05-16-2015, 08:55 AM
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What's the smoothest blade out there? I usually use a Feather or KAI blade in a Feather AS-D2. However, I have a more aggressive razor, and the Feather blade is just too sharp for me. I like 'em mild. Is there a really smooth blade I can use? I've tried Gillette 7 o'clock (from India), and they're very smooth, but is there anything milder?

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 05-16-2015, 09:52 AM
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Gillette Silver Blues imo. What I use in my aggressive razors. 

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 05-16-2015, 10:42 AM
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Love the Astra SP...YMMV!!

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 05-16-2015, 11:26 AM
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(05-16-2015, 09:52 AM)david1201 Wrote: Gillette Silver Blues imo. What I use in my aggressive razors. 

Truly YMMV. I heard so much about the Gillette Silver Blues and bought a 100 but I dont like them. I use the Astra and they are pretty good. So truly blades are YMMV.

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 05-16-2015, 11:28 AM
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Polsilvers are almost as sharp as a feather and twice as smooth, they are my new go to blade,the member dcc on this forum has the cheapest price on them I've seen.

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 05-16-2015, 11:35 AM
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  • nikos.a
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I use most of my razors with the Astra SP. For me this is the smoothest blade. Also, it' s very effective and cheap!

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 05-16-2015, 11:50 AM
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(05-16-2015, 11:35 AM)nikos.a Wrote: I use most of my razors with the Astra SP. For me this is the smoothest blade. Also, it' s very effective and cheap!

+1

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 05-16-2015, 11:59 AM
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Astras are the smoothest I've found

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 05-16-2015, 12:56 PM
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Agreed on ymmv, thought the Astra's were awful.....

(05-16-2015, 10:42 AM)Rallypoint_1 Wrote: Love the Astra SP...YMMV!!

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 05-16-2015, 03:18 PM
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A lot depends on the razor used.
In my R41 (2013) Derbys and Wilkinson sword blades do work well. These are blades I usually wouldn´t  use. But in the R41, with good technique and sufficient prep, they work fine. I think you have to look for the right blade in your application.

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 05-16-2015, 07:20 PM
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My favorite blade is the Personna Med Prep. A little spendy, but it works for me well in just about any razor--sharp, smooth, and 5-6 BBS to near BBS shaves per blade. Second place is Personna Blue Labs. Third, Voshkods.

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 05-17-2015, 01:04 AM
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  • VTMAX
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KAI

Sharp, smooth and consistent. Thicker steel providing less "chatter" or flex in a shave. 

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 05-17-2015, 05:52 AM
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Gillette Silver Blue and Polisilver Super Iridium are very sharp and smooth.

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 05-17-2015, 07:41 AM
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  • Manticore
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(05-16-2015, 10:42 AM)Rallypoint_1 Wrote: Love the Astra SP...YMMV!!

(05-16-2015, 11:35 AM)nikos.a Wrote: I use most of my razors with the Astra SP. For me this is the smoothest blade. Also, it' s very effective and cheap!

(05-16-2015, 11:50 AM)Shakamoto Wrote:
(05-16-2015, 11:35 AM)nikos.a Wrote: I use most of my razors with the Astra SP. For me this is the smoothest blade. Also, it' s very effective and cheap!

+1

(05-16-2015, 11:59 AM)louiereck Wrote: Astras are the smoothest I've found


You should be starting to see a pattern here.
I agree with all these guys.
Astra SP is my blade of choice. They perform well in any razor I use & I get a week out of each blade no problem.
Three years ago I bought 1500 Astra SP's at $8 per 1000. I have enough to last my lifetime.
I still have a lot of blades left untried in my sample selection, but when I tried an Astra SP and got such a wonderful shave and could not even feel the blade, I knew I had found my blade so I stopped looking and stocked up!

The thing is you have to keep trying blades until you find the one for you, and believe me you'll know when you find it!

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 05-17-2015, 01:51 PM
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Definitely agree with everyone that you need to try blades to find out what works for you, since it depends on the razor you're using, as well as technique. For me, in a 40s style gillette superspeed, I think the order of the top few smoothest would be:   NOS Gillette Platinum Plus (USA) > Current Production Gillette Platinum > Gillette 7 o'clock Super Platinum > Polsilver/Super Iridium > NOS Schick Plus Platinum > NOS Wilkinson Sword England > NOS Gillette Super Stainless

Those are all really close together for me though. The vintage blades tend to last a lot longer than the current production. I see a lot of folks mentioning Astra, which is really really not at all smooth for me, in the 40s style superspeed. I don't know if it's the razor, my prep, or what, but I've never found it very smooth compared to anything with the Gillette logo, or coming out of the Russian plant. They're cheap though.

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 05-17-2015, 04:03 PM
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(05-17-2015, 01:51 PM)yomuppet Wrote: Definitely agree with everyone that you need to try blades to find out what works for you, since it depends on the razor you're using, as well as technique.

This is completely true, which is why blades are so subjective.

I bought some Personna Blues and tried them in my ATT H2, absolutely hated them. Put one in my iKon DLC Slant this morning and it was one of the best shaves I've ever had.

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 05-17-2015, 04:11 PM
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(05-16-2015, 09:52 AM)david1201 Wrote: Gillette Silver Blues imo. What I use in my aggressive razors. 

(05-16-2015, 10:42 AM)Rallypoint_1 Wrote: Love the Astra SP...YMMV!!

+1 to both of these. Both are my go to blades and stay stocked in my den. I also like Lord blades as well. 

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 05-17-2015, 04:47 PM
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For me, Personna PTFE coated injector blades.

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 05-17-2015, 04:56 PM
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For me the smoothest blade varies per the razor. Some blades I thought I loved sometimes work horridly in another razor. But I do have one blade I like to have as a baseline for all my razors. That is the Derby.

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 05-17-2015, 06:01 PM
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Voskhod

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