Personna are a well-known brand and produce a lot of blades, with the ‘reds’ being an easy-to-find option.
1st blade > 1st shave
Truefitt & Hill Authentic No. 10 Finest Shave Cream
Wonderfully smooth shave, with one nick (which I think was my fault). Even did a good job in the nooks and crannies.
1st blade > 2nd shave
Groomed Shave Cream
A couple of nicks where I tried too hard to get every last hair around my mouth, but it was worth it, leaving me with a fantastically smooth shave. I seemed to have to do a lot more touching up this round though.
2nd blade > 1st shave
Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap
From the start I could feel how much sharper this blade was compared to the others I’ve used recently. This was also shown by how many nicks I picked up (quite a few). I still had to do a fair bit of touching up too. It certainly wasn’t a perfect finish, but it was very smooth in places.
2nd blade > 2nd shave
TOBS Jermyn Street Collection Shave Cream
Again, I picked up a couple of nicks, mainly on my neck. Despite the touching up I was left with a few random patches, but overall it resulted in a good shave, not perfect, but largely smooth.
2nd blade > 3rd shave
Edwin Jagger Sandlewood Soap
It was smooth throughout the shave, and while I picked up several nicks they were fewer and less severe than previous shaves. I had to go over some areas several times though, especially around my mouth. That led to a bit of dryness and irritation. The end result was good rather than great.
2nd blade > 4th shave
Boots Cool Cologne Lather Shave Cream
Although I didn’t manage to get a great lather, the blade felt smooth. I picked up a ton of nicks though, and some irritation/dryness. I had to go over many areas several times and even then the result was patchy. The ‘smooth’ areas still weren’t great when I finished either.
I was very impressed with the first blade (it was in consideration as my go-to blade long term), but less so with the second. It also seemed to drop off after the first couple of shaves. A good, rather than great, blade based on my experience.