Four years ago, we shared a tip from Terry "Doc" Pundiak in Easton about how to keep your razor sharp.
Terry rubs the blades backward over his forearm, allowing him to stretch one razor cartridge out for about two years.
One of our editors gave it a try and said it didn't work. But he has pretty hairy arms.
Fortunately, we have an alternative razor-life-extension tip from Ed Legg in Breinigsville. And this tip doesn't entail taking a razor to your forearm.
"Read your column every week and thought you might use my tip," Ed said.
Ed, if you read On The Cheap every week, surely you realize we don't exactly set a high bar here.
"I hate buying disposable razors because they are very expensive," Ed said. "My trick is to keep a small pill jar filled with WD-40, sprayed into the jar until it becomes liquid. I wash the razor when I'm done shaving, tap it a few times, and then use a Q-tip in the jar to apply WD-40 to the razor. This helps prevent the oxidation of the metal which is what dulls the edge so quickly. My blades stay sharp a long time."
Some of you are probably rummaging for a can of WD-40 right now. Is there anything this stuff can't do?
Ed shows his technique in a video at http://www.mcall.com/onthecheap. To get the WD-40 into liquid form, he uses the straw spray extension and puts it directly into the empty pill bottle. You get a lot of foam when you spray, but when the foam settles you'll have a small amount of liquid in there. It's a lot like pouring a frothy mug of beer.
Ed said a disposable razor designed for a few uses will last you several weeks if you try his tip. We did some number-crunching in the On The Cheap lab and figure this would save you $1,196.45 over 20 years.
That would buy a lot of WD-40.
It also would reduce a lot of waste,
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Keep blades sharp
Cheapster: Ed Legg
Tip: Clean razors with WD-40
Estimated savings: $1,196.45 over 20 years