Q-Ball Platinum Plus Blades

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Q-Ball Platinum Plus blades

Another Israeli blade, probably made by Personna.

1st blade > 1st shave
Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream

No tugging or nicks, but I took it careful as I’d had a harsh shave the day before. The finish was a bit average and the blade got pretty clogged, but that’s par for course when it comes to brushless creams.

1st blade > 2nd shave
Otoko Organics Shaving Soap

No tugging or nicks on this use. The finish was good too, with little resistance and a few places got close to BBS. A very good shave.

1st blade > 3rd shave
Boots Freshwood Brushless Shave Cream

A pleasant shave with no tugging. I was left nick and irritation free. It wasn’t a ‘proper’ shave due to the brushless nature, but the only roughness was limited to my usual trouble-spots. Elsewhere, the finish wasn’t bad.

2nd blade > 1st shave
St. James Cedarwood and Clarysage Shaving Cream

No tugging but I did pick up quite a few nicks, a couple of weepers. Most sealed themselves when I applied cold water but a few persisted. I was also left with a lot of irritation on my top lip and neck. Aside from the stinging, the finish was good. It wasn’t perfect but a couple of areas skirted BBS.

2nd blade > 2nd shave
Wickham Soap Co Imperial Tonic Super Smooth Shaving Soap

No tugging again, but only the odd nick this time. Those I did get were tiny and sealed themselves before I finished. There was some mild irritation on my top lip too. Aside from my jawline, the finish was very good though. Not perfect, but very good.

2nd blade > 3rd shave
Body Prescriptions Fresh Pine & Cedar Shaving Cream

I used a brushless cream, which resulted in a reasonable amount of clogging, but otherwise no problems. I did pick up a few tiny nicks but these generally sealed themselves. The end result wasn’t the closest but was more than adequate. Nowhere was rough but nowhere made it to BBS either.

2nd blade > 4th shave
The Real Shaving Co. Sensitive Shave Cream

Stubble was minimal so no issues with tugging as there wasn’t much to get through. I did pick up a few nicks, but these were sealed by cold water. I was also left with a lot of irritation on my top lip. The finish was very good though. Nowhere made it to BBS, but was overall very good.

Verdict

Supposedly made in the same factory as Personna and Crystal blades, I’d never even heard of these before I stumbled across them.

While they were sharp enough to give me nicks and irritation on pretty-much every use, they never quite made it to super smooth. I was able to get pretty good finishes out them though, just at the expense of comfort.

Given that, and the fact that they’re not very readily available while being relatively expensive, I’d say this wasn’t worth bothering with.

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Last updated: March 31, 2018