Although I love the Venus, it’s obscenely expensive. (At my drug store, it’s gotten so you have to ask for the blades at the counter; in other places, I’ve seen them behind an alarm-rigged plastic case.)
I tried the slightly cheaper Mach 3, but found it less helpful in terms of preventing cuts – too much surface area on legs, and I seem to mutilate myself right above the (actual) Achilles heel.
I am prone to skin irritations, and don’t want to exacerbate existing problems or cause new ones. But using a new blade for every shave is hurting my wallet. Would two shaves per blade be unwise?
Maybe the wisest thing to do would be to give up an extra ten minutes and use a cheaper razor, but a new one each time. I had gotten used to the careless movements the Venus lets you make, but maybe I have to just remember my station and suck it up…