Friday, April 08, 2005

Tired of paying for razor cartridges

I admit it. Typically, I'm in a rush and I dry shave with a Mach 3 razor. And I get razor burn from shaving too quickly. I don't hate it, but it definately isn't enjoyable. What I do hate is buying replacement cartridges for my razor. How did a 4 pack of triple blade cartridges end up costing more than the original razor?

I understand the economics, so don't feel the need to enlighten me.

I hate it so bad I started to look at alternatives, and I'm glad that I did. The first article I discovered was from MSNBC, which talked about getting a good, close shave. Here I was re-introduced to the shaving methods of my grandfather.

These methods require specific equipment: a double edged safety razor, a shave brush, shaving soap or shaving cream and possibly a shave mug or bowl. Examples of said equipment can be found at a site called Classic Shaving.

By this time, I'm thinking 'Cool - this is just the sort of thing I was looking for!' So I started looking for more sites, and more information. I came across this site, which tries to make wet shaving seem like a religious experience. I was somewhat disillusioned. The gear was nice, but he was somewhat elitist for my tastes.

However, I am going to give it a try. The wet shaving, that is. I doubt I'll get the ultra expensive equipment on these sites, at least right away. If I can get rid of the razor rash, AND ditch expensive cartridges, I'm already interested.


iTripped said...

So Holly read my blog, and the first thing she said was "You DRYSHAVE??!?!?" She's kinda big on skincare.

Anonymous said...

I personally think that there is going to be a paradyne shift in shaving during this next decade. Companies are coming out with Cryo-ed blades that last longer and new technologies that extend the life of the blades and provide a better shave. These technologies still use the Gillette and Schick high quality blades but a single blade can last 3-4 months.

I shave my head and blow through the blades (1 blade per week) and I bought a product call Razormax that claims to extend blade life. I found through experience that it does and this has saved me some serious money on blades. I was very sceptical but had a friend that swears by it and got me to try it. Do a search on Razormax or try and you should be able to find a site that sells it. - Steve Thompson

iTripped said...

That looks like an interesting product, but it will only survive if Gillette doesn't buy it up. Take for example Liquid Metal (ie. ) This company has a perfect product to make razor blades that last MUCH longer than existing ones, yet they extol the virtues of their product for just about everything else instead. Why? Because Gillette doesn't want them eating into their profits.