Years back, comic books ran an advertisement with the headline, “They Laughed When I Wound Up My Razor!”  The Thorens Riviera model, shown here at the nice museum site Simply Switch On…!, most closely resembles the one I remember.  There were a couple of paragraphs discussing the advantages of a wind-up mechanical razor.  Of course, some off-the-grid enthusiasts would salivate at the prospect, although most of them probably just grow beards and trim them with various implements.

But something new is afoot!  Or should I say, aface?  There’s a new method for extending the life of a razor by drying it, first with a towel or tissue and then with an electric hair dryer for a brief time.   This method was described on the Clark Howard radio program, as reported here by the Chicago Tribune:

The concept is this: Razor blade dullness stems more from oxidation, microscopic rusting, than from contact with whiskers. Water that sits on blades between shaves causes the oxidation.

Anecdotal evidence shows that it works….razors do last a lot longer when kept dry, at least in my experience.

Now, some people might be thinking that they are going to be using a lot of power to dry their razors, but I’ve done some calculations. If you dry your razor for 2 minutes with a 1,000 Watt hair dryer every day, at 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, you will spend about $1.20 a year. If you just dry it for a few seconds, then we are talking pennies a year. A full life-cycle analysis would have to include all costs (including environmental) of producing and disposing of a razor, but this still seems like a big savings if it doubles or triples the life of a razor, which appears to be quite feasible.