Rainbow Blade

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Sorry, I don’t know anything about this blade, but I can tell you that it was rough! I shaved once with it, and didn’t want to shave a second time using it.

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Derby Extra

Another blade from the multi-pack I bought.
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Got two shaves out of it by turning the blade over. Gave up on the third shave! Really not recommended. And yes, the photo is upside down!

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

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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

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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

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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

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.

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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.

Conclusion

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.