Total newb review of blades in my sampler pack

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by r1nzler, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. Herm2502

    Herm2502 off to elf practice

    Welcome! I like how you rated the blades. I've had many occasions where the 'journey' was not nearly as pleasant as the 'destination', meaning the process of shaving was not as good as the result. I've found the Astra SP blades to be the best combination of both. Nice info.

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  2. r1nzler

    r1nzler Member

    Yea I was looking at picking up the Russian sample pack i saw on amazon and giving them a run. I believe it includes both of those!

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  3. RetLEO-07

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

    Once you try the Voskies, you'll be hooked I'm thinkin'.
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  4. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    As someone who really loves Astra SP's, I figured Voskhod would be good for me too. My hair is just too thick/heavy for real enjoyment with Voskhod. The smoothness ends up just feeling like a dull blade to me. It took me a while to realize it, as I was keeping blades in razors and swapping them out when they "felt" dull, without paying much attention to the number of times they had been used. I'm sure I tossed a number of Voskhod blades after one or two uses without realizing it.

    Astras I can use for seven to fourteen two pass shaves any day of the week.
  5. Engblom

    Engblom Well-Known Member

    I find Sputnik to be slightly sharper and longer lasting than Voskhod.

    The longevity of a blade is secondary for me, the smoothness of the shave is primary. I want to spoil my face. Some brands just can't take many shaves. Even the ultra-sharp Feather is a giving fewer shaves than for example the less sharp KAI.
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  6. r1nzler

    r1nzler Member

    Lord Super Chrome 6/5.5
    This blade started off tugging more than i would like, but soon it started doing a decent job. I got 2 irritation redspots, which went away after i finished shaving. Other than that a fairly smooth shave. Very similar results as the derby but slightly less comfy. Not bad.

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  7. r1nzler

    r1nzler Member

    Conclusion of this round. Astra is the best for my face. Im not sure about the durability tho, 3rd shave wasn't that great on same blade.

    I just ordered a new set of samples that im testing next. Includes Gsb, gillete black, yellow, nacet, vokshod, and a few other russian blades. 10 total i believe.

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  8. r1nzler

    r1nzler Member


    Ill be adding a new razor into the mix. Scored this emporium replate for $40 on ebay. Thing looks amazing.

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  9. RetLEO-07

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

    You're gonna like the steel from the Rodina I'm thinkin'.
  10. r1nzler

    r1nzler Member

    Well did an astra with the new slim tnite. Ide say at about level 5 the slim is as agressive as my red tip. I kicked it up to 7 and got 2 weepers (never on the red tip).

    I think i prefer the balance on the red tip, but the slim head on the adjustable made getting under the nose super easy. Guess both these razors got their pros and cons.

    End of the day astras delivered.

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  11. Mbg75

    Mbg75 Well-Known Member

    I find astra a little harsh on the first shave.
    First shave I run at a 6. Once that first one is out of the way, I get 8-10 shaves when cranked up to 9

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  12. r1nzler

    r1nzler Member

    Yea im gonna see if i can get further on this astra. Gonna try flipping it after ever shave and see if that helps.
    Unfortunately i got such a good shave yesterday im gonna wait till tomorrow to shave lol.

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  13. r1nzler

    r1nzler Member


    Sample pack 2. Gonna try tnite!

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  14. RetLEO-07

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

    Nice. That's two 30 Day Rule/Focus. Come April I'll be auditioning blades for the Travel Razor I won in the raffle.
  15. r1nzler

    r1nzler Member

    Gillette Nacet 8/8
    This was a really weird blade. Started off really smooth. So i figured yolo lets goto town. Felt alot like a Astra SP. Before i knew it i had 2 weepers. So I think this blade must be sharper than i gave it credit.

    Overall Ide put this right up with the Astra minus a point for the weepers. Gonna have to give this one a second shot and respect it more.

    I really liked this blade and it may have to grudge match my Astra at a later date.

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  16. r1nzler

    r1nzler Member

    Voskhod 5/6.9
    This blade tugged real hard in the beginning. So much so i put back in the nacet i had used the day before, and it sliced through like butter. Put the Vosk back in and it was still tugging quite a bit, but eventually smoothed out some. Dunno if this was a bad blade or what. I eventually got a pretty decent shave, but it took effort. Best i can describe this blade is a Russian Derby..and maybe not as good.

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  17. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

    Flipping may make it worse. Shaving bends the bevel.
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  18. Engblom

    Engblom Well-Known Member

    It is not completely uncommon to find a dud among the Voskhod blades. So give them one try more before giving up. They are not among the most sharp blades, so it might be a blade not fitting you. From the blades you got there, Rapira PL is probably the most sharp one.
  19. Col C

    Col C Well-Known Member

    These are my mainstay blades. All Russian. They all give great shaves but for the value (low cost and exceptional quality and smooth shave) - the Ladas are really great.
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  20. Fly2High

    Fly2High Breaking Frugal

    I mostly agree but found the Gillette Silver Blue ok and the Voskhods better but not up to the Astras and RapiraPLs.

    Different beard result in different selections for what is good

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