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ajs2294
01-12-2012, 10:55 PM
I was curious if anyone chooses to use a new blade every shave? It seems you can get good blade from 5-20ish cent. Which is much less than most spent on several other daily items coffee, food, etc. So why bother having an inferior shave over a few scents. Am I foolish to start doing this, it just seems like a decent enough plan to get better shaves. The constant changing will also allow me to better clean and maintain my razor.
Interested to here other views on this.

turtle
01-12-2012, 10:57 PM
Some blades don't "mellow out" until the second shave.....

rgeudy
01-12-2012, 11:05 PM
In my limited time DE shaving it seems shaves number 2-4 are far smoother than shave number 1 on every blade i have tried.......

Kvarten
01-12-2012, 11:12 PM
I agree with turtle and rgeudy. My second shave is always better than the first. I use Blue personnas and I get three shaves from them.
As usual YMMV

TheVeryIdea
01-12-2012, 11:14 PM
I use blades more than once but that's only because I'm miserly. I never realized that blades might need to be broken in, so to speak, as the posters above mentioned.

There are folks here who have stated they only used blades once, though, for similar reasons as yours, so you aren't alone.

Matt555
01-12-2012, 11:18 PM
I only use a blade once. I have a really thick beard. As was noted in the original post, for the cheap price of blades it is no big deal. I like having a new, sharp blade for every shave. I have never experienced this so called "break in" that a lot of others describe. For me...the more you use a blade...the duller it gets...not smoother.

htownmmm
01-12-2012, 11:53 PM
Dorco or Sharp brand blades would fit the bill for using a new blade every shave; they are relatively inexpensive when purchased by the 100 pack.


marty

Matt555
01-13-2012, 12:13 AM
Dorco or Sharp brand blades would fit the bill for using a new blade every shave; they are relatively inexpensive when purchased by the 100 pack.


marty

I think most blades are inexpensive enough to ditch after one shave. Except Feathers and a few others (those are a bit expensive). Even if a blade costs 20 cents, I think it is still worth using a new one each shave. Still only $6 a month in blade (shaving everyday). That is damn near the price of 1 fancy 5 blade cart razor.

penned
01-13-2012, 12:20 AM
I use a Derby blade for four shaves.

Gref
01-13-2012, 12:34 AM
For me it seems like Shark Super Chrome's need to be broken in before they start cutting effortlessly. If you can buy your blade of choice in bulk and at a discount, use a new one everyday if it works for you.

squatzilla801
01-13-2012, 01:26 AM
Too many variables here. I used to like the idea of a nice blade for every shave, then for the hell of it used a razor that had a few day old blade in it and felt the shave was more comfortable. I think you should try this a few times, see how you feel, and go from there.

OldGreyGuy
01-13-2012, 02:49 AM
I find that the 2nd and 3rd shaves are better than the first. Currently I find I am happy with Astra SP or Red IP/Crystal for 4 full shaves after which it seems to go off, so 4 days from a blade is fine for me.

Lando
01-13-2012, 03:19 AM
Gillette bleue extras I can go a whole week, same with feathers sometimes. I dont like the idea of ditching a blade after one shave.

Doc226
01-13-2012, 03:23 AM
I use feathers exclusively, I like a sharp blade, I don't find a more comfortable or mellow shave after the first use. I toss the blade after 2-3 shaves, well before I feel any pulling. I tired to fee how many shaves I get from a blade when I first started DE shaving-then I stopped when I realized there is no point.

If you want to use a new blade for each shave then go ahead, for me the second and third are still great.

Bigsurprise
01-13-2012, 03:35 AM
When I used to shave with my shavette(see sig.), I would switch blades every 4 or so shaves. I definitely noticed that shaves 2 through 4 were smoothest, and it declined after that. I don't know what it was, but that first shave never was too smooth.

The Soph Gent
01-13-2012, 04:56 AM
I use my blades for 3 shaves and that's it. I am still evaluating blades and creams/soaps and once I settle on a couple of "really likes" then I may see how long THAT blade lasts.

flutewhistler
01-13-2012, 05:12 AM
For me, two shaves max on most blades, especially the Feather which seems to drop-off fast after two.

D.Jackson
01-13-2012, 05:12 AM
For me it seems like Shark Super Chrome's need to be broken in before they start cutting effortlessly. If you can buy your blade of choice in bulk and at a discount, use a new one everyday if it works for you.

