Razor Test: Gillette Silver Blue Blades

Posted: September 7, 2015 in Shaving Articles
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Testing Protocols:

1) Feather AS-D2 Seki Edge All Stainless Razor
2) Proraso White Shave Soap; pre-shave treatment as needed
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) Across/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

Gillette Silver Blue

1) Sharpness: Great
2) Comfort: Great
3) Value: Good
4) Availability: Good
5) Country of Origin: Russia
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: Flying Colors!
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3 or more
8) Notes: My first shave with the Silver Blues went very well. I was able to get a close shave with little to no irritation. I would put their sharpness and smoothness on a similar level with the Wilkinson Sword blades thus far. Certainly, they appear to be quality blades that will work well with mild razors. My second shave with this razor worked as well as the first, despite some experimentation with new products, which can sometimes lead to issues. The third shave for the Gillette was just as good as the first two. The blade retained good sharpness into the third shave, with no juddering, no slowness on the face, and another excellent shave with minimal irritation. I would rank this blade right up there with the Wilkinson and Feather. I might say that the Wilkinson had just a tiny edge in comfort, but it’s almost too close to call. Subbing in an unknown for the second shave (Burt’s Bees shave cream) introduced enough chaos into the system that I would have to say that the two blades are in a dead heat. Both were slightly more forgiving than the Feather, but produced equal efficiency in regard to closeness.

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