Blades from a German company that has been around since 1920.
1st blade > 1st shave
Vitos ‘Green’ Shaving Soap
No tugging, though it did feel a little rough. No irritation but a few nicks, nothing that lasted past cold water. Finish wasn’t very close anywhere, but only a few places had real roughness. Still a very average shave.
1st blade > 2nd shave
Phoenix and Beau Spitfire Shaving Soap
No tugging this time either, and less roughness. I didn’t have any irritation but I did pick up quite a few small nicks. Most sealed themselves and only a few required cold water to close them. The finish was pretty good, though not especially close. A good shave.
1st blade > 3rd shave
Edwin Jagger Aloe Vera Shaving Soap
Another tug-free shave and it felt smooth throughout. No irritation either. I got quite a few nicks but most were sealed before I finished with only one requiring cold water. The finish was smooth and fairly close, but there was resistance in places.
1st blade > 4th shave
Tug-free once more and no suggestions of roughness. I was left with some minor irritation on my top lip though. I also picked up a few nicks, none serious enough to last to the end of the shave. The finish wasn’t bad but it was far from the smoothest shave I’ve ever had.
2nd blade > 1st shave
Cremo Sandalwood Shave Cream
It felt a little harsh on the first pass but no tugging. I was left with some irritation on my top lip. Some of that may have been down to poor lather. I also got quite a few nicks, though only a handful survived through the shave. Not a bad finish but not the best either.
2nd blade > 2nd shave
Boots Freshwood Brushless Shave Cream
There was a hint of tugging on the first pass but nothing too bad. I picked up a few small nicks, but none survived beyond cold water. I also had some mild irritation on my top lip. It got clogged a lot and I had to work hard to keep it clear. The finish was pretty average, no real roughness but nowhere especially close either.
2nd blade > 3rd shave
Kiehl’s White Eagle Brushless Shave Cream
There was a bit of mild tugging on the first pass. I only picked up one nick, low down, that was probably down to my handling. No irritation. I do fewer passes with brushless creams so hard to compare. While the finish wasn’t especially close, there were no real rough patches either. That said, it wasn’t great ATG. A passable shave though.
2nd blade > 4th shave
Vitos ‘green’ shaving soap
No tugging and the blade felt smooth throughout. Not the closest finish but generally good. Some mild irritation on my top lip. The only nicks, which were small, were down to my eagerness to get perfection during touch ups. A very good shave.
The number of nicks I picked up suggested this blade was pretty sharp, but the end result of my shaves didn’t live up to that, with most being average at best.
It did seem to cleave through my stubble without issue while avoiding much in the way of irritation. So a reasonable balance.
These are fairly competitively priced (although I’ve seen them range considerably, therefore worth browsing) and offer reasonable performance, but wouldn’t be my blade of choice. There are others that offer better performance, even at this price point.