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Konsistency is king
I use a feather handle and used to use feather blades. Perfectly fine combo. However, I found that the very sharp feather blade was mildly aggressive on the first shave, and dulled quickly with my thick hairs. All relative of course, still decent.
I tried a few different blades, splitting hairs frankly (pun intended!), but I settled on these Astras. They are not quite as sharp as the feathers but they are in the same league. I found the first shave to be smoother, and subsequent shaves to be more consistent. Overall the Astras appear to have a harder edge on them which dulls slower.
No point swapping loads though. Pick a handle and blade combo that works for you and stick at it. Learn the technique that the handle and blade requires and get into a routine. That in itself will yield better results than any hardware swap.
It's almost pointless reviewing blades as it is very much personal preference and what may work for some may not work for others. However, these are my personal favourites. Have tried a lot of other blades including Feathers etc but these just suited my face best. I'd say I have normal to fine facial hair and these always provide a smooth, comfortable shave. Worth a try if you still haven't found 'your' blade.
Fantastic blades both sharp and long lasting. Most blades I get 2 shaves from and some I only get 1 but these I get 3 incredibly close shaves with no cuts or redness. Can feel slightly more aggressive when a new blade is put on but nothing too bad. Think these may be my go to blade from now on
Is one of the best shaving blade
These blades are fantastic, very sharp and not 1 cut after a few shaves. Also they do last well I recently tried another blade on par with sharpness and price but only got 1 good 3 pass shave per blade. These are not only slightly cheaper but I get 3 good shaves per blade. Also it's a much closer shave then any blade I've tried so far. Still not tried feather blades but working up to them
Awful blades, cut my face to ribbons every time I've used them - will be chucking half the pack and the full 2nd pack I bought in the bin. Thank god for my alum block and styptic pencil!
Having tried more than a dozen different brands/makes of blades over the last couple of years, I have to say these are my favourites, along with Shark - the latter are milder, the Astras are great for removing a few day's growth with no fuss, dragging or cuts.
These are my close second choice blade to Asco, and like Asco blades I rarely receive any cuts and the shave is sharp and clean.
Bought these on the back of all the rave reviews but after 2 blades n 2shaves with merkur 34 HD feel like there off the back of a Russian sub and been used by half the sailors see Anne Marie comment may have to stick with feather in future all in all very disappointed !!!!! Great company though not sure about minimum spend 5.00 when blades are 3.50 strange .
Used these blades on my first ever DE razor 'merkur 34c' and loved them!
Only been using a DE razor for about 18 months but these are by far the best blades I've used.Fantastic close shave.
These blades are a little bit aggressive for me. Better in second shave.
My wife bought me some this Christmas to go with my merkur razor that I've had for some time now. I have to say that these blades performed way above my expectations. They are incredibly sharp and have given me the closest shave I have ever had. Top draw piece of shaving kit. Will definitely buy these again.
have always used merkur blades and these are on a par with them/good shave with tendency to nick skin,for me not as good as feathers
These are top drawer. Sharp, reliable and a bit more forgiving than other blades too. Would recommend.
Out of over a dozen different blades I have tried I find these the best, super sharp and last well, good close shave and no irritation used with sandalwood shave soap.
I got a mixture of 5 different makes of blades when I purchased my first safety razor last month. I was advised that the Astras were the sharpest of the blades I was supplied. So after a few weeks of practising my technique I finally plucked up the courage to give them ago. I have to say they were fantastic. I got a very smooth shave with no razor burn and only a couple of nicks (more due to my poor technique). I feel with a little more practice these will become my number one blade of choice although I will be giving the Feather Blades a crack first but these will take some beating. Top class service and excellent advice in store too.
Tried loads of blades now, these for me and my thick harsh stubble are by far the best used with sandalwood shave soap.
I found exactly the same as Annemarie - they were my go to blade but the most recent ones that I bought are different, something has changed and they are nowhere near as good as they used to be. :-(
Superb! I was a big fan of the normal Astra's but these are in a different league. They give the smoothest shave, better then any other blade I've used. Great service too.
Read reviews, tried other makes which were actually poor. Astra blades are great and service from Trad Shaving excellent
Really like these - they last well and are very effective.
Good quality blade,which leaves me with little irritation .
try these , nice and sharp no drag
Was disappointed , I have been using astra blades now as my go to blade for over 12 months now,but the recent Bach I have just received had slightly different packaging . The envelope that wraps the blade was plain instead of the usual astra logo and the blades themselves looked the same but shaved completely different to all other astra blades I've used before. Same prep same cream same brush very rough shave.
Better than the Derby blades
I have been gradually working through different blades and I absolutely love these Astra super platinum.
They give me a good smooth shave in an Open or closed comb Razor.
Shall be definitely buying more of this make.
A very good and Sharp blade! Good choice!
One of my favourite blades. Gives a nice close shave and no irritation.
Superb blade, much better than Derby blades that came with my razor.
