Badger & Blade en-us Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:16:12 -0700 PhotoPost ReviewPost 6.0 60 Rite Aid Renewal Stainless Steel <a href=";title=rite-aid-renewal-stainless-steel&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="0037122_1_.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="0037122_1_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: PhillyB;title=rite-aid-renewal-stainless-steel&amp;cat=50;title=rite-aid-renewal-stainless-steel&amp;cat=50 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:30:06 -0600 Tomac <a href=";title=tomac&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="57_1_2_.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="57_1_2_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: PhillyB<br /><br />Description: Made for hospital use.;title=tomac&amp;cat=50;title=tomac&amp;cat=50 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:53:52 -0600 Super Stainless <a href=";title=super-stainless&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="RapiraSuperStainlessBlades_5_-700x700_1_.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="RapiraSuperStainlessBlades_5_-700x700_1_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: PhillyB;title=super-stainless&amp;cat=50;title=super-stainless&amp;cat=50 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:53:49 -0600 GEM Blue Star <a href=";title=gem-blue-star&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="GEMBL5_GEM_Blue_Star_Super_SE_Blades_1_.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="GEMBL5_GEM_Blue_Star_Super_SE_Blades_1_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: PhillyB;title=gem-blue-star&amp;cat=50;title=gem-blue-star&amp;cat=50 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:07:46 -0600 Rainbow <a href=";title=rainbow&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: PhillyB;title=rainbow&amp;cat=50;title=rainbow&amp;cat=50 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:56:45 -0600 Diamant <a href=";title=diamant&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="croma_diamant.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="croma_diamant.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: PhillyB;title=diamant&amp;cat=50;title=diamant&amp;cat=50 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:29:06 -0600 Super Iridium and Polsilver Razor Blades <a href=";title=super-iridium-and-polsilver-razor-blades&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="iridiums.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="iridiums.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: melyus<br /><br />Description: I have some iridium and polsilver blades so i decided to collect them togather and make a quick review about them. 1-SUPER IRIDIUM EXTRA STAINLESS(WIZAMET SA)MADE IN RUSSIA Super iridium blades product of St Petersburg Gillette . They are 10 individually double wrapped with glue spots blades in a cardboard box. I bought them from UK based vendor when they are widely available 2 years ago. Main distributors from UK and Aussie. They are quite sharp blades. it's sharpness is very close to the feather blades. Super iridium shaves smoothly in most of my razors. In my Red tip super speed or my New Deluxe it gave smooth and comfortable shaves. Smoother than any other blade I've tried. One Blade last me at least 8-10 quality shaves with no irritation. They have some glue spot same as other St Petersburg blades so we are sure they are come from same production line.The cardboard box has Wizamet logo. Someone says that Gillette Company stop the production of this blades so their value increasing day by day. 2- POLSILVER SUPER IRIDIUM EXTRA STAINLESS (GILETTE)MADE IN RUSSIA: Recently find some polsilver Super iridium blades in here in Turkey... Price is little bit high because i bought from the Bulgarian bazaar. 100 Polsilver SI cost me 30 usd aprox, so this is really high price for the blades here because i know they are 8 usd / 100 blades in Bulgaria .But since i have no chance to go there at the moment so i bought from the local seller. i tried some Polsilver Super iridium blades so i see that they are very close to the Super iridium blades shave.. i think if i put some polsilver super iridium blades to Super iridiums packs so very hard to understand which iridum is this. Why im talking like this because if you open the cardboard box than you will see that blades letter and characteristics are exactly same.. also on the cardboard box address is same..Both are manufactured by St petersburg Gillette. Polsilver Super iridium sold individually double wrapped 5 blades in a cardboard box .Difference is only Super iridium letters are little bit bold on the blade and Polsilver super iridium blades letters are little faded. Also distributors are different.. polsilver super iridium distributor from Poland but Super iridium Distrubutors from UK and Aussie.. At the end im sure that that are same blades only different packaged for different country markets. i read some threads about they are worst or bad blades recent years and buyers send back these blades to the poland seller and he refunded all costs.. i think the send back Polsilver blades are not the same blades with the current production of Polsilver blades. Also i have to say that there are glue spots on the blades and smells little oily steel so these are exactly same production of green-yellow 7' o clock perma-sharp blades on the St Petersburg Gillette... 3-VINTAGE POLSILVER STAINLESS(WIZAMET SA)MADE IN POLAND This blades are vintage polsilver DE blades and product of Lodz Wizamet factory in Poland before the P&amp;G (Gillette ) own the company(1992). They are a little bit thick blades but sharp as at least todays blades .Cardboard box including 10 individually double wrapped polsilver blades without any glue spot, so they are not coming from St Petersburg Gilette im sure that. I used to shave 5-6 with one blade.They are quite sharp but not smooth super iridiums or Dark Brown package polsilver blades. 4- POLSILVER STAINLESS(WIZAMET SA)MADE IN POLAND The blades are Polsilver sharp but smooth and very comfortable shaver. maybe not the sharpest blade as feather but forgiving blades as israeli crytals or swedish gillette. For sensitive and irritated skin they are ideal to shave everyday..Exactly 8-10 perfect shave with one blade. Maybe the best blade i have ever shaved The Dark Brown cardboard box including 10 individually double wrapped razor blades.The box has a Wizamet logo. I meet first time with this blades two years ago, when my friend Eric sent me (from Usa) a pack of polsilver than recently a friend from the lovely spanish forum ( Patraix help me to find some polsilver blades from the Spain.Im not sure they are current products because i have checked with the old one in my stock so they are started same barcode numbers. Maybe they are NOS blades. Also this dark brown packs has a Wizamet logo on it.There are not any distributor or company name on the box.We know that they are under the P&amp;G brand from the 90’s and producing in Lodz wizamet Sa Poland until 2005 from this date Gillette moved the polsilver production to the St Petersburg factory . I think these polsilvers producing for Eastern Europe in St Petersburg Gillette factory so we cant find them widely. Finally im sorting them my like 1-Polsilver 2-Super Iridium 3-Polsilver Super Iridium 4-Vintage Polsilver.;title=super-iridium-and-polsilver-razor-blades&amp;cat=50;title=super-iridium-and-polsilver-razor-blades&amp;cat=50 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:19:35 -0600 Superinox <a href=";title=superinox&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="Bolzano_2.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Bolzano_2.