Key Truths You Should Know About Razors
- Many manufacturers are known for taking a loss on their products. They do this as a marketing strategy in order to make money on the accessories or after market products. Razor manufacturers take a loss on selling the razor handle in order to make money on selling you the refills, the razor blades. This same model is used by many companies in many different industries. Another example of this model is inkjet printers. Manufacturers take a loss on the printers themselves in order to make the bulk of their money on selling the inkjet cartridges.
- The razor industry has modified or “improved” cartridges/razor blade refills over the years in order to pursuade customers that more blades equal a better shave. Gillette introduced three-blade cartridges as an “improvement” over two-blade razors, then Schick introduced four-blade cartridges, later five-blade razors came out, some with lubricating strips, some even had vibrating handles. With every change or enhancement each were said to give a closer, more comfortable shave over previous models of razor cartridges or handles.
- It could be costing you several dollars each for blade cartridge refills. Buying cheaper blades could save you money but many consumers say the more expensive razors or cartridges with more blades are better or do provide a closer shave. To get the best value and to spend less money on cartridge refills is to make the blades last longer.
- There have been many different methods consumers have tried to extend the life of their blades. Many blade manufacturers have not wanted to discuss these methods as the more blade refills you buy, the more money they make. Some of these methods have been wild in an attempt to extend blade life. Some methods suggested across the internet have been to cryogenically freeze blades, some suggest storing blades in magnetic holders to avoid warping, placing your razor in a prism to take advantage of the earth’s magnetic properties.
- Some of the less “wild” ways of extending blade life have been to coat or submerge blades in various oils or rubbing alcohol. This costs more money and time to change out the oils or alcohol. Not to mention the mess this could cause by accidentally knocking over the container that you store the blades or the unsavory look of these containers in your bathroom.
- A much more simple method that has some science to support the best way to extend razor blade life, keep your blades dry after shaving. The science behind this is that most blade dullness is not from use of the blades during shaving but more so from moisture, oxidation or rusting. After use of a razor, if water is not removed from the blade or the blades are out in the open in a moisture filled environment such as a bathroom, this is a “perfect storm” for creating dull blades. Corrosion of the metal on the blades can cause the razors edge to flake off, become dull or even cause jagged edges. This can cause the blades to pull and tear instead of cleanly cutting the hair. This is the point where cartridges are thrown away and replaced with new ones.
- If keeping blades dry and void of moisture is the best solution for extending the life of the blades, this is were Razor Bed can help you save money. Razor Bed allows you to remove the water and moisture by quickly wiping the blades against the absorbent bed of the case. Then you simply lay your razor to bed by placing it in Razor Bed and closing the lid. This allows you to store your razors in the patented moisture protective case to prevent any corrosion of the blades, extending the life of your blades and saving you money in the process. One razor or cartridge can be extended by several months instead of needing to be discarded after a couple of uses. With Razor Bed you can save up to or even more than $100 per year.