They’re small, they’re expensive and eventually they will make your wallet and face bleed. Porking down 15 bucks every few weeks for a new set of razors got me thinking that there must be a better way. And considering I have been using the same blade now for the past two months, shaving day after day I am happy to report that you CAN extend the life of your razors. Here are the 5 simple tricks that I have been using to keep my blades sharp and my face smooth.
Keep your razor dry
It sounds almost too simple right? Why would keeping your razor dry have anything to do with extending razor life and sharpness? After all razors work best when wet, but the fact is that after shaving if you are not thoroughly drying your razor you are going to greatly reduce its lifespan. If a razor is not dried after use the excess water and condensation will quickly begin to corrode the razor resulting duller blades, more nicks and cuts and money down the drain.
Once you have finished shaving, simply shake the excess water off of the razor, and then pat it against a towel to ensure the blades remain dry. It is also good practice to store the razors outside of the bathroom, as the steam from regular showers will also create condensation to gather on the blades causing them to corrode at a faster rate. Store your razor blades in a dry area of your home to extend their shelf life and keep them sharp.
Sharpen your razors with a pair of jeans
Probably the best way to keep your razors sharp is to sharpen them with a regular old pair of blue jeans. If you have yet to hear about this simple trick let me explain to you how it works. Pushing the razor forward down the leg of a pair of jeans will sharpen the blades against the diagonally stitched threads of the jean fabric.
Quickly take your razor and rub it against the jeans 10 times in each direction. Be sure not to pull the razor back or in typical shaving fashion, you do not want to actually shave your jeans. Push the razor forward 10 times down, and 10 times up the pair of jeans. To be safe I would not recommend you try this with your favorite pair, test it out first on an old pair of jeans you have lying around.
Using these two techniques can greatly prolong the life of your razors. Just by using these two methods I on average am able to extend the life of a razor blade for at least 2 months, shaving my face every day without any noticeable blade dulling. One 6 pack of blades can easily last me a year, and with the high cost of razor blades keeping them sharp as long as possible saves me some serious cash.