I recently had the revelation that I had been buying the same razor blades for nearly two decades. I never really thought anything of it. They sent me the handle and a cartridge for free in the mail, and I just kept buying refills. For 20 years. Mach 3 Turbo. At some point I started getting them by the case from the likes of Costco, at great expense, but I never really spent time thinking about it. Before that, I used cheap disposables.
Then, a few years ago, Dollar Shave Club started to become a thing, but I still didn't think much about it. Then Harry's started being a sponsor on This Week in Tech, and on one of my long Tampa round-trips listening to it, I wondered why I haven't ever changed my shaving routine. Two things came to mind: That I definitely don't change the razors often enough, resulting in facial carnage, and was the Mach 3 Turbo any good in the first place?
So what the hell, I decided to try Harry's, and I promised myself to figure out how many shaves I could get before my face got irritated. The first thing I noticed was that it was a much, much closer shave. Then I noticed how much less my skin ended up itchy or red. I'm kid of pissed that I've been doing it wrong for literally half of my life.
The verdict is that I can get about three or four shaves, plus one "manscaping" session, out of each blade. I only shave every other day. That's more or less one cartridge per week, and at a little under two bucks, I don't know why I didn't start doing it sooner.