How many times have I used that blade?

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actuary32174
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How many times have I used that blade?

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I know that I can get about 3 shaves from an Israeli blade. I have a couple of different D/E razors that I am using. The problem is, I don't always remember how many times I have used a blade with a particular D/E. Does anyone have a nifty way of remembering? Short of replacing all the blades every Wednesday whether they need it or not or keeping a log (I could just see myself doing that), any suggestions?

Thanks
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Post by MaduroMan_wcp »

load only one razor at a time
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Post by drmoss_ca »

An actuary has to ask this kind of a question? Hmm.

How about an abacus?

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Post by Racso_MS »

Actuary32174,

First WELCOME TO THE FORUM, come often and stay long. Second (PLEASE) go to your profile and establish a signature block so that our responses can be a little more personal.

How long have you been wet shaving and give us an idea of the tools of you trade. Razor, Brush, Soap/Cream etc. It's more of a curiosity thing and helps us determine how experienced you are and how to assist you.

To answer this question, I usually use one razor at the time and don't switch blades until I switch razors every 3-5 days. But I have a feel for when the blade needs to be changed as I shave with it which, if you are new to wet shaving, will come with experience.

And as always...

Enjoy your shave... :)
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Post by Chaps »

MaduroMan_wcp wrote:load only one razor at a time
Ditto on that. I only use one razor at a time. If I want to change razors, I usually change it when I change my blades, which is every Monday.

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Post by GollyMrScience »

I change my blades when they are dull.
Nuff said.
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Post by CMur12 »

I'm with Tom!

Most especially in the case of the NOS English Wilkinsons, I won't throw out a blade until I know it is spent.

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Post by Lil' Shaver »

GollyMrScience wrote:I change my blades when they are dull.
Nuff said.
And how many shaves is that, typically?
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Post by actuary32174 »

I have been wet shaving now for only about 2-3 months. I have three razors that I rotate through: a Merkur Futura, a Merkur Slant Bar and an old adjustable from my college days (a long time ago). I use a Vulfix brush and the current soaps/creams I have been using are:
Trumper Limes - really like it
Nancyboy - excellent - best of the group
Tabac - good, but always have a problem getting a decent lather with
the hard water here in Florida (more likely bad technique on my
end)
Kiss My Face - lousy by itself, but, works well as an additive to Tabac
Proraso - great stuff - really like the way it cools down the face

I have tried Merkur blades in my Futura and didn't like them at all.
I have since tried both Israeli's in my double edge and adjustable and they work fine. I use Feathers in my slant. They work well, but, I have to be very careful otherwise I'll cut my throat.

Finally, when I start the process, I put an alum bar in the freezer and take it out went I am done. It is a great feeling at the end of the shave.

Lastly, I have been using Proraso aftershave, Nivea Balm or Corn Huskers Lotion at the very end. They all work pretty well. I just ordered the Nancyboy aftershave balm and should be receiving it tomorrow. We'll see how that works.
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Post by greenerock »

How about using a die.
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Post by jbc »

I have a paper cup in the bathroom and five pennies next to the cup. After each shave I throw a penny into the cup. No more pennies, means change the blade. The best systems are the simplest.
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Lil' Shaver wrote:
GollyMrScience wrote:I change my blades when they are dull.
Nuff said.
And how many shaves is that, typically?
You have hit the nail on the head! A blade lasts longer or shorter depending on the conditions of my beard, my prep, the setting on an adjustable (so that would be the razor), perhaps the different soaps, and other variables. A Derby might last a week or not. A Feather will cut like a laser beam for the first couple of shaves and then settle into some really nice ones for several more or maybe not.
I refuse to tough my way through a lousy shave just because my counter says I should get two more shaves. Nor do I feel right tossing a blade that is working fine just because its manditory toss time came up on the counter. If I was counting I would establish the maximum number of shaves I expect and toss the blade on that date no matter if it is working great. Blades are cheap enough that I can do that. Keep in mind that I would reserve the right to toss a blade that I felt was not shaving well even if the expiry date had not been reached.
If you can't tell at the end of a shave that the blade is on its last legs and should be changed out then usually within the first two passes the next time you shave you will know. Sometimes you will find one blade edge is duller than another so flipping the razor and finishing a shave with the one sharp side might be possible - don't count on it. The single edge shavers don't have that option though.
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Post by ScottS »

GollyMrScience wrote: If you can't tell at the end of a shave that the blade is on its last legs and should be changed out then usually within the first two passes the next time you shave you will know. Sometimes you will find one blade edge is duller than another so flipping the razor and finishing a shave with the one sharp side might be possible - don't count on it. The single edge shavers don't have that option though.
My experience seems to be that toward the end of blade life with Feather Pro Super I start getting ingrowns long before the blade feels uncomfortable during a shave.
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