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Have You Ever Seen A Slot In A Medicine Cabinet Like This?

Have you ever seen a slot in a medicine cabinet like this?

When I have inspections with younger buyers who are purchasing an older house I ask them.

Seldom do they know what the slot is for.

I don't remember a young person who did!

That slot comes from a bygone era.  And a bygone personal-hygiene implement.

It is a personal-hygiene implement that I have gone back to!

What is the implement?

The double-edge razor blade.  Those blades are very thin and flexible, and very sharp.  They could be dangerous thrown away in a trash can or encountered by children. 

The slot was for double-edge razor blade disposal!  Inside the wall, or in the crawl space, somewhere, there must be dozens of not hundreds of thrown-away, dull razor blades!  All slid into the special slot.

Sometimes the slot is labeled!  Not too surprising, it says something like, "Razor Blades."  Some even have a little arrow.

I remember a few decades ago when the single-edge razor blade came out.

It was in a stiff handle tool, and blades could be purchased separately to fit into the brand of tool you purchased.

Then the TV commercials came out to show how two blades close to and parallel to each other were superior as the first would cut, but pull out the whisker and the second would cut it off closer.  With the new double blade you would get a closer shave!

Everyone bought into the concept and the blades caught on!

I did too.  Like everyone else, I purchased packs of the double blades.  They would insert into my tool.  I had a shaving tool that I used for well over 20 years, a gift from my wife.

Then a couple of years ago the packs of double blades disappeared.

Why?  The new three-blade system came out!

That soon gave way to the wondrous four-blade shaver!

Then, wow, of all wondrous events, the five-blade shaver was born!

Well, five HAS TO BE BETTER than 2, or 3 or 4.  It simply HAS TO BE.  Am I right?  Are "they" right?

That was my clue.  For these years I had actually been buying the throw-away, two-blade shavers in a bag.  They work fine.

Then I got the idea that I am being duped.  What is wrong with one blade?  Really?  What is wrong with one blade!?  Or a double-edge ONE BLADE?

And I checked around for old-time, double-edge razor blade shavers, with the little doors that open and close.  And for packs of razor blades!

Behold!  I found there are many, many!  I picked one out with a longer handle, chrome plating and a brand name I recognized. 

My search for razor blades turned out to be similar!  There are many, many!  I picked out a pack containing 100 (YES, 100!!).  And boy, they are cheap!

Six weeks ago I bought a shaver and a pack of blades.  100 blades!  My learning curve was two days.  Judging from how long a blade lasts me that pack of 100 will last for years.  Yes folks, YEARS!

Have you seen how much these multiple-blade shaving systems cost?  And will cost over time?

Answer me this -- do you think this move from 2 to 3 to 4 to 5 is because it really produces such a better shave, or because you are making manufacturers lots, lots, lots more money?

Do you know how cheaply I will be able to shave for the next many years?  The answer is WOW!

My recommendation:  go old school!  Go cheap!  Go shaved just as well!  Go proud!  And stand up to these wizards of "innovation,"  who have not improved anything, but make much more money innovating!   STAND WITH ME IN OPPOSITION TO THE MULTIPLE-BLADE RIP OFF ARTISTS!  STAND WITH ME AGAINST TYRANNY!

This stand fits right in with my genealogy.  I am a Son of the American Revolution!  And it shows!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 30 commentsJay Markanich • June 02 2014 07:04AM

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Don't forget the many uses of that wonderful thin douple blade.

How else would anyone clean excess paint off a window??

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 5 years ago

I guess so Lenn!  And I have a bunch of them!  They are very thin little things, and really flexible.  I also have a pack of single edge in the garage, with the metal edge on one side, for scraping.  They work great too to scrape off the cook top!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Jay,

I remember Dad Cleaning off the blade CAREFULLY and then rubbing/swirling it on the inside of a dry drinking glass with his finger to kind of strop or sharpen both edges at once. Recently saw Clark Howard (guru of money saving) do a piece about saving on razors. You are in good company Jay.

Posted by Brad Rachielles, REALTOR, CDPE, Upland, CA (CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453) about 5 years ago

Stand up and fight Brad!  Join me!  And that other unknown fellow...

