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100 Astra Superior Platinum Razor Blades Box Astra Superior Platinum, Also Called Green Astra Blades To Distinguish Them From Blue Colour And By Lower Quality Astra Super Stainless Blades, Are Razor Blades (For Safety And Straight Razors Such As Shavette)
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bought around 200 of these back in 2014 from amazon for £5.60 and i use these blades with a edwin jagger de razor and is my go to to shave my head and do the edges of my beard and still have loads left
Edited by: "rimz790" 1st Jun
Lower_for_Longer01/06/2020 21:46

I tend to go for feather (made in Nippon). Are these more or less …I tend to go for feather (made in Nippon). Are these more or less aggressive?


Usually, it is the razor and not the blade that decides it. The more a blade is exposed by the razor, the more aggressive it is while shaving. The same Feather blade will behave differently in an open comb Muhle R41 (considered very aggressive) compared to a Merkur 23C (mildly aggressive) or a Edwin Jagger DE89 (mild). You need to find the combination that works for you.
I use these all the time. Find they are really good.
My hair is tough, but I still get over fifteen shaves
from a blade!
M0nk3h01/06/2020 21:30

This makes me want to go back to this type of shaving.


Do it! I just finished a shave of my head with my DE razor and it's like rubbing a bowling ball.
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This makes me want to go back to this type of shaving.
M0nk3h01/06/2020 21:30

This makes me want to go back to this type of shaving.


Do it! I just finished a shave of my head with my DE razor and it's like rubbing a bowling ball.
ceanth01/06/2020 21:33

Do it! I just finished a shave of my head with my DE razor and it's like …Do it! I just finished a shave of my head with my DE razor and it's like rubbing a bowling ball.


Yes I agree. The excruciating pain does feel like as if you're rubbing a bowling ball on your head
I tend to go for feather (made in Nippon). Are these more or less aggressive?
Lower_for_Longer01/06/2020 21:46

I tend to go for feather (made in Nippon). Are these more or less …I tend to go for feather (made in Nippon). Are these more or less aggressive?


These would be less aggressive but you might have a smoother shave. Also Gillette Platinums are decent. Cheap on here
bought around 200 of these back in 2014 from amazon for £5.60 and i use these blades with a edwin jagger de razor and is my go to to shave my head and do the edges of my beard and still have loads left
Edited by: "rimz790" 1st Jun
I bought these 3 years ago for £8.90. I'd say 100 blades is about 4 years worth of shaving for me.
ceanth01/06/2020 21:33

Do it! I just finished a shave of my head with my DE razor and it's like …Do it! I just finished a shave of my head with my DE razor and it's like rubbing a bowling ball.


i'm not sure about the extra three holes....
I use these all the time. Find they are really good.
My hair is tough, but I still get over fifteen shaves
from a blade!
Good Turkish blades 7/10 (which are the best in the word for cut throat shaving imo) but in my experience these are beaten by Perma-Sharp 10/10 which stay sharp and always give a great shave every time.
Lower_for_Longer01/06/2020 21:46

I tend to go for feather (made in Nippon). Are these more or less …I tend to go for feather (made in Nippon). Are these more or less aggressive?


Usually, it is the razor and not the blade that decides it. The more a blade is exposed by the razor, the more aggressive it is while shaving. The same Feather blade will behave differently in an open comb Muhle R41 (considered very aggressive) compared to a Merkur 23C (mildly aggressive) or a Edwin Jagger DE89 (mild). You need to find the combination that works for you.
40944939-uyzHA.jpgUse half of one of these in my cut throat razor for the beard. They last for ages. Used it today as it happens.
dinouk01/06/2020 22:34

[Image] Use half of one of these in my cut throat razor for the beard. …[Image] Use half of one of these in my cut throat razor for the beard. They last for ages. Used it today as it happens.



A shavette mate, not cut throat.

Found these blades naff. Feathers FTW with me.
Meathotukdeals01/06/2020 22:42

A shavette mate, not cut throat.Found these blades naff. Feathers FTW …A shavette mate, not cut throat.Found these blades naff. Feathers FTW with me.


Apologies, it looks like a cut throat but probably is a shavette.. So easy to use to do the beard etc but was so difficult at first. Now I do it without even much taking care and don't cut myself.
Still got some left from my box bought in 2012! I've been using them with the Edwin Jagger DE89 since then and settled on these after trying a number of different blades. I find these perfect - Feathers were just too agressive for me, with the DE89, anyway.
How are these compared to Wilkinson's
marylandcookie01/06/2020 23:37

How are these compared to Wilkinson's


I bought them last time they were posted and find that they blunt far quicker.
bozo00701/06/2020 22:29

Usually, it is the razor and not the blade that decides it. The more a …Usually, it is the razor and not the blade that decides it. The more a blade is exposed by the razor, the more aggressive it is while shaving. The same Feather blade will behave differently in an open comb Muhle R41 (considered very aggressive) compared to a Merkur 23C (mildly aggressive) or a Edwin Jagger DE89 (mild). You need to find the combination that works for you.


I will stick to my muhle r89 and feather combo.
M0nk3h01/06/2020 21:30

This makes me want to go back to this type of shaving.


Me too. I just bought two 24 packs of Gillette proglide from eBay and thought they were a bargain at less than £40. This makes you realise what extraordinary daylight robbery is being perpetrated on the uninitiated like us.

