Does anyone use a new DE razor every shave?

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by James_P, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    I would say don't bother stretching any blade for more shaves? One shave & use a new blade. And, decide what blade works best for you? Not a matter of waste really. Steel is very much recyclable. There are so many other things to worry about when it comes to waste!!! Let's get REAL!!!!
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  2. TobyC

    TobyC Well-Known Member

    From here.

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    From here.

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  3. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    :signs011: ... My personal best is 18 great shaves on a Polsilver SI.
  4. Troy M

    Troy M Prep: Mephitis mephitis musk

    I change blades on Sunday.
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  5. TobyC

    TobyC Well-Known Member

    Astra SP or German Wilkinson Sword will go 30 easy!
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  6. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Dosn't make sense to me to throw away a good blade. That would be like opening one box with a box cutter then changing blades. But as I like to say...whats right is what works for you. No matter how weird.

    I use a blade until it says its done.
  7. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    Waste not, want not. Just my opinion.
  8. Eeyore

    Eeyore Well-Known Member

    No, I do not.

    Pitralon forever - Real pens have a nib - If it doesn't tick, it's not a watch.
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  9. chevyguy

    chevyguy Well-Known Member

    Polsilvers are great blades. Sharp, and smooth.


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  10. chevyguy

    chevyguy Well-Known Member

    I wish that we could still get a blade that would last like a Personna 74, or a vintage Spoiler. Schick Platinum's were good too.


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  11. chevyguy

    chevyguy Well-Known Member

    Being the blades were mainly made out of carbon steel and not stainless steel I can see why Gillette wanted men to change their blades daily. Most guy's back then left the blades in their razor's after they got done shaving and the edges rusted. When stainless steel blades came about that's when blades started lasting longer.


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  12. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Similar routine here.
    Fresh blade in on Monday, a 3-pass shave every day, toss after Friday's shave.
    Saturdays are my straight razor shaves.
    Sundays are for SEs.

    With that routine I never get to the point of the blade tugging or pulling (for me that usually happened at shave 7 or 8). In other words, never a bad shave caused by a spent blade.
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  13. barbersurgeon

    barbersurgeon Well-Known Member

    Two and through! I can definitely feel a difference on the DE third shave, so I usually don’t go there. Maybe with polsilvers I take a third day. Have mostly been rocking the injectors for the last several months, and I get 5-6 shaves from the shick SE injector blades.
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  14. TobyC

    TobyC Well-Known Member

    Gillette instructed how to care for the blades so that they would last longer.

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  15. dbersh

    dbersh Well-Known Member

    As others have mentioned this is also what I do. The blade will tell me, and it’s not like I wait for a bad shave. I have spots (by my jaw under ear) that when a blade is on its way out will not be DFS (but still acceptable). Once I notice, the blade gets tossed be it 1 or 10 shaves. It tends to be 3-4 with Astras for me. Personna *74’s last 30+.
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  16. Terry Williams

    Terry Williams Well-Known Member

    I try to get about 4 shaves on a single blade. Some that I have don't seem to last that long. But, I have so many that "one and done" doesn't bother me at all.
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  17. Col C

    Col C Well-Known Member

    One blade per week. Now that I am retired I shave three times a week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Change the blade on Friday. Every now and then I might shave an additional time if my social calendar demands such action. I have found the blades will easily last a week even if you shave every day.
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  18. Maximumsmoke

    Maximumsmoke Active Member

    Hey, this might be a bit of a twist on this thread, but does anyone notice a difference in DE blade life (same brand/type blade) when used in more aggressive open-comb razors vs. less aggressive closed comb/straight bar razors? I seem to get less blade life when using open comb razors of greater aggressiveness. I get smooth comfortable shaves with an aggressive razor only if the blade is a good sharp one, in good condition (I prefer Astras and Gillette Silver Blues or Platinums). I can't use an aggressive razor more than a couple of days in a row (I shave daily -- moderately heavy beard), so that blade gets transferred to a closed comb razor, but I notice more of the life is taken out of that blade if I start using it in an aggressive razor.

    Incidentally, I change blades when I notice discomfort during or after a shave, or when I have to work too hard to get a smooth shave -- these things are connected, for sure. I usually get a week out of my preferred blades in moderately aggressive closed-comb razors, but more is possible -- I quit at 10 in a comparison between a Feather and an Astra in the same razor, alternating days (the Astra won hands down for me -- in my experience, Feathers start to go off after about a half of a shave, then plateau into a not-very-sharp blade). Sometimes I only get 4 shaves even on an Astra. I think for me blade life also depends on the lubricity of my shave cream/soap, etc. I use a lot of different razors and products.

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  19. PickledNorthern

    PickledNorthern Fabulous, the unicorn

    I find that the second shave on most DE blades is the sweetest.
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  20. Maximumsmoke

    Maximumsmoke Active Member

    Right on. Same here.
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