08-19-2014, 11:24 AM
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Another find, and another cheap one too. For me, with the caveat that I've only used one, it's a definite second tier blade. At a buck twenty nine for five. Is that what others have found as well?

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 08-19-2014, 04:27 PM
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I just started another one this morning in my Slim. They are an excellent blade, but as always, YMMV.

I get 5 shaves with one.

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 08-19-2014, 05:26 PM
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I get good results with this blade. I also get comparably good results from Voskhod and Ladas, which are from the same factory.

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 08-19-2014, 05:36 PM
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I'm getting incredibly consistent shaves from my Voskhod blades, perfect blend of sharp and smooth. I have the Rapira Swedish Supersteel and will be trying them shortly.

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 08-20-2014, 06:26 AM
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shave number three today and I'm even more impressed.

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 08-20-2014, 09:00 AM
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I just remembered Gary's DE challenge. A quick check shows Gary was as impressed with this blade as I am.

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 08-20-2014, 12:41 PM
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I get good results with this blade and use it regularly. Same with me on the Voskhods and Ladas.

Ed

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 08-20-2014, 08:37 PM
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I like them enough to buy them 100 at a time. I feel they are sharper than the Voshkods, platinum lux and Ladas made in the same plant. Unfortunately, I've found YMMV to be true when it comes to evaluating blades.

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 09-02-2014, 01:33 PM
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Today i used a Rapira Platinum Lux. I had high hopes after my great experience with the Swedes. They were dashed. We'll give it another try perhaps, but bad first impression.

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 09-02-2014, 08:13 PM
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  • LORDBISHOP
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(09-02-2014, 01:33 PM)Mouser Wrote: Today i used a Rapira Platinum Lux. I had high hopes after my great experience with the Swedes. They were dashed. We'll give it another try perhaps, but bad first impression.

I've had the same results regarding these two blades. Actually the only Rapira blades I achieved consistent GOOD results with is the Rapira Swedish super steel...YMMV, but they actually work better for me than any of the other blades mentioned too, Ladas, Voshkods ect...like mentioned in the beginning of the thread, the Swede S.steel blades are good but not top tier, nice to sub in for a change of pace though when fate temps me Tongue

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 10-21-2014, 09:58 AM
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I was using these in a cadet tto and had 1 good to great three pass shave. Shave 2 was hit and miss with shave 3 being unbearable. But sharp and smooth the first time out.

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 10-21-2014, 11:35 AM
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(09-02-2014, 08:13 PM)LORDBISHOP Wrote:
(09-02-2014, 01:33 PM)Mouser Wrote: Today i used a Rapira Platinum Lux. I had high hopes after my great experience with the Swedes. They were dashed. We'll give it another try perhaps, but bad first impression.

I've had the same results regarding these two blades. Actually the only Rapira blades I achieved consistent GOOD results with is the Rapira Swedish super steel...YMMV, but they actually work better for me than any of the other blades mentioned too, Ladas, Voshkods ect...like mentioned in the beginning of the thread, the Swede S.steel blades are good but not top tier, nice to sub in for a change of pace though when fate temps me Tongue


I'm finding the opposite to be true. The Swedish Super Steel seems to be sharper and smoother initially than the Platinum Lux. However by the the 2nd and 3rd shaves, I find the Platinum Lux to hold its edge better. Much smoother.

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 01-02-2015, 08:46 AM
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These blades continue to move up on my list every time I use them. Not only do they give me as close and as smooth a shave as any other in production blade I've ever tried, they lasting longer and are less expensive than ex-top blades. 5th shave with one this morning and going strong.

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 01-02-2015, 09:32 AM
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Blades from Russian ebay sellers are really cheap just now, stock up while the prices are down Biggrin

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/unuta77/m.html...7675.l2562

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 01-06-2015, 12:17 PM
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I've only used the Super Stainless and they're my favorites ATM, ordered the Swedes, Platinum Lux & Lada...

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 01-06-2015, 12:31 PM
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I like all the Rapira blades. They are like the Gabor sisters of razor blades; I'd take either on any given day.

Did I just date myself?

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 01-06-2015, 05:49 PM
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Anyone hazard a guess why a Russian razor is called Swedish supersteel?---- RIGHT; the raw stock is Sandvick 12c27 as used in many excellent knives including the famous Moras.
This steel is popular for taking an excellent edge and ease of resharpening compared to the awful 440 series of stainless steels. But 3 shaves is a lot for this steel. My Puukko holds up longer than a carbon stablemate but demands
more frequent attention than the 440 monstrosities. It was my favourite 'Russian blade' but 3 shaves and it was done.

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 01-06-2015, 07:03 PM
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440 steels vs 12c27 are not what makes a blade. sufficient carbon content and good heat treatment will yield excellent results. Maybe they run that steel somewhat easy to grind with lower hardness. Also, aiming at sharpness with a thin, acute grind will give way to fast loss of performance
My usual Voskhod blades last the same, about 2 to 3 shaves...
Is it true the Personna 74 were so tough and at the same time well heattreated you could use them for dozens of shaves? These were tungsten steel.
I'd like to strop my blades to maintain the cutting edge and modify it slightly. Seems like these mass produced blades favor not long term use

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 01-06-2015, 08:29 PM
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Sandvik runs their steels 54-61 HRC ( that = very hard) and are renowned for their tight martensite structure.Swedish iron ore is also well known for secondary inclusions of copper which adds to it's resistance to corrosion.It is the hardness that gives a clean cut from a rigid blade but with a shorter life due to micro chipping along grind lines;what we feel as 'roughness'.
A platinum coating will reduce chipping and in essense self strop giving longer usefull life in exchange for a greater molecular edge profile (duller).
Both blades are quite capable of shaving beards or cutting throats. It's a matter of preference.

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 01-06-2015, 08:48 PM
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it is a huge difference between 54 and 61 Rockwell hardness though
Philipp

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