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: SH27<br /><br />Description: Just taken delivery of 50 of these blades from Connaught, I had never used before so maybe a somewhat rash decision given the mixed reviews, as always opinions are as varied as the individuals reviewing. I use an EJ DE86 and have tried various blades with mixed results, most recently Feather have been my blade of choice. I am currently using Truefitt No.10 shave cream for reference. The Bolzano blades come in a simple cardboard box in packs of 5, they are meant to be an Italian brand although it states on the box they are made in Germany. I had two days growth on the face at first shave (I have quite a dark heavy stubble so this was a good test) and pleasingly the first shave was very comfortable and I would suggest as close as the Feather, I had achieved a nice smooth shave on 2 passes with no scrapes or tugs and no irritation, I have used the same blade now for three days and so far have not felt the need to change which suggests longevity may be superior to the Feathers which I would always change after three shaves. So far so good, I would score 8/10 sharpness, 8/10 for longevity, 8/10 smoothness.;title=superinox&amp;cat=50;title=superinox&amp;cat=50 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 05:38:25 -0700 1 <a href=";title=1&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: gino<br /><br />Description: 1;title=1&amp;cat=50;title=1&amp;cat=50 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:58:05 -0700 Voskhod Teflon Coated Razor Blades <a href=";title=voskhod-teflon-coated-razor-blades&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="voskhod2.png" border="0" src="" alt="voskhod2.png" /></a><br /><br />by: The Count of Merkur Cristo<br /><br />Description: Voskhod Teflon Coated Razor Blades review;title=voskhod-teflon-coated-razor-blades&amp;cat=50;title=voskhod-teflon-coated-razor-blades&amp;cat=50 Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:24:04 -0600 Own brand razor blades <a href=";title=own-brand-razor-blades&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: Ashley Rosser<br /><br />Description: Boots own brand (unmarked) razor blades. Possibly these are Iraeli Personna Reds according to some.;title=own-brand-razor-blades&amp;cat=50;title=own-brand-razor-blades&amp;cat=50 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 03:39:30 -0600 MP036 <a href=";title=mp036&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="DSC06652.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSC06652.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Earth-Dragon<br /><br />Description: This one off the several blades the Ming Shi produces. Ming Shi is know for there cheap TTO razor which is also sold under the Derby brand. This blade worked quite good for me, I used it with the Ming Shi TTO razor and I found the blade sharp enough and smooth, but perhaps it was less forgiving. But overall it gave me a good shave.;title=mp036&amp;cat=50;title=mp036&amp;cat=50 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:34:40 -0600 Super Blue <a href=";title=super-blue&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="gillette-super-blue2.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="gillette-super-blue2.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Diqiu-Long<br /><br />Description: Gillette blade made in China.;title=super-blue&amp;cat=50;title=super-blue&amp;cat=50 Sun, 05 Aug 2012 11:50:15 -0600 Super-Max Super Stainless <a href=";title=super-max-super-stainless&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="Blades_1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Blades_1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Chiller<br /><br />Description: Vidyut Super-Max Super Stainless;title=super-max-super-stainless&amp;cat=50;title=super-max-super-stainless&amp;cat=50 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 02:41:44 -0600 Hi-Stainless Platinum Coated Blade <a href=";title=hi-stainless-platinum-coated-blade&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: ltjad<br /><br />Description: Excellent razor blade. The sharpest blade I've ever used.;title=hi-stainless-platinum-coated-blade&amp;cat=50;title=hi-stainless-platinum-coated-blade&amp;cat=50 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 22:53:31 -0600 Silver Star <a href=";title=silver-star&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: Philuk<br /><br />Description: I wanted to share some praise for the Silver Star blade that a US vendor shipped as a sample. It belongs to a staple of Egypt-made brands according to my online research and seem to be very popular in the middle East and Asia. I loaded one into my gillette slim, and I had a very smooth ride with the slim set at 4, so lower what I usually do with sharp blades likes astra SP or feathers.;title=silver-star&amp;cat=50;title=silver-star&amp;cat=50 Sat, 04 Feb 2012 11:03:50 -0700 PolSilver Super Stainless <a href=";title=polsilver-super-stainless&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="polsilver1.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="polsilver1.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Alphonse<br /><br />Description: These blades are just awesomely smooth and very, very close. This review will not go into any details since you just have to try them. There's another review for PolSilver but it's different packaging and could be old stock. I'm reviewing the new stock from where I'm at here in the US. English speaking users might benefit from seeing this review since these blades are available here in the US at RB&amp;M, although they will ship anywhere. PolSilver is similar to the Indian 7 o'clock blacks IMO. These are better than the Indians by a substantial margin according to my testing though. these feel like pure quality YMMV. My face stays very smooth for over 24 hours and I have a thick beard. These are a joy to use. The 4th shave with the same blade is just about as good as the first, which is abnormal to me and my beard. There is only a slight drop off in smoothness, but the cutting power is still there with no tugging. Not much else to say other than these have the Russian glue on them that sometimes lives right on the blade edge, which isn't good for shaving, but once removed with hot water/soap and a little rubbing you have a SUPER blade. Buy in bulk.;title=polsilver-super-stainless&amp;cat=50;title=polsilver-super-stainless&amp;cat=50 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 20:56:00 -0700 Zorrick Super Platinum, New Sputtered Blade Technology <a href=";title=zorrick-super-platinum-new-sputtered-blade-technology&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="ZP_1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="ZP_1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Plink<br /><br />Description: Zorrick is the mid-level brand of Vidyut Metallics, with Super Max being the top brand, and Vidyut being the bottom brand. These are Indian DE blades, of course. Here is the Super Max version:;title=-super-max-platinum-blade&amp;cat=50 and;title=-super-max-platinum&amp;cat=50 (Duplicate reviews) I have never seen the Super Max platinum for sale, so I can't compare the two. The box lists &quot;Support manufacturer Tigaksha Metallics.&quot; I wonder if this means the Zorricks are made in a different factory than the Super Max blades? The price of 7.50 rupees is a mere 0.50 rupees more than the non-platinum stainless Zorrick DE blades. This is about 20 cents for five blades. However, the price has gone up to 10 rupees for a five blade tuck. I'm not sure why they post prices of less than 1 rupee, since it is extremely rare to see a half-rupee coin; heck, it's hard enough to find a 1 rupee coin. This means vendors can either round off the price up or down, unless you buy two.;title=zorrick-super-platinum-new-sputtered-blade-technology&amp;cat=50;title=zorrick-super-platinum-new-sputtered-blade-technology&amp;cat=50 Sat, 19 Nov 2011 06:53:40 -0700 Vidyut Super Platinum DE razor blade <a href=";title=vidyut-super-platinum-de-razor-blade&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="DSCF4600b.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="DSCF4600b.