I find Shark blades to be this way too. Its funny, but Shark blades are the only ones I have found to have this "break-in" period. The number of shaves I use a blade for depends on the brand. I can only get one shave out of a Feather. That first shave is just wickedly awesome, but the second shave pulls like you wouldn't believe. Others, I can get two. And there are few I use 3 times. I never use any more than 3 times. But, I do agree with your philosophy, that they are cheap enough to use a new one each day if you want to.

gstyle
01-13-2012, 05:13 AM
Average length of time for the blades I currently use (Astra SP) is 4 shaves. Best shaves are usually the 2nd and 3rd.

rkinz
01-13-2012, 05:24 AM
Two shaves max, even for Feathers. I don't want to have to think about the variable while I'm shaving.

Tom-Dave
01-13-2012, 05:29 AM
i use feathers and normally get 2-3 shaves per blade

the_edski
01-13-2012, 05:40 AM
If you use a blade only once, and want to feel what its like when its "broken-in", i.e. used for 2 or 3 days, you could palm strop or cork the blade before the only use. Us users of a blade more than once valiantly remove burrs and imperfections on our face the first time and then reap the benefits on the subsequent shaves!

Pgg365247
01-13-2012, 05:44 AM
I'm a two shave per blade guy as well. After that it starts to tug and not produce what I would describe as a smooth shave.

Gam
01-13-2012, 07:41 AM
I also feel I get the better shave the second and third time around,I usually ditch the blade after 3.

abershaver
01-13-2012, 08:23 AM
I use each DE blade for around 5 shaves. I find shaves 2-4 are best but my first shave with a new blade is never the best. Strangely, I find exactly the same with Trac II blades.

ajs2294
01-13-2012, 08:25 AM
After all this talks of "break in periods" I'm curious to test if I have the same experience and just aren't feeling it, maybe try it over a few brands also.

Lobwedge
01-13-2012, 09:39 AM
While you certainly can use a blade per shave I personally use the same blade for 4-5 shaves. Like a lot of responses above, I find the second or third shave the best. A feather blade I find is the exception, that may only work well for 3 shaves, with the second shave the best.

TheGravedigger
01-13-2012, 04:43 PM
I get four shaves on practically everything but a Treet Classic. With them, two's the max.

SuperChris
01-13-2012, 06:43 PM
Some blades don't "mellow out" until the second shave.....

This, I always have a better shave with the 2nd or 3rd shave.

swcarter
01-13-2012, 07:32 PM
I agree with turtle and rgeudy. My second shave is always better than the first. I use Blue personnas and I get three shaves from them.
As usual YMMV

+1...interesting string. My first shave with any blade almost always seems to be a "break in shave", hence the reason I start a new blade on Sunday so that the rest of the week I get the best of what's left. Current favorite is the Personna Med Prep from which I can get 4 good shaves then toss. I'm not in this to save money although I do compared to carts. I just want a comfortable close shave and don't worry when I change it out since I tend to buy in 100 lots. What works for you and what you want to do is up to you if it makes you happy. Good luck.

FL shaver
01-14-2012, 07:13 AM
Astra SP user. Shave 1 is the roughest, but it is still nice. Shaves 2-7 are great. I have to think only about my lather!

eyesofgrey
01-14-2012, 09:54 AM
If using a blade only once gave me the best shaves, I would do it. Like most others without barbed wire for a beard, shaves 2-4 are the most comfortable and enjoyable.


In the manufacturing process, the grinding wheels that sharpen the blanks leave little micro burrs.

- For those of us with "average" beards, the first shave just smooths the edge out... Still sharp, but smoother.
- For those of us with "barbed wire" facial hair, the first stroke probably removes all burrs, and the rest of the strokes just continue to dull the blade... hence, one good shave. (shave 2 for you could be like shave 6 for me...)

Unless your hair is dense and wiry, don't throw away your best shaves.

turtle
01-14-2012, 10:00 AM
I think most blades are inexpensive enough to ditch after one shave. Except Feathers and a few others (those are a bit expensive). Even if a blade costs 20 cents, I think it is still worth using a new one each shave. Still only $6 a month in blade (shaving everyday). That is damn near the price of 1 fancy 5 blade cart razor.


If you start to feel tugging on your 2nd or 3rd shave try shortening the length and increasing the speed of your stroke so that you "chop" the hairs not "mow" them.

You may find that it is not your blade but how you are shaving that needs to be changed.

Pbalkan
01-14-2012, 10:37 AM
I'm old enough to remember when stainless steel blades were introduced. I can remember a friend, in High School, with skin problems, telling me that if he was ever RICH, he'd use a brand-new SS blade everyday. When stainless began to replace the old "blue" blades, one of the selling points was that the added cost was more than made-up by longevity. No rust either.

When I shave with my DE razor, I sometimes think of that guy and I wonder what he uses to shave. He since went on to become a very successful MD.

