I like to try new blades so about 10 different blade that I have a Tuck or less. I try them in an assortment of razors having found that some blades work well in some razors but not in other razors. Derby's for example work well in the Merkur 34 HD, but not as well in the Gillette Slim.
If I like a blade and find them at a good price, I'll buy some in bulk. If I really like a blade, I'll really buy in bulk. This year, I've stocked up on Gillette 7 o'clock SharpEdge (Yellow), Voskhod's and Astra Stainless.
If you like to try different blades, there are two B&B members, Justin (MaxZoran) and Paul (PLPenn) who provide a valuable service to all of us by running a razor blade exchange. You send in a couple of blades and exchange them for a couple of blades. For the cost of a postage stamp, you can try a variety of blades.
Failed 2014 Shave Sabbatical - Feb. 27, 2014
I started with a couple of sampler packs, a few packs from the the local discount stores, and got a few packs of blades with razors purchased on eBay. I go through a blade per week and am just not going through them very fast. To be honest, I haven't noticed that much of a difference between blades, yet. I guess I'm not much of a shave connoisseur. My plan was to buy a 100 pack of something cheap when I got towards the bottom of my stash, although some of the bulk blade buys on Amazon have been for several hundred blades at a time.
I have one unused blade left and can't believe I let my stock get so low. I will be buying some online after I log off B&B in a few minutes.
[COLOR="Navy"]"Rich," the Old Man said dreamily, "is not baying after what you can't have. Rich is having the time to do what you want to do. Rich is a little whiskey to drink and some food to eat and a roof over your head and a fish pole and a boat and a gun and a dollar for a box of shells. Rich is not owing any money to anybody, and not spending what you haven't got." Robert Ruark[/COLOR]
I'll admit though, having tons of different brands of blade available cheaply and in bulk packaging makes the act of stocking up more sane than it was back in the day....still think I will probably max out well under 300 total.
21 and under, TOFLAC-U, BOTOC, LEMS, BOTSS ...Can Grappa be used as aftershave?
Of course I settled for a blade that is not that easy to get in the Netherlands....
So when I got the chance lately to stock up well for a more than fair price I decided to go for a lifetime supply right away.
I knew I would always regret it if I wouldn't and I never slept better than since I have them in my bedroom....
I must to the barber's, monsieur, for methinks I am marvellous hairy about the face
Local availability of DE blades at retail is... Wal-Mart Wilkies, Merkur from local cigar store and store re-branded blades.
If there were a local retailer with good stock of DE I would not want to purchase more than a tuck or two at a time.
It took me time to determine which blades I want to try. The majority of that time spent right here on B&B. Then you need to factor in making an online purchase and shipping.
I have a stash of greater than 200 and less than 300 DE's. 100 pack Astra SP's, 100 pack Personna red wrapper platinum. Add to those some previously ordered stock... gives me between 200 and 300.
Once you factor in shipping, buying less than 100 of a blade you have already tried does not really make sense.
"Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."
The BAD devil is in the details, of course, so here's a more or less exact, up-to-date count for your amusement:
510 Schick Plus Platinum (NOS)
187 Timor Solingen
186 Polsilver (NOS?)
161 Gillette Platinum-Plus (NOS)
85 Astra SP
60 Gillette Stainless (NOS)
41 Gillette Super Stainless "Spoilers" (NOS)
20 7 O'clock Blue
14 7 O'clock Yellow
10 Treet Durasharp Carbon
10 Wilkinson Sword Super Sword Edge (NOS)
4 Gillette New Swede
x pcs of random left overs.
Even though I've stocked up on a few select blade brands, I still look for new blades to try out. Here's 1500+ of what I have. The brands I've stocked up on are at the bottom.
Bic Chrome Platinum 10
Derby Extra Super Stainless 8Dorco Family Dollar Brand 10
Dorco ST-301 New Platinum 10
Feather Hi-Stainless 10
Gillette 7 O'Clock SharpEdge 5
Gillette 7 O'Clock Stainless 5
Gillette 7 O'Clock Super Platinum 4
Gillette 7 O'Clock Super Platinum 2
Gillette Goal Stainless 5
Gillette Silver Blue 5
Laser Super Platinum 10
Laser Super Stainless 11
Lord Platinum Class 5
Merkur Super Platinum 2
Perma-Sharp Super Stainless 5
Personna Israeli Blue Double Edge 10
Personna Med Prep 7
Personna Platinum (Red) 5
Personna Barber 11
Polsilver Super Stainless 10
Racer Super Stainless 10
Rapira Super Stainless 10
Shark Super Chrome 2
Shark Super Platinum 2
Supermax Super Platinum 5
Treet Dura Sharp 10
Treet Double Edge Blade 7
Wilkinson Swords 10
Blade Man Double Edge Blue Blades 90
Rapira Swedish Supersteel 100
Astra Super Platinum 105
Ladas Super Stainless 290
Personna Lab 330
Voskhod Teflon Coated 395
- Pat -
Between 500-600. It's cheaper to buy by the 100 and I really like Astras and Personna Labs so when good deals came around I bought 200 of each. I also bought 100 Feathers and picked up 50 Wilkinsons from WM. In addition, I've got a pile of samples. If I try a new blade and like it, I consider buying 100 just so I don't have to think about it. I probably shave 300 times a year with a usual 3 shaves per blade so it's only 100 blades a year. Having 5-6 years worth of blades on hand for an investment of well under a c note doesn't seem like a dumb idea to me. I've got a lot of ammo too.
My puny supply is insignificant compared to you guys. I've got about 15 SE blades and a 100 Astra SPs in the mail, but I've got my straights, so I'll be OK in the shavopocalyptic wasteland.
Just over 2600. At my current age/use rate, I think Im good till about age 88.....
Iridium 610 NOS Wilk 285 7 AM Yellow 240 Derby 200 Misc-Loose 200 Gillete Swede 185 Treet Yellow 180 Shark SS 150 Shark SC 100 LB Wilk 100 Astra Keramic 100 Personna Med 100 Ger Wilk 65 Polsilver 50 Merkur 40 Feather 20
I have about 900 blades stock piled just in case lol
Just last week, I vacuum sealed some 2000 blades (a mix of Iridium Super,Gillette 7 o'clock Black, and NOS Schick Plus Platinum); there's several more quart sized zip loc bags in different drawers with various and sundry other brands. Dunno total count, more than enough to start shaving zombies in the post apocalyptic world that's coming.
"All right you primitive screw heads, listen up!"
The Shavepocalypse is definitely on my mind, so yes, I am a Hoarder (only for DE blades though, mind you...)
I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter.
I have 1500+ blades. And of those theres atleast 1400 i really like. So with 3 shaves/ blade i´m set up for atleast 11,5 years of nice daily shaves.
--Hey... shave this!--
About 3000 I think.