Razor Blade Review: Wilkinson Sword Classic

Posted: August 22, 2015 in Shaving Articles
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Testing Protocols:

1) Feather AS-D2 Seki Edge All Stainless Razor
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) Three Pass shave
a) With the Grain
b) Across the grain from ear toward nose
c) Against the grain (Cleanup as needed)
d) Lather after each pass
5) Comparative Baseline: Feather High-Stainless
6) All blades brand new
7) All grades assume the Feather is as stated below in subjective score
8) Grades (worst to best) Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Amazing

Feather High Stainless: (Baseline)

1) Sharpness: Amazing
2) Comfort: Great
3) Value: Good
4) Availability: Good
5) Country of Origin: Japan
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: You Betcha!
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3 or more

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Wilkinson Sword Classic

1) Sharpness: Great
2) Comfort: Great
3) Value: Good
4) Availability: Good
5) Country of Origin: Germany
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: Emphatic yes!
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3 or more
8) Notes: This blade provided a really good first shave. No discomfort, great closeness. I also noticed really good residual closeness. Unlike a few shaves I’ve had in the past, I had no phantom irritation show up hours later. The second shave was just as good as the first with this blade, allowing me to get a killer shave in three passes, with only the most minor of cleanup. The third shave still saw this blade getting excellent results and cutting cleanly. I think that I detected a minor deterioration of the edge, but I could have pushed the blade for a few more shaves (perhaps going for good shaves, rather than ultimate closeness as the edge lost its sharpness). In the three shaves, I always felt that the Wilkinson was a smooth cutter, forgiving of experimental angles or going over known trouble spots. Certainly recommended for a mild razor like the Feather AS-D2. I think that this blade performs equally as well as the Feather Hi-Stainless, any slight deficit in sharpness made up for in smooth comfort. It’s good to see an old, storied brand in the shave business still putting out a good product.

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