How To Clean Scissors Using Softener

Softener is the most important part in maintaining the sharpness of your shaving blades.

We spent the past few years helping customers all over the world keep their shaving blades sharp – and now, we wanted to share the tips we learned.

” You need a softener to get rid of dirt and grime, but you also need a softener to maintain the sharpness of your blades.”

We want to say thank you for sharing your expertise with us.

This is the first post on our blog, about the importance of a gentle, light application of a softener for maintaining a sharp blade. It was created by our very own editor, who was very happy to assist us.

But it wasn’t something we just came up with. We spent some time investigating, and it turned out that a lot of people were using a different type of softener on their shaving blades than we thought.  We’ve included a few pictures of the different softener types on the site to help you to figure out which one is best for you (we’ve written another article on the topic).  We’ll also tell you which types were better for our blade samples, to make sure that we were 100% accurate.

Note: When we say a “softener”, we mean any kind of liquid, like a liquid soap, body wash, or shampoo (like Dove) – whatever it is that has the highest water or oil content.

In any case, it’s important to get this right. As it makes the blade more likely to break after it’s been rinsed, you want it to be as light as possible and as gentle as possible.

However, we feel strongly that if you really have a great shaving experience with your blades, you already have quite a bit of experience and knowledge from having used them for a long time.  If you just use a softener, the results will be quite inferior compared to that of a sharp razor and a shave after using the Shave After Shave with your newly clean blades.

The other reason that the amount of the razor needed is very important, is that any kind of liquid tends to leave residue on the razor which will eventually build up, and can affect the quality of your shave (especially with razors with a lot of metal) – so this applies to both the hardeners and softeners.  If your razors are very clean, then you should be OK.  If you haven’t had many razors over a long period of time, then you may need to up your water and oil content with a good quality liquid, soap or shampoo – as it will leave your blades cleaner and more smooth, though you won’t necessarily get a better shave with them. Also, keep in mind that the water used for these posts comes from “pre-treated” water, which are very different from ordinary tap water – but it really doesn’t matter much, as the ingredients are identical (water and mineral deposits).  I will add more about this later on! 🙂 

Anyway, enough of the theory! Let’s start with a little more practical example, and then go on to use our experience for the next few posts.

Shaving with the new blade

A lot of people who are getting a shiny new razor just love to rinse it out, so that they can use it right away (without having to spend a couple of days rinsing it as they usually do).  They like to do the first couple of passes with the blade straightened.