Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: The southern armpit of California
I got tired of paying through the nose for multi-blade razors. That's when I discovered the old-school safety razor. And later, the straight razor.
So now, when I do shave I use a double edge safety razor, and sometimes a straight razor. IMO, a double-edge safety razor gives a better shave than the ridiculous multi-bladed razors marketed today. The only better shave is a straight razor. In the long run both options are less expensive than going with the plastic multi-blade razors.
Double-edge razor replacement blades are less expensive that multi-blade razors, and the used blades are 100% recyclable. You can find a wide range of blade quality and price to suit your need, and you can buy replacement blades in bulk and not break the bank. For "expensive" blades (like Merkur platinums) you might pay about $55 for 100 blades, or about $0.55/blade. Even if you are going through two blades a week, that's enough blades for almost a year. You're gonna be hard pressed to find a top quality replacement fancy multi-blades at that price. Mach3 blades generally sell for $36 for 15 blades, or $2.40/blade at Walmart.
All it takes to start is a one time investment into a good safety razor handle and a shaving brush and mug. There's no mystery or mystique to using a double-edge safety razor. Maybe a little learning curve for some, and a little trial and error to find the right blade for your beard/skin.