January 22, 2008

Sharpen Old Razors with Save A Blade

We've blogged about a few products which claim to extend the life of your disposable razors. Can't say that we've ever really tried one, so we won't claim to be an authority, but I have to admit I'm a little skeptical. Plus, there's the chintzy marketing that often accompanies the products.

Anyway, here's another product called the Save-A-Blade which claims to give you 200 shaves from a single blade. Does it work? I don't know. But if the "As seen on TV" seal of approval carries any weight, perhaps it's worth the $19.95. (Doesn't the phrase "As seen on TV" seem like the "I read it on the Internet so it has to be true" of the 90s?)

Save A Blade's patented Micro Honing technology sharpens old, dull blades to like-new condition saving you hundreds of dollars every year and it works on all types of razors.

There's a little video on the Save-A-Blade webpage which says that it works with all razors, from single blade up to the five-bladed Fusion. For $19.95 it may be worth a try.

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Posted by Russell Neufeld at January 22, 2008 8:04 AM
Recent Comments

I bought mine at Walmart more than a year ago. I use it with any razor, including a fusion or a dollar tree razor. You change the penligght battery by removing the 3 screws on the back. I have no complaints. I would not buy one via the internet. Go to Walmart or Walgreens. Best $14 I ever spent.

Posted by: Steve at February 6, 2010 6:22 PM

i purchased 2 of these for $14.99 ea from the tv commercial had them for 2 weeks and they never worked again these in my opinion are not worth a quarter of what i paid for them i do not appreciate being ripped off like this

Posted by: arnold gavel at February 23, 2009 6:23 PM

Oh my God!! This thing is awesome. I used it to sharpen my MachIII razor that had been sitting on the ledge of my tub for months. It was so rusty that I'd only consider using it for a suicide attempt. Now, I just take some Nair and spread across my balls. I use the old MachIII to remove the stubble...smooth as a baby's bottom!!

Posted by: Dan at September 1, 2008 10:04 PM

i think that this is the biggest waste of time and do not reomend this to any one because someone with a brick for a brain would try this

Posted by: removed at August 18, 2008 12:40 AM

I tried this product and is absolutly SCAM. I put my Gillette fusion and it DID NOT change it at all and I had trouble putting my blade to make it work since there was not enought space on it. Conclusion, I wont recomend this product at all, unless you are curious to see the machine and give away 20bucks.

Posted by: Steve at July 31, 2008 7:08 PM

This news story and video helps demonstrate the products poor performance.

Posted by: jhamez at July 12, 2008 8:28 PM

Screw this product. Just get a Merkur.

Posted by: ReVeLaTeD at July 11, 2008 8:33 PM

Yeah I purchased this product and have nothing but negative feelings about the entire experience. It is true that you cannot sharpen old blades, but instead maintain new ones. The problem with these instructions is THE PRODUCT ACTUALLY DOESN'T DO ANYTHING BUT HARM THE BLADE RATHER THAN KEEP IT SHARPENED. I had a distinct feeling about this when my blades didn't last as long as they usually did. Upon closer inspection, the blades appeared to have imperfections on them that didn't have before. Granted, I did this inspection with the naked eye. I had confirmation on it when my local news station ran a story about this product and under their independent laboratory study proved that the save-a-blade system actually dulls and knicks the blade. This test was ran with blades that were both used slightly and not at all. They tested several different styles of blades(including mine) and of course inspected them BEFORE and after(obviously). DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. In fact, you'd be smart not to buy anything "As Seen On TV."

Posted by: Sean C. at June 28, 2008 11:22 PM

This email is in regards to one of the products sold on the web site named "Save a Blade". The instructions said to use this product with a new razor blade and not one that had been used several times. I sharpened a Mach III blade that had only one shave on it. While attempting to shave with this freshly sharpened blade, I thought my face was going to come off in big chunks? The blade obviously was so dull that it was one of the worse shaves I have ever had. To be fair, next time I shaved, I sharpened my Mach III blade that had only one shave on it, and once again the blade was so dull that I just put on a new blade and finished the shave!
I believe that I have followed all of the instructions that the manual called for to use "Save a Blade", and I am left feeling like I have once again been ripped off by a (buy on TV product)! I guess the old saying is true,"If it sounds to good to be true it probably is".
S. Hacken

Posted by: Wackedhack at April 30, 2008 8:08 PM

I purchased the Save A Blade for a friend of mine who uses Gillette Mach 3 blades. The product DOES work like it's advertised. And the battery is replaceable, although you'd have to use a phillips screwdriver to open the unit up. Replace the battery, make sure the cutter is on the gears properly, put it back together, and you're back in business.

Posted by: Toby Radloff at April 11, 2008 7:23 PM

I bought one at Walgrens a couple of months ago and after using it for the first week, I was going to take it back. It seemed to dull the blade rather than sharpen it. After fiddling with the clamp I noticed that my blade did not fit inside the holder exactly the same way every time and I think this is important in order to properly sharpen the blade. Therefore I removed the spring loaded clamp and place the blade in the holder as far up the opening as possible while still keeping it absolutely flat in the holder. The difference was remarkable. It sharpens to almost 100% and I have had 40 daily shaves already with the same blade. For me, once I got the clamp problem out of the way, the product worked. Other blades may fit better without removing the clamp by my Sensor Blade didn't.

Posted by: Dave at April 8, 2008 10:16 AM

This morning, I made the mistake of walking through Walgreen's "As Seen on TV" aisle and the Save A Blade caught my eye. I'm one of those guys that hates buying new blades because they're too damn expensive for as long as they last. I've seen the infomercials and was intrigued by the animated video that they showed. The premise behind the product seemed sound to me. So, I spent the $19.95 this morning and then used it on my Gillette Fusion Power.

The damndest thing happened when I used it on a blade that's been in my razor since last summer (yes, I'm a glutton for punishment), it actually worked. It's the closest shave I've had since last summer.

Believe it or not, this product actually works. I feel much better about spending $20 on this product.

Posted by: Tim at March 10, 2008 12:49 PM

what we need is a sharpener for braun cutter blocks.
there should be no need to replace these cutters and i bet can be relatively easy to do.

Posted by: dale at January 29, 2008 12:39 PM

Just to give everyone some more info on it, I did buy this product from Walgreens about 2 weeks ago.

First off, do know that though it is battery operated there is no way to change out the battery yourself (short of cracking it open).

Secondly the product manual tells you NOT to use it with razors that are very old but rather maintain your current,reasonably new razor with it for a sharper shave.

My experience so far, subjective as it may be, is that it doesn't exactly bring my razor to 100% brand-new feel but I can say with some certainty that it is sharper than it would be w/o (about 65-70% of original sharpness of the blades)

I bought it from Walgreens and am using a new Fusion..fits fine no issues.

Posted by: MZK at January 23, 2008 3:38 AM
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