If you’ve been around for a while you might recall a bit of a saga where I flirted with using a safety razor for a while and then went back to shaving with my 5-blade Gillette Fusion like a person with some Goddamn sense. The big knock against the Gillette cartridge razors and others like it is that they’re ruinously expensive, especially when compared against straight razors, safety razors, or cheap disposables.
The last time I bought cartridges, I labeled the little plastic things they come in. I bought a 12-pack of cartridges on July 23rd of last year. It cost me roughly $40 at Meijer; I note that I can get them for about $35 from Amazon if I wish.
I just yesterday loaded the last cartridge into my razor. It will last at least three or four weeks.
I shave my head every three or four days and my face at least five or six days a week. I will admit that I have a vandyke all the time and had a full beard for part of last year, but again: I shave my head. Nothing chews up a cartridge razor like shaving your head, guys. If I was just shaving my face every day the cartridges would have lasted longer.
This means that that $40 got me well over a year of comfortable shaves. That’s about nine cents a day, depending on how long this last cartridge lasts.
I don’t want to hear any more about my goddamn five-blade razors, thank you very much.