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    Hiya,

    I've noticed that my Israeli's get gunk on them, (maybe all blades do) from shaving.

    I was wondering if anyone knew how to clean the razor blade.

    TIA,

    Duggo
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    I would not attempt to clean a blade. It is used for such a short time anyway. Just make sure you rinse them off after each use.

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    Rinse 'em and that's it.

    I have tried flipping over the blade after a couple of days. Works great with my Derbys or Feathers.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin View Post
    I would not attempt to clean a blade. It is used for such a short time anyway. Just make sure you rinse them off after each use.
    Quote Originally Posted by piperc View Post
    Rinse 'em and that's it.

    I have tried flipping over the blade after a couple of days. Works great with my Derbys or Feathers.

    Chris
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    If you just have to clean them, I have found a Q tip with rubbing alcohol works good. But, I normally just take them out of the razor when I'm through and dab them dry on a paper towel before loading them back up. That way, the water doesn't "tarnish" the blade near as bad as if I didn't do this. But, BE CAREFUL.

    YMMV.
    Larry C

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    I have recently started doing like Larry. After each use, I remove the DE blade from the razor and dry it on a towel or tissue. I can usually see a bit of gunk somewhere along the edges, which I carefully rub off with my fingers. The Q-Tips are a much better idea! I will try that, tonight.

    Anyway, this whole process takes about a minute and I believe that my subsequent shaves are "better". Since I can actually see stuff on the edge and it is gone after I rub it off, I believe this is well within reason.

    Tim

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    I just use the hottest water from my tap, and run the head of the razor, with the blade still inside through it for 30 seconds.

    I also noticed i only get this gunk if I make a pass over bare skin. If I don't go for BBS, and just accept a afine amount of grit (no touch and cut), my blades look very clean after a shave....that and I rinse after every stroke, so maybe the particles don't have a chance to get stuck.
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    I say if you get gunk on them that a water rinse, trash it

    They are cheep enough

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    100 pack of feathers = $30 = 30 cents a blade
    6 shaves a week using each blade twice = 3 blades a week = 90 cents a week = $46.80 annual

    And if you use Derby's
    100 = $15 on ebay = 15 cents a blade
    6 shaves = 45 cents a week = $23.40 annual

    Those really cheap brown box special personnas
    100 = $8 = 8 cents a blade
    6 shaves = 24 cents a week = $12.42 a year

    Why bother cleaning the blade? I use whatever blade I have for 2 shaves (one on each side) and then toss it.

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    Someone posted about using an ultrasonic cleaner for the blade, claimed to et more shaves out of it that way. I can't see going to the bother myself. I simply rinse it in the razor under hot water.
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    I just rinse the razor following a shave prior to putting it up.

    Re: cleaning the blade: I consider a razor blade to be a maintenance-free item; so it's R&R (remove and replace) only.

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    all i do is rinse them and when i put a new one in i pay extra attention that i don't ding the blade by hitting it against anything.
    Josh

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    I just rinse the blade while it is still in the razor. If it is one of my Gillettes I open up the silos a little so the blade can just lift a little, then I use my finger to make the faucet spray a jet of water at the razor. Works great for me, although I doubt it's as thorough as what some have listed....ultrasonic cleaning?
    Wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigNick73 View Post
    100 pack of feathers = $30 = 30 cents a blade
    6 shaves a week using each blade twice = 3 blades a week = 90 cents a week = $46.80 annual

    And if you use Derby's
    100 = $15 on ebay = 15 cents a blade
    6 shaves = 45 cents a week = $23.40 annual

    Those really cheap brown box special personnas
    100 = $8 = 8 cents a blade
    6 shaves = 24 cents a week = $12.42 a year

    Why bother cleaning the blade? I use whatever blade I have for 2 shaves (one on each side) and then toss it.


    Where?

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    Ebay
    http://cgi.ebay.com/100ea-Personna-D...QQcmdZViewItem

    that's what they look like. Seems like Ive seen em for less than that. Not sure if they are true personnas might be some more info on em elsewhere on this board. Seems like the cheaper ones didnt actually say personna but I could just be remembering stuff I never saw.

    Here's some other cheap ones
    http://cgi.ebay.com/100-7-A-M-PLATIN...QQcmdZViewItem

    Just keep an eye out
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnP View Post
    Works great for me, although I doubt it's as thorough as what some have listed....ultrasonic cleaning?
    Wow.
    John P.
    He makes a good argument for it. http://www.badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=7695
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    For regular cleaning I use hot water rinse and gently dry with a Q-tip, never touching the edge! For a thorough cleaning Maas polish with a Q-tip works wonders.

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    For me, as I use 1/2 DE blades (shavette user)... I really don't like having a half blade just floating around when not in use.
    My solution?
    The unused half gets put in one of those little clear travel bottles (most chemists, supermarkets or on-line) with enough IPA (isopropynol alcohol) to cover it. Which, keeps it clean and safe... even if I get steel blades as opposed to stainless, not having air and water coming into contact with them keeps rust (and of course a chance of bacteria in said rust) at bay.
    IPA is readily available, and couse will keep the blade germ-free, don't even need to dry off the IPA as it quickly evaporates completely when you take them out. A quick, careful wipe With an IPA soaked tissue would work just fine too.

    IPA is readily available from on-line, or most decent harware stores.

    My question though - TBH unless the blades in question are really hard to get or expensive... why bother?
    Blade disposal containers are pretty cheap.... even if you don't have one, a fine file or wet/dry sandpaper will blunt a blade to the point of it being safe very well.... wrapped in tape and thrown or just recycled after would both be safe options*.


    *obviously, this pends on local laws covering what you can or can't put in to the bin-bags.
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    I clean my razor and dry after every use, I remove the blade and rinse it off under running water and shake off then I always give it a dip in isopropyl alcohol to ensure it dries completely. I have read in a few articles about leaving a blade wet and how it can make blade dull or rough from minerals in water .. Don't know if there's any truth to that but I always make sure to keep my blade dry between shaves and they seem to last quite a while (5-7 shaves)

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    I loosen up the head a little , rinse ,shake off the water. Then set the razor head first into a short jar of rubbing alcohol,while I rinse my face and apply AS. Then take the razor out, tighten head and hang-up. Only time I take the blade out to wipe off is when using SE.
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