Super-Max Stainless Blades

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Super-Max Stainless

Another Indian blade, from a company that is (apparently) the second largest manufacturer of them in the world.

1st blade > 1st shave
Truefitt & Hill Authentic No. 10 Finest Shave Cream

Dragged from the moment I started, it wasn’t quite so bad on the second pass, but probably because there wasn’t as much hair to chomp on. Felt rough and ragged. Despite that, I didn’t pick up any nicks or irritation (possibly because I was being gentle, having been worried by the roughness), but was left with a decidedly patchy end result. Smooth in places, but like sandpaper ATG in others.

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

If I thought it was rough on the first shave, it was worse on the second. I’d go so far as to call it mildly painful and it felt like the blade was plucking the hair rather than cutting it. I ended up with an adequately smooth shave across most of face, but some patches were closer to unshaven. No nicks or irritation though. Certainly the worst shave I’ve had in terms of comfort.

2nd blade > 1st shave
MÜHLE Sea Buckthorn Shaving Soap

It tugged from the first to the last, proving particularly nasty ATG on my neck. That said, I didn’t pick up any nicks. I didn’t do as much touching up as with some recent (Russian) blades, but you could tell from the end result, which was a little patchy, although not that bad. Generally it was fairly smooth, and a pretty good finish.

2nd blade > 2nd shave
Speick Men Shave Cream

Once again the blade tugged throughout, it was almost wince worthy when I switched to ATG. No nicks again though, but I did have to do a lot more touching up this time, it was practically another pass. The finish wasn’t actually that bad, a little patchy, but generally very smooth. My top lip was practically BBS, though nowhere else was. I’m a little surprised at how good it was.

2nd blade > 3rd shave
RazoRock Don Marco Shave Soap

The blade started off as before, tugging. It was so bad WTG, initially at least, I worried what it would be like later, but it actually seemed to settle down. I was completely nick free again, but I did have to do a lot of touching up. I did end up with plenty of patches where it was below par, but generally it was smooth, and in some places even BBS! Once again, the finish took me by surprise.

2nd blade > 4th shave
Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap

Once again, despite a good lather, the blade tugged, but I either don’t notice it after a while or it settles down. It was nearly wince-worthy when I switched to ATG, but again settled down. I had to do a lot of touching up, going over some areas lots of times to get close. Despite that, I ended up with no nicks and only the slightest dryness/irritation on my top lip. The finish was nice and smooth across my face and neck, though not quite BBS. Another good shave.

Verdict

Remembering my experiences with the first blade, I wasn’t expecting these to go the distance on the second. If they were rough on the first two, they couldn’t possibly last for four shaves. I was wrong. While they didn’t provide the most comfortable experience, with a bit of work they provided a good finish each time, with zero nicks, and at a ridiculously cheap price. If I’m being picky, I’d say I found my stubble returning faster than with some other blades.

Update (2/1/2015): I recently used these after not shaving at all for a day, just a single day, and they were excruciating. I didn’t pick up any nicks and performing three passes left me with a pretty good finish, but they tugged to the point I almost gave up. So look for another blade if you tend to have a lot of stubble. Dropped from an 8 to a 7.

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Last updated: January 2, 2015