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Plink<br /><br />Description: Vidyut is the bottom tier line razor blades of Vidyut Metallics, which also makes Zorick and Super Max. These double edge razor blades cost 7 rupees for five blades, or about 20 cents.;title=vidyut-super-platinum-de-razor-blade&amp;cat=50;title=vidyut-super-platinum-de-razor-blade&amp;cat=50 Sun, 13 Nov 2011 00:11:41 -0700 Laser Super Stainless Chromium Coated Edges <a href=";title=laser-super-stainless-chromium-coated-edges&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="DSCF4584b.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="DSCF4584b.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Plink<br /><br />Description: Laser is the top razor blade brand made by Malhotra Shaving Products of Hyderabad, India. These double edge razor blades are labeled Laser Super Stainless chromium coated edges. The 10 blade tuck is MRP 16 rs, or about 40 cents, or four cents per blade.;title=laser-super-stainless-chromium-coated-edges&amp;cat=50;title=laser-super-stainless-chromium-coated-edges&amp;cat=50 Sat, 12 Nov 2011 22:47:35 -0700 Personna Barber Blade <a href=";title=personna-barber-blade&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="barberpersonnapic1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="barberpersonnapic1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Alphonse<br /><br />Description: This blade is very smooth, having a teflon like coating. The shave is SMOOTH and close. I achieve BBS'ness with comfort and my face is left with many layers of skin on it, unlike some blades that are very sharp and uncomfortable. When I was using the Israeli Crystal blades the shave seemed very scratchy, but the results weren't bad. Not so with the Barber blade, since each shave feels nice and comfortable. Applying aftershave with alcohol after using the barber blade produces very little to zero sting; it's that smooth in the hand of a skilled user. Or maybe it's just a good blade, I'm not sure. With proper pre-shave prep you should have a most comfortable and enjoyable outcome like me. Personally, I highly value a comfortable blade, but the blade must also be quality enough to last atleast 4 shaves. I believe these blades are designed to be broken in half if needed, presumably by a barber. For reference, my other blades of choice are Sputnik teflons, Gillette 7'oclock Yellows(Edit: Indian blacks are smoother for me), Voskhods.. all from the motherland. That should give you an idea of what I like in a blade... laser-like comfort. I honestly haven't tried the Personna Med Preps or Labs yet, otherwise I would compare these to them. I think Personna USA makes a killer blade here that balances aggression with comfort very well. Purchased from I am very happy to buy American made blades when they are quality like this Barber blade. When purchased by the dozen they come for .40/blade. You will drop only .17/blade for 250 of these, and that my friends, is glorious. Just start with a pack of 10 of these very quality blades. Each blade comes wrapped in a single, all white wrapper and there are zero glue spots. Very understated.;title=personna-barber-blade&amp;cat=50;title=personna-barber-blade&amp;cat=50 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 01:09:30 -0700 365 Stainless <a href=";title=365-stainless&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="DSCF4442c.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="DSCF4442c.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Plink<br /><br />Description: The pack says only &quot;365 Stainless&quot; on front in orange and black ink. On back it says: Made in India, Gillette India Limited, Bhiesfi-301019. MRP Rs 12.25. So the cost is 12 rupees, or about 30 cents, for a tuck. I see these for sale occasionally in India, as well as online, such as eBay, sometimes paired with the faux straight razor used by barbers that takes a half-blade. I was hoping someone with more experience with these blades than me would post a review. Failing that, here's my limited experience: I have used three blades. The first was bad, though I managed to get a shave and a half out of it. The second was terrible. I rotated it to try all four edges, but none were sharp. I gave up and used a different brand to finish the shave. The third blade was excellent, as though it might be a 7 O'clock. What's going on here? Are they seconds from the better Gillette lines? I don't know, and I don't care. I've got better things to do with my face than play razor roulette.;title=365-stainless&amp;cat=50;title=365-stainless&amp;cat=50 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:02:22 -0600 Ladas Super Stainless <a href=";title=ladas-super-stainless&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="ladas.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="ladas.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: kasey<br /><br />Description: Ladas Super Stainless. Made in Russia. Made from Swedish Steel company &quot;Sandvik.&quot;;title=ladas-super-stainless&amp;cat=50;title=ladas-super-stainless&amp;cat=50 Sun, 23 Oct 2011 20:27:11 -0600 Crow <a href=";title=crow&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: MoreSaltThanPepper<br /><br />Description: I ordered these from Razor Blades and More. Super vendor, easy to deal with and great communication. I had heard all sorts of urban legend stuff about the carbon steel being able to shave the fuzz off of Superman's worst and couldn't wait to give them a try. Opened the nicely understated package of 10 and cracked one in half to pop into my shavette. It was so %^&amp;%*&amp;^$ rough that I stopped, rinsed off the lather and re-did the entire prep. OW, OW, OW! Yeah, they're sharp. You will get close enough that you could skip the next day, IF you're tough enough to take being disc-sanded by your blade. Add that, being carbon, they *will* rust, necessitating removing and drying the blade to get a second use out of it. If anyone else has tried these, I would surely like your input Best, - John;title=crow&amp;cat=50;title=crow&amp;cat=50 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 09:12:41 -0600 Goal <a href=";title=goal&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="gilette.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="gilette.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Jolly2284<br /><br />Description: So I have seen the discussion thread on this type of blade here on the forums, but the packaging is different and do not know the origin of these blades. However, I received a couple of these blades in a sampler pack that I purchased online. After going through many of the blades in these packs I've decided that these are hands down the best blade of the bunch (at least for my beard type). The best things about these blades are the fact that they are so easy on your skin. I've tried Derby, Feather, Bluebird, Astra platinums, Gillette 7o'clock (yellow), and Gillette platinums. All of these blades left irritation. The Goal blades however while not quite as sharp as a feather or bluebird, were sharp enough for a two pass shave that was the closest I've ever had. Not to mention I get 6-7 shaves out of one blade. Price: 10 (100 blades about 20 bucks) Quality:10(good shave for the price) Sharpness:9 Longevity: 10 Smoothness of shave:10 Packaging: 7 (seems a little goofy);title=goal&amp;cat=50;title=goal&amp;cat=50 Sat, 06 Aug 2011 17:58:08 -0600 Polsilver Super Iridium <a href=";title=polsilver-super-iridium&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="polsilver_iridium.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="polsilver_iridium.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: melyus<br /><br />Description: Recently find some polsilver Super iridium blades in here in Turkey... Price is little bit high because i bought from the Bulgarian bazaar. 