02-01-2015, 01:39 PM
#1
User Info
Personally, I have used most of the popular modern razaor blades. I can appreciate the performance of some of the blades and achieve quality shaves from some brands. I like the Feather for it's sharpness and use them sometimes for longer stubble. However, personally I have found some vintage blades(especially those made in the 60s-70s) to be superior than modern blades. I have used many vintage NOS blades over the years and still use them mostly today. I have used the Personna 74, Gillette Spoilers, Wilkinson Light Brigade and super sword edge, Schick blades, and many many others including carbon blades (sometimes I use a carbon blade for my final pass). Personally I have found that the England made Wilkinsons (especially chromium) provide me the best overall shaves. What are your favorite vintage blades?

Thank you...Mullard

0 4
Reply
 02-01-2015, 10:19 PM
#2
  • Mr_Smartepants
  • Senior Member
  • Cambridgeshire, UK (CONUS post address)
User Info
(02-01-2015, 01:39 PM)Mullard Wrote: Personally, I have used most of the popular modern razaor blades. I can appreciate the performance of some of the blades and achieve quality shaves from some brands. I like the Feather for it's sharpness and use them sometimes for longer stubble. However, personally I have found some vintage blades(especially those made in the 60s-70s) to be superior than modern blades. I have used many vintage NOS blades over the years and still use them mostly today. I have used the Personna 74, Gillette Spoilers, Wilkinson Light Brigade and super sword edge, Schick blades, and many many others including carbon blades (sometimes I use a carbon blade for my final pass). Personally I have found that the England made Wilkinsons (especially chromium) provide me the best overall shaves.


Agreed!

47 1,924
Reply
 02-02-2015, 06:19 AM
#3
  • TADIII
  • Gilletter from Home
  • FL & NC
User Info
I shaved with Made-in-England Wilkinson blades for more than 45 years and still have a good stash of them remaining, as well as a soft spot for them.  I have some Personna 74* blades left (and will be using one for the month of February), but I find modern Feathers to be best for my face for the first two or three shaves.  After that, I don't care if I don't get an additional eight to twelve shaves from the Feather; although, I did push a Feather to eight shaves in January.  So, to answer the question: Wilkinson Super Swords.

16 91
Reply
 02-02-2015, 12:11 PM
#4
  • Mouser
  • Senior Member
  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
User Info
Don't get me started on vintage. And I've been shaving all three passes with some carbon blades for almost a week. As long as they've been completely sealed, they're top blades to begin with, and I give 10 or 12 strops on a pair of jeans just for the hell of it........

7 2,327
Reply
 02-06-2015, 09:24 PM
#5
User Info
(02-02-2015, 12:11 PM)Mouser Wrote: Don't get me started on vintage. And I've been shaving all three passes with some carbon blades for almost a week. As long as they've been completely sealed, they're top blades to begin with, and I give 10 or 12 strops on a pair of jeans just for the hell of it........

I often use carbon blades for my final pass. I find them to tug quite a bit if used for the first pass and onward. However, if used for my final pass they provide a very smooth and unique final product. As with all blade metal types, some are better than others. There is something about the carbon blades that provide a unique closeness/smoothness that needs to be experienced to relate to. Thank you for the information. Looking forward to any other responses.

0 4
Reply
 02-09-2015, 01:09 PM
#6
User Info
Triton R3, and Personna 74, without hesitation.
Triton R3 (RDA Germany) cut well without to be too agressive, and can be used 4 or 5 times without to lose sharp.... in many DE razors (i try on Futur Merkur, Pils 101en, Merkur Progress).

2 125
Reply
 02-09-2015, 01:16 PM
#7
User Info
(02-02-2015, 06:19 AM)TADIII Wrote: I shaved with Made-in-England Wilkinson blades for more than 45 years and still have a good stash of them remaining, as well as a soft spot for them.  I have some Personna 74* blades left (and will be using one for the month of February), but I find modern Feathers to be best for my face for the first two or three shaves.  After that, I don't care if I don't get an additional eight to twelve shaves from the Feather; although, I did push a Feather to eight shaves in January.  So, to answer the question: Wilkinson Super Swords.
What makes these 74's so good? I've yet to see one in person.

