I was reading about straight razor care on Dovo's website and came across this:
(all emphasis is mine)5. The straight razor I bought a short time ago no longer shaves properly. Do I have to whet it, and how often is this necessary?
DOVO straight razors are whetted in the factory for use (whetting on leather by hand). If you own a suitable strop, you should nevertheless take into account that the razor must first "rest" after use. After the razor has been carefully rinsed and dried, it should not be used again for at least 24 - 48 hours because the fine "fin" on the cutting edge straightens up again extremely slowly. If the razor is stropped too soon (or stropped incorrectly by moving it backwards and forwards without turning it over), the "fin" which is necessary for a close shave breaks off. Between six and fifteen shaves are possible without stropping in between.
The thought of having to "rest" the blade intrigued me. I have found that if I skip a day, or use different razors on different days, I get a better shave than if I use the same razor day after day.
What do you think? I realize DE blades are very inexpensive, but a good shave is priceless.
I am in the first week of this experiment, alternating between 2 razors each day. So far, my shaves have been better than using the same razor over and over. It will be interesting to see if I can get a little more life from a blade (I know, I know, they're cheap!)