DE Pack Review

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Zykris, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. Zykris

    Zykris Well-Known Member

    I am starting this thread to document my finds with the DE Pack that was generously PIFed to me by @stingrayrock. So my first blade that I picked was the Voshkod Teflon coated. It's probably going to be the only self picked blade before I go into a blind bag grab type deal. My first shave with this blade I did both a face and a head shave using a 24mm WD boar brush, Mitchell's Woolf Fat (first time user, love it!), RazoRock German 37 Slant and Stirling Unscented Glacial. My first impression of the blade are:

    1. It's not the sharpest blade I've used but it was still effective at slicing.
    2. It is really smooth! I think I had one nick the whole shave but it was mild. Really, really comfortable blade.

    I'm going to see how far this blade will go but I kind of like the first impression on the blade. Could be a possible purchase for days where I don't want as much sharpness as I do smoothness.
     
  2. BigMark83

    BigMark83 Well-Known Member

    I just got a tuck, along with others from try-a-blade. I love em. I used it in my Krona. Very close and smooth shave on my noggin. The closest I've ever gotten with that razor, and no as burn , nick's , or weepers whatsoever. It's crazy really, as I believe blades are the greatest variable in wet shaving.
     
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  3. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    The Cartel will love this!
     
  4. Zykris

    Zykris Well-Known Member

    Second full shave with the Voshkod blade. Did a full face and head shave with the same gear as above but instead I used my 24mm synthetic brush to whip the Fat into a monster of a lather. The face shave went great for three passes and a little touch up pass. When I got to my head shave, I noticed a mild tugging sensation. By the time I had my three pass plus touch up on my head, the blade was toasted. So I got in total two face shaves, two head shaves. Not bad but I've gotten better longevity on other blades. But it was comfortable for the first face and head shave. Would I buy this blade? Eh....don't think so as of right now. Onto the next random blade in the pack. Stay tuned!
     
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  5. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    I have a sort of different perspective. If you consider each pass "a shave"(which it is IMHO) you really got 6.5 "shaves"(I figure the touch up a half pass). Just my .02.
     
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  6. BigMark83

    BigMark83 Well-Known Member

    I do a single pass on my noggin and shape my beard. These should last a while. Even if I get 4-5 shaves a blade, that isn't bad, since I usually shave every other day. Besides I've also got PLBs , and those are cheap also. I can't complain at how cheap these are. For the price they're great. But if a more expensive blade last longer it pretty much evens out. I'm just getting more frugal, it's a mix of getting older and my brother in law rubbing off on me. Which isn't a bad thing, the kid is good with his money. I just got 300. So at four shaves, every other day, these will last me just over 6.5 years.
     
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  7. Zykris

    Zykris Well-Known Member

    Great points gentleman.
     
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  8. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 Well-Known Member

    I'll get four real nice shaves from them. The fifth, hit or miss, depending on the razor.
     
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  9. Zykris

    Zykris Well-Known Member

    Shave day! On a random blade pull, I got the Astra SP. Same set up but I did switch my brush to the Omega 20106. The Fat loaded just fine with the brush. 3 pass plus clean up on both my face and my head. Now that blade was both sharp and smooth! I did get a little too close on my face and my head as told by the sting of my alum block. But this blade I really, really like more so than the Voskhod blade. Stay tuned for round two in a few days on the Astra.
     
  10. Zykris

    Zykris Well-Known Member

    Did just a face shave with the Astra Sp in a Ming Shih adjustable. 3 passes on setting 4 and used MWF with my HM WD brush. Comfortable and still retains it sharp qualities. Going for round three tomorrow on a three day growth on the head.
     
  11. Zykris

    Zykris Well-Known Member

    The Astra SP blade is still going strong on a full 3 pass head shave and a one pass face shave. I'm impressed by it's performance and longevity. I am definitely considering purchasing a 100 pack after I'm done with all the blades on this sample. Items used in today's shave: RazoRock Germant Slant 37, MWF, WD 24 MM black/whitr synthetic brush, Gentleman Jon's Alum Block, Stirling Glacial Unscented AB.
     
  12. sdguero

    sdguero Active Member

    One of those things I really like about TSD is learning new things. I had never heard of the Ming Shi adjustable razor until reading this, or any Ming Shi razor for that matter. Very cool. I thank you for enlightening me.
     
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  13. Zykris

    Zykris Well-Known Member

    Always something new to learn. The Ming Shi is just a clone of the Merkur Futur adjustable. Glad you got something new out of my post. :)
     
  14. Zykris

    Zykris Well-Known Member

    Update: Forgot to log my same 3 pass head face shave yesterday. The blade is still going strong. Even did a quick two pass face shave today and I'm just starting to notice, barely, that the quality of the blade is degrading. But it's still quite acceptable. Great blade!
     

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