Vijay stainless blades

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Demidog, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. Demidog

    Demidog Well-Known Member

    I decided to give these blades a try because I was able to find them dirt cheap, and I didn't have any other blades from India. These blades shipped from directly India and with free shipping, they are the cheapest blades that I have found to date. Each blades comes wrapped in standard wax paper, which is then wrapped in an additional piece of paper.

    During my first shave, I rinsed off the blade and loaded it into my razor with a Charcoal Goods head and iKon Bulldog handle. I used TTFFCraft Steel as my soap. I immediately found that the blade tugged quite a bit and skipped around a whole lot, which necessitated applying some pressure. The blade didn't feel smooth at all, and additional passes and touch ups were needed.

    After giving these blades a rest for a while, I returned to them yesterday using some Dr. Jon's Hydra soap and the same razor. I noticed the same results. The first pass left my face patchy since the blade did such a terrible job of slicing through hair. It still tugged and skipped around a whole lot. Interestingly enough, the post-shave feel wasn't too awful. I had a weeper, some razor bumps, and a few small areas of discomfort, but I didn't have anywhere near the level of irritation that I get when I normally shave with my Astra SP blades. I'm beginning to suspect that I might be sensitive to the platinum coating of the Astra blades, so now I'm eager to try more stainless steel blades in the future.

    Overall, I wouldn't recommend these blades to anyone with coarse facial hair. I also wouldn't use these blades for multiple shaves since fresh blades do a pretty lousy job as it is. Even though they didn't seem to irritate me like the Astra SPs, the latter at least does a great job of cutting through hair, so I don't imagine that I'll be coming back to these blades too often other than for the sake of finishing them off.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2016
  2. Christopher Powell

    Christopher Powell Well-Known Member

    Great review. Try Astra Superior Stainless and Gillette/Wilkinson Sword. Both can be found on the bay around $10 shipped for 100 pack !!!
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  3. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    I have a budget blade pif going on in the freebies section that features 3 blades that can be had for less then $8 per hundred. The Gillette Wilkinson Sword and the Super-Max Platinum both from India and the Rapira Super Stainless from Russia. I have had good results from all 3, If you would like to give them a shot send me a PM. It will only cost you a review of the blades once you try them.
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  4. FancyRamen

    FancyRamen Active Member

    I can recommend the Wilkinson swords out of the lot in the PIF. The others vary a bit, but sound better than those Vijays for sure.
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  5. Demidog

    Demidog Well-Known Member

    I saw you discuss Astra Superior Stainless in your other thread and I will absolutely be trying them at some point. I still have many other blades to sample but apart from the fact that they leave my skin a bit irritated, the Astra SP were a great deal for the price, and those things can really slice through hair. I can only imagine that the Astra SS would be even better for me.
    This is a great offer and I might take you up on it. Perhaps I can send some Vijay blades your way to try out and distribute around even further.
  6. Christopher Powell

    Christopher Powell Well-Known Member

    Demidog, what other blades do you have in stock? And what blades have you already tried so far?
  7. Demidog

    Demidog Well-Known Member

    The only blades I've tried so far are the Astra SP and the aforementioned Vijays. My sample pack includes Feather, Gillette 7 o'clock sharp edge, 7 o'clock super stainless, Gillette Silver Blue, Personna Lab Blue, Personna Platinum, Shark Stainless, Shark Chrome, Voskhod Teflon, Wilkinson Sword (German version I believe), and Treet Platinum.

    I'll be trying some more blades at a later point, including the Astra SS. I've just been lazy but I'm probably gonna start working my way through the sample pack after today.
  8. Christopher Powell

    Christopher Powell Well-Known Member

    Lots of good blades in there. If you want to set up a trade PM me. I will send some Astra SS blades your way for a few in your sampler pack. Let me know !!!
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  9. Demidog

    Demidog Well-Known Member

    I'll keep that in mind, thank you.

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