Razor Blade Review: Astra Superior Stainless

Posted: September 20, 2015 in Shaving Articles

Razor Test – Feather AS-D2

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

Astra Superior Stainless

1) Sharpness: Great
2) Comfort: Great
3) Value: Great
4) Availability: Good
5) Country of Origin: Russia
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: Easily!
7) Longevity (# of shaves): More than 3
8) Notes: The first shave from this blade impressed me. I got a good close shave without any undue irritation. Early indications for this blade say that it is both sharp and smooth. The second shave gave me no indication that my initial impressions were in error. Very efficient shave with no irritation. After an additional back of the neck shave and another face shave, I emerge from the test very pleased with the performance of this blade. I think it equals the performance of the Wilkinson Sword, which proved to be an excellent choice for this razor.

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