Not the best
These were my ambassador to safety razors. While my technique and process have improved I cannot eliminate some of the irritation these cause nor get the smoothest shave. C+ While these just are not for me (very thick facial hair) and I would not recommend them as an introductory blade - these lasted longer than any razor I have sampled. A- 3 1/2 Stars
First time out, perfect shave
I'll buy these again. After reading other reviews, it seems these don't work so well for some folks. I tried them with my Parker 76R and I got a good, smooth shave with no nicks. Like shave soaps and razors, your mileage may vary. I liked them better than the Astras even though those seem to get better reviews. But Astras gave me more nicks than any other blade I've tried. Go figure.
THEY GET IT DONE
These blades are fine. I rec'd them with a Razor purchase. How can you go wrong with a shark? After shopping for a while, I started looking at where the top blades are made. This may not matter to you, but it matters to me. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan.....they are all major blade producers. Merkur is German. Astra is Russian. Shark is Egyptian. Then I found Personna. They are made in Israel. They will get my business.
Inexpensive, but feel and shave like a disposable razor
I tried these blades (full disclosure, I received 12 of them free with two of my razors and in a sample pack) in a Parker 65 a Parker 24 and in an Ikon slant. They work OK for 2-3 shaves but even when new they felt "scratchy" and rough on my face. The shave with a 3 pass with touch up was barely DFS on day #1 and by the 3rd shave was only a CCS. I tried 3 blades and will be giving the rest away. I'm know that some folks find these to be excellent but as the saying goes YMMV. Even if they gave me a close shave, I suppose I've been spoiled by other blades that just feel so much smoother on my face. I guess I would sum this review up by saying they felt and shave like a disposable razor...OK in a pinch, but not if I could avoid them.
Well they're inexpensive
I will preface this review as I do all shaving reviews, All faces and shaving styles are unique. They shave OK but to me their only upside is their price. i only used the first 3 blades in the pack and didn't have the courage to use the last two. They are sharp but "uneven". It is easy to nick you face even with good prep. I got these for free with the purchase of my razor (a Parker 98R) and I won't use them again. Of course some people may love them and they are inexpensive.