Nearly everyone is (painfully) aware of the “razor and blades” business model – aptly nicknamed “bait and hook:”  the razor is inexpensive, and the blades are anything but.  I use a Gillette Fusion razor, and can only imagine the profit margins Gillette realizes from the blades – an eight pack is about $30.  That’s the good news, actually; the bad news is that the blades tend to dull quickly.

About a month ago I stumbled across the Razorpit, a razor blade sharpener, and ordered one from Amazon.  Although I have no definitive way of measuring the results one can obtain with it, it works.  Using it is simple:

In actual use, although the manufacturer recommends you give your razor four strokes on the Razorpit’s silicone bed, I usually do more – perhaps five or six.  The product is 4 star rated (out of a maximum of 5) at Amazon, and although not all reviewers are pleased with its results, the majority are.

How does it work?  Here’s the description from the manufacturer:

After every shave microscopic residue, like skin cells, water, and keratin is left on the blades. That causes them to feel dull. RazorPit uses a patented friction technology to clean off the residue and thereby leaving you with a clean and sharp razor blade. We have customers saving up to 90% on razor blades – But the average saving is around 60% a year.

Over the weekend I used it on my wife’s Fusion, which was quite dull (she leaves it hanging on a shower caddy – don’t do this, by the way – blades need to be kept DRY when not in use) and it transformed the blades from dull and “grabby” to reasonably sharp in a matter of seconds; I was able to shave comfortably with it.  When my Razorpit arrived, I was using the last of an eight pak of blades, and I’m still using that cartridge today.  I never could have gone this long with that cartridge were it not for the Razorpit.

One Amazon user (analytical type:  a math & science teacher) calculated that he’d been spending $97.50 a year on blades before using the Razorpit, and only $11.25 per year with the Razorpit.  I can’t suggest that would be true in everyone’s experience, but despite my initial skepticism, the thing seems to work well.  One thing to note, also pointed out by this user, is you need to apply the right amount of pressure to attain the best results.  The video above should provide you a good idea of how to do it.

Pricing on the Razorpit varies a bit at Amazon, but as of this writing it’s $18.50.  See it here:  Razorpit

I have no connection to Razorpit, by the way.

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2 Comments on Save money by resharpening razor blades with Razorpit!

  1. FredW says:

    I get about 3+ months use from a (quality) disposable razor. I rub it backwards on the inside of my arm (or the top of my thigh) about a dozen times before using (I shave in the shower). I don’t think there is any magic going on with the Razorpit — the main reason razor blades get dull is the edge gets bent. By stropping it, you smooth out these tiny imperfections — and also clean the blade.

    I keep the razor in a small container of mineral oil — that keeps moisture away when I leave it in the shower.

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  2. Adriano says:

    I have been using (not every day, though…) an electrical razor for the past 15 years at least and I don’t remember I have bought new blades – ever.
    When travelling I use an old Gillette safety razor – their blades (the classic flat double blades) cost less than 5 euro for a 10 blade package. Only drawback: it is slightly more difficult to find them now.

    Never ever tried the tech razors, also for price reasons. I could give a try if this Razorpit and FredW’s suggestions work…

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