Extend The Life Of Your Razor Blades With Your Forearm

If you do any amount of shaving, we don't have to tell you that razor blades are expensive. Consumerist reader Terry shares a simple trick that's helped him keep his latest disposable razor sharp for the last 20 months and counting.

His solution: Whenever it starts to feel dull, he runs the blade backwards across his forearm for about 10 strokes. The idea is that, much like any blade, your razor dulls primarily because of small imperfections in the surface of the blade. For old-timey razors, people would run the blade against leather to smooth out these imperfections. With your kitchen knife, that cylindrical steel (whose name escapes me) doesn't actually sharpen your knife, but, like the leather, it's there to smooth the imperfections. In theory, that's exactly what Terry's method aims to do.

Whether or not it actually works is another question, but if the comments on the Consumerist post are any indication, a lot of people swear by it. It's likewise very similar to our previous tip on getting more from your razor with a pair of jeans. Combine this method with the knowledge that keeping your razor blades dry can seriously increase their shelf life and you may be able to cut down on a lot of new blade purchases. Photo by kevindooley.

Make Your Disposable Razor Blade Last For 20 Months [Consumerist]


Comments

    "that cylindrical steel (whose name escapes me)" erm,.. yeah that's actually called a "steel" :)

    The cylindrical steel to sharpen knifes is a steele

      Actually I checked the spelling on google and could not find a reference to the spelling as "steele" only "steel"

    Another alternative is to buy cheaper blades from Aldi. I will give this a go though. Given I shave my head and face, 1 blade in 20 months is a bit of a saving.

      lol and face!! :S
      are you Gary Lion?

      i just want to comment on that pic... i thought it was an aerial view of an L.A. highway!

    He meant to say 'Honing' steel.

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