Sharp or Dull?

Have you ever heard people say that you're more likely to cut yourself when you shave with a dull razor than when you shave with a sharp razor?

They lie, they lie, they lie.

I never get any nicks shaving with a duller razor. I don't get razor burn with duller razors either.

But almost every time I break out a new razor and shave my legs I nick myself. I used a new razor yesterday, because at some point razors become too dull and don't do any good. I nicked my legs three (yes, three) different places.

I promptly hopped out of the bathtub, grabbed a robe, and ran into the living room to get my camera, and I took a picture for the benefit of my readers.

You know you're addicted to blogging when you start taking pictures of your own bleeding injuries.



That's Ralphie in the background. I think he wanted to lick the wound clean for me.

I can watch someone else bleed all day long, but seeing my own blood run from a wound just makes me queezy. I got a little light-headed as I attempted to get a good picture of my ankle, and when I discovered another trickle of blood coming from my knee I was afraid I would pass out.

I think it was the combination of the blood and being over-heated from the hot bath water, because it's usually not quite that bad.

I put the camera down and just laid on the cool bathroom floor for a few minutes until the nausea subsided. A little dramatic? Maybe. But I've never passed out, and I don't intend to start when there's no one home to catch me.

Plus my sister was supposed to come over, and I couldn't let her come in to find me passed out on the floor in my bathrobe, blood trickling from my ankle. I'd scare her to death.

After I started to feel better and got back into the bathtub I discovered nick #3 on my right calf.

I don't believe that shaving with sharp razors is safer for a minute. I think the razor companies just tell you that so you'll think you have to buy more razors.

What do you think? Do you tend to cut yourself with sharp razors or dull razors more?

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Chloƫ said...

Knees are a tricky one..and my husband hates the way I flail my razors around carelessly, haha. But I actually prefer newer razors if only because they get the job done more efficiently!

And I had NEARLY the same exact thing happen to me on Sunday! I was taking a shower after soaking in the tub for a while and just as I was nearly done, I became trembly, weak, nauseous, and very lightheaded. I called for Josiah and when he came he found me sprawled out on the bathroom floor and he FLIPPED out.

I think it was from dehydration (I had just come back from my long run), in addition to my legs probably being too weak to stand for so long. But no worries, I was fine eventually. :)

(Bathrooms are NOT the ideal place for these things to happen, as I'm sure you can attest to!)

Lauren said...

Girl, I would have completely been passed out on the floor...in fact, I'm feeling a little nausea coming on just from that pic!

Ashley said...

i agree...i never cut myself with a dull razor but with a new one i am bound to get at least one cut!

M said...

I agree with you! I also think that 90% of shaving cuts happen in the ankle region!

LeAnna said...

Yowch! So glad you didn't pass out. That would have been VERY traumatic for your sis.

I only nick myself with cheap razors. How's that for marketing!?! And actually, I buy mens razors most of the time, because the girly ones just don't cut it. Haha, cut it. I crack myself up sometimes.
Actually, re-reading all of this, it makes it sound like I must grow some killer leg hair...

Jessica said...

I've never cut myself with a dull razor either. It's always when they're brand new, right out of the package. I recently tried Soleil razor and looked like I got in a fight with a lawnmower or something when I was done using them for the first time :-P I had been trying to save money so I didn't have to keep buying replacements for my Venus. But I think that taught me a lesson: Razors are one of those areas where you should buy the best instead of the off brands! Because I don't ever remember cutting myself with my Venus razors, and I've been using them for 3 or 4 years. But anyway, I totally agree with you that sharp ones are definitely more dangerous than dull ones!

Kara @ KSS said...

Hahahaha. Aw Callie. It is so funny that you took a picture of your ankle.

I'm sorry about your nicks. I don't know which I tend to cut myself with more, dull or sharp. I really think it just depends on how fast I'm trying to shave. When I got too fast, I end up with cuts. If I take my time, all is good.

Rebecca Louise. said...

I completely agree with you! I got so sick of it that I stoped using razors and started using the Veet hair removal cream. As long as I don't use it longer than the time limit it works perfectly :)

Do you shave your legs in the bath water? Cause my friend used to do that and nick herself all the time (quite often passed out afterwards bless her!). After mentioning it to her Dr on a medical check he said it is best to get out out the bath, lightly dry your legs then shave. Apparently it stop cuts happening. She says she hasn't nicked herself since so maybe give that a try?

xxx

Callie Nicole said...

Ha! You guys crack me up! Great feedback. :-)

Anne said...

You poor dear! Glad you didn't pass out though.
I don't generally cut myself with the razor regardless, but dull ones just don't work for me. It's gotta be sharp. Actually my husband now has me hooked on his razor because it's awesome, so I'm done with girly razors. His is SUPER COOL and even has a AA battery on it which makes it even cooler because it vibrates.

AmyK said...

I'm the same way; I never cut myself with a dull blade but when I get a new one I cut myself at LEAST three times! I've got scabs on both ankles and at least one of my knees, because I switched razors a few days ago.

A Lil Story (Bilslands) said...

I just happened upon your blog and wanted to comment because I literally cut myself in the exact same spot not even an hour ago... and it was from a brand-new razor!

Anyway, looking forward to reading more, glad I found your page =)

Lily

Jenene said...

I nick myself when I shave to quickly. Sharp razor or dull razor, if I'm in a hurry, there will be blood trickling from my knee or ankle.

Jenene said...

Also, you're funny. I quite literally laughed out loud.

katie beth said...

Well, I have to say, I thought this was going to be a spiritual-type post when I saw the title. And I opened to a scene of gore! Not really. :) But man, that is not fun getting nicked.

I am not sure if i nick more with a dull or a sharp razor (I think sharp) but I think its because I just zip along without being careful and then I get myself into trouble.

And yes, you know you are addicted to blogging when you are taking photos of your own injuries! But I love it!

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