10-23-2019, 02:03 AM
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  • TomG
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  • Perth, Western Australia
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Hi, all.

Chasing some advice on modern blades.

I am mainly a vintage blade guy, but still like to occasionally use modern blades.
As blades are so subjective, I thought I'd try to indicate my preferences and no-go's.

The modern blades I use and enjoy are:
  • Super Iridium, Polsilver Super Iridium and variants
  • Permasharp.
The modern blades I have tried and are definitely no-go for me are:
  • Feather
  • Voskhod
  • Gillette Platinum
  • Personna Lab Blue
  • Wilkinson Sword (German)
  • Derby Extra
So I guess I'm looking for folks that enjoy Polsilvers and Permasharps, and can recommend blades they enjoy that are not on my no-go list.

Cheers,

Tom

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 10-23-2019, 03:17 AM
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Kai
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Astra

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 10-23-2019, 09:06 AM
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Kai was also the only brand I was about to recommend you

Edit: Nice avatar by the way!

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 10-23-2019, 10:53 AM
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Astra Platinum.

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 10-23-2019, 11:31 AM
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+ nacet and kai

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 10-23-2019, 12:43 PM
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Gillette Silver Blue and yellow Gillette 7’oclock Sharp blades!

Both are highly recommended, but as you know nothing made today compares to our favorite vintage blades...in my opinion!

Good luck Tom!

Vr

Matt

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 10-23-2019, 01:15 PM
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  • Mouser
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I am strictly vintage blades exclusively now and have been for some years but when I was using modern blades  my favorites were the Super Iridiums,  Gillette 7 o'clock yellow and Silver Blues  and Rapira Swedish Super Steels.  Go to tryablade.com and put together your own sample pack. I'd also suggest you get three of each blade at least. For one reason, unlike vintage blades,  you sometimes get a lemon with modern ones so you shouldn't judge based on one.

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 10-23-2019, 02:29 PM
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  • chazt
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Since the OP is looking for “sharp” I’d like to recommend Personna Med Preps. They are the sharpest modern blades in my rotation.

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 10-24-2019, 12:02 AM
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KAI … and other blades with 2 bevel

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 10-24-2019, 05:44 AM
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  • TomG
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Thanks, Chaps.

Jolly useful.

Cheers,

Tom

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 10-24-2019, 05:48 AM
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Give Gillette Silver Blues a try.  Made in the same factory as the Polsilvers in St. Petersburg Russia.  Very sharp.  Not quite as sharp as the Polsilvers but very very close and really nice and smooth.  I use GSB and Polsilver SI exclusively.

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 10-24-2019, 08:32 AM
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GSB, Kai, Gillette Rubie


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 10-24-2019, 12:16 PM
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(10-23-2019, 09:06 AM)ImJustMe Wrote: Kai was also the only brand I was about to recommend you

Add my name to the list of those who recommend KAI.  Five years ago, I ordered a moderate quantity of each of the (then) most recommended DE blades, and, after receiving them, held myself to a strict discipline of using one brand/line exclusively for a minimum of two dozen shaves before I would make a final conclusion about it.   (The Two Dozen Rule.)  I ended up unable to choose one brand as my “forever” blade, but both of the two finalists were Japanese-made blades, with subtly different virtues, and for the last three years, using only two brands of blade, I have alternated, on a blade-by-blade basis, between KAI and Feather.   (I think that, when the stock of Feathers is exhausted, my future purchases all will be KAIs.)

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 10-24-2019, 04:08 PM
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Astra SP and Gillette Nacets are all I've been using lately. Both great blades.

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 11-09-2019, 03:25 AM
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  • Mouser
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Back when I was using modern blades I found very few blades that checked off both the sharp enough box and the smooth box, which I value higher. The four I mentioned do a great job of balancing both but if you put more value on just sharpness, or want the blade weighted  more towards that factor, then I would recommend you take a harder look at the Japanese offerings.

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 11-20-2019, 03:14 PM
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Gillette 7 o'clock super stainless (Russian greens) are definitely worth a try.

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