Blade use counting

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Blade use counting

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I don't often make an effort to be frugal, but I don't want to toss a Feather SuperPro blade early. Unfortunately, by the time I realize a blade needs changing, it's because my against the grain pass is already giving me ingrowns on my neck, and that's about 11 shaves in. I'd like to change after 9 shaves, but damn, that's hard to keep count of. It would be easy to toss the blades after a week, but those last two shaves tend to be particularly nice ones!

I'm thinking of making something like a billiard scoring device for the bathroom, or maybe tying knots in a string, or some such. Anyone have any good tricks?
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Cut a nick in your earlobe each time you shave!

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drmoss_ca wrote:Cut a nick in your earlobe each time you shave!

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No earlobes left :(
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Nose?

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Feather straight shavers....sigh.... a pretty sick bunch.
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A couple of ideas:

1. Get one of those wallet calendars, a plastic card with twelve months printed on them. Circle the blade change days with a Sharpie marker (won't wash off). Put it near your razor.

2. Get a small container, like a shave cream sample jar. Put in 9 Tic Tacs. Each time you shave, which will presumably be after you brush your teeth, pop a Tic Tac in your mouth. The morning that there's an empty container, change blades and put another 9 Tic Tacs in. Or just use an empty Tic Tac container to hold the 9 Tic Tacs.

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ScottS wrote:
No earlobes left :(
So that's not your mouse then?

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I use pennies as a blade use counter. Every time I use my razor I place a penny on my razor/brush stand.
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Shave Counting

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Here's what I do: Pull one nose hair out each time you shave and keep them neatly lined up near the sink.

Just don't sneeze!! :o

Seriously, how about a pair of dice? Then you can just keep track with the number on the top faces. Good for up to 12 shaves that way.


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Post in the shave of the day forum. You'll have a written record that way.
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I like the die (dice) idea.
I think I'll put that into effect.

Thanks Jimmy. Great idea!

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2 wrote:I like the die (dice) idea.
I think I'll put that into effect.

Thanks Jimmy. Great idea!

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I like the dice thing also. I might just add that to my list of things to do.

I don't think I can post SOTD that just alternate between Mitchells and Tabac, though. I don't want to put everyone to sleep. Of course... if more people would just send me exotic shave products....maybe a decant or three of Czech and Speake 88 or something like that, I'd have more to write about :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: Shave Counting

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JimmyWilliam wrote:Here's what I do: Pull one nose hair out each time you shave and keep them neatly lined up near the sink.

Just don't sneeze!! :o

Seriously, how about a pair of dice? Then you can just keep track with the number on the top faces. Good for up to 12 shaves that way.


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Or, if you find a local gaming shop, up to 100 :-)

I'd recommend an 8-sider. Image
After the first shave, turn it to 1, and keep going. When you look down and there's no number to turn to, change your blade.
You can even get a fuzzy one! http://www.advancinghordes.com/product_ ... cts_id/559
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Scott, over a year ago I raised the same concern as yours and someone replied with a solution that I use to this day; that being, I have a magic marker that I use to put a small tick mark in the upper corner of my mirror. Four ticks and a slash with four more ticks and you change your blade after your nine shaves.

The marks are small enough to not be very noticeable.

Before settling on the Tech razor I was cycling through four or five different razors and tracking them all. At that time the tick marks were noticeable.
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yoyology wrote: Or, if you find a local gaming shop, up to 100 :-)

I'd recommend an 8-sider. Image
After the first shave, turn it to 1, and keep going. When you look down and there's no number to turn to, change your blade.
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Embarrassingly enough, I'm pretty sure I have a set deep in a drawer that I haven't opened in about 15 years, when I moved in, or the 10 years before that.
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ScottS wrote:
yoyology wrote: Or, if you find a local gaming shop, up to 100 :-)

I'd recommend an 8-sider. Image
After the first shave, turn it to 1, and keep going. When you look down and there's no number to turn to, change your blade.
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Embarrassingly enough, I'm pretty sure I have a set deep in a drawer that I haven't opened in about 15 years, when I moved in, or the 10 years before that.
I know exactly where my dice bag is. I've got a game coming up a week from Friday.

In what way is this embarrassing?
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Sorry Karl-

Didn't mean to offend. Let's just say that who I was in my teens is quite a different person from who I am in my forties. Plus, many might consider the inability to toss stuff that's laid unused for twenty years with little likelihood of ever seeing the light of day again its own sort of disease!
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ScottS wrote:Sorry Karl-

Didn't mean to offend. Let's just say that who I was in my teens is quite a different person from who I am in my forties. Plus, many might consider the inability to toss stuff that's laid unused for twenty years with little likelihood of ever seeing the light of day again its own sort of disease!
Oh, I'm not offended at all! I accepted my inner geek a long time ago. :-)
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yoyology wrote: Oh, I'm not offended at all! I accepted my inner geek a long time ago. :-)
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ScottS wrote:
yoyology wrote: Oh, I'm not offended at all! I accepted my inner geek a long time ago. :-)
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