it kind of averages out.  I am sure if I consistently used one soap over another, I would see more of an impact from the soaps, but since I keep them fairly evenly mixed up, it is harder to detect a difference.
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 08-07-2018, 07:07 PM
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  • chazt
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I previously used to try to squeeze 4-5 shaves out of a DE blade. It became apparent that by the third use, overall shave quality began to deteriorate. So now I figure with over a thousand blades in my stash, why bother? Now, 2 maaaaaybe 3 shaves and the blade gets tossed. That few shaves/blade is easy enough to track.

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 08-07-2018, 07:33 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(08-07-2018, 11:54 AM)Jags009 Wrote: How do you reach the count? Are you maintaining a log sheet, an excel or something else ?

It is fairly easy for me.
  1.  I shave “every day,” mostly — usually — seven mornings a week (with exceptions, rare enough to remember them);
  2.  I use only two brands of blades:  KAI Stainless, and Feather Hi-Stainless, between which I alternate:
  3.  From experience, I know that — ceteris paribus — I get 5 or 6 shaves from each Feather Hi-Stainless blade, and I get 6 to 7 shaves from each KAI Stainless blade; and
  4.  Finally, in my soap rotation, there is one specific soap that I use every Sunday, and I do not use on any day other than Sunday.  
Every Sunday, therefore, I am aware of how many shaves I have on my current blade.  When I am on the fifth shave on a Feather Hi-Stainless blade or on the sixth shave on a KAI Stainless blade, I have a heightened awareness as to whether the blade is beginning to tug or pull; if the blade tells me it has reached end-of-service, then at the end of the shave, it goes to the blade bank; if the blade does not tug or pull on Sunday, it remains the current blade on Monday, but I am aware of where in the cycle it stands;  The day the blade tells me (by incipient tugging or pulling) that it has reached end-of-service, that is its last shave in my daily routine, and I note what day of the week it is, so that the following Sunday I know whether the current blade is on its second or third . . . seventh shave.  

Easy peasy.

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 08-07-2018, 08:51 PM
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I use a 6,12 or 20 sided die (dice) depending on the blade.

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 08-07-2018, 09:09 PM
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When I feel a pull that wasn't there the day before out with the blade. I've got hundreds of them and I rotate them as  needed. I bought a ton of Voskhod's and use them off and on but normally go to Silver Blue and Polsilver blades with the occasional Gillette Yellow for variety. Blades are too cheap relative to the luxury we get from them to suffer for a few pennies.

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 08-07-2018, 10:07 PM
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(08-07-2018, 08:51 PM)lfs70 Wrote: I use a 6,12 or 20 sided die (dice) depending on the blade.


Ha ha...that doesn't qualify as tracking.


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 08-08-2018, 04:06 AM
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This is how I keep track of my blade usage.

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 08-08-2018, 04:10 AM
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(08-08-2018, 04:06 AM)CanuckShaver Wrote: This is how I keep track of my blade usage.

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Good tip.


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 08-08-2018, 06:56 PM
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I use Voskhod; fairly inexpensive.
I blade per shave and done.

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 08-08-2018, 08:11 PM
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I base it off of performance. For feather SE’s, I feel that I should get between 7-12 shaves per blade, and as long as I’m in that range - I’m happy. I stopped keeping track when I reliably settled there. I tend to focus on the quality & enjoyment of the shave these days.

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 08-08-2018, 08:41 PM
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I just keep a mental note. For the most part (some
exceptions), I'll use one razor until the blade starts to feel less than great. A little tugging and it's time to go. I've pulled ~30 shaves out of a Wizamet, and I changed it out of boredom, it still shaved smoothly. I find that after a couple of shaves, they get even smoother, followed by a (usually) single not as good shave, then it's right back to smooth comfortable shaving for at least 12-14 shaves. As I said earlier, I have gotten 30 and could have kept going, I feel like 2 weeks out of a blade is a good enough life for a blade. Right about then is when I am itching to use a different razor, and I rarely move blades into a different razor...for whatever reason I have an aversion to it lol.

I'd get about 10-14 out of Kai Stainless, after that thy were pretty much useless aside from being lazy or short on time.

