Razor Blade Review: BIC Chrome Platinum

Posted: October 25, 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

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Bic Chrome Platinum

1) Sharpness: Good
2) Comfort: Good
3) Value: Good
4) Availability: Fair
5) Country of Origin: Greece
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: Yes
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3
8) Notes: This blade provided for three good shaves with reasonable comfort. It is
a perfectly servicable blade, and will likely suit the purposes of many shavers
that prefer a middle-of-the-road blade. To my taste, it didn’t quite hit the matrix
of sharpness and comfort as well as some other blades I’ve tried. Of the blades I
have found acceptable, it probably would only see preference above a select few. If
I were abroad and needed a blade, and this was the only one on offer, I would
certainly find it capable of doing the task, but I can’t see buying them when a
wide array of other blades are available. Essentially, they are smooth enough to be
comfortable, but lack the definitive sharpness that allows them to be as efficient
as other blades in this test. Thus, a few extra scrapes across the face are often
required on each shaving pass. These extra passes run the risk of irritation or
small weeping wounds at our sensitive spots. The third shave ended up seeing this
eventuality. Not a major irritation, but enough of one that it was a tell-tale of
this blade’s shortcomings. As always, your results may vary, and if you can get a
small parcel of the Bic blades, I think trying them would be a reasonable step.

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