Choosing a Double Edge Razor Blade for Shaving | Murphy and McNeil

Achieving a smooth, close shave largely depends on selecting the right double edge razor blade. With numerous options available, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. This post will provide advice for selecting the perfect double edge razor blade for your needs.  That said, there's a popular term in shaving called YMMV or "Your Mileage May Vary".  This means that razor blade performance is extremely subjective, and often the best way to determine the best blade is trial and error.

  1. Blade Sharpness: The sharpness of a razor blade is crucial for achieving a close shave. However, overly sharp blades can cause irritation and razor burn. Look for keywords such as "sharp," "mild," and "aggressive" when researching the ideal sharpness for your skin type.  Good examples of extremely sharp blades are Feather and Kai.

  2. Blade Material: The material of the blade can impact its durability and sharpness. Stainless steel and platinum-coated blades are popular options due to their rust-resistant properties and longevity. Search for words such as "stainless steel," "platinum-coated," and "titanium" when researching blade materials.

  3. Brand Reputation: Consider the reputation of the brand when selecting a double edge razor blade. Established and popular brands like Astra, Feather, Gillette, and others are more likely to produce high-quality blades and can be a good place to start your search for the perfect blade.

  4. Cost: While double edge razor blades are generally less expensive than disposable cartridges, prices can vary. Higher prices typically correspond to quality, but they can also apply to rarity or if blades are older/vintage made. There are some blades out there like Polsilver and Wizamet that are getting more difficult to find as production has ended or slowed.  May have stocked up on these types of blades to give them a supply that will last as long as possible.

  5. Hair Type: Consider your hair type when selecting a double edge razor blade. Coarser hair requires a sharper blade, while finer hair may benefit from a milder blade. If you have sensitive skin, a milder blade may be a better choice. Look for keywords such as "coarse," "fine," and "sensitive" when researching hair types.

By keeping these factors in mind during your research will help you find the perfect double edge razor blade for your shaving needs. Achieve a smooth and comfortable shave with the right razor blade!

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