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.
I have no connection to Razorpit, by the way.
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