Blade Marathon Secrets

Created: 2020/5/7 :: Modified: 2021/1/28

I've been asked quite a bit what I do to get so many uses out of a blade. I'm going to keep this page as my master list of info covering this question.

My Blade Marathon/Hypermiling Credentials

I have taken one blade to 337 uses, as of today (Nov 1, 2020), and another, a Feather, is old: in his 60s. Several others are in their 30s. The Feather's high numbers are especially noteworthy because many claim Feathers dull more quickly than other blades.

I've been using my Nacet since 2018, just before August. So it has definitely not been used consecutively.

So while I may have some of the highest usage numbers you've seen, it's just been with mainly one blade so far. A marathon takes a long time to run, as it turns out.

But, I'll share with you my experience, best guesses, and theories, and we'll see if that is any help.

So, how do I do it? Well, the first two, I believe, are the most important...

Theories and/or Things I cannot confirm are having any effect:

What I don't do:



Do you just do a one or two pass shave, to cut down on the blade wear?
Nope. In fact, for most of the blade's life, I do a 3.5 or 4 pass shave.
Do you have a sparse beard, or very thin hair?
After seeing many men's beards, I think my density is average. It might be a tick sparser than average: like maybe a 4 instead of a 5 on a scale of 10. But the coarseness of my hairs seems to be average or even a little more wiry than average.