Over the next few weeks I am going to keep a daily running experience of different blades. Mainly so that I can remember what they were like. Hopefully, you will find this interesting or helpful as you try different blades. Each blade will be used for 7 days unless they are a really bad blade.
- Shave Secret (four drops)
- Van der Hagen Premium soap (Shave Stick)
- Merkur Classic razor
- Soft water
- Maggard 22mm knot synthetic brush
- Dickenson's Witch Hazel (Blue Bottle)
- Pinaud Clubman Original
- Nivea Balm for Sensitive Skin
The Shave Week
Day 1 Shave
- Smoothness: Very smooth blade and not excessively sharp.
- Tugging: No noticeable tugging when going against the grin on the neck area.
- Razor Burn: Very little razor burn. lasted just a few seconds when the aftershave was applied..
- Nicks: No nicks or weepers.
- Closeness: Shave felt good but lacked a total BBS. I could still feel some stubble when rubbing against the grain in the trouble areas. It was a very comfortable shave and felt very nice afterward.
Day 2 Shave
- Smoothness: Smoothness was still good but the sharpness seemed to have dropped off just a little bit. However it still cut nicely.
- Tugging: There was no noticeable tugging when going against the grain on the neck area.
- Razor Burn: Again, very little razor burn when aftershave was applied. Skin showed no visible signs of razor bumps or redness.
- Nicks: No nicks or weepers.
- Closeness: Another very comfortable shave! Not quite a BBS but there was no soreness, and the feel was smooth. Again a little stubble when rubbed against the grain in the problem areas.
Day 3 Shave
- Smoothness: Blade continues to be very smooth although it is definitely showing signs of loosing it's sharpness. First pass does not remove as much stubble as it did on its first shave.
- Tugging: No tugging on my sensitive neck area.
- Razor Burn: Mild razor burn on and around the chin area where there is the heaviest growth.
- Nicks: One small weeper on the neck that closed off when the cold water was applied.
- Closeness: Not as close as the previous shaves, but still acceptable
Day 4 Shave
- Smoothness: Smoothness is still there, but I think this is due to the fact that the blade is becoming more dull.
- Tugging: No noticeable tugging, but I could detect that is beginning to do so on the neck area. I was having to stretch the skin to adjust to the blade wanting to tug a little.
- Razor Burn: More noticeable razor burn. I think this is due to excessive buffing on the chin area and under the chin to get the stubble off.
- Nicks: Again no nicks.
- Closeness: I have lost the closeness of the shave. It took a lot of buffing to get the stubble down to an acceptable level. After the shave I could still see places where the blade seemed to just roll over the stray growth and left it visible. The chin started to show signs of bumps from excessive buffing to get the strays. 10 hours later I could feel the growth coming back quickly and a little soreness setting in.
Concluding Thoughts and Score
I decided to stop using this blade after the fourth shave. It was beginning to take to long in chasing the strays and the pickups were not doing well. A smooth blade but it lost its sharpness quickly. This blade might work a little better in a more aggressive razor, but I think there would have been more weepers towards the end of it's sharpness life. Those with a more course beard may find this blade inadequate for their needs. I would suggest this blade if you are experiencing bad razor burn or ingrown hair to allow your skin to recover. Not a great blade, but one that I would buy and use again, but not in large quantities.
If I were to score this blade form 1 to 10 I would rate it an overall 7.
- Sharpness: 5
- Smoothness: 10
- Tugging: 10
- Razor Burn: 8
- Closeness: 4
- Overall: 7