blade buddy

I’ve been looking for a way to keep razor blades sharp longer for quite a while now. I tried a bunch of stuff that I read online such as:

– Blow drying the blades to keep them dry after use
– Wiping them on a piece of denim (a few people do this on YouTube)
– Wiping them on a towel after use
– Storing the blades in jojoba oil

Of the above methods, only storing them in jojoba oil seemed to keep them sharper longer. However, the oil would sometimes get a little gross so I decided to see if there were any other good options.

I recently purchased the Blade Buddy and decided to give it a shot. The instructions on the Blade Buddy tell you to apply some shaving cream to the Blade Buddy and gently glide the blade up the surface of the Blade Buddy 15-20 times before each shave. This sounds like it would be a pain, but it really wasn’t bad at all. I use Gentle Cleanser for my shave cream so I just put some of the lather from that on there and did as instructed.

I started using the Blade Buddy on January 12. It’s been 1 month. I started with 2 separate blades which I exchanged daily. I alternated each day for the past month, one day using the first blade without the Blade Buddy, and the next day switching the blade to the second blade and using the Blade Buddy as instructed, then switching back to the first blade without using the Blade Buddy and so on…

I put a new blade under my microscope here at the office and took a picture of a new blade on January 12 before I started. Here it is:

new blade Jan 12

After 15 days of using the first blade without the Blade Buddy, this is how it looks:

no blade buddy blade

After 15 days of using the second blade with the Blade Buddy:

with blade buddy

You can see that the blade I used without the Blade Buddy has many more pits and imperfections. The blade that I used with the Blade Buddy appears smoother and newer.

This leads me to believe this product actually does do something. However, I really can’t notice a difference when shaving yet. If I were to try a blind shave test as it were, I don’t think I’d be able to tell the difference. I’ll keep testing for another month and we’ll see how it progresses. This is kinda fun…

[Note: I am not in contact or related to Blade Buddy in any way.]

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