07-02-2015, 04:27 PM
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I've been using some Gillette Wilkinson Sword DE blades for some time now. They seem to be my perfect blade.
BUT...I only get one single shave out of a blade! After that, they seem very dull and just cause a lot of pulling and irritation. Is this the norm for this brand?

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 07-02-2015, 05:30 PM
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  • kav
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It was for me. Some blades are like shooting stars and burn out after a brief brilliance. All shaves should be BBS perfection. But you may want to find another blade or two that give decent shaves with more longevity. Save your Wilkinson's for prom night.

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 07-02-2015, 05:52 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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That sounds like my experience too, a great shave but not much for longevity.

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 07-03-2015, 04:09 AM
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Are you using the modern (Made in Germany) Wilkinson Sword?  Or the Gillette Wilkinson (Made in India)?  I have found the older (once Made in England, but now no longer) Swords and Super Swords to provide many, many great shaves.  I have used all three, and still have a large stash of the British blades, which I used daily in a 1966 Slim for more than 45 years.  I think there may also be South American Swords, as well, but I have never used those.

I loved the advice above to save the Sword for Prom Night!


Tom

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 07-03-2015, 10:19 AM
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Thank you sirs! TADIII, they are the India made blades, I guess that explains it.

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 07-03-2015, 10:47 AM
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I've used the German and Indian ones and find no difference between them. They are my blade of choice; I typically get 3-4 shaves before I pitch the blade.

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 07-03-2015, 03:17 PM
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I have many NOS Made in England Wilkinson Sword blades and they appear not to be the James Dean of the razor blade world...

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 07-19-2015, 02:52 PM
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  • Wrathen
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I'm glad I'm not the only one. I got 3 Wilkinson Sword blades a while back used one was like ... WOW that was great next day was like ick... I even checked the blade to make sure it wasnt a different blade. So I switched to the 2nd one and the same thing happened. I figured it was a bad batch and never tried the 3rd.

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 07-20-2015, 07:39 AM
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Same experience here. First shave was so good I almost impulse ordered a hundred. Fortunately I held off, because the second time it was pretty much unusable.

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 07-26-2015, 12:36 PM
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We seem to have all shared the sane experience. Fortunately, as cheap as I have found them, I can afford to use a new blade for every shave if I was forced to.

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 01-26-2016, 06:48 PM
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I use the German Black label Wilkinsons and get at least 4 good shaves out of them.

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 01-27-2016, 10:51 AM
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  • dajmacd
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I used to buy the German Wilkies at Wal-Mart when they were $1.78 for a pack of 10.  I'd get 5 - 7 shaves in various razors (1 pass + touchup).  Alas they are no longer carried there.

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 01-27-2016, 12:25 PM
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  • SCOV
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German Wilkies are a favorite.  Seem to last most of a week, nice shaving, moderately sharp and no nicks.  Good performance in my razors.   Excellent blade for newbies (my opinion).   I have not tried other Wilkinson blade variations.

Howie

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 02-03-2016, 02:31 PM
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(07-02-2015, 04:27 PM)AlwaysForward Wrote: I've been using some Gillette Wilkinson Sword DE blades for some time now. They seem to be my perfect blade.
BUT...I only get one single shave out of a blade! After that, they seem very dull and just cause a lot of pulling and irritation. Is this the norm for this brand?

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You need to find these. They're expensive, but they just blow away any modern blade. They're probably really old. The wrapper and packaging have yellowed, but the blades are the best I've used.
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 02-03-2016, 08:32 PM
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Any old English Wilkies are pretty good blades, really.

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 02-04-2016, 02:40 PM
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(02-03-2016, 08:32 PM)Shaun Wrote: Any old English Wilkies are pretty good blades, really.

They really are. I mean I've used almost every single top end blade out there, and this beats them all. At least it does with the razors I use and my face of course. Everyone is different, but I let a friend use one and he said the same thing. He used it in a Timor razor, which are great by the way. Not the butterfly ones, but the ones that have the wood handle. It's basically a slightly more aggressive Edwin Jagger razor.   I used it on a Joris also and it was great. It's just one of those blades that does well in every razor. I couldn't imagine someone not liking this blade. It's sharp, but you don't feel it. No weepers, nothing. I really can't shave with anything else once I started using them. Another thing is they last forever. I got 10 shaves out of one and I have a pretty dense growth. They're the best IMO.

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 09-26-2016, 09:45 AM
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  • nikos.a
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Recently, while visiting antique stores, I found some vintage Wilkinson Sword blades, made in Germany. Each package had 10 blades inside, not 5 like the modern ones. The packaging also was a bit different from the modern Wilkinson blades. Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo. Does anyone know these blades? Are they worth trying? I didn't buy any package, but there were many available and I am sure I can find them anytime.

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 09-27-2016, 10:34 AM
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  • MikeGJ
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(09-26-2016, 09:45 AM)nikos.a Wrote: Recently, while visiting antique stores, I found some vintage Wilkinson Sword blades, made in Germany. Each package had 10 blades inside, not 5 like the modern ones. The packaging also was a bit different from the modern Wilkinson blades. Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo. Does anyone know these blades? Are they worth trying? I didn't buy any package, but there were many available and I am sure I can find them anytime.

I've had excellent results from the German made Wilks, in two different dispensers , both with 10 blades.   

I can get 5 to 7 good shaves from each blade, though I usually discard after 3 or 4 uses, as I do with other blades.

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 09-27-2016, 10:42 AM
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For a long time all I used was Wilkinson sword German blades. 20 to 30 shaves per blade easy, and on one occasion I went 3 months on one blade!!! And that was shaving every day!


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 10-01-2016, 04:17 PM
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English Wilkinsons are hard to beat when compared to other vintage stainless blades.  The Personna 74 might be superior especially in longevity.

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