About Barber Sharp

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Aug 31, 2015

Barber Sharp is a “razor rejuvenator” that claims to make any brand of disposable razor sharp like new. How does it do this?

Every time a razor blade makes a pass on Barber Sharp’s specially designed surface, all the tiny nicks, bends, and imperfections that cause it to dull are filled with silicone, sharpened, and repaired. And with just a few swipes every now and then, Barber Sharp can make a single razor last for months.

Clearly, the Barber Sharp commercial is intended to be similar to Dollar Shave Club, whose commercial went viral in 2012. After all, they are direct competition.

But is your money better spent on a razor subscription service, or will you get more value from Barber Sharp?

Can Silicon Sharpen & Repair Razor Blades?

Search online for “silicon razor sharpener” and you’ll get dozens of hits. What does this mean? In addition to Barber Sharp, you’ve got a whole lot of options (we’ll come back around to this soon).

Whichever option you choose, silicon carbide is a ceramic stone found in a variety of blade sharpeners. On a scale of 1-10, it has a hardness of 9.5. 

Because of its hardness, like any other knife sharpening tool, silicon carbide works by removing metal to form a sharper blade edge. However, it won’t necessarily straighten or polish the blade (like you would find with a professional service), because this requires the use of multiple materials (stones, sandpaper, or even leather) in differing hardnesses and grits.

Will Barber Sharp’s silicon stone sharpen your disposable blades? Probably, at least to some degree. Will they make them like new? We have our doubts.

Other Disposable Blade Sharpeners

Despite our (cautious) optimism about Barber Sharp’s abilities, as we discussed above, you have a ton of other options to choose from.

If you don’t feel like shopping online, you can visit your local big box retailer or hardware store, where you’ll probably find more than one silicon-based sharpening stone. These might even be less expensive than Barber Sharp, considering its steep, non-refundable S&H charges, which we’ll discuss next.

The True Cost of Barber Sharp

One Barber Sharp razor rejuvenator is priced at $10 plus $6.99 S&H. During checkout, you’ll also be able to purchase a second Barber Sharp for an additional $6.99 S&H.

All Barber Sharps come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. What’s this mean? If you choose the BOGO option, you could lose twice as much in S&H than what you’ll receive as a refund.

To request a refund, you’ll need to contact Telebrands customer service at 855-668-1655.

Telebrands’s Customer Reputation

Telebrands is no stranger to the “As Seen in TV” industry, as they’ve been around for more than 2 decades and are responsible for popular products such as Grassology, Pocket Hose Ultra, Hurricane 360 Spin Mop, and many more.

With nearly 250 HighYa reader reviews, these products have an average rating of 1 star, built around common complaints of failure to work as advertised, low quality, and poor customer service.

Telebrands was even investigated by the NJ Attorney General’s office in 2014 for allegedly violating the Consumer Fraud Act. They also had a D- rating with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our research, based on 1,192 closed complaints. Many of these referenced the same concerns noted above.

It’s not all doom and gloom though!

DIY Razor Blade Sharpening

The good news is that you might not have to spend any money at all, whether on Barber Sharp or another blade sharpening stone.

Many items around your house might sharpen disposable blades just as well as Barber Sharp, including an old pair of jeans or even your forearm.

To extend the life of your blade without sharpening, you can store it in a cup of rubbing alcohol when it’s not being used (watch out for any face cuts—ouch!), clean it after each shave, adding pre-shave oil to your shaving regimen, and drying your razor to avoid moisture and rust.

The Final Word On Barber Sharp

If you’ve read this entire review, you probably know what we’re going to recommend for Barber Sharp. If not, let’s briefly recap.

The silicon-based stone found in Barber Sharp’s can also be found in hundreds of other nearly identical products, online or off. If you don’t want to spend any money sharpening your razors, we’ve covered some ways you can that here, too.

And even if you’re feeling giddy and want to roll the dice on Barber Sharp, you might want to reconsider with its steep, non-refundable S&H charges.

Where does this leave you? Check out some local (and DIY!) options before placing your Barber Sharp order. They may not sharpen any better, but they could still give you good results with less money out of your pocket.

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