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Razor care between shaves

Postby daniel051 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:18 pm

Once I've finished shaving, I rinse the razor thoroughly, give it a few shakes and slightly loosen the head before putting it away on a shelf. Should I do anything else, for instance, remove the blade? Thanks.

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Postby brothers » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:30 pm

Daniel, I personally don't usually do anything other than just what you suggest, except sometimes remove the blade and rinse the razor and the blade, just to get rid of any remaining bits of lather and cuttings that might be hanging around. But generally, just a rinse does the trick.

I've picked up some really great deals on razors that evidently were never rinsed at all. Beneath the grunge, in many cases, is a real nice razor. I think there's a happy medium somewhere between filth and fanaticism. :lol:
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Postby Squire » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:36 pm

That should do it Daniel, I don't even bother loosening the tension.
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Postby 95% » Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:02 pm

I...I blow on my razor (a Fusion) after rinsing it and shaking out the loose water. Any water residue, I reason, will leave microscopic bits of calcium and other minerals behind as it dries, dulling the blades.
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Postby Squire » Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:39 pm

Now why cannot I shake this mental image of canned air.
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Postby jww » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:05 pm

I wave the razor (with blade installed) above my magical MWF porcelain container a few times to restore the edge of the blade and miraculously clean the razor.


Just kidding --- like everyone else, I don't do anything different either. Shake off the excess water, stick it on the shelf. Simple, easy-peasy, no worries.
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Postby rsp1202 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:24 pm

I was concerned about rusting on my injector and blade, since the head assembly doesn't come apart for cleaning, but whether I've cleaned and dried it meticulously or just haphazardly, neither the razor or blades has ever showed any signs of damage. So I can honestly* say the injector is not only the king of shavers but also invincible.

*Hyperbole alert.
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Postby brucered » Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:29 pm

loosen head 1/4 turn, hot rinse, shake off excess water, await next days shave.
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Postby m3m0ryleak » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:17 pm

For better or worse, I've gotten into the habit of rinsing the head of either injector or DE razor in 91% isopropyl alcohol prior to putting them back in the stand. If nothing else, this does displace all the water in the razor head.
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Postby CMur12 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:45 pm

Daniel, I don't think you need to do anything else.

I'm a little more extreme in my practices, however. I prefer a three-piece razor because of the ease of cleaning. I take the razor apart after the shave, rinse the pieces well, and dry them with a towel. I rinse the blade off well, air-dry it, hand-strop it, and put everything back together, sparkling clean, for the next shave.

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Postby Squire » Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:05 am

Murray, I think you are overlooking something but I can't put my finger on it.
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Postby ShadowsDad » Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:56 pm

Just be aware that some blades caution that they shouldn't be wiped.

Carbon steel blades require certain precautions, like an alcohol rinse to dry the blade, or a boiling water rinse for the same effect. I oil carbon steel blades. Nothing anal. Just a few drops of mineral oil at installation, a rinse, shake, and then a few more drops of MO after each use.

Other than that I leave things alone and do as most folks who responded do; slightly loosen the blade to allow water to get "in there", rinse, shake, leave it. Hey, these blades are sharp, the more one toys with them, the more chance for sliced skin.
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Postby Squire » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:42 pm

True SD but I'm convinced that the 'do not wipe' admonishment is just a disclaimer for liability purposes.
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Postby timthepenman » Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:52 pm

yep, what he said......

brucered wrote:loosen head 1/4 turn, hot rinse, shake off excess water, await next days shave.
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Postby nteeman » Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:00 pm

Squire wrote:True SD but I'm convinced that the 'do not wipe' admonishment is just a disclaimer for liability purposes.


Don't think so. The 'do not wipe' instruction is to prevent blade dulling.

If it was a disclaimer it would say something like 'to prevent accidents do not wipe blade.'
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Postby brothers » Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:08 pm

Then don't overlook the possibility that there may be many other cryptic messages buried deep within the mysterious do not wipe warning. Wipe what? Takes one to a whole new level of subliminal suggestions. Did someone wipe something just before the Super Iridiums disappered? What exactly does "super iridium" really mean, and where exactly did they go? See, just food for thought!
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Postby Squire » Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:58 pm

Neal, I haven't seen any evidence to support the theory that manufacturers have the slightest concern over how quickly you dull your blades, they will happily sell you more.
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Postby ShadowsDad » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:01 pm

Interesting what can be read into that "Do not wipe". I assumed it was because of coatings.
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Postby Squire » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:21 pm

It's to avoid injury claims SD. A manufacturer of a dangerous instrumentality (a razor blade certainly is one) seeks to limit exposure by disclaimer.

There are full disclaimers: 'This razor blade is dangerous and it will hurt or maim you by using it as designed. Do not handle this blade except with a pair of pliers and always wear gloves while shaving'.

And partial disclaimers: 'Do not wipe blades', 'Dispose of blade carefully after use', etc.

Not a complete defense of course, just sort of an 'I told you so' if someone hurts themself cleaning off a blade.
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Postby nteeman » Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:42 am

I guess we agree to disagree. :wink:
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