A different brand name, but made by Lord in Egypt.
1st blade > 1st shave
Boots Freshwood Brushless Cream
I took it steady on this shave as I’d had a bit of a tender one the previous day. That said, I didn’t get any tugging, picked up zero nicks and was left irritation free. The finish wasn’t bad, but there were plenty of rough patches. This was a brushless shave though so wasn’t as thorough as a regular shave.
1st blade > 2nd shave
Baume.be Shaving Cream
No tugging despite plenty of stubble. I used a decent amount of cream, offering some good slickness, this may have helped prevent nicks. I did spot a tiny one right at the base of my neck, but that was it. No irritation either. The finish was pretty close. A good shave.
1st blade > 3rd shave
Wet Shaving Products Sandalwood Rustic Shaving Soap
I bloomed the soap and worked up a good lather. No tugging and no nicks and I was irritation free too. My neck and face were both good. ATG I had some resistance on my face, but no actual roughness. That said, nowhere got close to BBS either. It was a good shave, not quite very good though.
1st blade > 4th shave
Henry Cavendish Himalaya Shave Soap
I created a reasonable lather and the blade responded with no tugging. I was also left nick-free and without any irritation despite having to go over some areas multiple times. The finish wasn’t bad, but nowhere was particularly close, especially ATG. An average shave.
2nd blade > 1st shave
Dove Men+Care Pro-Moisture Sensitive Shave Cream
A quick brushless shave. I didn’t pick up any nicks but the finish wasn’t very close. More likely to the cream and the speed of the shave than the blade itself. I thought I had some irritation on my neck but it had settled by the time I applied post shave balm.
2nd blade > 2nd shave
Yeti Snot Shave Soap
This one caught me off guard as it was so mentholated it was freezing. No problems from the blade, which didn’t tug and left me with only a single nick, albeit a weeper. That was down to me trying to use up some of the voluminous lather. The finish was a little uneven but generally very good, being both close and smooth.
2nd blade > 3rd shave
Wickham Citrus Musk Shaving Soap
I had a decent amount of stubble and the blade sliced through it without any tugging. I didn’t pick up any nicks or irritation. The finish was smooth, although not BBS, but a little uneven in places — nowhere too bad. A very nice shave.
2nd blade > 4th shave
Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Collection
No problems with tugging during the shave, or irritation afterwards. I did pick up a single nick, once again due to me going over the same spot too many times in an effort to get a great finish. Overall the finish was fairly smooth, but there was resistance and a couple of areas that strayed into roughness. Nowhere went close to BBS. A good shave nonetheless.
I have come to appreciate duller blades, as they allow you to go over areas multiple times without causing irritation. I have yet to find a blade of any sharpness that gets the job done on one pass, so you always end up doing several.
These offered comfortable and untaxing shaves. I didn’t have to pay extra attention or take care when using them.
At the same time, it sliced through stubble of various levels without complaint and with apparent ease. There was none of the tugging or scraping I’ve often found with cheaper blades.
The finish I was left with, however, was never top drawer and rarely above what I would class as sufficient. They were good, solid shaves, but they didn’t have the wow factor.
Mind you, for the price, these are a very attractive offering for a workhorse blade. Just don’t expect miracles.