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Gift Lab: How to Get the Perfect Shave

August 27, 2013

Jeff | UncommonGoods Customer Service

Research
I shave every other day, occasionally back to back days, and end up spending $40.00 to $50.00 using disposable blades such as Mach3 and Proglide. Usually after two shaves the blade does not give a close shave at all. I heard the Razor Pit Sharpener will solve this problem and save me lots of $$$$.
Razor Pit Razor Sharpener

Hypothesis
I am curious to see if there truly is some way to extend the life of my disposables; everything I have heard and read about the Razor Pit Sharpener makes me hopeful this is the tool to use.
Sharpen your Razor

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Experiment
Pretty simple stuff here, you can use a squirt of shaving cream or soap to lather up the surface of the Pit. You then push your razor FORWARD–five or six times will do. I found that pushing it once, then rubbing the shaving cream around so it covers the entire surface again, then doing my second push and so on to the fifth or sixth push. Then I ran the blade under COLD water for a few seconds (cold contracts the metal, which is good. My own tip). Then you shave!!!
Jeff Shaving | UncommonGoods

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Conclusion
No kidding, this is incredible! The four (very old, perhaps a few months) blades I tested on each gave me a shave that is just about the same as a brand new blade. I used it for two weeks, then shaved once more with a brand new blade. I found no difference between the Razor-Pitted blades and the brand new one. While I suppose that I will eventually have to buy new blades, I can certainly see my costs being at least half, so I will have paid for my pit within two months.
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10 Comments

  • Reply Jen August 28, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Jeff rocks, by the way. He’s a customer favorite!

  • Reply Micro Touch One December 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for sharing this post. It seems like you can save money by using a sharpener instead of replacing razor heads.

  • Reply Jenn April 10, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Can you use this with a straight blade razor? The person I am thinking of buying this for just uses a free straight-blade, but I’m not sure what the benefit of this product would be on that…?

  • Reply jplc May 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    This is not recommended for a straight razor. A straight razor should be polished and cleaned with a leather strop before every use.

  • Reply Kim December 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Will this work well for the old fashined double edge razors?

  • Reply Cassie December 10, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Kim,

    This product is meant for modern disposable razors, so it’s not recommended for the old-fashioned straight-edge kind.

    Cassie

  • Reply dreamngo4it9 December 13, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Does this work for women’s razors?

    • Reply Cassie December 14, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Yes, this can be used with any disposable razor or disposable blade attachments for conventional razors.

  • Reply Sam Conner February 25, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Jeff needs to check his science, he said “Then I ran the blade under COLD water for a few seconds (cold expands the metal, which is good. My own tip).”

    When in fact cold contracts metal and heat expands it but only slightly.Even though it certainly would not affect a razor in anyway.
    :-/

    • Reply Marisa March 11, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Sam,
      Thanks for the correction. We changed it in the blog post. Consider yourself an honorary proofreader!

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