100 Polsilver SI cost me 30 usd aprox, so this is really high price for the blades here because i know they are 8 usd / 100 blades in Bulgaria .But since i have no chance to go there at the moment so i bought from the seller. i shaved many times with super iridium that i bought from UK based online seller before they are stop the SI production i know they are genuine original..Super Iridium shaves was perfect as everybody blade last me at least 8-10 perfect shaves. Finally i tried some Polsilver Super iridium blades so i see that they are very close to the Super iridium blades shave.. i think if i put some polsilver super iridium blades to Super iridiums packs so very hard to understand which iridum is this. Why im talking like this because if you open the cardboard box than you will see that blades letter and characteristics are exactly same.. also on the cardboard box address is same..Both are manufactured by St petersburg Gillette. differences 10 blades cardborad box Super iridium letters are little bit bold on the blade and 5 blades in cardboard box Polsilver super iridium blades letters are little faded. Also distributors are different.. polsilver super iridium distributor from Poland but Super iridium Distrubutors from UK and Aussie.. At the end im sure that that are same blades only different packaged for different country markets. i read some threads about they are worst or bad blades recent years and buyers send back these blades to the poland seller and he refunded all costs.. i think the re send Polsilver blades are not the same blades with the current production of Polsilver blades. Also i have to say that there are glue spots on the blades and smells little oily steel so these are exactly same production of green-yellow 7' o clock perma-sharp blades on the St Petersburg Gillette...;title=polsilver-super-iridium&amp;cat=50;title=polsilver-super-iridium&amp;cat=50 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 06:14:29 -0600 Rapira Platinum Lux <a href=";title=rapira-platinum-lux&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_142167.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_142167.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Foyle<br /><br />Description: Blades seem to be one of the biggest YMMV things. So I find rating blades pretty subjective. The ratings are based on how they compare to what works well for me. The ratings are based on how they compare in performance to Red IP's which are my go-to blade. In my opinion these blades are sharp and smooth. I think the Red IP eeks out just a hair ahead in these categories. They cost a little more than Red IP's so I docked them some on price but they are still not really what I'd call expensive. You'll pay more for Feathers. Feathers and Astra SP's are the only blades that I've tried that are noticeably sharper but neither are as smooth as the Rapira Platinum Lux. As to longevity I get 4 solid shaves out of a Red IP and I could tell that after the third this blade was nearing the end of it's usefulness. A fourth shave would likely result in some mild razor burn. Three to five seems to be about the average number of shaves for a good blade for most gents so I gave these a respectable rating on longevity.;title=rapira-platinum-lux&amp;cat=50;title=rapira-platinum-lux&amp;cat=50 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:00:56 -0600 Little Known Blade <a href=";title=little-known-blade&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_CIMG0496.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_CIMG0496.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: edorgon<br /><br />Description: With an EJ89, Dr. Harris Arlington and these Silver Star, from St. petersburg, Russia, gave me a BBS with just a few touch up after my normal 2 Pass ATG XTG shave. Nicely double wrapped, but with no annoying big drops of wax. All in all, a Very pleasant surprise.;title=little-known-blade&amp;cat=50;title=little-known-blade&amp;cat=50 Sat, 26 Mar 2011 15:00:12 -0600 Gillette Thin Blade <a href=";title=gillette-thin-blade&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_twain.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_twain.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: sas71<br /><br />Description: Picked up some of these at a little gas station close to me. I think I paid just a tad (with tax) a little over a $1. They are thin compared to other blades but I do not see what benefit that offers. Its an ok blade. I can get 3 shaves out of them which is half what I get on most newer/modern blades. Would I buy again? More than likely no.;title=gillette-thin-blade&amp;cat=50;title=gillette-thin-blade&amp;cat=50 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:11:50 -0600 CVS Single Edge <a href=";title=cvs-single-edge&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="default.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="default.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: azrichter<br /><br />Description: I bought two packages of 10 of these at my corner CVS for under $6.00---a buy one get 50% off on a second deal. I thought they were worth a try. These blades gave me reason to smile. Treets are my favorite blades for the Gem SE shavers, but I found this blade very similar in quality, sharpness and shave-ability. I'm pretty sure that in a blind test I wouldn't be able to tell them apart. I like these blades better than the Gem Stainless SE blades, including the Ted Pella blades. For whatever reason, I get a smoother, sharper shave from the carbon blades. YMMV with blades, of course. They come in that nice plastic dispenser which also banks used blades. I don't get great longevity from any SE blades, it seems---these are about average.;title=cvs-single-edge&amp;cat=50;title=cvs-single-edge&amp;cat=50 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:06:01 -0700 Feather SS SE Blades <a href=";title=feather-ss-se-blades&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb__content_img.png" border="0" src="" alt="thumb__content_img.png" /></a><br /><br />by: lradke<br /><br />Description: I recently ordered and received these blades form Razor Blades and More. They were the only vendor I found that carried them, other than Feather. I bought them to try in my Valet razor in hopes that they would fit. Much to my happiness they did. The price I gave as a 7 because they were well over a dollar per blade, I paid $8-9 for a pack of 5. But the price can drop dramatically, to just over 50 cents per blade if one can get them from Japan. The quality is superb in my books. Now I am no connoisseur of razor blades, but these make my GEM PTFE seem chaply made. The one thing I have seen with any Japanese product, is that it may be similar to another country's item, but made much better. The blade is thick, sturdy, attracive, yet fierce looking. The sharpness is something (for me) I have never experienced before. The first shave seemed rough but it was because the blade was so sharp (similar to water so hot it feels cold). The second shave I couldn't feel anything, it was so smooth! Like I said above, they make my GEM blades seem poor and cheap. Longevity I gave a 9 because I got 4 shaves form the blade. As my form improves I may push it to 5, but usually blades only last 3 shaves for me (both SE and DE). That is why it is rated high for me. Smoothness is an 8 because the first 3 shaves were more than fine, but the fourth shave was rather rough. Packaging is given a 9. The packaging is as shown: the cardboard box with individually wrapped blades. The blade packages are held together with drops of wax (which can be removed by running the blade under hot water for a few seconds). not the best, but more appealing than the GEM blades that have the cardoard wrapping around the edge. All in all I really like these blades. I am now able to have my Valet razor in my rotation, which makes them even better. They are amazingly sharp, but like the DE blades, treat them like any other razor blade and you'll be fine. They are nothing to fear! Also a side note, I have sensitive skin and these blades did not irritate my face at all. I know some have issues with blade irritation, but these were fine. I recommend all to get a pack of these to try out. I know I will be only ordering them by the case now! Good job Feather!:thumbup: [ATTACH]146500[/ATTACH];title=feather-ss-se-blades&amp;cat=50;title=feather-ss-se-blades&amp;cat=50 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:10:19 -0700 Wilkinson Sword (Indian Made by Gillette) <a href=";title=wilkinson-sword-indian-made-by-gillette&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_protein29.