Astra Superior Platinum Blades

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Astra Superior Platinum Blades

A well-regarded blade by many, although I had my misgivings at first.

1st blade > 1st shave
The Real Shaving Co. Moisturising Shave Cream Classic

It dragged a lot, and left with me a few nicks, but that may have been down to me trying to go over the areas around my mouth too much. I also had a bit of razor burn on my lip. It left me reasonably smooth, but it wasn’t the closest shave I’ve had.

1st blade > 2nd shave
Boots Shave Bowl Original soap

I didn’t notice any dragging this time, and only had one nick as well, but I didn’t go over the same areas as much. A reasonably smooth, but not particularly close, shave.

2nd blade > 1st shave
Truefitt & Hill Authentic No. 10 Finest Shave Cream

A nice smooth shave, with no nicks, even after touching up. It left me with a very smooth finish, not perfect all over, but exceptional in places.

2nd blade > 2nd shave
Edwin Jagger Sandlewood Soap

Again, nice and smooth throughout, with no pulling or scraping, but I did pick up a few nicks this time, mainly around my mouth and low down on my neck. A little patchy of my neck and jaw, but smooth to the point of being frictionless across the rest of my face.

2nd blade > 3rd shave
Arko Shave Cream (Moist)

Definitely some tugging on this shave, making for a less pleasant experience. I picked up a few nicks and irritation too. Not quite as good a result as on previous days, but still a good shave (felt better on my neck, strangely).

Verdict

Not perfect, but a very good blade and a fairly price concious one too. The results were a little uneven, but once you’ve got a reasonable technique they should return solid results.

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Last updated: May 8, 2014