Replacement electric razor foil

Does anybody know an inexpensive way to replace the surface foil on an electric razor? I think it's called foil anyway; it's the metal part that contacts the skin and is a mesh of small holes for beard hair to pass through. The raw foil stock must be relatively cheap to fabricate; maybe there is a way to get a sheet of it and put it on the original frame from the shaver.

Most replacements are almost the price of a whole new shaver. And I haven't even found a replacement for my modified, ancient Braun system 123.

After the shaver died I resurrected it and made it solar powered by tearing out the charge circuitry and batteries and replacing them with two batteries and a diode that plugs into a small solar panel from a garden light. This worked perfectly for years until the foil wore through last week.

lemonie4 years ago

The foils are expensive because you can't DIY to the same on the same money.
Get a new one or switch to blades.

snotty (author)  lemonie4 years ago
I'll keep thinking about it.

There's only this one thing wrong with an otherwise near perfect device
+1. Sorry, but this is almost a cliche in the advertising biz: "Give away the razor to get them hooked on your system, then make a profit selling blades." That's not as true for electrics as it is for blade systems, but they want their profit stream.

You could switch to a Norelco-like system. Those don't use thin screens, so nothing tears; the self-honing just stops being as effective. I've found the screen design gave me a slightly better shave, but that depends in part on your own face.
Blades for me, cheap blades...

rickharris4 years ago
I agree