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_protein29.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: GreekGuy<br /><br />Description: These are the Wilkinson Sword blades made by gillette in india Price: I think I paid $1 for a 5 pack, but they are floating around out there on the interwebs for some ridiculously cheap price. It's a 10 Quality: They seem well enough made. Come double wrapped. Don't really see the point of this category since its a very short lived product. It's a 5 Sharpness: This is the blades HUGE shortcoming. People find the wally Wilks to be rather dull. Please, those are like a feather compared to these things. I usually use a blade 3 times, maybe 4. This thing was done after 1 shave. The second shave was like trying to cut a flank steak with a butter knife. Sharpness gets a very generous 3 Longevity: I can use this for 1 shave, thats it. This should be a 0, but I'll give it a 3 Smoothness: The blade is actually rather smooth. One of it's few strong points. 7 Packaging: I like the minimalist cardboard box. It takes up less room, it is more eco friendly, and it lets me dispose of the blade in my see through blade bank. Can't really ask for more: 10 Conclusion: I really wanted to like this blade. It is so cheap, and I like wilkinsons, but these are just awful. I have a course beard, but I don't find the German Wilkinsons to be that bad. Not the sharpest, but not dull by any means. These are outright dull. If you have a light beard, maybe you can use these. But if your beard has any grit to it at all, don't even bother with these. The 5 pack I bought came with a Black Super Platinum, and needless to say I wasn't disappointed that I only got 4 of these particular blades;title=wilkinson-sword-indian-made-by-gillette&amp;cat=50;title=wilkinson-sword-indian-made-by-gillette&amp;cat=50 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 14:23:08 -0700 Gillette Super Thin (Made in Thailand) <a href=";title=gillette-super-thin-made-in-thailand&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_mandarin_ice.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_mandarin_ice.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Day Tripper<br /><br />Description: These are very good blades. I bought 300 of them from dridiot on ebay for $45 Canadian (plus shipping), last November. The best shaving related decision I've ever made, since starting wet shaving. The blades are very sharp, not Feather sharp, but it'll give you a great shave. It's also very smooth. The longevity is great; I can get 6 shaves, probably even 7 if I shaved every day of the week. That's enough to last decades. :001_smile The packaging is nothing to write home about, simple double paper in a box. Very recyclable. I like the Thai on it, stands out nicely. Good choice, Gillette. I would recommend this blade to anyone.;title=gillette-super-thin-made-in-thailand&amp;cat=50;title=gillette-super-thin-made-in-thailand&amp;cat=50 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 21:27:09 -0700 Personna Tungsten '74' injector blade <a href=";title=personna-tungsten-74-injector-blade&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_Denim_Chill.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_Denim_Chill.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: L. Martino<br /><br />Description: Hiya, Although I rarely use injectors now, I do like getting em out of the shaving arsenal from time to time. Years ago, before switching to a DE, I used various injectors exclusively for a good 6-8 months. The right blade and razor combo was found after some trial and error, and then the shave was very good. My final set up was an M type adjustable with some NOS Personna 'Twinjector' blades. Yeah, I tried the various other blades like the ones from Pella, various brands from CVS and the like, a few others I've forgotten, and even the two current Schick versions. So a little while back the M type (dialed in perfectly) was calling to me once again. This time though, I loaded up one of these vintage Tungsten 74s. I'd had em for some time and figured I'd give em a shot. Some reviewers gave em a good write up, so what the heck. Within the first couple strokes, I knew I'd found my new bestest blade....heh. Now these things are SHARP. Man, they blew my former favorite away. These things whacked them whiskers like no other injector blade ever did in the past. Matter of fact, they were so effective I dialed back a little bit (from 4 to 3) to compensate. Nice having that option in a razor. This blade is very smooth, but not a particularly forgiving one. I found out pretty quick that using these meant paying more attention to detail than what's usually needed. After that one little 'wake up call', the rest of my shaves were bloodless. Heh, I just wasn't expecting the blade to be so sharp. I tossed the blade after 5 excellent shaves, although I probably could have gone a couple more. I noticed just the slightest bit of resistance after 5 and figured I was gonna retire the injector anyway. I'd love to find more of these things. They were a real eye opener for me, and I'd recommend trying em for yourself.;title=personna-tungsten-74-injector-blade&amp;cat=50;title=personna-tungsten-74-injector-blade&amp;cat=50 Sat, 25 Sep 2010 05:36:34 -0600 Personna Medical Prep Blade <a href=";title=personna-medical-prep-blade&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_merkblue.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_merkblue.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: ackvil<br /><br />Description: I have been a big fan of the Gillette Russian Yellows and Personnas Reds. I have tried over 20 different DE razor blades but nothing I have tried compares to these blades: they have given me the closest, long lasting, and smoothest shaves ever. The blades come in blue packaging. If you buy the medical prep blades that are made for hospitals they will state "for hospital use" on the blade. If you buy them from a lab supply company, the blades will say "Super." However, the blades for shaving purposes are identical. The hospital blades go through a "cleaning up" process that has no impact on shaving. I have shaved with both and have found no difference in the blades. I normally get at most 4 shaves with any blade. These blades give me 6+ shaves - and the last shave is as good as the first. My only complaint is that the blades are not readily available and shipping charges from medical or lab supply companies are on the high side. However, when you factor in the number of shaves you get per blade, these blades are a bargain. I gave them a 9 in packaging. They come in either a long cardboard box or small one. The blades are wrapped and there is no glue residue on the blades.;title=personna-medical-prep-blade&amp;cat=50;title=personna-medical-prep-blade&amp;cat=50 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 12:26:07 -0600 Lord Racer <a href=";title=lord-racer&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_acteurclip.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_acteurclip.