03-08-2016, 02:36 PM
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Just curious, which you guys prefer and why?



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 03-08-2016, 03:31 PM
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Polsilver SI - smoother and just as sharp

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 03-08-2016, 03:33 PM
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I may be in the minority, but I prefer Astras. I get less irritation. With me, less irritation usually means a sharper blade, but if I recall correctly, the difference in sharpness wasn't huge.

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 03-08-2016, 03:41 PM
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(03-08-2016, 03:33 PM)Shannon Wrote: I may be in the minority, but I prefer Astras.  I get less irritation.  With me, less irritation usually means a sharper blade, but if I recall correctly, the difference in sharpness wasn't huge.

+1,  your not alone. I found the AstraSP to just be a more comfortable performer. One of the blades I keep stocked in my den.

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 03-08-2016, 05:49 PM
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(03-08-2016, 02:36 PM)Stubble Daddy Wrote: Just curious, which you guys prefer and why?



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The Astra Sp's work well for me in ANY razor.

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 03-08-2016, 05:51 PM
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Astra SP's work well for me in any one of my razors. My go to blade.

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 03-08-2016, 06:25 PM
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(03-08-2016, 03:41 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote:
(03-08-2016, 03:33 PM)Shannon Wrote: I may be in the minority, but I prefer Astras.  I get less irritation.  With me, less irritation usually means a sharper blade, but if I recall correctly, the difference in sharpness wasn't huge.

+1,  your not alone. I found the AstraSP to just be a more comfortable performer. One of the blades I keep stocked in my den.

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 03-08-2016, 06:53 PM
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Find the Astra's last longer. Prefer the Gillette Silver Blue to the P.S.I.. Find the P.S.I. conk out to early.

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 03-08-2016, 06:57 PM
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I like them both quite well, but the Polsilvers are expensive, comparatively speaking. The cost of a blade has only the slightest connection to its performance. As an example; tryablade.com has Astras for 15¢, the Polsilvers for 75¢, and Merkur platinums for 80¢! I'd much rather use a 15¢ Astra than a 80¢ Merkur, but that's just me.

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 03-08-2016, 08:18 PM
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Polsilver SI's are much better to me.

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 03-08-2016, 10:07 PM
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Polsilvers are much smoother for me and worth double the price of the Astras -- roughly the premium when buying in 100s.  But at the same price as Polsilver, I prefer GSBs.

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 03-09-2016, 01:49 AM
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I also prefer the Astra over the Polsilver.

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 03-09-2016, 05:21 AM
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Astra's are my go-to blade.
Herm :-)

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 03-09-2016, 05:48 AM
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I Also like the ASP....

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 03-09-2016, 07:30 AM
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Astras were the first blade that I got good shaves with, so I have some affinity for them.  However, I find Polsilvers as well as Gillette Silver Blues to be sharper and smoother for me.

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 03-09-2016, 01:30 PM
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I should perhaps add that the best budget blade IMHO is the Astra SP.

I just prefer the Polsilver SI over the Astra SP.

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 03-09-2016, 01:46 PM
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  • chazt
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Having tried Astras and Polsilvers for about 6 tucks worth each, I can easily say that I prefer Polsilvers. Still, they're not even in my top six.

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 03-10-2016, 05:03 AM
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(03-08-2016, 03:33 PM)Shannon Wrote: I may be in the minority, but I prefer Astras.  I get less irritation.  With me, less irritation usually means a sharper blade, but if I recall correctly, the difference in sharpness wasn't huge.

irritation of the skin usually means the blade is a little too sharp for your skin type, not less sharp.....in my readings at least.

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 03-10-2016, 08:37 AM
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Not even close,Polsilver. I'm not a big Astra fan. They're ok, but middle of the road at best. I find them to be inconsistent.

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 03-10-2016, 08:50 PM
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(03-08-2016, 02:36 PM)Stubble Daddy Wrote: Just curious, which you guys prefer and why?



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Polsilver - hands down.  Smooth, sharp, extremely comfortable, long lasting.

I like the Astras; they are in fact my third favorite (Polsilver, Gillette Silver Blue, Astra), but the Polsilvers are much more comfortable on my skin, sharper and more "consistent."  Moreover, I can get a solid 4 or 5 amazing shaves out of them where I *might* get 3 from the Astras - though 2 is more typical.  I notice a little (not much) more pulling with the Astras.

Bottom line - the alum block is what really knows best.  Had my 4th shave this morning with the same Polsilver blade and the alum block barely found any irritation anywhere.  I will say that I think I can get a similarly close shave with the Astras, but the alum block definitely shows more irritation afterwards with them vs. the Polsilvers.

I did a rating system (comfort, longevity, effectiveness) for all the blades I've tried (Polsilvers, Gillette Blues, Astras, Feather, Derbys, Merkur, Personna Blue) and then weighted them by price and not only did the Polsilvers rate highest, but with their longevity, they also ended up being the cheapest blade in the long run.  Just purchased another 200 to build up my "apocalypse stash."  Smile

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