Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 37
Like Tree80Likes

Thread: My DE noob take on some blades

  1. #1
    Senior Member JellyJar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    Salida, CA
    Posts
    547
    Thanked: 85

    Default My DE noob take on some blades

    I started using a Gillette super speed for my weekday shaves and picked up a 7 pack of different blades to try. Finished with the last one and thought you all might have some recommendations for different ones based on my preferences.

    The seven blades were Astra superior platinum, Kai, Shark super chrome, Voskhod teflon coated, Gillette nacet, Gillette silver blue, and Feather yellow.

    My two favorite were Gillette silver blue and Feather. The Feather seemed to give me a little closer shave, but the silver blue was a little more comfortable. My bottom two were the Astra and Kai. The Astra felt horrible for the first two shaves, but I gave it a third to be sure and suddenly it was ok, then number 4 was back to not great. The Shark, Voskhod, and Gillette nacet were pretty similar for comfort and closeness, but the Voskhod was the long life champ. I got close to two weeks out of that one.

    So any others that would be good to try?

    I've also been eying a new Parker 87R TTO. How would this compare to the super speed I've been using?
    O'Toole's commentary on Murphy's Law: Murphy was an optimist.

  2. #2
    Senior Member blabbermouth
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    15,600
    Thanked: 2945

    Default

    Haven't tried a huge number of different blades but found for me the Gillette Silver Blues work in any razor I own and gives me a good close, smooth shave for about a week.

    Bob
    Life is a terminal illness in the end

  3. #3
    Hones & Honing randydance062449's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
    Posts
    7,285
    Thanked: 1999
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    following with interest .....
    Randolph Tuttle, a SRP Mentor for residents of Minnesota & western Wisconsin

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Location
    Niagara, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,641
    Thanked: 379

    Default

    I find I get good shaves using Wilkinson blades on my Merkur. Also good shaves using Voskhod (?) Never had much satisfaction from the Astra.
    David
    “Shared sorrow is lessened, shared joy is increased”
    ― Spider Robinson, Callahan's Crosstime Saloon

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to DZEC For This Useful Post:

    JellyJar (10-20-2019)

  6. #5
    Senior Member JellyJar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    Salida, CA
    Posts
    547
    Thanked: 85

    Default

    I'll give Wilkinson blades a try, thanks for the recommendation. I liked Voskhod, they just weren't quite as close or comfortable as the silver blue or Feather.
    ScoutHikerDad likes this.
    O'Toole's commentary on Murphy's Law: Murphy was an optimist.

  7. #6
    Senior Member blabbermouth
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    15,600
    Thanked: 2945

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by JellyJar View Post
    I'll give Wilkinson blades a try, thanks for the recommendation. I liked Voskhod, they just weren't quite as close or comfortable as the silver blue or Feather.
    Here is where personal preference and the need to actually try different blades comes in. I would not recommend Wilkinson blades from my experience with them. Others may find them perfectly fine. YMMV

    Bob
    Life is a terminal illness in the end

  8. #7
    Senior Member JellyJar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    Salida, CA
    Posts
    547
    Thanked: 85

    Default

    Yeah, this is definitely a personal preference thing. Lots of individual variables.

    If a lot of people like a blade I figure there's a better chance it might also work for myself. It might not work out for me, but that's fine also.

    I have a bit of an experimental bent and like to try different things. I'm just hoping to draw on other's experience to increase my chance of success. It seems better than randomly making a guess.
    ScoutHikerDad and BobH like this.
    O'Toole's commentary on Murphy's Law: Murphy was an optimist.

  9. #8
    Senior Member blabbermouth
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    15,600
    Thanked: 2945

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by JellyJar View Post
    I'm just hoping to draw on other's experience to increase my chance of success. It seems better than randomly making a guess.
    That it is.

    Bob
    Life is a terminal illness in the end

  10. #9
    Gatling-Gun Jerry Gasman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Colorado Springs
    Posts
    7,421
    Thanked: 1589

    Default

    +1, +1.
    I bet i tried 30 diffrent name brands and or options on DE blades and found the silver blues my fav. Not as keen as a feather, but i could get 4 days consistant shaves from one blade.
    YMMV
    It's just Sharpening, right?
    Jerry...

  11. #10
    Senior Member blabbermouth markbignosekelly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Egham, a little town just outside London.
    Posts
    2,276
    Thanked: 815
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default

    I didn't get on with the Wilkinsons either, very tuggy for me im afraid.
    Ive just started using Derby premiums, after my first shave they seem very promising. I'll let you know how I get on.
    Another thing to bear in mind is that DE blades will feel different in different DEs. For instance a Feather blade will feel great in a mild razor like a Muhle R89 but feel awful in a more aggressive razor like a Muhle R41.

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •