View Full Version : Astra Super Platinum
09-17-2010, 08:07 AM
I tried this blade for the first time today in my Feather AS. I've been wanting to try it and when I looked through a sample of blades I got a while back I found one!
I did my standard prep of showering, using conditioner on my face, splashing hot water at the sink, and then rubbing the Mama Bear Awakening shave stick all over my face. I face lathered with my Simpson Polo 8 brush and went to work. I did a WTG, XTG, ATG and a little touchup and buffing for a DFS/BBS shave.
What amazed me was how sharp, yet very smooth, that blade was for me.
I'm getting a larger sampler today and I think it has five Astra blades in it so I can try it in some of my other razors.
09-17-2010, 08:28 AM
I really can't make up my mind if I like Astras or not. One day I get a wonderful shave, the other (like today) it was mediocre at best - even with the same razor. I don't get it. The quality should be top notch and consistent so it must be my inconsistent newbie technique. But why doesn't that ever happen with Feathers (which I love)?
09-17-2010, 08:40 AM
I love astras! I find them smooth, adequately sharp, consistent, and immune to ham-fistedness. :p
I've ripped myself up a couple of times with a feather, i find they're far more sensitive to angle and pressure.
I thought IP reds were good before i tried the astra sp. Now i find them a bit rough (but otherwise very similar).
09-17-2010, 08:44 AM
They're my favorite blade with about 300 in reserve for the Shavepocalypse.
09-17-2010, 09:36 AM
The Astra SP is a favourite of many on the board here. I find them to be quite acceptable and you can find them for a reasonable amount of money. I rate them roughly similar to Israeli Personnas (a.k.a. Super+ Platinum) blades.
09-17-2010, 09:44 AM
A great blade; better than the Iridiums for me as I find them smoother.
09-17-2010, 11:51 AM
Not a good blade for me, felt very rough to the skin, but sharp.
09-17-2010, 12:05 PM
Astras are not my go to blade but I have a very favorable opinion of them. Right now I'm using Feathers almost exclusively with an occasional Kai or Iridium thrown in. I put down my slant for a month and was using some alternative blades like Astras and Gillette yellows. Both were excellent but I still missed my go to set up of Featehrs in my sledghammer slant.
David in Boston
09-17-2010, 01:27 PM
After trying many blades I settled for Astra.
While a blade must be sharp it also must be smooth.
And Astras are one "smooth" blade.
These used to be my go to blade, but know I can't decide whether i like them. Personnly I find Dorco ST 301 much better.
09-17-2010, 04:35 PM
I have a big soft spot for Astra SP blades. They are sharp and smooth, though I do randomly get bad shaves from them too. I like the Astra packaging for some reason, its not fancy or elegant, but it just speaks to me. If they did not have the glue/wax dots they could easily be my go to blade. Right now I think I like SuperMax blades a bit more, they are cheaper and seem to be even smoother for me but still maintain a high level of sharpness.
Great blade one of my go-to's
09-18-2010, 06:20 PM
Just tried my first one this morning. Possibly my most comfortable shave yet!
09-18-2010, 06:36 PM
these are the best blades I have tried
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