These stainless steel blades are manufactured by Gillette, a company which has long been known for delivering high-quality disposable razors. With the release of these razors, they are proving that they are also pretty good for making blades for safety razors. These blades are designed to be exceptionally sharp and are some of the sharpest razors currently available anywhere. Their sharpness isn’t the only great feature about these blades, however. They also provide a smooth shave, and each one of the blades is suitable for several shaves before it has to be replaced with a new one. And this means that these blades are ideal for anyone looking for a really close shave.
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Safety Razor Blade Care Guide
Finding the best safety razor blade and using it properly is only the beginning of most people’s shaving odyssey. Once the proper blade has been bought and properly used, the shaver then has to make sure they take proper care of it. If they don’t, then their blade can end up harboring nasty bacteria which can cause ingrown hairs, or it can begin to rust. And neither of these two things are good. That’s why we’ve included the following care tips for your safety razor blade.
Remove & Rinse
It’s important that the razor blade is removed from the razor after each use. Although there are some people who merely rinse their blade, and then loosen their safety razor so the blade can get air to dry, the proper way is to remove it from the safety razor and then give everything a nice rinse before drying it and then moving it to its storage location.
Store In a Dry Location
Another important thing to consider is where to store the blade. In our opinion, the shaver should not only avoid leaving the blade in the razor, but they should also avoid leaving it in the bathroom. Leaving the blade in a moist environment can lead to the blade rusting. Although chrome and platinum blades are less likely to rust in a wet environment like a bathroom, the truth of the matter is that just about any razor will rust in a moist environment. Therefore, it’s important to store the blade in a dry environment such as a sock drawer.
Clean The Blade Regularly
The razor blade needs to be cleaned regularly in order for it to do its job properly. This means cleaning the blade every single time it’s used. It also means keeping the safety razor clean and not just the blade. In order to clean the razor blade, make sure you soak it in isopropyl alcohol for approximately 60-seconds after it’s been rinsed, then pat dry it with a towel.
Clean The Razor Itself
The razor head itself doesn’t have to be cleaned on a daily basis, but it does need to be rinsed daily and cleaned at least once a week. The razor head is easily cleaned by rinsing it with hot water for 20-seconds and then soaking it in a solution of isopropyl alcohol for approximately 90-seconds. If further cleaning is necessary, then a toothbrush and a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar can be used.
Every once in a while, the whole safety razor is going to have to be disassembled and thoroughly cleaned. That’s because even with regular rinsing and sanitizing, there is still going to be some soap and hair buildup on parts of the safety razor. Some men place the disassembled pieces of the safety razor in a pot of water and then bring it to a boil. They will then boil the parts for approximately 30-minutes to remove any hidden gunk that may be hiding in the razor.
Change The Blade Regularly
Most people who use a safety razor end up replacing the blades approximately after 5 to 7-uses. Of course, since different people shave at different rates, then this means that for some people the blade is hanging around for a while and for other people, it’s discarded every week. Some people only have to shave once a week, so their blade ends up lasting over a month, and other people have to shave every day, so their blade has to be tossed every week.
Don’t Try to Sharpen Them
Although we understand that people want to make their blades last as long as possible, it’s really not advisable for people to sharpen their blades at home to extend their service life. And there are two reasons why it’s not advisable to sharpen your blades. For one thing, blades are so inexpensive it’s really just going to cost you more in labor to sharpen the blade than what the blade is really worth. Another reason is that proper sharpening of these blades really can’t be done without buying a special machine for the job.
To find out just how uneconomical sharpening a blade really is, all you have to do is figure out how much you make in an hour and then figure that it will take about 15-minutes to TRY and sharpen a double-edged razor blade. If you then compare this labor cost against the actual replacement cost of the blade, then you’ll quickly realize that buying a new blade is actually cheaper than trying to sharpen an old one.
Another reason to not sharpen an old double edge safety razor is that it can’t correctly be done with a strop. If you attempted to sharpen it with a strop, then you’d end up with blades that either had rounded off edges or you would end up with a blade that was dull on one end and sharp on the other. Therefore, it’s best to just buy a new blade and avoid trying to sharpen an old one.