Interesting about sharpening the blades!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

I've been thinking of hunting for one of those old fashioned razors for my husband. The new "shaving systems" cost a fortune, and every now and then they change - making it necessary to buy a new "system" rather than just the replacement blades, which are too expensive too. I think the last time I bought replacements it was about $16 for 5. Crazy.

Oh, and yes, I DID know what that slot was for!

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 5 years ago

Thanks for the explanation, I had NO idea what that was!  Kinda gross to think of a bunch of old razor blades filling up the wall.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 5 years ago

Jay, I did know what that was but I guess I've been duped by those companies selling multi-blade disposables! I may have to rethink my purchasing and join the revolution! Hmmm.

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) about 5 years ago

I was thinking the same thing Kerrie said! Buying an old house and opening up the wall to find hundreds of used razor blades--I would have had no idea why they were in there! Thanks for the explanation! 

Posted by Whitney Watson (First Heritage Mortgage) about 5 years ago

It's a racket Marte!  Stand up and fight!  Maybe we should make T-shirts?  Maybe I can stand on a barricade with a flag!

There you go Kerrie!  I have heard stories of home inspectors running across them, or LAYING on them, in crawl spaces!  Wall cavities would otherwise be filled up!

Join us Tom!  And be happy!

If you google it you will see photos Whitney!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

You know I refuse to use electric - Just not manly.  I would really like to go old school with a Foam Brush and a straight razor.  The single blade is making a comeback.  Saw an add on TV for them the other night.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 5 years ago

It really is smart Gene, and inexpensive.  I have a foam brush, and have for years.  It's badger hair.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Jay, I actually did know what that slot was for!  And if they ever renovate that bath, someone is going to have to be REALLY careful.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) about 5 years ago

LOL, I never would have known what that slot was for.  I supposed the alternative is to grow a beard.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) about 5 years ago

We had one of those in our house.  You would think there would have been a removable tray behind it to retreive and dispose of the blades safely.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 5 years ago

I bet in the 40s and 50s nobody EVER thought the bathrooms would be renovated, Bliz!

It is Debbie.  Or throw the blades into the paper trash can!  Unsafe at any speed...

Cindy - but the idea was to get rid of them forever! 

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

     Gillette Blue Blade and Wilkinson Sword!  I used to wonder, "What will happen when they tear this house down and find a pile of razor blades in the wall?"     -

Posted by Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 5 years ago

We get the questions about clothes chutes and milk chutes.....have not seen this slick slit !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 5 years ago

Well I had seen the advertisement on the TV earlier but with your endorsement I'll go buy one this week

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 5 years ago

That seems to happen a lot Fred!  There are many photos on line!

On older properties I see them all the time S&D.  It's an interesting glance into our history.

James - I checked out that commercial and don't know as to the quality of the shaver.  But the blades are hugely expensive!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

You learn somethign new every day.  Personally, I am lazy and use an electric razor.  No shaving cream mess or worry about cutting yourself. 

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Rob - what works for you works for you!  Different strokes, as they say.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

I remember as a very young lad that our medicine cab had one of these.  I knew what it was even before I saw the photo.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 5 years ago

That's because we are around the same age William!  When I ask the younger set, they have no idea!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Yes I have seen those slots and I do know what they are for. So my question to you is, have you left the house with toilet paper stuck to your face? 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 5 years ago

I have Jim!  But not since I have been using the single blades!  Actually I have only been using this shaver for about 4 months.  And it was a bit of a learning curve, but not too long.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

I agree, going back myself. The old is becoming new again.

Posted by Mike Warfel, Associate Broker (Bauer-Reno & Assoc.) about 5 years ago

What goes around comes around Mike!

If you don't like today's fashion, wait a while.  It will change and something older will come back.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

I have thought about it, but have stuck with the 'cheap' double blade disposables.

 

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) about 5 years ago

I have noticed that blades from the same manufacturere (in the same package) last different lengths of time. One razor might last 5 or 6 shaves and the next only 3-4 shaves.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) about 5 years ago

Exactly.  They vary in quality.  I am back to the old school Than.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

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