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My review of Wilkinson Sword Classic DE Razor
10-26-2012, 08:21 AM
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My review of Wilkinson Sword Classic DE Razor
A recent result of my RAD, the Wilkinson Sword Classic (WSC) is in one regard in a class of it's own; It's the only DE razor I've tried so far that feels very much like a cartridge razor in use - apart from giving me a superior shave, that is.
   
I suspect it's due to the materials and design of the razor; moulded thermoplastic with a metal rod inserted in the handle gives a very tail-heavy balance - unlike pretty much every other razor I've own. The difference in balance means I have had to adjust my grip slightly to get a good shave out of the WSC; however it should also mean that someone coming straight from using a cart should more easily adapt to using the WSC and get to enjoy the pleasures of DE shaving with little or no fuss.

The WSC is a decent razor - not the mildest, nor the most aggressive in my rotation. The construction is sturdy, and the fact that the cap covers the ends of the blade is a nice touch. The head is a little on the big side though; if you shave under your nose it might give a little bit of trouble - the obvious solution is off course to grow a manly moustache. One downside I've noticed - apart from the big head - is that the head quickly clogs up with lather, much quicker than other DE-razors. It don't mean all that much, but it is somewhat distracting to rinse the razor twice as often as I'm accustomed to.

Overall I can recommend the WSC as a good first razor for those interested in trying out a DE, or as a decent razor for travelling. For those of us with incurable RAD, it is a cheap addition to our collection.
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10-26-2012, 09:26 AM
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RE: My review of Wilkinson Sword Classic DE Razor
Thank you for a great review and a wonderful picture. I think the WS is made by Treet in Pakistan and is also packaged as the Treet delrin. The two razors look identical.
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10-26-2012, 09:29 AM
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Thanks for the review, Hans.
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10-26-2012, 09:30 AM
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RE: My review of Wilkinson Sword Classic DE Razor
This was my second razor. I loved it because the blade was completely enclosed and there is no chance of you getting nicked around the nose area with exposed blade. Highly recommended for newbies.
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10-14-2014, 10:37 AM
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RE: My review of Wilkinson Sword Classic DE Razor
I bought this razor recently and it is one of my favorites. Almost every large store here carries it. A friend of mine bought it on a visit and commented it is too mild and I have seen other reviews with similar comment.

This razor is very effective but also very picky of the angle. I start with it almost perpendicular to the skin and then slightly bring it down until it starts cutting - beyond that it gets shy and does nothing - but at that sweet spot it is excellent. It never bites and I had times where other razors kept giving me a nick at the same place (corner of my chin) - and a few days with this razor let that area heal. It is also a very good razor for an ATG pass because it is only effective at an angle in which it is hard to scrape skin.

I am also very much fond of the wilkinson blades. I can go for about a week or even more on a single blade, in this razor as well as in a Gillette NEW.
I am going to unload a big part of my collection soon, mainly because this razor and the NEW are pretty much my favorites.

I agree with Hans on another point - it is very to a cartridge razor, and you can "go wild" with it - it won't cause damage, just like you can get away with bad technique with carts. I think it is a very good choice for a newbie, but again, the correct angle is very important, unlike a pivoting cart, which will find the correct angle no matter what - this one, unless held properly wouldn't cut anything.
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10-14-2014, 10:54 AM
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RE: My review of Wilkinson Sword Classic DE Razor
Nice find. I may pick one of these up to become my travel razor. I currently use a merkur travel razor, but man the handle is small. About the only use I ever have for a DE now is traveling.
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10-14-2014, 09:14 PM
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RE: My review of Wilkinson Sword Classic DE Razor
I just picked up one of these at a bazaar in Portugal, this August and despite it all-black appearance, I just don't like the shaves I get with this razor!
It must be my DLC's fault! Biggrin
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10-15-2014, 08:19 AM
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Nice Review!
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10-15-2014, 08:46 AM
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RE: My review of Wilkinson Sword Classic DE Razor
This is an extremely inexpensive razor that can be bought here for as low as €2.

Very recommendable for a beginner, to test the waters - but soon you'll find yourself desiring something better.

Also a nice thing to use when you're in the move - no big trouble if you lost it, it is inexpensive and easily replaceable.
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