Sounds like it’s optional to me. My Henson gets used daily. I’ll save the thread wear and keep it screwed down.
Oh my gosh, why does it matter of he's used it out not? Some of the folks on this thread inquired about the ingredients used, and once they were listed, @Atlantic59 simply pointed out the similarity to other soaps. He didn't say that Canada is crap, in fact, he noted similarities to a couple very fine soaps. I don't see why his opinion on the ingredients used is any less valid than anyone's opinion on the performance.
I think it's to prevent rust on the blade, which can get on the razor.
Agreed. I leave all my razors slightly open between shaves. It helps with air drying.
I reached out to Henson directly. Here is the question I asked along with the response received on this matter:
In between shaves I notice in your FAQ section that it's recommended to loosen the handle to the point where the blade is no longer bending. Is the rationale behind this so all components dry properly? I would appreciate an official reply.
Answer: Yes, the idea in unscrewing the razor slightly is to allow airflow into the razor and blade between shaves.
The guidance is probably because if you leave the blade in and it doesn't fully dry where the blade sits against the razor, you have the potential for discoloration and/or deterioration of the finish on the base plate or cap. If you want to leave the blade in, I would guess you could remove it, blot it dry, wipe dry the base plate and cap, and put the blade back in.
I would bet that you could swap a blade over and tighten it and repeat this process many thousands of times and it would have zero impact on the integrity of the blade.but I wonder if using both sides with the blade bending opposite sides of the blade whether it would compromise the blade at some point before it dulled out?
The steel is tempered and can withstand much flexing during it life. Most blades are discarded well before they are likely to fail in bending....but I wonder if using both sides with the blade bending opposite sides of the blade whether it would compromise the blade at some point..
Good to know as I’m probably one of the few people that try to get 50-100 uses per blade with my favorites like Lab Blues, Nacets and GSBThe steel is tempered and can withstand much flexing during it life. Most blades are discarded well before they are likely to fail in bending.