Only thing is trying to figure out what DE razor to buy. The initial outlay is enough to make me wary of just buying anything. I want something good for head as well as face. (Don't we all....oo-err missus. )
Edited by: "carnivaist" 2nd Jun
carnivaist02/06/2020 00:35

Me too. I just bought two 24 packs of Gillette proglide from eBay and …Me too. I just bought two 24 packs of Gillette proglide from eBay and thought they were a bargain at less than £40. This makes you realise what extraordinary daylight robbery is being perpetrated on the uninitiated like us.Only thing is trying to figure out what DE razor to buy. The initial outlay is enough to make me wary of just buying anything. I want something good for head as well as face. (Don't we all....oo-err missus. )



Probably the best starting point for the majority.
Edwin Jagger DE89
Basic Badger brush
Palmolive or Alto shaving stick
Derby (forgiving) and Feathers (once you mater the Derby's) DE Blades
I just bought the King C Gillete razor first try ever and these blades are on sale? Destiny or good timing? Or should I stick with the free 5 blades from gillete and see from there... I'm already confused at how different the blades can be, sharp and the right shape is all I wanted but seemingly there is a huge difference reading your comments.. what have I let myself in for here haha
rimz79001/06/2020 22:03

bought around 200 of these back in 2014 from amazon for £5.60 and i use …bought around 200 of these back in 2014 from amazon for £5.60 and i use these blades with a edwin jagger de razor and is my go to to shave my head and do the edges of my beard and still have loads left


I did the same use to wet shave but then went electric trimmer. Just better overall and way cheaper than buying shaving cream all the time.
Great blades, bought a pack of 5 feathers to see what all the fuss was all about, shave was no better than what the Astra SP gave me. Sticking with the cheaper Astra. Ordered - Hot
Great blades, I prefer them to Feathers. IMO very nearly as sharp, bit more forgiving, hold their edge better and less than half the price
Very good price. I use Super Iridiums, which I prefer, but these are good.
carnivaist02/06/2020 00:35

Me too. I just bought two 24 packs of Gillette proglide from eBay and …Me too. I just bought two 24 packs of Gillette proglide from eBay and thought they were a bargain at less than £40. This makes you realise what extraordinary daylight robbery is being perpetrated on the uninitiated like us.Only thing is trying to figure out what DE razor to buy. The initial outlay is enough to make me wary of just buying anything. I want something good for head as well as face. (Don't we all....oo-err missus. )



Good discussion here
Arbk6602/06/2020 07:17

Great blades, bought a pack of 5 feathers to see what all the fuss was all …Great blades, bought a pack of 5 feathers to see what all the fuss was all about, shave was no better than what the Astra SP gave me. Sticking with the cheaper Astra. Ordered - Hot


Agreed, I went from Astra to feather to give them a try, found them too prickly When new but quickly lose there edge. I too prefer Astra’s and they are vastly cheaper !
My go to blades for my DE Razor. I find these to be the perfect combination of close shave/not shred your face to pieces if you make a mistake.
Great find as I only have few blades left and only use each once.
To answer all the questions about blades in one fell swoop... these are like the "can't go wrong" choice. If you don't know where to start, or anything like that, these are the ones for you.

You can also find sample packs on eBay with all kinds of exotic-looking blades to try, but it's less fun than it looks.
Edited by: "EndemicAlarm" 2nd Jun
I've found these don't shave as close as a typical 3, 4 or 5 blade commercial razor. And I still after a good few years nick myself (although I know it's technique- the razor is adjustable as well).
Edited by: "Pete525" 2nd Jun
these things last forever - might as well be full price because of the value. I use 1 per week at best.
Lower_for_Longer01/06/2020 21:46

I tend to go for feather (made in Nippon). Are these more or less …I tend to go for feather (made in Nippon). Are these more or less aggressive?


Feather are still the most agressive on the market.
Pete52502/06/2020 10:29

I've found these don't shave as close as a typical 3, 4 or 5 blade …I've found these don't shave as close as a typical 3, 4 or 5 blade commercial razor. And I still after a good few years nick myself (although I know it's technique- the razor is adjustable as well).


You're either not doing it right or don't have the right equipment buddy. Different DE razors differ dramatically in their aggressiveness, just like blades. Go get a Muhle R41 and learn how to use it, then tell me it isn't as close as a 472 blade cartridge

I get your sentiment though. Cartridges allow a much bigger margin for error so maybe it works better for you because you can use it the way you want.
Edited by: "rapid85" 2nd Jun
I bought this back in 2018 and I'm half way through. Very good to use with a double edge razor or a cut throat. Much better for the environment than using disposables
Sparco01/06/2020 22:03

I bought these 3 years ago for £8.90. I'd say 100 blades is about 4 years …I bought these 3 years ago for £8.90. I'd say 100 blades is about 4 years worth of shaving for me.


Sounds about right. I bought a 100 pack in 2018 and I'm just about half way through
happymale01/06/2020 22:18

I use these all the time. Find they are really good.My hair is tough, but …I use these all the time. Find they are really good.My hair is tough, but I still get over fifteen shaves from a blade!


Really?? How are you managing 15 shaves from a blade?
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Shark blades all the way perfect for pros or amateurs
rapid8502/06/2020 11:35

You're either not doing it right or don't have the right equipment buddy. …You're either not doing it right or don't have the right equipment buddy. Different DE razors differ dramatically in their aggressiveness, just like blades. Go get a Muhle R41 and learn how to use it, then tell me it isn't as close as a 472 blade cartridge I get your sentiment though. Cartridges allow a much bigger margin for error so maybe it works better for you because you can use it the way you want.



I should try some new equipment. It was a QShave Adjustable (Merkur Futur copy). And switch to soap. All these positive endorsements, I know can't be wrong!
Anyone ever used Gillette 7 o’clock? Not sure if they’re available in UK but brilliant blades.
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