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    I am only three months into wet shaving and I am experimenting with different blades. I have read in a few posts that Personna Reds are good. My question is are these the same blades or some kind of knock off? I found them on the shelf at a local store and they seem ok. I have seen these in both a red and blue package. Are these the same blades that are getting the good reviews on B&B? Also are the Personna reds = crystal blades?

    Thanks for all the help.

    http://www.amazon.com/Personna-Plati...5051937&sr=8-2

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    I don't think they are. The ones in your link look like the ones they used to sell at wal-mart. The Personna reds that a lot of people like are made in Israel (Isrealli Reds).

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    Nope, nope and nope.....

    what are called "Reds" are made in Israel. Personna super blues are made in Verona Virgina and come in 2 flavors, hospital prep, and commercial (both 100 pack bulk). The ones in the store are also from the Verona plant but not the same as the medical or commercial blades.

    A few pics for you:

    "Reds" 5 pack carton and 10 pack dispenser



    Super Blues: Meds and Labs:

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    Below is some more info on the various US made Personna blades:

    Original thread: http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthr...onfusion-59353

    Quote Originally Posted by TheVez2 View Post
    Hopefully this clears up everything with regard to the American Personnas:


    ASR Makes their Personna blades in 4 different "grades".

    1) Stainless Steel
    Packaged as: CVS house brand

    2) Stainless Steel w/Comfort Coating* A.K.A. Super Stainless Steel**
    Packaged as: Personna 5 pack (from Sally Beauty or WCS), Walgreens house brand, Blue wrapped Super AKA ”Lab Blue”, Med Preps “Hospital Use”***

    3) Platinum Chrome****
    Packaged as: Personna 10 Pack (from Personna.com, Walmart.com), Exchange Select house brand (Military BX/PX)

    4) Platinum Chrome w/Comfort Coating A.K.A. Super Platinum Chrome**
    Packaged as: Personna 5 pack from Sally Beauty.com, Barber Personna (White wrapper)

    * Comfort Coating means PTFE “Teflon” coated, and provides a smoother edge.

    **”Super” on a blade just means that it has the comfort coating.

    *** Med Preps “Hospital Use” are the same blade as the Labs/Lab Blue, however they go through an extra cleansing/sterilization process prior to wrapping, making them safe for hospital operating rooms.

    **** Platinum Chrome blade is more durable and keeps its edge longer than Stainless Steel.




    Example Packaging:
    1) Stainless Steel


    2) Stainless Steel w/Comfort Coating


    3) Platinum Chrome


    4) Platinum Chrome w/Comfort Coating
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    If you are referring to Red IPs (red wrapper) vs. Crystals (blue wrapper), they are both from Israel, and both excellent, smooth blades perfect for new shavers. I personally found the Crystals more forgiving, but that's just me.
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    go for the med's, they are damn nice blades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lr11 View Post
    go for the med's, they are damn nice blades.
    I just ordered some labs today, from what I have read they are very nice blades.

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    In the UK there's another strand to this. Tesco and Boots sell plain blades that are made in Isreal, with a black and silver cardboard insert. Morrisins sell "Persona" branded blades with the same insert in the box. No doubt there are others. The blades are unmarked when unwrapped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Codfish View Post
    If you are referring to Red IPs (red wrapper) vs. Crystals (blue wrapper), they are both from Israel, and both excellent, smooth blades perfect for new shavers. I personally found the Crystals more forgiving, but that's just me.
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    This ^.

    Personally I prefer the reds, but as the man said, YM....
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    Personna manufactures its US blades in Knoxville, TN. Verona, VA is--or was, before ASR (American Safety Razor, Personna's parent company) went bankrupt in recent years and was bought up by Energizer--ASR's manufacturing headquarters.
    http://www.qualitymag.com/CDA/Articl...00000000558549
    Last edited by Mandina; 04-22-2012 at 03:18 PM.

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