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: GreekGuy<br /><br />Description: First off I'd like to thank iamdarkangel2005 for sending me a sample of these blades. For anyone looking to try these, I believe he now carries them. For a point of reference I usually use an old type open comb. Anyway, to the review. [B]Price:[/B] I didn't pay anything for these. I don't know what iamdarkangel2005 charges for these, but bestgroomingtools carries them for $1.65 for a 5 pack, cheaper in larger quantities. Not quite as cheap as derby's, but certainly much cheaper than gillettes or feathers. [B]Quality:[/B] These blades seem high quality. Nothing wrong, nothing extraordinary. [B]Sharpness:[/B] This to me is the hit or miss. These blades are no feathers. The best comparison I can make is to the black gillette super platinums. They are sharp enough, but extremely forgiving. No tug and pull, but while they cut well you arent gonna get that super close feather shave. Its a trade off. [B]Longevity:[/B] I usually get 3 good shaves from a blade. These seem to last for 4. So i'd say that longevity is higher than normal. [B]Smoothness of Shave[/B] This to me is one of the best aspects of these blades. These blades are very smooth and forgiving. You can get a great shave that leaves your face feeling smooth. But they won't give you that almost rubbery cheek feeling you get from an ultra close shave, if that makes sense. [B]Packaging:[/B] I have no idea what a guy in swim trunks or racers have to do with these razor blades, but I find the packaging very nostalgic and really cool. Its different, but in a good way. Bottom line, these are good blades at a good price. They are forgiving and give a close, comfortable shave. I think they offer the least neck irritation of any blade i've used. These blades provide a standard close shave, but are smoother than normal. If that appeals to you, then by all means try these.;title=lord-racer&amp;cat=50;title=lord-racer&amp;cat=50 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 00:57:40 -0600 Timor Solingen <a href=";title=timor-solingen&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_Ogallala_002.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_Ogallala_002.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Chester<br /><br />Description: I picked up a couple hundred of these about three weeks ago, after hearing about them from onotoman. It took me the better part of a week to finish up the Iridiums I had in my slims, but then I was ready for Timor. This blade is made in Solingen, also the home of Souplex (another of my faves). It's been postulated that Timor and Souplex blades may actually be the same -- Timor being just a fancy-packed re-brand of Souplex, basically. I used Timor blades exclusively for two weeks, using only gillette slims (set to 4) and my feeling is that they are different. Admittedly, because I was using Iridiums for the week before the "two weeks of Timor", my impressions of Timor are probably gauged against Iridium, in terms of performance and quality. Not a bad yardstick, though. :biggrin1: I've tried to keep a mental comparison going with Souplex. (I'm starting "two weeks of Souplex", tomorrow.) Basically, I find Timor to be an exceptional blade, and it comes at a premium price. I think you get what you pay for, though. They're very sharp, as sharp as Iridiums, with no break-in period to get a nice smooth performance. I used 4 blades from two separate packs, and they were all very consistent. I rarely push a blade past three shaves, but I did push one Timor blade out to five shaves and it was still performing very well -- not as well as shaves 1-4, but not tugging, and still pretty smooth. Mostly it just seemed to not cut as efficiently by shave 5. It reminds me of an Iridium, in so many ways. As for the comparison with Souplex, I find Souplex to be the sharper of the two. I find Souplex blades to be incredibly sharp, and until I could appreciate them (and focus more keenly on technique!) they cut me badly. Each cut by the Souplex was a silent, effortless, painless, free-flowing bloody masterpiece. Where Souplex is not forgiving of lapses of technique, I found Timors to be very accommodating. Timors cut very well, and were very smooth right from the start, but not as sharp as Souplex. Souplex seems to develop its smoothness over the first couple shaves, in my experience. So, onto the ratings: Price is rating a 6 because you'll pay anywhere from forty to fifty cents a blade, and you can find other offerings with similar performance for less. Iridiums are a little cheaper, and probably a better value, in comparison. Quality, Sharpness and Longevity all get a 9, because they were very consistent, not quite as sharp as a Souplex or a Feather, and they seem to tucker out at about 5 shaves, where I've been able to get 7 from a Schick Plus Platinum. Finally, I see them as very smooth (matching Iridiums), and the packaging is great. Plastic dispensers are not my favorite (however handy they are on the road), but the trademark is old-timey and looks much like the Apollos. The 200-pack is very nice (love the purple!), and makes for an attractive point-of-sale display. I'd recommend this blade to anyone who likes Bolzanos or Iridiums or Gillette Bleue Extras. Maybe pick up a 10-pack or two and see what you think! So, there you have it. Hope it helps. -- Chet;title=timor-solingen&amp;cat=50;title=timor-solingen&amp;cat=50 Sat, 24 Jul 2010 23:49:43 -0600 ASCO Super Stainless <a href=";title=asco-super-stainless&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_DSCN4158.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_DSCN4158.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Stevestan<br /><br />Description: Received some of these in a large sampler pack. A smooth, quality product with outstanding longevity. Today had my 12th shave with the same blade. I have never had a double edge blade go that long without even a hint of degradation. Made in Egypt for LORD.;title=asco-super-stainless&amp;cat=50;title=asco-super-stainless&amp;cat=50 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 17:28:11 -0600 Treet Durasharp HiTech <a href=";title=treet-durasharp-hitech&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_S--K.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_S--K.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Wil Dorenbos<br /><br />Description: I picked up a batch of these from the Bay, paid some 6 dollar cents per blade. Might be nos. 200 in a pack, 10 in a cardboard box. It is a coated carbon blade. Decided to give them a go in my new Feather AS. A nice, smooth and close shave. I only do 2 passes (WTG and XTG) and the blade was sharp enough for that (coarse beard). Results for me a lot like Feather :laugh:. So I will use these as my daily blade, and Feather for the weekend. I change blades after 2 shaves (one per side), so longevity is n/a for me.;title=treet-durasharp-hitech&amp;cat=50;title=treet-durasharp-hitech&amp;cat=50 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 12:38:52 -0600 Gillette Blue Blades <a href=";title=gillette-blue-blades&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_3.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_3.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: ctr<br /><br />Description: Gillette blue blades are no longer in production. The blade is a carbon steel blade, coated with a blue coating. These blades will rust, and they do not last as long as the stainless varieties of blades. However, these are the smoothest blades I have used. The very first time I tried one, I did not believe the blade was actually doing anything. The pass was so smooth and comfortable. Once finished, I checked my face - zero irratiation and an incredible shave. In my experience, the only closer and smoother shave I have obtained was from a barber using a straight razor decades ago. :thumbup:;title=gillette-blue-blades&amp;cat=50;title=gillette-blue-blades&amp;cat=50 Sat, 03 Jul 2010 11:41:04 -0600 Schick Plus Platinum <a href=";title=schick-plus-platinum&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_SDC10204.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_SDC10204.