Rapira Platinum Lux are officially a one-and-done blade for me. I've tried to get even two shaves, those amount to "nah.." for me. The single shave is pretty good though, in certain razors for me.

I did notice more longevity in certain razors, but I'm not sure if it was because I took more care with the shave with said razors, or the geometry just lent itself well to making blades last longer. One razor for SURE gets fewer shaves from a blade is ATT S2. Guaranteed half the life out of a blade with that razor, that said, those shaves are great. Another thing is that razor is way more open to other blades than any other razor I own.

Edit: Rapira not Rapids lol

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 08-09-2018, 10:38 AM
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(08-07-2018, 10:07 PM)Jags009 Wrote:
(08-07-2018, 08:51 PM)lfs70 Wrote: I use a 6,12 or 20 sided die (dice) depending on the blade.


Ha ha...that doesn't qualify as tracking.


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Well, I am using dices too to track how many times I use a blade, this works actually very well and is super simple. Usually I bin the blades after 3 or 4 shaves so I am using 6-sided diced only. The set up in my den looks like this.
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 08-09-2018, 02:57 PM
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(08-09-2018, 10:38 AM)motto Wrote:
(08-07-2018, 10:07 PM)Jags009 Wrote:
(08-07-2018, 08:51 PM)lfs70 Wrote: I use a 6,12 or 20 sided die (dice) depending on the blade.


Ha ha...that doesn't qualify as tracking.


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Well, I am using dices too to track how many times I use a blade, this works actually very well and is super simple. Usually I bin the blades after 3 or 4 shaves so I am using 6-sided diced only. The set up in my den looks like this.
[Image: IMG_4585.jpg]
Regards Marco


Hah..... I earlier thought that the other Gentleman was being humorous with his 'dice' method and now I actually see one being put in use. Btw, How do you stick those blades on to wall?


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 08-09-2018, 03:02 PM
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(08-08-2018, 06:56 PM)Agravic Wrote: I use Voskhod; fairly inexpensive.
I blade per shave and done.

Ravi, that actually eliminates the need to track anything.

DE surely sounds like the way to go once I have experimented with other blade forms and I settle down a bit.


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 08-09-2018, 08:00 PM
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(08-09-2018, 02:57 PM)Jags009 Wrote:
(08-09-2018, 10:38 AM)motto Wrote:
(08-07-2018, 10:07 PM)Jags009 Wrote: Ha ha...that doesn't qualify as tracking.


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Well, I am using dices too to track how many times I use a blade, this works actually very well and is super simple. Usually I bin the blades after 3 or 4 shaves so I am using 6-sided diced only. The set up in my den looks like this.
[Image: IMG_4585.jpg]
Regards Marco


Hah..... I earlier thought that the other Gentleman was being humorous with his 'dice' method and now I actually see one being put in use. Btw, How do you stick those blades on to wall?


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My den is actually a vintage farmacy cupboard made of glass and steel. I am using small round magnets to stick the blades to the backwall of the cupboard. I have found magnets that are entirely covered with a thin layer of rubber so there is no corrosion between the different parts.
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 08-09-2018, 08:29 PM
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(08-09-2018, 08:00 PM)motto Wrote: I am using small round magnets to stick the blades to the backwall of the cupboard.  I have found magnets that are entirely covered with a thin layer of rubber so there is no corrosion between the different parts.

(Eagerly anticipating somebody starting a thread about the magical transformation of a magnetized blade to achieve a BBS.  Somehow, I suspect that you, Marco, will not be the one who starts that thread — unless you do so on the first day of April.)

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 08-09-2018, 08:42 PM
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(08-09-2018, 08:29 PM)Mel S Meles Wrote:
(08-09-2018, 08:00 PM)motto Wrote: I am using small round magnets to stick the blades to the backwall of the cupboard.  I have found magnets that are entirely covered with a thin layer of rubber so there is no corrosion between the different parts.

(Eagerly anticipating somebody starting a thread about the magical transformation of a magnetized blade to achieve a BBS.  Somehow, I suspect that you, Marco, will not be the one who starts that thread — unless you do so on the first day of April.)

100% correct.

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