Men's Life Today: Expert Q+A
I'm on a serious budget. Is there anything I can do to make my razor blades last longer?
Nothing is more uncomfortable and potentially dangerous than using a dull razor. We have some key strategies to keep our blades sharp, safe and dependable for our customers. You can -- and should -- do the same for your own comfort and protection.
1. Keep your razor immersed in a cup of alcohol in between shaves to eliminate any traces of water. Oxidation/rust is the biggest enemy of a sharp razor blade. (If you don’t have alcohol available, you can blow on the blade to knock off any water droplets.)
2. Stroke the blade on the leg of a pair of blue jeans to sharpen it, just like a barber does with a straight-edge razor and a leather strap in this video. Lay the jeans leg on a table or ironing board. Stroke the head of the razor out and away from you for 10 strokes, and then pull the blade in the opposite direction for 10 strokes. As long as it’s flat against the denim, it shouldn’t damage your jeans.
3. Make sure your skin is fully wet and lathered to ensure less drag and friction while you’re shaving. It’s preferable to shave while taking a shower so the combination of steam and hot water soften your skin, making for less tension on not only your face, but also the blade. Making your blade’s job easier leads to less wear and tear.
4. Use longer strokes while shaving to preserve the blade’s surface. The more short strokes you take, the more quickly your blade will become dull.