I was watching YouTube today and came across a gentleman who tosses his blade after every shave. He didn't seem to have a particularly heavy beard. I was wondering if anyone else follows this formula? I typically get 4-5 shaves per blade.
Like you I seem to prefer the second shave on a new blade. The gentleman in question seems to use a variety of top shelf blades. As you say an expensive business with Feathers! But as in all things YMMV!I think most blades I have tried work best after the first one because they seem to smooth out. Maybe they are very cheap blades, or maybe the shaver gets worse results after the first shave? Depends on the blade and the shaver I guess. Hope they are not Feathers, that would get expensive fast...
I think one pass was more common then for exactly that reason. We are gifted now with incredibly efficient, very long lasting stainless steel blades that are dirt cheap and provide the ability to perform numerous multi-pass shaves. You just can't do that with any typical carbon steel blade of the era (at least I can't)My father when he was DE shaving back in the 1950's and the 1960's used to get weeks out of one blade. Times were tough money wise, but he also never shaves ATG. Maybe that is why he got so long out of a blade.
Yes with the latest offerings from Gillette up to £3.00 GBP per blade you could probably use a new blade each pass and still save money lol!Using a new DE blade for each shave can still mean that shaving this way is not expensive. Using each blade twice would make for a considerable saving.
Depends on the razor.I was watching YouTube today and came across a gentleman who tosses his blade after every shave. He didn't seem to have a particularly heavy beard. I was wondering if anyone else follows this formula? I typically get 4-5 shaves per blade.
The coatings that make the blade slide easier over the skin and trough the whiskers also get on the very edge, thus blunting it. It takes a shave (stropping, basically) to get it off the edge.I haven't found a stainless steel blade yet that wasn't better on its second shave (even third in many cases) than the first. I could probably do the shave-and-toss with the Treet black carbon steel blade, which I find gives its best performance on the first shave. Otherwise I would be tossing perfectly good shaves in the bin.