Razor Blade Reviews 2018.
Webmaster Paul: Diving into Shaving.
Wording by Paul, This is my opinion & experience, with no business mentioned paying or offering freebees for this article.
Trade names etc. (C) acknowldged.
About the Safety Razors
I spent some time researching shaving online - when something i had not seen before caught my interest.
They called it DE safety shaving, or more accurately, Double Edged 'DE' Safety Razors & blades.
The single blade safety razor idea sounds fine, but no one I have ever spoken to seems to be using this type of razor.
Now I come to the rapidly growing most popular Razor, that I had tried 40 plus years ago, but gave it up as too much hard work, the DE Safety Razor!!
I gave it up because I found it hard to work with the blade that it came with and there was no internet back then to explore what blades were available or for that matter what other Razors, so I became corrupted by the multi blade cartridge razors which as I recalled were not that much more expensive to buy - how things appear to have changed !
The DE Safety Razor idea is as simple as it is brilliant - & brilliantly as it is simple!
No matter what DE Safety Razor you have, all DE blades fit no matter what part of the world you are in ! its that simple, its that universal !.
Further more - no matter which Razor you are using all DE blades fit into any one of those Razors - if only computer software & operating systems could be like this !!
There are 3 different types of Razor you can choose from, 3 piece, 2 piece and butterfly type.
The 2 piece are adjustable razors where the blade angle can be changed to give a gentle through to an aggressive (a highly efficient shave with care).
The 3 piece is made up of handle, base plate the blade sits on, and a curved 'head' plate that clamps the blade into its fix angle for shaving.
The butterfly has a head that opens to allow you to place a blade inside, then closes & locks down by the turning of a knob at the end of the handle into a fixed angle for shaving.
The later 2 come in a variety of shaving levels from gentle to aggressive. The adjustable 2 piece razors cover all these levels of shaving.
What about the costs for the Razor, shaving brush, blades & shaving soap or cream, plus some proper pre-shave and aftershave moisturisers?
Enjoy hunting for these products, Shaving soap or shaving cream searches will presnet a bewildering array of product and price.
It's no different for the Badger, Boar, Horse, or synthetic brushes, and when it comes to Blades there are no end of reviews like the one i have created here - but remember always that like your existing Aftershave, you may find something that suits you, may not be the flavour of the month with everyone else. I found this when trying the Feather Blades from Japan.
So its very much a fascinating case of trial and error, until you hit THE ONE, or in many cases 2 or 3 that you really enjoy using.
Nothing ventured nothing gained.
A 2nd review is coming, using my Parker Variant Adjustable Razor
Did the Adjustable Parker tame the Feather blades??
Well, if your feathers failed you too - dont throw em in the bin just yet !! but watch this space for the next review to appear instead of all this text above ! :-)
SHAVING GUIDE VIDEO LINKS
How to use your new Safety Razor - by Executive Shaving
How to care for your Badger brush - by Executive Shaving
The DE versus the Cartridge Shaver! by Razor Emporium
Which blade is best ? by Razor Emporium
Choosing blade sharpness guides & reviews - by Refined shaving
'Kensurfs' - why I changed over to DE shaving. 30 minutes long.
Claymore single bladed razor made from solid stainless steel.
SOME TOP SCOTTISH & ENGLISH COMPANIES TO EXPLORE
The Executive Shaving Company - Glasgow, Scotland
Edwin Jagger - Sheffield, England
Taylor of Old Bond Street, London, England
(For same blades but in an Edwin Jagger 3D Razor, please scroll down this page).
Razor blade review using the Parker Varient.
I found a major difference in some blades at perticular settings, so those settings will be included here for each blade.
Astra Superior Platinum - Made in Russia:Razor Setting 1 to 4: Low of 9.1, High of 9.5 & Ave = 9.21 (With 7 shaves)
Feather HI stainless - Made in Japan: Setting .5 to 2; Low of 8.8, High of 9.7 & Ave = 9.30 (With 6 shaves)
(Note: this blade appears to performed best at Setting .5)
Feather Platinum - Made in Japan: Setting .5 -to 2; Low of 9.1, High of 9.9 & Ave = 9.66 (With 10 shaves)
(Note: this blade appears to performed best at Setting 2, an interesting difference from the same manufacturer.)
