Blade Bank - Double Edge Razor blade Disposal

March 01, 2017

Blade Bank

After your first few safety razor shaves it's time to switch out the double edge blade.  It's not a good idea to just throw the razor blade in the garbage, so what do you do?  A Blade Bank is the answer.

What is a Blade Bank?  


Blade = Double Edge Razor Blade + Bank = Instead of depositing money in the bank you deposit razor blades.

It's simply a small container that is used to dispose of old safety razor blades.  Most people will use a double edge blade for 3-5 shaves and then replace it with a new one.  The Blade Bank provides storage for the old used blades.

Where to buy a Blade Bank


They can be found on Amazon and through a few online retailers.  The most common banks are by feather and Muhle.

DIY Blade Bank ideas


For the DIYer type you might resort to creating your own.  It's relatively simple to build from everyday household products and will cost less than any commercial version.  

Be careful when creating a DIY version because you need a safe way to store the blades not just a place to store them.  If you have kids or grandchildren running around the house make sure you consider the safety factor of the Blade Bank.

Here are the most common Do It Yourself versions.

1.)  Used pill container.  
     Pros - The safety mechanism is built into the container, if you have a used pill container around the house then you have a free blade bank, It's easy to store
     Cons - Doesn't hold as many blades as alternative DIY versions, It's a hassle opening while disposing your old blades.
     Upgrade - If you like this option it's easy enough to print out a label of your choice to wrap around the bottle.  This will improve the aesthetics and make sure you don't mistake your blades for pills.

2.)  Altoids Container
     Pros - Cheap enough to buy if you don't have one already, holds many many blades (too many for me to count), easy to open, looks cool
     Cons - Not very safe for people that have children in the house
     Upgrade - Super Glue the lid down and cut a small slot in the top to dispose the blades.  This improves the safety factor.

Summary

Regardless of what idea you choose it's better than disposing in your trash can.  Once you fill your DIY used pill version, the altoids version, or the feather blade bank from Amazon it's time to find a facility that will take them.

Call around to your local scrap yards and ask if they will accept used double edge safety razor blades.  Once you find a place then take the full container there.  You won't need to do this more than a few times a year max.  The result is keeping sharp and dangerous used blades out of landfills.

If you haven't yet ventured into this world you might want to checkout our  Wet Shaving Products  to learn more.



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