Razor Blade Review: KAI Stainless (part two)

Posted: October 11, 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

Kai Stainless:

1) Sharpness: Good
2) Comfort: Fair
3) Value: Poor
4) Availability: Fair
5) Country of Origin: Japan
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: Yes
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3
8) Notes: The KAI blade and I had tangled before. In my test of the blade with the Parker 99R, it tore my face apart, leaving me with so much irritation that I needed to stop shaving for several days. Well, let’s get the good news out there first: it performed better in the AS-D2. I was able to get a week of shaving in with it, and it provided a good, if not great shave in terms of closeness. It did, without fail, force me to be much more careful as I shaved. It makes the otherwise very friendly Feather razor into an aggressive device. I never finished a shave without having a few spots of minor irritation or a spot of blood. I have some theories on this. One, the KAI is significantly thicker and less pliable than other razor blades. Two, it is wider across, leading to greater blade exposure than other blades. The thing that left me disappointed that, unline other sharp blades, it didn’t really increase the efficiency of the razor any. It just added the greater possibility of injury. Even for a gentle shaver, I can’t really recommend the blade. When one brings price into it, and understands that it’s more than twice the cost of some great perfomers, the KAI just doesn’t look like a great option.

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