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How Do You Choose a Double Edge Razor Blade?-West Coast Shaving

How Do You Choose a Double Edge Razor Blade?

Once upon a time in 2007, a new convert to wet shaving had an idea. Why not package together a variety of different double edge razor blades in small packs and sell them to new shavers so they could practice finding their perfect match? Out of a two bedroom condo in Southern California,  West Coast Shaving was born.

Since that first package went out, West Coast Shaving has been about more than just products. They are committed to educating as well. So, how do you choose the razor blade that is right for you?  Check out this quick video on our DE Blade Sample Pack, Choice.  



Narrow Down to the Perfect Double Edge Razor Blade

Finding the perfect double edge razor blade is a bit like finding your perfect mate. It can take a few wrong turns before you get it right. To help ease you through the rocky parts of this new relationship, we suggest trying a variety of razor blades. Start with the smoothest blade (mild) and use it for 2-3 shaves. Move up the ladder of aggressiveness, trying each razor blade for a shave or two. We highly recommend that you keep a notepad and pen handy to jot down a few notes as you go. Then you won’t forget what you liked -- or didn’t --  about each razor blade. (You could note irritation, closeness of the shave, post-shave feel, etc.). When you have finished one time through, consider doing it again (as you’ve likely improved in technique as well.) But if you know there is one that you don’t like, check it off the list as you continue to narrow down to your soul, ahem, blade mate.

Try Razor Blades from Mild to Aggressive

The most popular razor blades in wet shaving (minus the Merkur which many people seem to have tried already) are in our bestselling Double Edge Razor Blade Choice sample pack. We suggest trying them in the following order.

  • Derby 

These smooth razor blades, manufactured in Turkey, are on the mild side of the razor blade spectrum. They are stainless steel blades plated with chromium-ceramic, tungsten, & platinum. Utilizing the most advanced equipment, they are perforated, hardened, and ground for optimum edge strength and long lifespan.

  • Astra

With the privatization of companies throughout the Soviet Bloc after the fall of the iron curtain, Gillette acquired Astra, a blade manufacturing company. These razor blades are produced in Russia and distributed around the world. They are stainless steel coated in platinum for durability and sharpness.

  • Personna

This mid-level aggression razor blade is made in Israel. Although the packaging may be more blue than red depending on where they are distributed, these popular double edge razor blades are known as Red Personna blades. They are stainless steel blades with a “platinum-chrome” coating for smoothness.

  • Crystal

These Crystal brand double edge razor blades are also made in Israel. They are a sharp, stainless steel blade with a platinum-chrome coating as well. They are moving toward the top in terms of aggression.

  • Feather

Feather razor blades and products have become synonymous with "sharp" in the wet shaving world. If you haven’t used one yet, they command respect. It is why we suggest trying this blade last, after you’ve honed your technique a bit. These stainless steel double edge razor blades are coated in platinum for a flexible, long-lasting, sharp edge.  

Does sharper equal better?

So, you might be wondering, isn’t sharper better? In a word, no! Sharp doesn’t actually equal smooth. Sometimes an extremely sharp blade will lead to razor burn, irritation, or general nicks & cuts. You might find that backing off the aggression actually leads to a better shave. And the best shave of your life is just what we are after!  

Buying this pack is the easiest way to find your favorite blade without paying for a bunch of blades you won’t need.

And if you really want to expand your blade knowledge, check out our other packs as well.  Our Extended and Everything Packs give you tons more hard-to-find, unique, and popular blades that we carry at West Coast Shaving.


What’s your favorite double edge razor blade? How did you meet your perfect match? Tell us in the comments below.

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Comments

paul schneider - January 9, 2020

Re Joe Warrens comment re merkur, tried them but do not think they are as good as NACET and G Wilkinson.
Since my Dec note I have tried the KAI and Bolzano.
For me KAI is very sharp and smooth and with Bolzanno is part fo my top 5. I use KAI if I have not shaved for 2 days.
Also tried the Razorock 068 as well as the Fatip Grande razors – both are very good and I actually use these and the 34C almost interchangeably.

Paul A Schneider - December 5, 2019

Watched several videos and I followed the guidance. Bought several razors and several blade multipacks and some other blades from the videos that were not in the packs.
Started with M 34C – obviously, based on all the videos.
Minimized the variables to one – the blade – used poraso green prehave, cream and after shave, with an Alum block first.
Tried about 20 different blades for one shave – not interested in how many shaves I got.
In priority these are my favorite with Nacet being the best for me with this razor. the one haven’t tried yet is Bolzanno – which people have told me is great. Frankly did not try feather or Kai -which is suppose to be much sharper – because I could not ask for a better, closer, smoother shave, with no cuts or weeps than the shave with Nacet.
Nacet
Gillette Wilkinson sword
Personna red
Derby premium
Next is to try another razor – either the new Viking version of the old Gillette or the razorock .68 or the Parker variant and use these blades in priority order and see how they turn out. If not as good as my current combo – will try other blades.

Paul A Schneider - December 5, 2019

Watched several videos and I followed the guidance. Bought several razors and several blade multipacks and some other blades from the videos that were not in the packs.
Started with M 34C – obviously, based on all the videos.
Minimized the variables to one – the blade – used poraso green prehave, cream and after shave, with an Alum block first.
Tried about 20 different blades for one shave – not interested in how many shaves I got.
In priority these are my favorite with Nacet being the best for me with this razor. the one haven’t tried yet is Bolzanno – which people have told me is great. Frankly did not try feather or Kai -which is suppose to be much sharper – because I could not ask for a better, closer, smoother shave, with no cuts or weeps than the shave with Nacet.
Nacet
Gillette Wilkinson sword
Personna red
Derby premium
Next is to try another razor – either the new Viking version of the old Gillette or the razorock .68 or the Parker variant and use these blades in priority order and see how they turn out. If not as good as my current combo – will try other blades.

John Hayden - December 5, 2019

I know you believe many have tried the Merkur blade, but where would you place it in this lineup if included?

Joe Warren - December 5, 2019

In your experience how long should a quality DE razor last? How many shaves can a person expect to get out of it. I have found that I usually get 5-6 shaves, but am I discarding my blade too early?
Thank you,
Joe W.

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