TOPAZ Stainless

2013-08-28 10.16.02This blade claims to be Micronised, which means “To reduce to particles that are only a few microns in diameter.” Sounds promising! They obviously spent more time on the cutting edge than on the printing, which is fairly poor. Still, the blade is double-wrapped, which is usually a good sign. This blade is from India, and a quick Google search reveals that it is not one of their top-end blades.

Update: Smooth shave but I’m not convinced it will last more than a couple of days. We’ll see.

Update: Today’s shave was terrible. No cuts, but really rough, and left my face sore. Normally I find day 2 to be the best day for a blade, today I nearly gave up half-way through the shave (and I kind of wish I had). Going back to a trusted Dorco blade for a few days to let my face recover. Won’t be buying these blades any time soon!


Lord Super Stainless


This seems to be a basic Lord blade. The blade is single wrapped, which I guess is sufficient, but most of the better blades are double-wrapped. Their more up-market blades are very good, let’s see how I get on with this one.

Update: I shaved 4 times with this blade. Shaves 2 and 3 were definitely the best. During the 4th shave you could feel the blade fading away. Compared to the Lord ‘Cool’ Super Stainless, it was definitely an inferior blade.  Not a bad blade, but wouldn’t be my first choice.

Treet Dura Sharp




Today’s blade comes from Pakistan. The printing on the blade isn’t very precise, and the inner wrapper is of lower grade paper than other blades I have tested. We’ll see how it gets on.

Update: Day 1 – actually a really good shave. Very happy with my first impression of this blade.

Update: Day 2 – really good shave today, this is a very good blade.

Update: Day 3, the shave started ok, but half way through it started pulling, it had gone blunt. Finished the shave, but not going for a day 4. A disappointing end to a blade that showed promise at the start.

Dorco ST-300


After this morning’s problems I’m using a trusted Dorco blade, manufactured in Korea. No need to review this blade, they are perfect!

Update: 3 great shaves so far with this blade. I thoroughly recommend it as a good value blade.

Update: The fourth shave felt like a 4th! The blade was becoming dull, but still gave a smooth, clean shave.

Final thoughts: A perfectly good razor blade. If you see some, give them a try.

Shaving Games 2 – Super-Max Platinum


On to a Super-Max Platinum.

I was unable to proceed with this trial. On the first shave the blade was blunt. I had initially put the blade in one razor before moving it to another. It could be that I was at fault, so I’m not prepared to give the blade a bad review.

Shaving games

I recently switched back to using a traditional razor, but noticed that it’s getting harder to buy the blades in the shops. ebay offers hundreds of deals, but which should I use?

I bought a selection pack of obscure blades to see which give a good shave. For me, I expect a blade to last 4 days, 5 at a push. So if I can get blades at 20p each, that’s just 5p a shave.

Tomorrow I will be using a Lord Cool, which is a blade manufactured in Egypt.


I’ll report back on how I get on.

Update: Shave 1

While I was shaving, the impression I got was that the blade was adequate, but nothing special. It doesn’t glide quite as well as a more expensive blade, but I had a perfectly smooth shave with no nicks or weepers. It will be interesting to see how the blade holds up over the next few days.

Update: Shave 2

Today’s shave was better than yesterday’s. The blade seems to have worked itself in, giving a clean and easy shave.  I’m impressed.

Update: Shave 3

Ok, today the blade felt tired, and shaving was harder work, but it still gave an impressively smooth shave. Left me wondering if it will last for the 4th day.

Update: Shave 4

Today’s shave was smooth, but hard work. It definitely felt like the end of the blade – an easy 4 but not worth going to to try a fifth.


This is a satisfactory blade that I would happily buy at the right price. I would say that 15 pence per blade would be good, for 20 pence you could find a better blade. I got no cuts or nicks from the blade and got 4 smooth shaves – but the last 2 I had to work for.