Best non-Feather blades?

Discussion in 'Razors, Scissors, & Personal Grooming' started by average gimp, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. average gimp

    average gimp

    Jun 5, 2009
    I know Feather makes the best and also most expensive safety razor blades. I'm wondering what the general consensus is on the next best, with one proviso: it cannot be manufactured in an Islamic country. I'm currently using Derbys and they're OK but not great, but I'm not comfortable spending money--even a piddling amount--to support theocratic nonsense, and I know the Derbys are of Turkish manufacture. Personally, I have no use for any religion whatsoever, but I really have no use for a political system with an attached religion such as Islam.

    Any input appreciated.
  2. Redmeadow Knives

    Redmeadow Knives John Conner / lessismore Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 29, 2010
    Leaving politics and religion out of it and having no idea where they are made, the inexpensive Gilette Platinums seem to like my face and are my preferred blade. General consensus is based on different faces, I tried some popular ones and they didn't work out for me..
  3. SunsetFisherman


    Feb 4, 2012
    Honestly i've never used one that i disliked enough to not use. Never tried a feather though
  4. BobbyH


    Apr 24, 2013
    I like Gillette Silver Blues as an alternative for Feathers. They could be a problem too being made in Russian if you don't like Mr. Putin's politics.

  5. stargawker


    Mar 1, 2014
    I don't agree that Feathers are the "best." I have tried them and I find the Astras SPs much smoother. Made in Russia, I believe.
  6. average gimp

    average gimp

    Jun 5, 2009
    Thanks to all for the suggestions--looks like I've got some places to start!
  7. gadgetgeek


    May 19, 2007
    I would look at the gillette silver blues, the gillette 7o'clocks there are three colors, and two factories, India and Russia, I like the blue/black package, but others like the green or yellow, depends on your handle and face. Also look at Bic chrome platinums, made in greece. there is a lot of following for russian made blades, but they do get up there in cost, I really liked the Pol-silver blades, but they are quite $$ for blades, I think mostly because they are reputed to be the same as the platinum irridiums that were available a few years ago, and were extremely popular due to their comfort and cost. Rapira and sputnic are russian blades as well, likely all from the same factory.
  8. oldtymer

    oldtymer Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Mekur blades made in Germany give me a good shave, also Wilkinsons are my second choice

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