Double Edged Safety Razors – The Blades

Double Edged Safety Razor Cartridges

For various reasons, I’ve decided to try shaving with an old-fashioned, double-edged safety razor. One part of the appeal is price. Most plastic cartridges razors cost around $2/cartridge, or $1 at the Dollar Shave Club.

At local grocery stores, plain old razor blades were 10 for $15, which is nuts. I bought a 120 pack of blades on Amazon for $19, so about 16 cents per blade. Can’t beat that.

Breda asked if I also bought Band-Aids in bulk. I didn’t (smartypants), but after shaving with one of these blades I walked straight to the kitchen and wrote styptic pencils on the grocery list.

But what a close shave. Here’s hoping that over time I’ll either get much better at shaving with a DE, or slowly, bloodily carve my face into a shape that’s better for DE shaving.

4 Responses to Double Edged Safety Razors – The Blades

  1. DaddyBear says:

    It’s a learning curve. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder why you took so long to switch.

  2. Ritchie says:

    I went through the same cycle. Look for a razor that’s had its patents expire, and the carts cloned by someone like Wilkinson. Cloneblades by Wilkinson for the Gillette Trac II run a few bucks for a ten pack.

  3. I’ve been running an old Gillette with Feather Platinum blades exclusively for several years now. I tried the straight blade thing and couldn’t really get the hang of it. I may still try again. Welcome to the club!

  4. Les Jones says:

    At some point I’d like to try a straight razor. The DE is a warmup step while I whittle my face down smoother.