At some time or other, most of us have fallen victim to cutting ourselves whilst shaving. What inevitably happens next is several minutes of toilet paper dabbing, desperately hoping that the blood dries before we have to rush out the house to work, followed by a day of feeling rather sheepish about the small cuts peppered around your face. Not good.
But fear not, here at Cornerstone, we’re here to help. Our advice – use a sharper, quality made blade, and you’ll get fewer cuts. Yes, it might seem a little counter-intuitive but a sharper razor will actually reduce the odds of nicking yourself each morning.
The way it works is this — a sharper blade cuts through stubble more easily, this means you can make fewer, low-pressure passes over your face to shave each morning. If you allow your blade to become dull and (if you look under a microscope) jagged, then it won’t cut as well — it’ll mean you either have to press harder or pass it over your skin more times to achieve the same clean shave effect. It’s worth pointing out that razors are made from sharp metal, so applying unnecessary force or making additional sweeps over your skin simply ups your chances of cutting yourself.
The same is true in the world of knives — well-known brands such as Buck and Sabatier advise their customers to keep their blades sharp through regular maintenance — the keener the edge, the easier it is to chop things and therefore less force needs to be applied — the chance of an accident happening diminishes dramatically.
So the question is, how often should you change your razor blade to make sure it is kept sufficiently sharp? Well the answer is that everyone’s stubble and shaving technique is different, and so blades dull at different rates for different people. As a rule of thumb, as soon as you feel a razor blade tugging on your face it’s time to change — it’s only a matter of time before you start needing to press harder or make multiple passes over your face — running the risk of cutting yourself. We change our razors every Monday morning to keep things simple, but ultimately it’s up to you — just don’t try and eek out that blade for longer than you should — toilet paper plasters aren’t a good look.