10-13-2012, 03:05 AM
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Looking for blade recomedations. Have used Wilkinson, Gillette.

Thanks

Kurt

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 10-13-2012, 07:09 AM
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  • Johnny
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That's a hard one as there are so many good blades out there. And it seems we all like something different. Most vendors sell blade sampler packs where you can try different brands.

Personally my favorite DE blade is the Gillette 7 O'Clock Blue.

Max has a good deal on Gillette Blues here

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 10-13-2012, 07:24 AM
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Here is a thread which might provide information for you.

http://shavenook.com/thread-de-blade-challenge-ii

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 10-13-2012, 07:45 AM
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Astra greens are great performers and are very cheap also.

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 10-13-2012, 08:01 AM
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(10-13-2012, 07:45 AM)staggerlee Wrote: Astra greens are great performers and are very cheap also.

+1
They also seem to agree with more people than some other blades, but as always YMMV. Also, I'd like to suggest that if you're just starting out, keep all of your blades, even ones that don't seem to agree with you.
After about 6-12 months go back and try them again, you'd be surprised how much your opinion can change on a blade once you have your technique down solid. You will also get varying performance depending on the razor, some blades work well with some razors, others don't.

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 10-13-2012, 09:22 AM
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Voskhod for DE.

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 10-13-2012, 09:31 AM
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Get a blade sampler pack. IMO, the bigger the better, and soon you'll see a pattern to what you like and don't like.

As already written, don't use all of the blades. Hold some for the future.

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 10-13-2012, 11:56 AM
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(10-13-2012, 09:31 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Get a blade sampler pack. IMO, the bigger the better, and soon you'll see a pattern to what you like and don't like.

As already written, don't use all of the blades. Hold some for the future.

+1 Blades are very subjective to the user. You will have to decide. Good luck.

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 10-13-2012, 12:04 PM
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  • Howler
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The best suggestions is to try a blade sampler. That way you get to try a variety of blades, to see what works best for you.

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 10-13-2012, 01:26 PM
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(10-13-2012, 09:22 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: Voskhod for DE.

+1

Or how about Shark ss blades.

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 10-13-2012, 05:39 PM
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My personal favorite remains the Astra Superior Platinum. Took a couple of blade sampler pack trials to find THE blade that works for me. As your skill level improves this will probably change your blade selection. Take your time and enjoy!

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 10-13-2012, 05:43 PM
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  • tgutc
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For whatever reason I seem to get smoother shaves with platinum blades. My favorites are Gillette 7' O clock Black, Gillette Minora, Astra Platinum, Supermax Super Platinum, and Rapira Platinum.

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 10-13-2012, 10:44 PM
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I found my favorite blades from a huge sampler pack. I am on my phone, but there is a thread in this forum called "if you could only use one blade for the rest of your life", you may get some great hints in there.

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 10-14-2012, 02:12 PM
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Personna Lab. I find these are the best combination of smoothness (first and foremost), sharpeness (second only to Feathers in my experience)and durability (good for at least 3 shaves before any deterioration is noticeable).

Same as Personna Medical Prep but cheaper.

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 10-14-2012, 02:54 PM
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For me, a number of blades have worked very well in one razor or another. A select few have worked particularly well in multiple razors. These are:
  • Gillette 7 O'clock Super Platinum (black label)
  • Gillette 7 O'clock Super Platinum (blue label)
  • Personna Platinum Super Stainless (red wrapper, marked Personna Platinum Chrome on the blade)
  • Rainbow Super Stainless
  • Super-Max Super Platinum
  • Wilkinson Sword (blue and white wrapper, made by Gillette India)
Important to note:
  • A blade and blade combination that works well for me might or might not work well for you.
  • A blade that works well for you in one razor won't necessarily work as well in a different razor. The converse also applies - a blade that performs poorly in one razor could be great in another razor.
As others have mentioned, sampler pack would be a good idea. Most sampler packs are collections of blade packs rather than of individual blades. You can just as easily create your own custom sampler by buying a selection of individual packs.

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 10-18-2012, 08:55 AM
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(10-13-2012, 07:24 AM)GDCarrington Wrote: Here is a thread which might provide information for you.

http://shavenook.com/thread-de-blade-challenge-ii

You might also look at this thread:

Blind Blade Test the Results

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 04-17-2013, 04:55 PM
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Thanks for the input men it's appreciated

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 04-20-2013, 01:35 PM
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I would definitely recommend Israeli or US made Personnas. These seem to be the favorites of quite a lot people.

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 04-26-2013, 03:40 PM
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If you go the rest of your life and never try Super Iridiums and Personna Med. Preps, you've missed out.

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 04-26-2013, 03:48 PM
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(04-26-2013, 03:40 PM)CyanideMetal Wrote: If you go the rest of your life and never try Super Iridiums and Personna Med. Preps, you've missed out.

I've become a massive fan of Super Iridiums. Best shaves I get from any blade.

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