Rapira, Wilkinson Sword Classic, and SuperMax Platinum Double Edged Blades Review
These 3 double edged blades were given to me by another member of The Shave Den forum, Linuxguile. I was a bit disappointed because I only got one for each blade. LOL. I thought I need at least 2 blades of each brand to give a proper review. (You really ought to be grateful for this chance, Arief).
This review is about me getting the right blade for my stubble and my skin. I was using my Gillette Slim Adjustable. The setting was on 5 for all the 3 blades. Yes, I need more aggressive setting to cut all the stubble.
All the review will be based on the ranking between them. So I will only use number 1, 2, and 3. For 1 is being the best. I will be using sharpness, smoothness, and endurance as my points of comparison.
I prepared everything the same. Cold shower. Put a homemade pre shave oil consist of Castor Oil, Olive Oil, and glycerin. My shaving cream is The Body Shop Maca Root For Men Shaving Cream.
SuperMax Platinum Double Edged First Try
I tried it again and the result was the same. It is a good blade. Maybe I should put my Gillette Slim Adjustable setting to a lower one.
I had to do 3 passes with this SuperMax Platinum. Somehow, I missed certain parts. I still have stubbles all over the place. Yes, even after 3 passes.
After all the shaving, my alum told me that I had razor burns all over the place. It was confirmed again by my aftershave.
SuperMax Platinum Double Edged Second Try
The second try was better than the first one. I will give it credit to my cautiousness.
I was using an even milder pressure than the first try. The blade was still cutting aggressively. I only need 2 passes now and a finishing touch. But I sensed that my skin already sustained some razor burns.
It was confirmed again by alum and aftershave. But the burn was milder compared to the first try.
Do I recommend SuperMax Platinum Double Edged blade?
Yes. I love an aggressive blade. But I have to remind myself to set the aggressive level of my razor to a milder one. Maybe I will put a 3 or 4 on my Gillette Slim Adjustable aggressive setting.
The endurance of this blade is amazing. I even tried it until the fourth attempt. But I have to toss it midway during the shave. 3 shavings are the most for this blade.
Wilkinson Sword Classic Double Edged Blade First Try
I was so happy to receive a new blade that I haven’t tried. Wilkinson Sword blade is something that I really want to try for a long time. I have read that this brand is one of the preferred blades out there. I know why now.
The made by Gillette stamp on the blade surprised me. I really thought that Gillette already abandoned making “traditional” blades. All the advertisements by Gillette are pushing their “modern” shaving gears.
After unwrapping the blade, I immediately use it. My preparation was the same. Cold shower and pre shave.
I was amazed by how smooth the blade was. I didn’t even feel the blade. I thought it wasn’t cutting but my stubble was gone. Only by first pass.
I thought that this is the dream blade that I’m looking for so far. It was sharp and smooth. I might need only 2 passes with this blade but I went and did 3 passes. Stupid choice of action.
I ended up with a razor burn, again. I should stop with 2 passes.
Wilkinson Sword Classic Double Edged Blade Second Try
By the end of touch ups, I nicked a couple of spots. I think I have a bad habit of using too much pressure.
My alum only reacted on that nicked area. I think I have found my love on this beautiful double edge blade. I get almost a BBS with this second try
Do I Recommend Wilkinson Sword Classic Double Edge Blade?
Most definitely a YES. This is a very smooth blade. Very sharp and very smooth. I have to stock this blade. How long a 100 blades pack will last?
Considering I use a blade for 3-4 shaves. If I order a 100 pack double edge blade, I might end up with a 2 years supply. Not bad.
Rapira Double Edge Blade First Try
I have no expectation though when I unwrapped this Rapira blade. I had already fallen in love with Wilkinson Sword Classic double edge blade. So, I went using it with a meh attitude.
To my surprise, Rapira double edge blade was astonishingly smooth, too. A little bit harsh compared to Wilkinson Sword Classic, but still smooth.
I was so happy to know that I have two brands that I love now.
My preparation for the first try was still the same. Cold shower, pre shave oil, and Gillette Slim Adjustable at level 5 setting.
The shave was beautifully smooth. Learned from the experience with Wilkinson Sword Classic, I went only with 2 passes and touch ups.
This was another almost BBS shave. I was ecstatic. My alum gave a little feedback. I really need to learn to use less pressure.
Rapira Double Edge Blade Second Try
The blade already showed signs of dullness. I felt the blade really harsh now. My preparation was still the same but the result was totally different.
I think Rapira Double Edge Blade endurance was short lived. I continued to finish the shave. I ended up with record high nicks.
This was really terrible considering the successful event on the first try.
Do I Recommend Rapira Double Edge Blade?
Still a YES. If I can only use once or maybe twice per blade, this is still cheaper than any modern disposable cartridges. With a 100 blades pack, I can have a year supply.
It will be a smooth shave for a year. Nothing can replace that enjoyment.
Comparing All The Brands
|Wilkinson Sword Classic||
With all that experiences that I went through, I think I will definitely have a stock of Wilkinson Sword Classic double edge blades and some of Rapira double edge blades. I still have some of SuperMax Platinum double edge blades in my shave den that might get use later.
Wilkinson Sword Classic is made in Germany. The Gillette Wilkinson Sword is made in India. What I have been reviewing above is The Gillette Wilkinson Sword.
Have you tried all three brands above? How do you find your experience using them? Good or Bad? Tell me down below.