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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Rgarner, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    How impossible is it to switch out razor blades? A while back I ended up with some expensive "cartridges", only to find that they won't go on the handle. I'm pretty sure that they're the same brand. Is there a trick to making them fit?
     

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  2. dontpanicbobby

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    One of my Bros, "Last one still skating" might know....:thinking:
     
  3. Steven58

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    I would be curious to know the answer to this. My guess is that it's impossible because the blades are proprietary and have patents.
     
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  4. dontpanicbobby

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    Try Gillete. `Non-compensated' though they make them here in Boston.
    I saw that billboard too.
     
  5. Rgarner

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    I'm pretty sure it's at least partly Gillette. Is there maybe a way to glue them together, or maybe use magnets? Whatever happened to the OLD razors that could be resharpened? Those would probably be environmentally better, as well.
     
  6. PitCarver

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    Just did a quick look-see at the Gillette website and counted something like 10 different razor handles, with anywhere from 2 to 5 blades.

    Good luck.
     
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  7. mikedt

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    Just Google "straight razor" or "cutthroat razor'. They're still been made, and easily available. You have to be careful when shaving with one. Professional barbers often use them.
     
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  8. mikedt

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    Give away the handles, and charge a packet for the blades, but only our blades fit our handles. Proprietary lock-in or vendor lock-in is nothing new of course. Similarly with cheap printers, that require expensive ink cartridges, consoles and games, Apple products, etc.
     
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  9. olbriar

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    My grandfather was a barber. He gave me my first shave with a straight razor. I was old enough to remember the occasion but young enough that I was not in need of a shave. There he said. You can tell everyone that your grandfather gave you your first shave. :)
    So there you go. :) It started a fascination for the tool so I lobbied for and inherited most all of my ancestor's straight razors. They are all stored neatly in an old cigar box ready for my son to inherit.

    I've never attempted to shave with a straight razor. I used a safety razor for decades. I finally broke down and invested in a quality electric razor. The shave is sub par but it's a far easier / handier means to shave. Somehow I escaped the multi blade - handle specific razors as well as the disposable ones.
     
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  10. mikedt

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    I heard something about barber apprenticeships, not sure if true or not though, in that they have to lather up a balloon, and try and shave the lather off with a straight razor without the balloon popping. And they must do this before been allowed to shave a real face.
     
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  11. mikedt

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    Something to be aware of with razors, is fakes. Especially brand name ones been sold cheap, often online. Bought Gillette Mach 3s from a some local store here in Jinan, they looked aright, but were totally blunt.

    Usually I electric shave, but occasionally wet shave with safety razors.
     
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  12. olbriar

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    I have no clue but it sounds reasonable enough. I spent a lot of my summers as a kid in my grandfather's shop and witnessed many shaves. It was quite a process that had to be enjoyable to the customer. I doubt you could get a shave these days. Or a good shine for that matter. :)
     
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  13. Hadron

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    You could possibly glue them, but you'll only get to use one of them that way and then need a new handle.

    The high-priced disposable razor cartridge (with, as Steven points out, legal measures to stop anyone else making a compatible cartridge) is another example of how screwed-up our system is. It's immensely profitable in large part because the producer pays none of the costs of the waste it generates: those are "externalised" as the jargon has it, i.e. dumped on other people and the environment. Only one small example of that phenomenon, of course, but yes, a distasteful one.
     
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  14. Rgarner

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    I really hate that word "externalities". It's been around since the '60s, I guess, in economics. Finally some are admittimg that these are really "internalities", or to summarize an important idea from Cleveland Amory's Save the Earth: "in the air, on the land, in the water, nowhere is 'away'", and thanks also to Adbusters, the journal of the mental environment, publisher Kalle Lasn, in Canada.
     
  15. dontpanicbobby

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    Has anyone else experienced this?
    You buy a 4 pack of cartridges garunteed to last for two months for $30 USD. You follow the instructions on the package for the first month and a half, but that last cartridge is usable for two more months.

    Why don't we do that with every cartridge?
     
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  16. Hadron

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    I hate the word too. That's why I rarely miss the chance to point out that it means dumping their mess and costs on other people.
     
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