How long do DE blades last

Longevity of the DE Blades


This page intends to inform a wetshaver using a Double Edge safety razor on how many shaves they should expect from a DE Blade. This question is often asked on the forum and many users did polls on it[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]. We first need to define a few items before we can conclude on something specific.

First, there are a few factors to consider before this question could be answered:
  • Number of passes
  • The blade itself
  • The area of the shave (mustache, goatee, full beard)

What defines a shave (number of passes)?


A shave is defined by the user itself. It consists of the whole shaving session. The shaving session could contain 1-2-3-4 or more passes. The number of passes will affect the longevity of the blade.

The blade itself


Each blade, like any DE Razor, is different. Some blades will give a smoother shave where others simply won't. Same goes for the number of shaves[13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19]. Some blades might give you 2 shaves where others might give you 7 shaves. The same blade could give you 2 shaves where another wetshaver would get 7 out of it. From the package of 5 or 10 blades that you bought, some blades might give you 3 shaves and the next one in the package might give you 5 full shaves.

The area


Another thing that will affect the shave is what you are shaving. If you have a mustache and let say you do 3 passes, you won't shave a small amount of hair for 3 passes where another user would. In the end, it could mean a full shave extra compared to someone else.

So, how long do DE blades last?


Considering that most users do 3 passes and a full face shave. The average of the popular brand razor blades is 3 shaves. Now, keep in mind that YMMV, this is an average. It doesn't mean that you will get 3 shaves out of each blade. You might get more, you might get less.[20] [21] [22] [23] [24]