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Chester<br /><br />Description: I read quite a lot about vintage blades before dipping my toe in. Price, obviously, was a real concern. These go for about a buck a blade, which is pretty steep, but they are readily available on the 'bay. I settled in to these knowing that I had to get at least 5 shaves out of them, and they did not disappoint. I'm on my second one, and I can say that I'm very pleased. I got six shaves out of the first one, and the last shave was actually very good, but I'm very leery of pushing a blade too far. The second blade doesn't feel appreciably different, but is a touch sharper, so I can feel some difference attributable to wear. It's a sharp blade, but I found that it was very smooth, and required no break-in period to get comfortable shaves. It is more comfortable than a bleue extra, in my opinion, and is ranking high among my all-time favorites. As to explain my ratings, I put price as a 6 because lets face it, a buck a blade is a lot of coin. For quality, I think it rates top-shelf. Sharpness, smoothness, longevity and packaging all get high marks, but I declined the '10' rating because there just might be something to surpass them. I don't know if I'm going to commit to buying and using vintage blades only, but I have enough of these to last awhile, and will certainly be rotating them in, periodically. -- Chet;title=schick-plus-platinum&amp;cat=50;title=schick-plus-platinum&amp;cat=50 Sat, 26 Jun 2010 20:43:01 -0600 Lord Super Stainless <a href=";title=lord-super-stainless&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="default.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="default.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Woofbark<br /><br />Description: These are a very reasonably priced Egyptian blade. You can't go wrong for what little you will spend. They are a bright hard steel of obvious good quality. My pack was a bit on the sharp side. More than sharp enough to provide a very smooth, clean shave with no nicks. I can get 3 shaves from each side of the blade. I usually only go twice though because I just want a clean blade at that point. The packaging is more colorful than some of the other styles of Lord Blades. This blade is definitely worth having. This does raise a question though. If other blades, such as Crown, are made at this same factory how come they don't also get these high ratings? Has anyone tried the Crown blade recently? What was your opinion of it? I've only ever seen one review of the Crown.;title=lord-super-stainless&amp;cat=50;title=lord-super-stainless&amp;cat=50 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 20:25:21 -0600 Big Ben Blades <a href=";title=big-ben-blades&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_26120272.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_26120272.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Woofbark<br /><br />Description: You should definitely give these a try. I will be using them again. Packaging isn't great but I don't take off points for that. I think the packaging is irrelevant as long as they perform well. I only get two shaves per side with these but that is still acceptable since I want a fresh blade by then anyway. The price is also very reasonable.;title=big-ben-blades&amp;cat=50;title=big-ben-blades&amp;cat=50 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 08:55:52 -0600 Hy-Vee grocery store blades <a href=";title=hy-vee-grocery-store-blades&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_14614_5df46ef3b17c6481819301a7523bcb23.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_14614_5df46ef3b17c6481819301a7523bcb23.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: datzc<br /><br />Description: Hy-Vee is a regional Midwestern grocery chain. These blades are probably similar to other store brands. I've only had 1 or 2 good shaves after 5 blades and many attempts. Way too many nicks and cuts to continue trying them. At least the packaging was interesting - press a button to slide out a fresh blade and a slot for storage.;title=hy-vee-grocery-store-blades&amp;cat=50;title=hy-vee-grocery-store-blades&amp;cat=50 Sat, 20 Mar 2010 19:35:57 -0600 Treet Classic <a href=";title=treet-classic&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_Big_Ben_blades.gif" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_Big_Ben_blades.gif" /></a><br /><br />by: americanarmsdealer<br /><br />Description: [B]PRICE:[/B]About what would be expected for a quality blade. On par with other offerings of this caliber. Gave the Treets an 8 in this category. [B]QUALITY:[/B]Appearance-wise, which is what I personally rate in this category, the Treets do pretty good. The print on the blades seems to be good and sharp, and they actually used the Treet logo over "Classic" in script that matches what is on the rest of the packaging. Very classy, in my estimation! For those of you that allow glue on blades to be the bane of your existence, you will positively hate the Treet Classics on this count. The blades don't have dots or even spots of glue, but I would estimate about 25% of one side of the blade is covered in the stuff.:scared: It's not like it is an inch thick or anything, just a thin coating, but let this be a warning! Personally, I don't really care one way or another about glue, so I still rated this category at a 9. [B]SHARPNESS:[/B]I called these blades "Pure performance" in my notes upon my initial shave, and they didn't fade quickly thereafter, so this earned the Treets a solid 8 in this category. [B]LONGEVITY:[/B]Got 3 solid, comfortable shaves from this blade, but noticed a lot of rust on the edge before what would have been shave 4, so I chucked the blade. I don't want this to count against the performance of this blade, but I gotta give it a 6 in this category, since I award 2 points per completed shave in scoring this category. It is what it is. [B]SMOOTHNESS OF SHAVE:[/B]Upon referencing my notes concerning this blade, I found, "Close, smooth & comfortable-Pure performance!", "Good & smooth.", and "Smooth & close.", so I gotta give a 9 to the Treet Classics here. [B]PACKAGING:[/B]I simply must give the Treet Classics a perfect score in this category for a few reasons. First, there are 10 great blades in each pack versus 5 blades from most of the competition out there. Secondly, the package gets bonus points for the retro appearance. I wasn't around in the '50's (far from it, since I missed out on half of the '70's, which is a good thing. Who wants to remember polyester and disco anyway?:confused1), but the packaging makes me think of drive-in's and soda shops for some strange reason. And of course, the carryover of the logos from the outer box to the paper wrapper and all the way through to the actual blade itself is pretty cool, you gotta admit! For those to whom it matters, I used my Gillette Gold Fat Handle Tech in the evaluation of this blade. At the time, I was rotating through 3 different razors and 3 different blades, so I take total responsibility for the rusting of the blade subsequent to shave 3. What can I say: I had just received my sample pack the week before and had increased my razor count by 400% over the prior week and a half, so I was impatient to try out as many options as possible as quickly as possible. I've since repented of my wayward behavior and have limited all blade tests to the Fat Handle Tech until I work through the rest of my gargantuan sampler, and to lock my technique down using just one razor. I'll have to revisit this blade at a later date and use only it on sequential days to see if the longevity is increased.;title=treet-classic&amp;cat=50;title=treet-classic&amp;cat=50 Sun, 14 Mar 2010 17:37:13 -0600 Big Ben Super Stainless <a href=";title=big-ben-super-stainless&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_crown.gif" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_crown.gif" /></a><br /><br />by: americanarmsdealer<br /><br />Description: [B]PRICE:[/B]Seems to be about what one would expect from a middle of the road offering from Lord, earning an 8 from me in this category [B]QUALITY:[/B]Appearance-wise, nothing to write home about, but we're not really looking for a beauty pageant winner, are we? No fireworks as far as logos or special fonts printed on the blades, simply "BIG BEN" over "SUPER STAINLESS". Not the sharpest blade print I've witnessed, but certainly better than some, so I gave the Big Bens an 8 in this category, as well. As a small aside for those of you who simply hate glue on your blades, the Big Bens have it. Two extremely small, dare I say miniscule spots on one side of the blade. These earned this blade an 8 from me. [B]SHARPNESS:[/B]Impressive