If you have made the switch to shaving with a safety razor or are considering doing so, you are faced with an important choice: which double edge blade should you use? There is a huge range of brands, thicknesses, and coatings available, which doesn't make the choice any easier. In this blog we delve deeper into this topic to help you make the best choice.
Why the choice is important
The quality and type of blade you choose can make a big difference in your shaving experience. The right blade provides a smooth and irritation-free shave, while the wrong blade can lead to cuts and an unpleasant experience.
Several factors to consider
- Material: Most double edge blades are made of stainless steel, but what really makes a difference is the coating. Platinum and Teflon coatings provide a smoother shave and extend the life of the blade.
- Thickness: Thicker blades can stay sharp longer, but may be less flexible.
- Sharpness: Some brands are known for their extremely sharp blades. For beginners, it may be better to start with a less sharp blade.
Some well-known brands are Feather , Astra , Derby , Wilkinson Sword and Gillette . Each brand has its own characteristics. For example, Feather is known for its very sharp blades while Derby is a bit milder, which can be better for shaving sensitive skin.
The importance of sharpness
The sharpness of a blade directly affects how it shaves. A sharper blade can shave closer to the skin and can be ideal for people with thicker, coarser beard hairs. But for people with sensitive skin, a blade that is too sharp can cause irritation.
Let's look at a sharpness scale from 1 to 5 for some popular brands:
- Feather 81-S: 5 (extremely sharp)
- Astra Superior Platinum: 4
- Wilkinson Sword: 4
- Gillette Platinum: 4
- Muhle: 3.5
- Derby Extra: 1
Blades for sensitive skin
If you have sensitive skin, choosing a gentler blade, such as the Derby Extra Blades or The Bluebeards Revenge Blades, may be more beneficial. These blades provide a gentle shave, minimize irritation and are less aggressive than their sharper counterparts.
Blades for coarse, heavy beards
Men with thicker beard growth may need a sharper blade for an efficient shave. Feather 81-S, known as one of the sharpest blades on the market, is often the top choice. Astra Superior Platinum and Gillette Platinum are also suitable for this category.
Try different razor blades
The best way to find what works for you is to try different blades. We sell various brands and types of razor blades so you can experiment and discover which blade suits you best.
Replacement of double edge blades
Regardless of the blade you choose, it is important to know when to replace it. In general, depending on your beard growth and shaving frequency, a blade should be replaced after 3-7 shaves. A dull blade increases the risk of cuts and irritation.
Choosing the right double edge blade for your safety razor is essential for a pleasant shaving experience. There is no one 'best' blade for everyone; it's a matter of personal preference and skin type. Try different brands and types until you find what works best for you. And remember: a sharp blade is not only more efficient, but also friendlier to your skin!