Another Asian blade, this time from Pakistan. Treet have been around for a while and the blades business is part of a larger entity.
1st blade > 1st shave
Speick Men Shave Cream
No tugging this time, in fact the blade was smooth throughout. A good lather meant I didn’t pick up any nicks with my first two passes, but I received several good ones during my overzealous touching up. I seemed to require more of this than even other recent blades. There was the odd rough patch on my neck, but the rest was smooth, and a few areas were BBS. A very good shave.
1st blade > 2nd shave
RazoRock XX Artisan Shaving Soap
The blade felt smooth throughout, but I picked up a ton of nicks, starting with my second pass, and didn’t dare do any more touch up to help clear my top lip. Some of this may have been down to the lather, which, while good, didn’t leave much slickness behind. That resulted in a very uneven finish. My top lip was generally smooth, although one nick kept reopening, even after a shower and repeated use of an alum block. In places it was very smooth, but the lack of consistency let it down.
1st blade > 3rd shave
RazoRock King of the Castle Lavender Artisan Shaving Soap
The blade was good on the WTG pass, but I felt it, though not too bad, when I went ATG. Slickness was pretty good from the lather, but I still picked up a few nicks. I suspect some of these were the result of my shave the previous day, and were simply re-opening nicks that hadn’t healed properly. That experience left me a bit wary so I tried not to overdo the touching up, but still managed a few passes on the areas around my mouth. The end result was generally smooth, though a little patchy on my neck.
1st blade > 4th shave
Haslinger Sheep’s Milk Shaving Soap
I had a good, thick lather, the blade felt fine thoughout, so it was suprising that I picked up any nicks. Instead, my face was a bloodbath. By the time I finished there was barely an area without a blossoming rose. Cold water didn’t help much either. On top of that, my top lip was also left with a good degree of burning. I had a the odd rough patch on my neck, jawline and around my mouth, but otherwise the finish was BBS or very close to it. I don’t think it was worth it though.
2nd blade > 1st shave
Vulfix Old Original Sandalwood Shaving Cream
I was aware of my previous experiences using this type of blade, so took it careful. Plenty of lather helped and I didn’t feel any issues during the shave. I did pick up plenty of nicks, though largely during touch up and mainly around my mouth (which gets the most attention). All but a couple were sealed by cold water. I was left with some irritation on my top lip too. The finish wasn’t perfect, with a few patches, including my top lip, but in other areas, such as my cheeks, it was all but BBS. A good shave, but it came at a cost again.
2nd blade > 2nd shave
RazorRock XX Artisan Shaving Soap
Good lather again, so it should rule that out as a reason, but I again picked up a few nicks, some quite significant, though most were sealed by cold water (a couple later re-opened). I also had plenty of irritation on my top lip. Despite plenty of touching up, the finish was very patchy and not especially close either. A decidedly average shave.
Having tried a lot of blades now, I’m learning I prefer duller blades that let me make a lot of passes without getting nicks and irritation. This blade is not one of those, it’s sharp and it nicked the hell out of me. For all that, I still rarely got a satisfactory shave. So, for me, not a blade to recommend.