Cleaning A Blade?


Eran writes: “I use Crystal blade.  I was wondering how do I rinse and clean them after each shave. Do you have an article or video about it?
Also, on the paper wrapping each blade piece it says not to shake but just to rinse and let dry – what does it mean?
Also, how much force should I put when shaving in a 30 to 45 degrees angle?”

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Oh, the Chinese Razors I’ve Known! (A Romantic Comedy)

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It’s fairly common knowledge that I’m a frugal shaver. I love the idea of getting good value, and, in the last year, I have been sucked in by the low-risk proposition of buying Chinese-made razors, with the potential to get a real bargain, a real steal – sort of a penny-wise, pound-foolish flim-flam. Not surprisingly, it looked like I was destined to be unlucky in my lovelorn quest for cheap-but-good shaving implements. Then something changed. My story with Chinese-made razors became a boy-meets-razor, boy-quits-razor (over and over), and then, finally razor-hooks-boy tale.

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Interesting Shaving Links This Week


I would like to publicize some really good shaving-related links I’ve seen very recently:

How To Store Your Straight Razor (Why I Wet Shave)

What Is Triple Milled Soap And Is It Better? (Soaper|shaver)

The Big Three (razor) Design Factors (Shave Like Grandad)

6 Products In Your Bathroom You Won’t Believe Don’t Work (Cracked) (Yes, Cracked.  It’s actually a pretty good article.)

Are Wet Shaving Subscription Boxes For You?

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Shaving subscription boxes seem to becoming a “thing” these days.  At first they were more of a replentishment program first introduced by companies like Raz*War, made popular by Dollar Shave Club, and refined by companies like Bevel.  Then an offshoot appeared, providing sample products more closely targeted to the traditional wet shaving market.  Let’s take a look at some of those offshoots.

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Safety Razor Design and Construction – Alloys


Necessity is the mother of invention. Straight razor shaving was not safe in a lurching train lavatory without risk of serious injury.  Early safety razors were invented  at the end of the 19th and turn of the 20th century.  The razors were 3 pieces (sometimes 2) and the design is still in production and use.  Later in the 20th century ,the one piece, or Twist To Open razor was invented, and both 3 piece, and TTO razors are still in use.

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