Blade longevity?

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Blade longevity?

Post by mustang_john » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:17 pm

Hi guys,

Just a quick one this!

Over this last few months, I have noticed that my Gillette 7 O'clock blades seem to be lasting a lot longer than they did. I used to be lucky to get three shave per blade, but now seven or eight is not uncommon. The record being twelve shaves.
I suspect this is all down to my getting better at shaving over time?

Thoughts anyone?

John.


Oops, just discovered an almost identical thread in the blades section, DUH! Sorry guys.

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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by ShadowsDad » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:39 pm

That's what I would suspect. Lather is the lubricant; is your lather better?
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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by CMur12 » Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:20 pm

Beard-prep and how much you soften the beard before taking the blade to it will also make a difference.

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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by Squire » Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:25 pm

Practice makes perfect.
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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by mustang_john » Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:25 am

Hmmm, probably is the lather, its texture is much more consistent these days.

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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by brothers » Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:30 pm

John, you're getting better at it.
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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by Brutus » Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:29 am

Straight shavers often discover that with improving proficiency the edge of their straight razor will tend to last longer before the razor needs to be honed again.

Although I have been shaving with safety razors for too long to remember my own progress back then, I am not surprised that the same observation should apply to safety razors too.


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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by Julius_Rodman » Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:11 am

I believe it's random, and also depends on my preferences at the time.

Sometimes a blade starts out great and I know I can get 15 days off it if I want to. Others emit a harbinger on the first pass.

And the shaves past day 7 are different for me, I don't mind the duller blade allowing me to grind in a little more than with a brand new Feather.

It never gets to be a routine.

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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by Data » Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:16 pm

Your blade angle might have become more shallow with experience and that would be easier on the edge.
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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by CMur12 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:40 pm

Data, I see that this is your second post and that you have just joined us. Welcome to our little community!

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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by Squire » Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:45 pm

Yes Data, welcome aboard.
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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by brothers » Tue Jan 05, 2016 5:24 pm

Data wrote:Your blade angle might have become shallower with experience and that would be easier on the edge.
Good point Data. Muscle memory and technique.
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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by jww » Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:02 pm

Squire wrote:Practice makes perfect.
I keep coming back to this one piece of advise, and then Squire beats me to it ...... :lol:
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Re: Blade longevity?

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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by Squire » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:40 pm

Good one Barry.
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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by Karl » Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:34 am

5 shaves. Astra, Feather, or GEM blades. If I flip the blade over on the 4th use I can sneak 6 shaves out of a blade.

My shaving technique has greatly extended the life of my modern razor blades like the one I still carry in my travel bag.

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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by brothers » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:14 pm

Karl wrote:5 shaves. Astra, Feather, or GEM blades. If I flip the blade over on the 4th use I can sneak 6 shaves out of a blade.

My shaving technique has greatly extended the life of my modern razor blades like the one I still carry in my travel bag.
Karl, that's surprising. That's something I have never paid attention to. Thanks for the tip.
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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by anomaly1985 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:55 am

I get 20 shaves for all my blades. Perhaps more.
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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by CMur12 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:10 am

anomaly1985 wrote:I get 20 shaves for all my blades. Perhaps more.
That's a lot of shaves from a DE blade, anomaly1985. Do you do anything special to prolong blade life?

Do you do single-pass shaves? Do you have a light beard? Other factors?

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Re: Blade longevity?

Post by fallingwickets » Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:03 am

I dont think I have ever tried for a PR shaving record :D Way back when, it was a usual habit to start the week with a fresh blade and being a rather susceptible fellow I followed suit :D Anyway, 20 sounds like a lot of shaves for one blade. I use a fusion to shave my head, and even that barely makes it past 20 shaves

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