Gillette Silver Blue - Teflon Coated - Made in Russia: (Test next up)Setting: Low of # to #, High of #.# & Ave = #.# (## shaves)
Gillette 7 O' Clock - Made in Russia 'Russian green wraps':Setting .5 to 4; Low of 8.9, High of 9.7 & Ave = 9.42 (With 7 shaves)
(Note: this blade appears to performed best at Setting .5)
Personna Platinum - Made in Israel:Setting 1 to 2 Low 9.6, High 10 & Ave = 9.88 (With 10 shaves)
Polsilver Super Iridium:Setting .5 to 2, Low of 9.6, High of 9.9 & Ave = 9.81 (With 19 shaves)
(Note: this blade appears to performed best at Setting 2)
Voskhod - Teflon coated - Made in Russia: Setting 3: Low of 9.4, High of 10 & Ave 9.7 = (With 9 shaves)
So its whatever tickles yer whiska's when it comes to quality and price as with most things.
Its similar to Dive gear for us buddies - whatever you pay, its designed to give long lasting great service.
There are a number of other great Scottish & English companies out there with a bewildering range covering the majority of DE Razors (including Cartridge types, cut throats and SE razors), along with the many DE blade manufacturers, and a BIG point to make here with DE, is that all those blades regardless of manufacture from India, Russia, Japan, Germany etc, all fit perfectly into any DE shaver you may own!
The scents from the Shaving soaps & creams really do smell so good that you will be forgiven for thinking they are edible :-) absolutely amazing scents - well done to all here.
At Executive Shaving, we discovered that Brian & Shona have many large tables where you can check out how the razors feel in the hand - weight, grip, balance, and on another table you have Pre Shave's, mens cologne's & aftershave parfum's and of course you have the brushes.
I should mention that when I bought the Big Jock Silver tip with its real horn handle, Brian & Shona kindly explained the fascinating history behind the naming of the brush. I also bought a Best Badger brush, plus some of Brian's recommended blades to try out in my E. Jagger Razor on this shopping trip!
I certainly enjoyed testing a few samples of the Eau De Parfum's for men on the tables and Wow - there is one there i'll be treating myself to next month when we return - a Castle Forbes creation. Sneaky of Brian to give Kath a shot of it, now she's telling me its faboulous and i've simply got to buy it, she had even washed her hands twice the following day and the scent was just as good!, so okay were going back for that too :-)
I also enquired about Adjustable DE razors, which Brian also showed me on another table and whilst i was getting a feel of these, he went off to bring in something special to handle, which I liked a lot, but im not tell you guys about it because i dont think he has many of that razor left.
Unbelievably they also sell Vintage old razors from the year dot. They are re-chromed, cleaned and serviced. They are just like new! Which made me realise that the DE razor you buy today - will last more than a lifetime!
Since the above Review - I went back in February of 2018, to Executive Shaving, and have purchased one of their Best Badger brushes, i had to have that Castle Forbes 1445 Eu De Parfum aftershave - simple a fantastic scent from this, and also another Razor, this time a Parker Varient with black handle, which is an adjustable razor.
Pampering at Executive Shaving
Paul asks: is this a tickling stick then?
Brian Mulreany - this one is our "Big Jock Silver tip" :-)
Well I felt it, and I just had to have it !
Before I get into these DE blade reviews remember that . . .
Shaving is an Art and a Skill ! and for me it had to be relearned - but it only took a few weeks :-)
1st i need to explain my razor blade tests, in which i always used the same Razor for the purpose of standardising this test. The Razor used was an Edwin Jagger 3D DE Safety Razor which is a relatively mild to medium razor and i would suggest ideal for beginners.
