5 Best Double Edge Razor Blades Review 2017

Choosing a great safety razor blade after you have settled on what razor to use can be slightly confusing because of the various brands of safety razor blades in the market. Is there a difference between all these brands? Is there anything to be said regarding cost, durability, sharpness and versatility of each brand of razor blade?

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If you are particular about enjoying your shaving experience, then you want to make sure that every component of your wet shaving kit is up to par and of great quality and functionality.

There are slight differences in the brands of razor blades available in the market but ultimately, it all comes down to your personal preference. If you are just learning to wet shave then maybe you might consider a blade that is not so sharp and aggressive, however if you have been in the game long enough, then you are probably looking for something smooth, sharp and flexible.

There are two types of razors and they are the traditional and the electric razors. Safety razors come under the traditional razors. Usually, razor blades come along with the safety razors but you may want to use a different razor blade than the one that accompanies your razor especially if you have very sensitive skin and what to avoid shaving burns and accidents.

Before worrying about which razor blade to use, here are a few tips to guide you in choosing the right safety razors;

1. Feel and Usability

Razor head

Hold the razor in your hand and test for the feel. Does it feel right and stable in your hand when you hold it against your face? It may not be precision made if it doesn't feel right on your face. You may, therefore, have to look for another option.

2. Mechanism Smoothness

Razor mechanism

Open and close it a few times to make sure that these movements are smooth. Also, close it and check if it closes tightly. Ensure that there is no rattling or vibration of its mechanisms when you shake it.

3. Length of Handle

Safety razor handle

There are short and long handles of razors and you need to decide which one you prefer. Many men prefer the long handle razors because they are easier to hold, but ultimately it depends on which you prefer.

It is important to choose the right razor blade for your razor especially if you have very sensitive skin that gets irritated easily. Some blades may result in shaving burns so you need to know which one will work best for you.


5 Best Razor Blades In The Market

#5 Feather Blades

Feather DE razor blades

These safety razor blades are top notch especially because they are very sharp, smooth and durable. In fact, they are considered to be the sharpest in the market and are thus the preferred choice for a lot of people. However, if you are new at shaving, you may want to try a different safety razor blade because they can do a lot of serious damage in the hands of an inexperienced person.


#4 Pol Silver

Polsilver DE razor Blades

These blades, although slightly more expensive and harder to find are also very excellent. They are extremely durable and some even consider them more so than the Feather blades but they not as sharp (even though they are very sharp). The Pol Silver safety razor blades are a preferred choice for those who want a safer and more durable option of razor blade without regard for the cost.


#3 Personna

Personna double edge razor blades

This brand makes different types of safety razor blades but the commonest ones are the Persona Blue and the Persona Red. The major difference between these two is where they are made. The Blue is made in America while the Red is made in Israel. The red one is also sold in America as the Crystal+.

These blades are very sharp and durable (although not as durable as the Feather blade and the Pol Silver) and also very cheap compared to the others. If you want a razor blade that is made in America, then this is the one for you.


#2 Gillette Silver Blue

Gillette Silver Blue DE razor blades

This blade is the right choice for beginners as it is not as sharp as the others. It is also not very durable, but it is cheap so if you want a cheap blade that won't do much damage especially if you are inexperienced then you can go for it.


#1 Astra

Astra Superior razor blades

These blades have been known to cause a lot of controversy among people. Many men feel that they are too aggressive even though they're not as sharp as the Feather blades, therefore, making them quite inappropriate for those with sensitive skin. On the other side of the divide are men who say that they are great and perfect for them.

​Summary

Choosing the right safety razor blade can be slightly tricky but it may be good for you to try many razor blades before you settle on one that works best for you.  Buying a sample pack with all different razor blades is a great way to start.

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Alex Palmer
 

The editor here on The Shaveyard, loving life and all things shaving.

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