coming from a fairly inexpensive offering. Effective and efficient removal of stubble from this blade, and it didn't seem to fade on subsequent shaves, either, buying an 8 in this category. [B]LONGEVITY:[/B]This blade resulted in 4 smooth, close, and relatively irritation free shaves for me, resulting in an 8 in this category. I give 2 points for each completed shave the blade nets me. [B]SMOOTHNESS OF SHAVE:[/B]Impressive results from the Big Bens on this note. Only 1 small nick, and 1 weeper over 4 total shaves, both of which were(I'm convinced) my fault due to weak technique. Since I can't blame the blade, I'll award a 9 for this category. [B]PACKAGING:[/B]The normal 5 blades contained in a cardboard box over a printed paper wrapper over wax paper. The logo is kind of cool, if you like London, but didn't evoke any great retro throwback emotional reactions from me, personally, so I gave an 8 here. I used this blade in my Z3 SS. Just a small note for those that care. I also wrote, "What a sleeper of a blade!" and "NICE!" in the notes I use to keep track of my blade travels. Definitely a pleasant surprise in an almost forgettable package.;title=big-ben-super-stainless&amp;cat=50;title=big-ben-super-stainless&amp;cat=50 Sun, 14 Mar 2010 16:43:10 -0600 Crown Super Stainless <a href=";title=crown-super-stainless&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_trey1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_trey1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: americanarmsdealer<br /><br />Description: [B]PRICE[/B]Seems to be about on par with many other middle of the road blades on the market. You won't cry about throwing your money away if these happen to not work out for you, so I rated this at a 7. [B]QUALITY[/B]:Appearance-wise, these seem to be about average when compared to some other blades I've handled thus far. For those of you that hate glue on the blade, these have 4 smallish spots, one in each quarter of the blade on one side. Nothing special about the print on the blades themselves, no special fonts or logos, simply "CROWN" over "SUPER STAINLESS" on both sides of the blade. The print wasn't nice and sharp, but had a faded, almost "rubbed off" appearance to it. Not the look of something the quality guys at the factory seemed to be concerned with, so this ranked a 6 for me. [B]SHARPNESS:[/B]Seemed passable on the first shave out of the package, but faded quickly, which is why I rated this a 5. [B]LONGEVITY:[/B]I only got 2 full shaves out of this blade, and I do 3 full passes plus touch up. During the touch up on shave number 2, this blade was already pulling and tugging rather uncomfortably. I figured to be subjective, I would give 2 points for each completed shave in my reviews, hence the score of 4 in this category. [B]SMOOTHNESS OF SHAVE:[/B]I've gotten to the point that I can generally escape a shave without nicks or weepers, but both shaves with this particular blade yielded several weepers and a lot of irritation, so the Crowns rated only a 6 for me in this category. [B]PACKAGING[/B]:Five blades in a cardboard box over a paper wrapper over the expected wax paper wrapper. Nothing unexpected here. The logo looks kinda cool, in a retro feeling kind of way, which bought a 9 from me in this category. For the record, I'll not be throwing the remaining 4 blades in this pack away, I'll have to give them a spin in my other 3 razors in order to be fully subjective. I tried this blade in my H3 SS, and my Z3 SS, the only 2 razors I owned at the time. They may perform better in a Tech or Slim.;title=crown-super-stainless&amp;cat=50;title=crown-super-stainless&amp;cat=50 Sun, 14 Mar 2010 16:10:46 -0600 Souplex <a href=";title=souplex&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_IMG_4475__Small_.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_IMG_4475__Small_.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: michiganlover<br /><br />Description: Review for this blade already exists elsewhere: [URL=""][/URL];title=souplex&amp;cat=50;title=souplex&amp;cat=50 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 06:35:39 -0700 Personna 74 (NOS) <a href=";title=personna-74-nos&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="thumb_RZ-MER-215.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="thumb_RZ-MER-215.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Stubblefield<br /><br />Description: First of all, I am a bit apprehensive about doing a review of a blade that is no longer in production, but I believe this blade deserves special consideration. I enjoy shaving exclusively with new old stock (NOS) blades, finding them in most cases to be better than what is currently in production. Many a NOS user will echo my sentiments. And while it is fairly easy to toss up a review of a blade, it is in my opinion best reserved for current production blades. I will make an exception for the Personna 74. The 74 derives its name from the element tungsten, which conveniently is numbered 74 on the periodic table of elements. Ergo, Personna 74. This blade has several things going for it. One, it is simply the longest lasting DE blade ever made, if user experience is to be believed. Shavers regularly report achieving 20 to 30 excellent shaves from this blade. Much of it has to do with the Tungsten steel and Platinum coatings, to be sure. Some of it was determined by the particular steel stock used, as well as the machines the blades were made on. In my opinion, ASR achieved the perfect storm when they manufactured this blade—all conditions and materials were perfectly aligned. They come in two flavors, the 74 and 74 plus. I have not been able to determine the differences yet. This is one of the finest blades ever made. And not only does it yield a smooth, comfortable shave, results are extremely consistent from shave to shave. The only issue I experienced is that the first few shaves were a little rough. After that, the blade really came in to it’s own. There are a few blades that I feel are touch smoother, so smoothness is the one category (other than price) that I deducted points on. Speaking of cost, the one negative of the 74 is price. Supplies of these are very rare, and as a result of increasing interest on the forums have trended upward. So for most this blade will become their special occasion blade and not an everyday shaver. Having said that, if you have an opportunity to pick a few up, it would be well worth your while. If any blade deserved the title “King of Blades” it would be the Personna 74.;title=personna-74-nos&amp;cat=50;title=personna-74-nos&amp;cat=50 Sat, 27 Feb 2010 12:33:43 -0700 CVS Pharmacy DE razors <a href=";title=cvs-pharmacy-de-razors&amp;cat=50"><img class="imgborder" title="default.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="default.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: BaldShaver<br /><br />Description: I purchased these blades at a CVS pharmacy. They were inexpensive for a pack of 10 stainless steel blades, so I thought I'd give them a whirl. What I found left me quite disappointed. To begin with, when I opened the package and removed the first blade, I found rust on the surface and along the edge. The next two blades were also rusted, though not as much. It wasn't until the fourth blade that I found no rust. I loaded it into my TTO razor and lathered up for a basic shave test. Sharpness was nearly absent. I had to make repeated passes over my average beard stubble to get even the remote semblance of a passable shave. Longevity is roughly non-existent with CVS DE blades. One or two shaves renders these blades unusable. The only acceptable facet of this blade purchase was the blade dispenser, featuring a blade safe on the back of the dispenser to dispose of used blades. In short, pharmacy-brand razors seem to pander to price rather than quality. Save your money and spend a little extra coin on quality name-brand DE blades.;title=cvs-pharmacy-de-razors&amp;cat=50;title=cvs-pharmacy-de-razors&amp;cat=50 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 15:44:04 -0700