Trig blades

 

This blade, manufacturer in Pakistan, was part of a selection pack I bought of eBay. It looked promising, and started off OK, but on the very first shave I could feel the edge fading away from almost the start. By the end of the save it was like a 3 day old razor – and I don’t consider that I have particularly heavy stubble.

This is one to avoid in future.

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Wilkinson Gillette?

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I bought ten blades and the razor from eBay for £5. The first shave was pretty good, a little rough maybe, but worth continuing with. The razor, though very similar to I had given up on, holds the blade at at good angle and is easy to use. For £5 including the blades, I don’t feel cheated!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/wet-classic-safety-razor-10-wilkinson-sword-double-edge-shaving-blades-shaver-/390671191965?pt=UK_Collectables_Barber_Shop_Collectables_LE&hash=item5af5d14f9d

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.

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.