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First off, take a look at this 1-star Customer Review at Amazon. The guy gave an honest review, stating his personal experience with the product in question, and he was contacted by the manufacturer by email, not on the public review forum, and asked to remove or revise his review! That is downright unethical and highly suspicious. I interpret that alone as indicating that their product couldn't be that good and is probably nothing but hype. And they don't even have the integrity to refute his claim with solid evidence on a public forum.
Second, all this product does is strop just one side of a row of blades. I have a straightedge that I strop on BOTH sides, just like with any blade, be it a knife's, a chisel's or a razor's. The theory is that the blade's edge has microscopic 'teeth' or irregularities that are bent outwards on both sides of the edge, and this is what reduces the sharpness of the blade. The strop 'straightens' or breaks off the protruding 'teeth', thus restoring the edge. If you strop just one side, like this tool does, you get a thin 'wire' that curves on the opposite side. You can actually feel this with your finger. Stropping the opposite side then breaks the wire so you get a straight edge. Hence the need of stropping BOTH sides of the edge, not just one. I think the manufacturer's video, showing an animation of the entire length of the blade being bent backwards by soft hair is ludicrous. I'd love to see some SEMs of this phenomenon, before and after, using the vaunted product.
The reviewer goes on to say that he has gotten better results by stropping on a towel. There are other reviewers who recommend using denim for the same purpose. I think $20 is way too much for this product and there may be better FREE alternatives.
The real issue I have with the stropping idea is that it only gets you so far. The main issue with blade degradation is oxidation, corrosion. Stainless steel or not, steel rusts, plain and simple, especially at the microscopic level.
What I have been doing for years is to rinse the blade with hot water, shake it briskly, towel dry it, and, most importantly, dry it with a hair dryer on high for about 20 seconds on each side. You can see beads of water surfacing and evaporating. I get many months out of one blade this way. As a control, I have gone on trips with a new blade and no access to a hair dryer and the blade is dull after a week. Drying the blade is the most important step you can take to prolonging blade life.
For those whose tap water is quite hard, the method you use would make the blade dull due to mineral deposits that form on the cutting edge. You best bet if the water's quite hard is to swish the razor's head in high-proof rubbing alcohol (90% or 99%). The alcohol displaces the water and then when you put the razor on the shelf, evaporates immediately, leaving the blade dry (and no mineral deposits on the cutting edge).
Actually my water is very hard and this has had no effect. The force of the dryer sends beads of water up front and evaporates them before my eyes. I still get 4-6 months of use from a blade. You would only get lime scale if you didn't use a dryer, or in your case, alcohol, as the thin film of water would dry in place. I doubt that the alcohol 'displaces' the water. It only mixes with it and dilutes it. But I may try this in addition to drying it with the hair dryer. It certainly couldn't hurt. Thanks for the suggestion.
Just to be a contrarian....My wife bought me a vintage straight razor for Father's day. I love it. The best shave ever, after a steep but quick learning curve. I love the concentration and process.
And I agree with some of the concerns about one sided stroping. A kitchen knife would be ruined in a matter of months with this kind of action.
I must be one of those lucky guys where a high frequency Panasonic ES8019 electric razor serves all my shaving needs. I've used my current electric razor for close to ten years I'm guessing.
Razorpit is a product that does the exact same thing. They seem to explain it quite well on their website. I've been using mine for about 2 years and have used about 4 blades for my Gillette Fusion Proglide.
Holy cow, this one's €25, and you have to get it from Europe!
Wrong solution. Switch to a double-edged safety razor. My DE blades cost me less than $5/year. For the price of the blade buddy I can buy more than 4 years' worth of blades AND actually enjoy my shaves.
I use a Merkur double-edge safety razor and it rocks. Apply shaving oil and you won't nick yourself.
I've been using a double-edged safety razor (a Merkur Futur) for about three years, but I wouldn't recommend it for everyone. It takes longer, I nick myself more often, and it doesn't necessarily give you a closer shave. I use a disposable when traveling, and am always perfectly happy with the shave it gives me, particularly because I can finish up by shaving against the grain (something which would guarantee nicks with my Merkur).
The Merkur Futur is an aggressive razor and does give some people problems. Let me recommend the iKon Shavecraft #101 open-comb, or the Weber polished head, or the Standard razor. All of those are "mild-aggressive": mild and comfortable on face skin (much more so than the Futur) and aggressive and efficient on the stubble. All of those are around $70-75: mild-aggressive razors tend to cost a bit more.
You quite possibly already know that there is much variation from brand to brand among DE blades, but I would also add you have to do some testing of various brands whenever you get a new razor to discover which brand(s) work best in the new razor.
Could you add some description of what mechanism is employed by this device that imparts its magic to the blade? Is it a cleaning process? Is it a drying process? Is it an application of silicon to the blade to keep it from oxidizing? My understanding is that what really causes blades to deteriorate quickly is that they're wet when you finish with them. Many people suggest storing the razor in an oil (mineral/baby/cooking) or else some kind of alcohol solution to keep away the oxidation.
You are using the silicone to "Strope" the blade and further hone the edge much like you might do with a straight razor and a leather strap or a piece of taunt denim.
I wholeheartedly agree. It is just a one-sided strop. I have a straightedge and that is stropped on BOTH sides, the theory being that you are 'straightening' or maybe removing microscopic 'teeth'. If you strop only one side, you can feel the cupped 'wire' edge on the other side by running your finger downward. The strop is meant to break this 'wire' and renew the sharp edge. Stropping on one side can't really do much good IMO.
Oil is pointless: the blades are made of stainless steel, and then they are also coated. Oxidation is not a problem.
Good point -- I don't know anything about the metallurgical properties of the blades I use or the quality of the coatings on them. I do know that they're in the business of selling you replacements, so their incentive is to have a lifetime just long enough for customers to accept them, and not one hour longer.