Even at age 65, my beard is not particularly tough. I can well afford a new blade whenever I need it but I guess maturity has made me hate waste. For me, if the blade still shaves smooth, I'll stay with it. I'll notice wear in the closeness of the shave before I'll notice pulling or tugging. So, I'll change blades well before they present a hazard to my face.

Synthetic Badger
01-23-2012, 12:27 AM
I toss the excellent Dura Sharp carbons immeditaely after their maiden shave. They are of carbon steel (though teflon? coated), so why bother with e.g. oxidization issues when they are as cheap as they are...

I will have to experiment whether the second shave will improve or at least retain its performance on a more expensive 7 o'clock blue; but so far I have been loath to re-use blades as my prior experience from non-DE's has inflicted in me great scepticism towards shaving edge longevity.

EDIT: I should add that I figured that since I do not own a car or drive, I can afford to throw away a bit of steel... let them Dura Sharps be my New Beatle, and the unneeded aluminium cans my un-acquired energy saving bulbs.

billblack
01-23-2012, 08:49 AM
I was an every other shave replacement guy. After getting my slant, I can do 4-5 now.

Darnell
01-23-2012, 09:36 AM
I use Feather blades. 3 Pass shave daily and use the same blade 7 days straight. Always have, been DE shaving over a year and never used anything but Feather blades. And while the blade is a little duller later in the week. It's still well enough. Since I never have much to cut through it's never been an issue.

I even forgot to change the blade one week. Went 2 weeks on the same Feather blade and things were fine. Although that's not a thing I plan on trying again, since as things get duller things also get more risky.

(Razor is a Merkur Progress Long Handle.)

thIs6Nly
01-23-2012, 09:44 AM
One-and-out. I use a new Feather blade every day.

ash410
01-23-2012, 09:47 AM
when I 1st started DE shaving (only a couple of months ago) I would change the blade after 2 shaves while going through my blade sampler, but now having settled on gillette 7 o'clock yellows I am changing after 4 shaves, shaving every other day thats a new blade each week.

Cagliostro
01-23-2012, 09:58 AM
I use a blade 4-7 times, well that is usually the case with my Feathers any case. Astra Plats I use 4 times give or take depending, Feathers can last a while for me. Personally...I think a new blade every time is a waste as some blades specially Feather mellow after the first shave and really feel great on either the 2nd or 3rd shave. But I guess if you use a new one every shave and like it and got the money, suit yourself I guess.

doug1066
01-23-2012, 10:11 AM
I use a blade for a week and change it out every Saturday. Interestingly, when Alcatraz was a Federal Prison, the inmates were issued two razor blades every Saturday. They were requited to be clean shaven every day and had to turn in their two used blades to get two new blades each week. Having more than two blades in your cell or in your possession got you thrown into an isolation cell. If you refused to shave you were thrown into an isolation cell and forcibly "dry shaved" every other day until you began to shave daily.

Dutch101st
01-23-2012, 01:03 PM
I do a 3-4 pass shave and use the blade once.

Any more than that and my face gets irritated and red and all stingy.

5savages
01-23-2012, 02:28 PM
I only use a blade once. I have a really thick beard. As was noted in the original post, for the cheap price of blades it is no big deal. I like having a new, sharp blade for every shave. I have never experienced this so called "break in" that a lot of others describe. For me...the more you use a blade...the duller it gets...not smoother.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding your post, but if you only use a blade once, there's no way you could experience the "break in".

JDTTO
01-23-2012, 03:21 PM
For me, blades are at their peak at the second and third shave.

I would not want to miss those.

mikey
01-23-2012, 03:47 PM
I use razor blades (Feathers) for three to six shaves (one week's worth) and replace the blade every Monday.

Thanks,
Mike

Grazivity
01-23-2012, 10:53 PM
i find my feather is best on its second shave. i generally only use a blade 2-3 times..

rxonmymind
01-24-2012, 02:08 AM
I have found my HOLY GRAIL razor. It's like rolling the side of your pen around your face. Doesn't feel like it's cutting and no razor burn, and still going strong on my fourth shave. UNFORTUNATELY it's a vintage pack of a non spoiler Gillette.

deafficianado
06-10-2012, 10:35 AM
Wow, I see many here get so many shaves from one blade. I get 3 shave max, no matter what blade I use, and I happen to shave everyday.

kosby
06-10-2012, 10:39 AM
Like many, the 2nd on is the best shave for me.

tgutc
06-10-2012, 11:02 AM
I use every blade only once. It creeps me out for some reason to use them twice.

Oscroft
06-10-2012, 02:09 PM
With one or two blades, I find the 2nd shave is better, but not with many - but with most good blades, at least the first 3 or 4 shaves are equally good. To me, that means it's completely pointless changing the blade (and it increases the chance of cutting yourself).