This test will compare the "older" NOS Wilkinsons against the "newer" NOS Wilkinsons. Last summer I was fortunate to acquire a small stash of unopened NOS UK Wilkinson blades from the 1970s. My brother showed up on my front porch with a bag full, fresh from the church tag sale. Needless to say I was ecstatic. I have tried a few of these blades and they are very, very good at what they do. Sharp, smooth, long lasting. Just the perfect blade in my opinion. Here is a picture of them: I recently posted a question over at SMF, asking how the older NOS Wilks pictured above compare with the newer NOS Wilks that are no longer being produced but still available from certain sources like blademail.com. Here is a picture of the newer NOS blades: A reader of that post kindly offered to send me a few of the newer NOS Wilks to test against my older NOS Wilks. I am now prepared to make a side by side comparison of the two cutters and report my findings in this thread. Here is what I propose to do. In an effort to put some amount of control into this experiment I will use one razor, one brush, and one lather throughout the test. The razor is a '53 SuperSpeed, a venerable tool that many wetshavers agree represents one of Gillette's finest moments. For the brush I will use a Gimbels Pure Badger, a very nice brush that is probably a re-branded Rooney. Here is a picture: For the lather I have decided on Palmolive Lather Shaving Cream. I know many of you are holding your noses and clicking to another thread by now. But I like the smell of Palmolive Red and I think it is a high quality product. I should note that I have a very average beard in terms of thickness of growth and coarseness of hairs. I don't have any wild or difficult growth patterns and never suffer with ingrown hairs. I will shave with the newer NOS blade on day one. I always shave before my shower, starting with a three minute hot towel application (one minute, reheat, second minute, reheat, third minute). I will then proceed to build the lather directly to my face. After lathering I will complete my standard everyday shave--two passes (WTG & XTG) followed by touch up. Not BBS, never intended to be. I will end the shave with a cold water rinse and a splash of Old Spice. On day two I will switch to the older NOS Wilk and repeat everything else as described above. On days three and four I will repeat the same thing with both blades. On days five and six I will attempt BBS (or close to it) with each blade. I seldom go for extremely close shaves preferring to leave them to the guys who really like them. When I do go for close I have found that it is most achievable on shave #3 of most blades. Days seven and eight will see a return to the two pass shaves. After each shave I will make notations regarding the results. Upon completion of my experiment I will post a detailed description in this thread. By doing this test I hope to demonstrate which is the better performing blade. I am very pleased with the older NOS Wilks but I have only a limited supply (around 35 blades). If I can demonstrate that the newer NOS Wilks are just as good or better, than I will not hesitate to stock up on them while they are still available. I hope that the results of this test will prove beneficial to other readers of this forum.