Okay everyone on B&B knows about Oscrofts Blind tests on many diffrent blades. And while I do feel like those where good tests I would like to take blind testing on blades a step further. What do I mean?
Well I think that whan doing blind tests on blade and your trying to be scientific about it then you should eliminate as many variables as pssible that could effect the result. In Oscrofts tests he did use 2 of the exact same razor and did multiple shaves which is all great. However when he did diffrent shaves with the blades he changed what soap he used. Well whats wrong with that you might ask. Well in testing your skill at lathering soaps in testing is a factor that can change the result of the shave also all soaps preform diffrent. I feel that in blind blade test that soaps should be replaced with Brushles creams or gels like RazoRocks Shave Gel for instance. There are 2 blades I want to see testing and those 2 blades are...... First Testing the Shark Super Chrome blade in the Red and Yellow (Shark SS wrapper) and compared to the Shark Super Chrome in the regular wrapper. I also would like to see the Super Iridium blade compared to the Polisilver Super Iridium blade which from my reaserch i feel is the exact same blade.
Here is my idea on how blades should be tested
First: The prep
I dont shower before i shave so in testing the prep should be a hot towel on your face for 2 or 3 mins (it should be timed with a watch or something and if you choose 2 mins then time it and use the same timer for every test) After the hot towel then a pre shave product should be applied ( I.E. like Proraso pre and post. what ever pre shave product should be applied in the same amount for every test)
Second: The Shave Cream/Gel/Soap
Due to the varing preformance in shave creams and a persons ability to produce a perfect lather every single time ( Oscroft im not doubting your ability to make a lather) Also by using diffrent soaps for every test it can effect the outcome due to the varying levels of preformance in a soap. That is why I say a brushless cream should be used to eliminate the factor of lathering and varying levels of preformance. I say that the product that should be used it RazoRocks Shave Gel (I got my father to stop using canned goo and use RR Shave Gel)
Thrid: The Razors
Obviosliy the razors used should be the exact same. Which Oscroft did do and I think this is a important thing. The razors that should be used in testing should be razors that everyone can agree is a great razor. For instance The Merkur HD and The Edwin Jagger DE89 are both good razors for testing.
When it comes to aftershaves I do think that the same one should be used in every test in the same amount and way. You could just use some clubman aftershave or nivea balm. Or you could just use alum and nothing else. I think that this area is a little hard for me to say what should be used seeing how depending on your skin type a Aftershave splash may not be good for your skin type. So that being said i guess the best way for testing should be a warm water rinse and then a cold water rinse.
I cannot talk about how you should shave due to everyones face is diffrent. Overall I think that a 3 pass shave should be used for testing. Also to eliminate as many variables the test should be conducted for the life of the blades and after every shave or every other shave the blades should be put in the opposite razor. Also the amount of growth should be the same for every test which means you should shave the same time for every test.