Razor Blade Test: Personna Lab Blue (Feather AS-D2 razor)

Posted: September 13, 2015 in Shaving Articles

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

Personna Lab Blue

1) Sharpness: Good
2) Comfort: Good
3) Value: Great
4) Availability: Good
5) Country of Origin: U.S.A
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: Easily
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3 or more
8) Notes: The first shave was tackling four plus days of growth. The razor had no problem with this, mowing it down to what would have been an altogether reasonable shave in one go. Did a close shave, and found that the blade was able to do what needed to be done in this razor without being overly irritating. No surprise, as this is my go-to blade as a whole, but I’m glad it appears to be simpatico with the Feather. The second and third shaves with this blade were also solid and comfortable. I was trying different soaps and brushes, but this didn’t create any difficulties, as the blade plowed through everything. Though I haven’t used the Personna blade in every DE razor in the world, I would have no problem recommending it for most any razor. The combination of its sharpness, smoothness, and great value are tough to beat.


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