Safety Razor Review: Personna Lab Blue blades

Posted: August 16, 2015 in Shaving Articles

1) Parker 99R Shaver
2) Proraso White Shave Soap; no pre-shave treatment
3) Escali Badger Hair Brush, soaked in warm water with 30 second load of soap
4) Four Pass shave
a) With the Grain
b) Across the grain from ear toward nose
c) Across the grain toward ear
d) Against the grain
e) Lather after each pass
5) Comparative Baseline: Personna Lab Blue blades
6) All blades brand new
7) All grades assume the Personna is “Good” in subjective score
8) Grades (worst to best) Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Amazing


Personna Lab Blue

1) Sharpness: Good
2) Comfort: Good
3) Value: Good
4) Availability: Good
5) Country of Origin: USA
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: Yes
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3 to 4 comfortable shaves. Minor loss of sharpness on shave 4
8) Notes: The Personna are my default razor choice for this test. They provide good, close, comfortable shaves for me, and are reasonable in price. If I can’t find a blade I like better, these will be my long-term go-to. Interestingly, I’ve let a few friends try the Personnas, and they have both torn their faces up with these blades (they were unable to quote what razors they were using, but I suspect they may have been Merkur and/or Edwin Jaggers). Goes to show that there is no one magic blade for everyone. All other blade reviews will be graded in comparison to the Personna blades.


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