Blade dispenser|A plastic blade dispenser with a slot for used blades.
Blade banks are inexpensive (or free; see next section) and provide a very secure, compact, and simple means of storing many used blades; once full, they can be sealed with a tap from a hammer and disposed of (ideally, they would be recycled, as they are high-quality steel). Both Gillette and GEM provided blade storage boxes that were attractive and durable enough to serve multiple purposes: Gillette's were re-purposable as used blade storage or match boxes, and the Bakelite boxes of, e.g., the GEM Micromatic
had separate storage for new and used blades (see here
for a picture). Similarly, the 1912 GEM Deluxe was sold with a blade bank in the case.
[hide][top]Non-commercial blade banks
Several inventive shavers have found multiple ways to store "sharps" (blades) without a commercially produced blade bank. Two popular methods are storing them is large pill bottles, or constructing a blade bank by cutting a slot in the top of an empty soup, broth, coffee, or condensed-milk can.
[hide][top]Older construction houses and hotels
A photo of a blade slot in a medicine cabinet.
In some older medicine cabinets and hotel rooms, a slot was cut in the metal portion of the medicine cabinet or sink area for razor blade disposal. The blades fell between two wall studs and were isolated from human contact until the structure is/was demolished. During renovations of such areas that potentially have hundreds of blades in the wall, it may be useful to notify contractors of the possibility of loose blades; s/he can take appropriate precautions and avoid injury or work stoppages.