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For people who use a traditional safety razor, there are a lot of blade choices. Just as different handles exist, different blades exist.
Varying materials with different sharpness contribute to a different shave experience. How forgiving it is against sensitive skin, how effective it is against coarser hair, and for how many shaves a blade lasts are all preferences each has to discover for themselves.
My long-standing experience is with the Merkur Super. I've had a long history of this blade from this retailer. It's amazing, fading gently into dullness without ever becoming dangerous. Poor lubricants or shaving either before or after showering have never mattered. This is by far the most strongly-recommended blade for beginners.
What I'm like ∞
I have sensitive skin, but it is not oily or anything like that. My hair doesn't seem all that rough and it doesn't grow back all that quickly.
For these reviews, I'm using nothing more than a bar of soap for my lather, and doing absolutely nothing to prepare myself before shaving or do anything after shaving.
These shaves were done in the most absolutely brutal way possible.
First set of reviews ∞
I bought a huge sample pack from fendrihan.com to try various different blades. I knew there would be cheap and poor blades. I knew there would be too-sharp blades that would ruin my skin. I hoped to find a balance between effectiveness and gentleness, and between the price and number of shaves.
|Merkur Super - platinum||1h=9, 2h=8, 3m=7, 4h=7|
|Astra Stainless||Quite sharp, but doesn't survive past a single heavy shave. Shit packaging.|
|Astra Platinum||1=10, 2h=10 Shit packaging.|
|Feather New Hi-Stainless||1m=4|
|Dorco Platinum st-301||1h=9, 2l=6|
|Wilkinson Sword||1m=7, 2h=5|
Second set of reviews ∞
I was uncertain of some of the results, and made a second pass.