As the price of razor refills continued climbing and I was forced to stretch the use of every blade I was almost ready to give up and grow a beard just for budgetary reasons. Then I discovered this wonderful tip and my blade costs fell as quickly as the quality of my shave went up! I simply took the cardboard off the package the blades came in and laid it close to my razor. I filled this container with baby oil-I also store my unused blades in this reservoir-and after shaving I clean and rinse the razor well, then rest so the blades are immersed in baby oil. A blade that used to last maybe two weeks(I have a light beard) now lasts me 8-10 weeks, shaving just as often etc. plus I get a smoother shave. The oil fills the micro-pores in the stainless blades and stops the oxidation that usually takes place, dulling your blades even while they aren't being used. At least that's the theory I arrived at after using this method for 2 years and using two four-packs of blades, oh, minus the three unused blades I still have. In my six decades shaving I have tried all kinds of different approaches to face-hair care and this is the smoothest and most economical hands down! It will only cost you 99¢ and save you hundreds! Buy the $3 bottle of baby oil and 10 packs of refills and you'll be shaving for years after the Big One hits...
Step 1: Fresh Blade Edge-notice How Clean and Straight It Is!
This is a 5-blade razor's cutting edge on just one blade fresh out of the package. Notice those tiny little pits on the bevel portion. This blade is about 3X the thickness of a human hair. The cutting edge is the bright line with the bevel cut and blade on the right.
Step 2: After 3 Shaves!
OK, I had to flip this so the blade is on the left this time. You can see those tiny pits are now craters and the cutting edge is more like a saw than a knife! Unfortunately I am unable to supply a picture of a blade that had been stored in oil but I'm sure you can imagine how much better the blade looks if it's not corroding between uses-really you don't have to imagine, just look at the previous picture and feel how much smoother your shaves are now! So, if you're using a brush and hemp shaving soap as I do, soak your blades and save your dollars, by the time you're my age you'll have saved enough to pay someone else to shave you!