0 858
Reply
 02-10-2015, 07:42 PM
#8
  • Mouser
  • Senior Member
  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
User Info
(02-09-2015, 01:16 PM)EJaggerMan Wrote:
(02-02-2015, 06:19 AM)TADIII Wrote: I shaved with Made-in-England Wilkinson blades for more than 45 years and still have a good stash of them remaining, as well as a soft spot for them.  I have some Personna 74* blades left (and will be using one for the month of February), but I find modern Feathers to be best for my face for the first two or three shaves.  After that, I don't care if I don't get an additional eight to twelve shaves from the Feather; although, I did push a Feather to eight shaves in January.  So, to answer the question: Wilkinson Super Swords.
What makes these 74's so good? I've yet to see one in person.

In a nutshell.....      http://www.bruceonshaving.com/2010/07/30...zor-blade/

7 2,327
Reply
 02-11-2015, 12:49 AM
#9
  • Lando
  • This deal is getting worse all the time
  • Bellevue, WA
User Info
gillette bleue extras

17 439
Reply
 02-16-2015, 11:57 AM
#10
User Info
1. Gillette Platinum Plus (US)

2. Gillette Super Stainless (Australia)
3. Gillette Super Silver (England)
4. Gillette Platinum Plus (France) ... or ... Gillette Bleue Extra (France)

5 90
Reply
 02-16-2015, 02:38 PM
#11
  • Mouser
  • Senior Member
  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
User Info
Personna 74s ( I have about 70 of them)
Wilkinson Sword "Light Brigade" Chromium Edge
Gillette Platinum Plus
Schick Plus Platinum

7 2,327
Reply
 02-17-2015, 05:45 AM
#12
  • Mouser
  • Senior Member
  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
User Info
Of the vintage carbon blades I use, and they are very, very good, Schick Krona " Black Beauties", Gillette Super Blues. But you have to be very careful to only use ones from completely sealed packages and , this I'm not sure does anything but I do it anyways, I strop them on a pair of jeans.

7 2,327
Reply
 02-18-2015, 09:19 PM
#13
User Info
Wilkinson Vintage ones are my favourite although I would love to try the Personna 74's. Biggrin

83 21,077
Reply
 02-19-2015, 04:34 PM
#14
User Info
[Image: Hmi0sDV.jpg]

My Blade Stash

0 4
Reply
 06-10-2015, 06:37 PM
#15
User Info
(02-16-2015, 02:38 PM)Mouser Wrote: Personna 74s ( I have about 70 of them)
Wilkinson Sword "Light Brigade" Chromium Edge
Gillette Platinum Plus
Schick Plus Platinum

Great list and one from each of the major brands!  I would agree but would switch out Personna Titanium for the Personna 74.  The first shaves with a 74 are harsh for me until the blade quiets down.  The Personna Titanium which predate the 74 are less harsh but don't last as long as the 74.

0 53
Reply
 06-11-2015, 03:18 AM
#16
User Info
I like carbons and use many different brands.  Gillette Thin Blades work the best for me.  If you can find them in good condition they are tough to beat.

[Image: 1968%20(N1)%20Thin%20Blade.jpg]

0 52
Reply
 06-14-2015, 07:21 AM
#17
User Info
I like carbon blades also.  I have a good supply of vintage coated carbon blades.  I am not crazy about shaving with them for the first pass.  I generally shave with a vintage stainless blade for the first pass and subsequent passes and light buffing with the carbon blade.  I also use shea butter as a pre-shave before lathering.  I get great close shaves with absolutely no irritation and great face feel.  Quite surprising for me because the neck area can be a problem area with a three pass shave with stainless blades.

0 53
Reply
 06-14-2015, 04:32 PM
#18
  • vuk
  • Senior Member
  • Virginia
User Info
I don't have much experience with vintage blades but I tried a couple of these UK Gillette Platinum from the 70's and they were great. 

[Image: 1970%20%28P1%29%20Gillette%20Platinum%20...ngland.jpg]

2 517
Reply
 06-14-2015, 04:39 PM
#19
  • garyg
  • Active Member
  • Great Lakes
User Info
Plus Plats and Personna 74's are the best, the Gillette Swedes are pretty handy too ..

44 473
Reply
 06-15-2015, 12:11 PM
#20
User Info
I like the "Platinum Plus" slightly better than the "Plus Platinum" and the "Platinum", and far better than any of the Personna varieties. Swedes are nice, but I think the older blades are smoother

5 90
Reply
Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)