Pre shave preping, lathering then post shave along with some essential 'pampering' of the skin afterwards proves that on my skin it pay's dividends - not the stock market kind though :-)
Fot the tests on each blade, i had to be consistent in each aspect and write every detail down including a ten minute post shave period where i determined any negative aspects on my skin before adding moisturiser + syptic pencil if needed :-(
On my pre-shave prep a vigourosly agitating of the bristle for 20 / 30 seconds, followed by either hot water applied to face, OR, Hot Flannel, AND/OR, Pre Shave lotion when used, after skin hydration from the flannel or water splashing.
Lathering was either with Hard puck of Shaving Soap or Shaving Cream.
Using a Boar brush, but also Best Badger, and Silver Tip Badger.
In Post Shave Warm water applied to finish off cleaning away any lather followed by a cold water splash all over to close the pores.
I wanted to feel the raw end of post shaving so i left out applying any lotion until after ten minutes, in this way i could assess as best as possible any irritation, burn, and smoothness & effectivness of the blade - hope that makes some sense ?.
As soon as 10 minutes was up, i applied almost always a lotion that had both moisturiser and 'calming' ingredients.
BLADE PERFORMANCE using the Edwin Jagger 3D razor according to my face & bristles !
The Review here is on the actual blades and some fascinating nuances between them. I'll show the lowest, the best and the average score for ease if reading and then highlight what I discovered,
Astra Superior Platinum - Made in Russia: Low of 7.5, High of 9.5 & Ave = 8.58 (6 shaves)
Feather HI stainless - Made in Japan: Low of 2, High of 7.5 & Ave = 6 (3 shaves)
Feather Platinum - Made in Japan: Low of 8.5, High of 9.5 & Ave = 8.94 (4 shaves)
Gillette Silver Blue - Teflon Coated - Made in Russia: Low of 9, High of 9.9 & Ave = 9.59 (14 shaves)
Gillette 7 O' Clock - Made in Russia 'Russian green wraps': Low of 8, High of 9.5 & Ave = 8.82 (7 shaves)
Personna Platinum - Made in Israel: Low 9.5, High 9.8 & Ave = 9.66 (5 shaves)
Polsilver Super Iridium: Low of 7, High of 9.9 & Ave = 9.2 (11 shaves)
Voskhod - Teflon coated - Made in Russia: Low of 9.2, High of 9.8 & Ave 9.7 = (7 shaves)
It became very clear when using the Edwin Jagger Razor, or the Parker Variant, that the 1st & 2nd shaves with a new blade are not the sharpest, but thereon in, they rapidly become sharper.
What is unusual here, is that the Feather blades are at their sharpest from the outset, but then steadily lose their effectivness on the 2nd & 3rd shaves. The 2 things that struck me most here, is that these Feathers are smooth operators when it comes to burn and irritation, because unlike some other blades, i never experienced any feeling of irritation or burn no matter how many passes i made over the same area!
Sadly, using the Edwin Jagger 3D, The Feather blade life span was very short on my bristles.
but read my review of the Feathers in a Parker Varient and it becomes clear that the Razor plays a big part in getting the performance right with certain blades! On the other side of the fence, the Gillette Med Blues started with 4 dull shaves before putting in an amazing & stunning performance!
When it came to blade coatings, there is a clear advantage to having Teflon coated blades from the view of Burn, irritation & nicks.
No Teflon coated blade gave rise to irritation or burn even after 6 or 7 passes on my face!
There is a price to pay for the Teflon in terms of initial sharpness on the shaves, but after 3 or 4 shaves, they sharpen up nicely. The Voskhod did not have such a long life, but it gave a consistant perfomance from shave 1, and it has price £ $ on its side.
The Nuances' between these blades AND THE RAZORS is a fascinating subject indeed, so if your new to this, simply enjoy exploring your own exciting blade selections.to find your perfect blade & shave :-)
Top of the page: How the above blades perform in a Parker Varient adjustable Razor:!
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