Ladas Super Stainless Blades

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Ladas Super Stainless

An unfortunate name, given the similarity to a certain brand of car, but are these budget blades better made?

1st blade > 1st shave
Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap

It felt a bit harsh to start with, but settled down, mostly. When I switched to ATG on my neck for the second pass it had some bite, too much. Despite that, I only picked up a couple of small nicks, which had sealed themselves by the time I washed down. I also ended up with some slight irritation to my top lip and my neck. The final result was patchy, but where it was good, it was very good.

1st blade > 2nd shave
Palmolive Shave Stick

Smooth during use, except when going ATG on my neck. I picked up a couple of small nicks, not just on my neck. While a bit more uniform this time, the result was still a little uneven, but generally very smooth.

2nd blade > 1st shave
Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap

Felt a bit of bite for the first few strokes on each side, but settled into a smooth shave. I picked up a few nicks, plus some irritation on my top lip. I also felt I had to do a lot more touching up than with some blades, going over areas multiple times. That made for a smooth, but patchy finish. Not BBS anywhere. A bit of an average shave.

2nd blade > 2nd shave
Truefitt & Hill 1805 Shaving Cream

A decent lather on my first pass but it seemed to disappear quickly as I started my second. Lubrication felt good though. The blade was a little rough as I switched to ATG, but only for the first few strokes. I picked up some nicks, but nothing serious. Once again, I found myself touching up areas repeatedly. The end result was similar to the first shave, smooth in places, but patchy. Not a bad shave, but nowhere was very close and it was too inconsistent to be called good.

2nd blade > 3rd shave
Omega Shaving Cream

I picked up some eucalyptus from the cream this time, and got a good lather for both passes, with a nice amount of slickness too. The blade was smooth and I didn’t pick up any nicks, but I had to do a lot of touching up, which may indicate the blade’s sharpness. The end result was generally good, not BBS though, and I had the odd rough patch, but pleasing nonetheless.

2nd blade > 4th shave
Edwin Jagger Sandalwood Soap

I again struggled to get a good lather, for the first pass at least. I reloaded before applying the second, which seemed to have a better consistency, and more slickness. It’s probably not a surprise that I picked up several nicks then, plus some irritation on my top lip. I had to do a more-than-usual amount of touching up and I was left with a patchy finish. The smoothest areas didn’t make it to BBS either. Not a bad shave, but not a great one.

Verdict

It may do the job, but it’s unremarkable at it. My experience suggests it’s far from the sharpest blade out there, which meant few nicks, but also caused me to struggle for a close finish. A more aggressive razor might see better performance. They’re cheap, they do a reasonable job, they’re a bit like the similarly-named cars after all.

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Last updated: August 30, 2014