Lynnae recently asked how people had fared with products “As Seen on TV”. As a rule, I’m skeptical of such products. I’ve had a very good experience with the Diva Cup. It’s not an “As Seen on TV” product, but it sometimes gives you that feeling.
Recently, though, we experimented with one As Seen on TV product, the “Save-A-Blade.” This was a $20 sharpener for disposable razor blades. Growing up, I watched my parents sharpen our knife set, so when Micah suggested that this might be worthwhile I said “Why not?”
I know, sharpening disposable razors sounds a little weird but if it works it makes financial sense. Just bringing a razor back to its original sharpness, expanding its life, would save us more than $20 if the sharpener lasted even a year.
So we gave it a go and got one from CVS.
It certainly made a loud noise, as though it was sharpening. But Micah said that though it felt sharper for a second, it seemed like the sharpening had made the blade uneven. One group who tested the Save-A-Blade reported similar results.
He tried it both ways–sharpening a blade after its very first use and sharpening a blade once it had been used for a while. In both cases, the result was the same: ruined blade. So we wrote that off as a “could have been cool and frugal.”
This was our second unsuccessful attempt to save money on shaving. Now, you can extend the life of your razors by keeping them dry. You can also try the old-fashioned method of shaving with a straight razor.
What about you? Have you tried things “As Seen on TV”? Have you tried the Save-a-Blade? Were you happy or disappointed with the results?