How to buy the perfect blade for you
Not all double edged razor blades are equal. In fact, part of the art of wet shaving is finding the double edged blade that is best suited to your skin sensitivity, hair density and thickness (coarseness) of the individual hair itself. The key is to match the blade type to your skin sensitivity level and hair quality combined.
What this means in practical terms is if the blade is too sharp for your hair thickness and density it will speed across the skin and cause rashes.
The opposite scenario is equally plausible in that a less aggressive blade, finding itself in a thick undergrowth of coarse stubble will certainly pull and tug at the hair causing bumps and razor burn.
The good news is the directions to finding the perfect double edged blade for you, are simple.
Just remember this: For all double edged blades on the market, the blade is either too sharp or not sharp enough. What follows is a sample of popular double edged blades in both categories. Enjoy.
Starting with our first entry is the ultra-sharp Japanese “feather’’ blade, a platinum coated long-lasting blade which is dangerously sharp. They are very reasonably priced and come in large packs of 50. If you have a dense growth of coarse hair then this is the best blade for you.
For menfolk with sensitive skin, we understand the plight, and have heard great things about the Russian made Astra blades. This double edged blade is ideal for the man who has finer hair and ultra-sensitive skin. They are also platinum coated and exquisitely sharp but not aggressive (there’s a difference) and we love that you can get 100 for under ten bucks.
In our next entry we’ve tracked down another really sharp blade that isn’t very aggressive and many men are raving about its ‘nice’ shave for thick hair. Being prescribed for men with sensitive skin as well we suggest you try the famous Sweden sourced ‘Derby’ blades.
Our journey through the sharpest tools in your shed would be remiss without a Gillette entry. So with great excitement we bring you the ‘Gillette 7 O’Clock’, it is a high-end stainless steel Russian made blade that comes in packs of 25 with a price cut to the bone. It is extremely sharp (aggressive) making it ideal with coarse dense growth.
To top off our double edged razor blade extravaganza is the amazing Japanese made KAI Stainless Steel master blade. With the ability to cut through anything (we kid you not), this off the charts durable blade is a must have for ultra-close and aggressive wet shaving. Not the cheapest on the market but certainly one of the toughest in terms of longevity of sharpness.
It’s a good idea (if this is your first time) to buy more than one blade type in small quantities. There are retailers that offer promotional samples that have more than one blade.
By testing the blades out on your skin you will save yourself money rather than going full speed ahead and buying one brand in bulk.