07-14-2013, 08:48 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I have a chance on a good deal on some Personna Blue "LAB" Blades. Has anyone used these blades before and can shed some light on them.

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 07-14-2013, 09:10 AM
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  • bullgoose
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I can shed some light..."Meh". Biggrin YMMV

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 07-14-2013, 09:24 AM
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  • savagejoerude
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I'll shed some light too... I was PIF'ed 100 from Phil after winning one of his generous contests. Much better than the reds. Not PolSilvers but a good sharp blade. I have been using them in my Tech/Goliath and I like them. In that set up I've been getting some good shaves. I had one in in the old FatBoy last week but I was trying to be a bad ass like Brian Krampert and had it set on the "magic 9"... Won't do that again...PROMISE !!! I'm going to dial it back to 6 where it was really working for me and try again soon.... I had to return to my beloved SE's for a while to recuperate. As far as DE blades I'd recommend them. But as Phil said YMMV...

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 07-14-2013, 10:00 AM
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(07-14-2013, 09:10 AM)bullgoose Wrote: I can shed some light..."Meh". Biggrin YMMV

+1 i would even go so far as to say they are terrible....for me anyway. Biggrin

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 07-14-2013, 10:09 AM
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Might be the razors I'm using or my particular beard/skin/face, but they're my go-to blades.

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 07-14-2013, 10:09 AM
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They are the only DE blade I keep around. Smooth and upper middle class sharpness and good in all the DE razors I use from a Tech to an R41.

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 07-14-2013, 10:15 AM
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  • Johnny
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(07-14-2013, 10:09 AM)kentclark Wrote: They are the only DE blade I keep around. Smooth and upper middle class sharpness and good in all the DE razors I use from a Tech to an R41.

Laughing1 Which blades would be low white trash sharpness. Biggrin

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 07-14-2013, 10:22 AM
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(07-14-2013, 10:15 AM)Johnny Wrote:
(07-14-2013, 10:09 AM)kentclark Wrote: They are the only DE blade I keep around. Smooth and upper middle class sharpness and good in all the DE razors I use from a Tech to an R41.

Laughing1 Which blades would be low white trash sharpness. Biggrin

Glad you liked that, Johnny Smile

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 07-14-2013, 10:48 AM
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  • Jeff
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If the blades have hospital use printed on them, I really like them! There is another Personna that comes in a blue wrapper that does not seem to be as good. I have about 3000 voskhods left that I have developed an allergy to. If you buy these Personna and do not like them, maybe we could trade? I also have a few hundred PAL hollow ground carbons too.

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 07-14-2013, 10:56 AM
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  • Johnny
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Thanks Jeff. I tried the voskhods a little over a year ago and they just did not perform for me. You would think a razor blade is a razor blade, but that's just not the case.

I don't know how I managed all those years just going to the drug store and buying a pack of the old Gillette Blues. Heck, they weren't even stainless.

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 07-14-2013, 12:38 PM
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Theses Personna Blue "Lab" blades, along with the Voskhods, are my top two blades. I find they give a great shave in nearly every razor I own.

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 07-14-2013, 12:57 PM
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One would think that these blades have a QC issue. Some posts note no difference between the Labs and the Med Prep blades saying the only difference is a sterilization step. My experience is that the Prep blade is excellent and the Lab Blues are mediocre at best. I've tried the Labs in 4 razors and found them wanting in each case. YMMV

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 07-14-2013, 01:52 PM
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  • Arcadies
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I find they are fairly nice blades depending on your razor. I get 4 very nice shaves from them in a Weber, but they were a bit rough when I tried them in a Futur and R41.

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 07-14-2013, 01:57 PM
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They are one of my favorite blades. Very comfortable and forgiving, decent sharpness and they last many shaves. Connaught shaving once posted that Personna confirmed that the only difference between the med preps and the labs is no oil coating on the med preps for autoclave purposes.

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 07-14-2013, 02:00 PM
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  • Johnny
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Well, I guess it does not make a difference at this time. The little turd (my son) gave them to a friend. I guess the old man did not react fast enough for him.Sad

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 07-14-2013, 02:40 PM
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  • vuk
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They are one of my favorites as well. I also like the red packs but give a slight edge to the labs.
However in gerneral I'm not real picky when it comes to blades.

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 07-23-2013, 10:00 AM
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  • Crag
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I'd pass....Get the Personna Medicals...it's night and day with Medical Blades way on top!

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 07-23-2013, 10:04 AM
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  • Agravic
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It's truly fascinating how YMMV with blades especially. My experience with the Personna Blue 'Lab' : they were sharp but rough for me. Undecided

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 07-23-2013, 10:55 AM
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  • Johnny
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I have some of the Med Prep blades and love them. They are my preferred blade right now. A kind member sent me 5 of the Lab blades to try and I will start using them next week to see if I can tell any difference.

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 07-23-2013, 10:55 AM
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  • Crag
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(07-23-2013, 10:04 AM)Agravic Wrote: It's truly fascinating how YMMV with blades especially. My experience with the Personna Blue 'Lab' : they were sharp but rough for me. Undecided

Yes exactly. I'd like to point out that there are other differences between the LAB and the Medical blade.

The Lab blade was designed to be used in the Lab setting to shave a persons arm when drawing blood.

The Medical Blade was designed to shave large areas for surgeries and are twice as thick as the lab blades with a more substantial grind on the edge. They are designed to shave an hairy man clean on the entire chest area. PLUS they are designed to do so WITHOUT soaps or cleansers and have a non-stick hypoallergenic coating on the edge as well.

The blades are waxed on the corners, and are not pre-wrapped.

They are both single use, and cannot be autoclaved in US hospitals, though there may be places who could potentially reuse these blades.

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