It may be me but they seem less sharp than the previous batch I bought. Good VFM.
Bought these to experiment and found them to be akin to shaving with a blunt axe! Didn't suit My thick heavy growth with sensitive skin.
Silky smooth shave with these and merkur. Highly recommended for baby soft skin and none of the razor burn.
best of several names tried.
A very good shave! Worth the Money!
these did not work for me, not that sharp at all
These blades suit my beard, smooth, and I get at least 4 or 5 shaves out of a blade. Good value for money, a five star blade.
These Astra Superior Platinum blades last about a week each edge and provide a good shave. Also, if I remember correctly, they have writing on them that makes it easy to tell which edge is which when they are in the razor.
Better than the Derby blades that came with the razor but yet to try other brands . Good quality, good shave, good price.
Cheap in price but not in quality, great blades
I like these blades,sharper than Wilkinson and merkur.
Some say cheap, but I like them, I like them alot.
Only blades I've used since switching to double edge razor. Happy with them!
really like these blades .... sharp and lasts for 5-6 times
i havent try them yet..
Great blades, haven t cut myself once....yet!
good for beginners
My first blades used. They shaved well, but with slight tugging on 2nd shave. I would recommend these, but admit there are certainly sharper blades available at higher cost. This is certainly one of the better ones available on the starter package.
Who needs over engineered shaving heads with triple blades. I thought something was amiss it was so smooth, but no, the beard had disappeared like magic.
WORKED WELL NO PROBS HERE
Very sharp, going to try a few other brands to compare with
Only used 1 blade so far as I got a free merkur blade, shaves nice and close after three passes, as good as any blade I have used, get four good shaves out of the blade.
Brilliant blades that are sharp and yet predictable. Last forever too.
Perfectly good, sharp blades long lasting.
this was a gift for my husband - to my knowledge he loved it.
Good blade, will need to compare with others
just what I needed
Good start, might try the Feathers next
Excellent blades with a good feel. Only holding back one star because they don t come in a safe disposal package. I ve held on to my previous supply in order to place used blades into a safe disposal package.
Seem to be good
Very good blades both in terms of sharpness and longevity.
Great blades - soft on the skin. I use either these or Feathers.
Had good results with these
nice sharp smooth blades
not a bad blade though I thought them would atay sharp for longer
They are sharp and maintain an edge for a good few shaves. I ve been changing blades after about 6 shaves. Don t leave much tenderness either.
excellent , have used the same blade 4x already
I used these after having used the Derby blades. If you call Derby blades suitable for first time DE shavers, this a good one to step up to. A little sharper but still very forgiving. Again, recommended for beginners.
Good sharp blades, I found these much better than the derby blades.
I ve tried 5 different blades now from this store and Astra is my favorite despite not being the most expensive. It gives a softer and sensitive shave than the Feather blades which I would say is in the same "division".
good sharp blades.
Really good quality blades, excellent. Slightly sharper and better quality than Derby Extras but won t replace my go to blade
Very forgiving blade. Among the many that I ve tried, Astra is in the top 2. (Also like Feather)
Similar to the Derby Extra blades but much better quality. Excellent shave all around and no too sharp, perhaps slightly sharper than a Derby. Very high quality, wrapped in two sheets of wax paper to prevent corrosion. Good for beginners and pros alike. Bought a few of them, at the moment my favourites but I ve only started shaving recently. (bought 100 derby blades off the bat, so no doubt it will take me a while to get through them before trying others!). However definitely my new go to blade. Highly recommended.
Good blade, but prefer the Feathers
nice close shave
It is an anathema to me why I allowed myself to be fooled into thinking that multi-blade systems are the best. They are so not!
Good blades, but I feel like they could be sharper.
Very sharp clean shave
Very smooth and sharp blades that give a great shave while leaving sensitive skin unaffected.
Good razor blades. Last longer than Derby.
My favorite blades so far. I nice clean and smooth shave.
The best blades ever I ve tried. Sharper and smoother than Derby and Personna. This blade reduced my nicks, cuts and burn to almost nothing instantly. I only get cuts or burn now if i really deserve it.
Much better than Derby Razors
These are well thought of amongst DE users and I certainly couldn’t fault them in any way. They give a smooth shave in two passes or three if shaving with a light cutting razor and the quality was the same on every blade I used - top class.
Highly recommended for every DE shave newby
Good overall blades.
Got this order the day after placing it. These blades are some of the slickest I have come across and I ll use them again.
good blade for the price
A solid performer, nothing special but would use again.
I just had my first shave with this blade after having used Derby for two months, and it is a whole different experience. Just a with the grain, across the grain and against the grain left me with a smooth result with only minimum touching up needed.
very sharp rasor blades, excellent!!
Good quality blades with a clean sharp edge. Last well.
I find these blades sharp and smooth get at least 3 to 4 shaves per blade probably more but at this price might as well change them after 3days Good service from TSC as usual.
very pleased so far
Excellent, really sharp blades which give a nice smooth finish.
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