04-14-2012, 08:27 PM
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In August of 2011 I posted a testing of DE blades and some readers made a request for me to perform this test again to incorporate some of their favorite blades. This is the result of this testing.

https://sites.google.com/site/gdcarringt...allenge-ii

I have chosen this format for easy of development. If you find any glaring issues, please contact me by PM and if it needs correction I will make any necessary changes.

An addendum has been added for a new chart on 10 May 2013.

https://sites.google.com/site/gdcarringt...i-addendum

Thank you for your review.

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 04-14-2012, 09:01 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Gary, very well done sir. Do you have any skin left on those cheeks? Smile

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 04-14-2012, 09:03 PM
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(04-14-2012, 09:01 PM)Johnny Wrote: Gary, very well done sir. Do you have any skin left on those cheeks? Smile

It is amazing how we take this activity for granted until it is written down like this.

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 04-14-2012, 09:45 PM
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  • freddy
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  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
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Incredible, Gary. I've never seen anything like this before. Nicely done and at least one blade we absolutely agree on...the (in)famous Feather. Wink

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 04-14-2012, 09:51 PM
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Wow!! Now that's what I call in-depth!! Biggrin

Some amazing information, Thanks!!

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 04-15-2012, 09:02 AM
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  • gijames
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  • TN, USA
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Thank you for your testing,

it sounds like you set yourself a very prudent methodology in order to give the best feedback from your shaves.

well done sir!

Biggrin

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 04-15-2012, 10:09 AM
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Gary, it seems you've tested most every DE blade on the planet!

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 04-15-2012, 11:38 AM
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(04-15-2012, 10:09 AM)wknicholas Wrote: Gary, it seems you've tested most every DE blade on the planet!

I had about 15 to 20 that I know of that I did not test.
That is scary!

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 04-15-2012, 05:58 PM
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  • MrGuy
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  • Black Hills of SD
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Great info, well done! I don't have a definitive rank to the blades I have, but it's interesting that the ones I like also appear on your list above to 80% mark. The blades I would not buy again are all below 80%. Of course, I've used only a fraction of the blades listed, but interesting none the less.

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 04-15-2012, 08:34 PM
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  • tgutc
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  • Michigan
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Great job! Thank you for posting that.

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 04-15-2012, 09:24 PM
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What an amazing review, sir! Thank you.

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 04-17-2012, 05:30 PM
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  • gijames
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  • TN, USA
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(04-15-2012, 05:58 PM)MrGuy Wrote: Great info, well done! I don't have a definitive rank to the blades I have, but it's interesting that the ones I like also appear on your list above to 80% mark. The blades I would not buy again are all below 80%. Of course, I've used only a fraction of the blades listed, but interesting none the less.

Smile
I haven't tried many blades yet myself, but have noticed that his 80% threshold gives back the same feedback I have with the blades I have tried. I Can definitely use his testing as a baseline for my future *samples*
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 04-20-2012, 01:06 PM
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wow, that's quite the review, Gary!

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 04-29-2012, 06:43 PM
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Man, you're thorough! That is a very well done review.

I noticed that the production status for the Gillette Platinums is listed as uncertain. One of the Art of Shaving stores near me is selling them, so it looks like they are probably still made.

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 04-30-2012, 03:31 AM
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(04-29-2012, 06:43 PM)Tbone Wrote: Man, you're thorough! That is a very well done review.

I noticed that the production status for the Gillette Platinums is listed as uncertain. One of the Art of Shaving stores near me is selling them, so it looks like they are probably still made.

That uncertainty existed when I tested the blades. The review of each was made when tested. Gillette at the time was planning to revamp the blade name or packaging, but they decided to stay with it. A rarity for them to leave it alone.

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 05-02-2012, 05:30 AM
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  • RedRocks
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wOw! Thank you for your commitment - outstanding. Of course this is indeed a YMMV since my face is nothing like yours (fine, slow growing whiskers,etc), but there is some excellent info there that will be very useful to me.

~Frank

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 05-06-2012, 02:03 PM
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Thanks to all of those have reviewed and commented!

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 05-19-2012, 04:37 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Wow what a contribution. I applaud your commitment to blade testing and thank-you whole heartedly for sharing your results.

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 05-21-2012, 12:13 AM
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  • Persius
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  • Reading, England
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Thanks for posting this - it has been REALLY useful for me. My skin is a real problem: it just seems to hate the process of shaving ...

... I started out on Merkur blades, tried quite a few others, and I had better results with Personna platinums, but now I've discovered the SuperMax platinum blades, which I tried solely on the basis of your review, I now have a much, much more comfortable shave, with a lot less irritation.

For some chaps, the blade is not that important (from what I gather reading other posts), but for people like me it does seem to matter. Information like this is valuable to the community.

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 05-21-2012, 03:14 AM
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(05-21-2012, 12:13 AM)Persius Wrote: Thanks for posting this - it has been REALLY useful for me. My skin is a real problem: it just seems to hate the process of shaving ...

... I started out on Merkur blades, tried quite a few others, and I had better results with Personna platinums, but now I've discovered the SuperMax platinum blades, which I tried solely on the basis of your review, I now have a much, much more comfortable shave, with a lot less irritation.

For some chaps, the blade is not that important (from what I gather reading other posts), but for people like me it does seem to matter. Information like this is valuable to the community.


I suffer from having a moderate to course beard but sensitive skin so I understand the issues all too well.

Thank you for your appreciation of this effort and data release.

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