1. Bruce , your blog is without a doubt a wealth of very interesting information and articles.
    This particular post is absolutely fascinating !

  2. Graham Duffy

    Hi Bruce

    Great blog, some really interesting articles.

    Quick question, you say that DE razors will give you a closer and better quality shave than a cartridge based system. I certainly think this is true, but what is the actual science behind this? Why is single DE razor blade better than a Mach3 cartridge (FROM a pure technology/scientific point of view) ? I’ve been searching the various wet shaving forums and blogs but can’t find an answer.

  3. @Graham Duffy
    There are two things here. A cartridge has no blade exposure, look at it side on and you see no blade. Secondly the hinge means you have no control over the shaving angle.
    A DE razor edge has exposure, look at one side on. And you can adjust the exposure by using different razors of by using an adjustable razor.
    And with a DE razor you have total control over angle.

    The price you have to pay for superior DE shaving is a short learning curve to control the edge, but it is worth it.

  4. chill

    I’ve been curious how much a double edge razor blade weighs. You say a thousand weighs only a few ounces. I wonder if you can be more precise, for the average or range of weights?

    Given the cost of blades in the U.S. and Europe, it seems that an ounce of razor blades would cost hundreds of dollars. And if you figured out the metal weight of those four or five blade razors, the cost would be thousands of dollars per ounce.

    But how much does the metal, itself, cost when it arrives in those spools?

    Also, you say the label is applied before the quality control check. I would have thought the label would be after, if they are grading the quality.

  5. chill

    Specifically, regarding quality control grading, some say here in India say the Vidyut, Zorick and Super Max blades are all the same.

    One online poster said he talked with Vidyut representatives and was told the difference is the quality control checks applied to Super Max, which assures you can get 6 to 8 good shaves.

    I dunno. If the only difference is quality control, rather than superior metal or sharpening, then the substantial extra cost of Super Max domestically is not worth it.

    I can get a 20 tuck pack of 100 blades of Vidyut platinum for 90 rs. That’s about $2 US. For that price, who cares how long they last?

    I have not been able to find any Super Max platinum, but the super stainless are 20 rs for a five blade tuck. The Zorick super stainless are 6.50 rs for a five blade tuck. So the Super Max would have to last three times longer simply to break even. I doubt “quality control” alone can accomplish this, but I could be wrong. Magic, maybe.

    I think consumers here have been conditioned to believe over the years that if it’s more expensive, it’s better, and vice versa, probably from long experience with cheap, inferior products. That, plus targeting Super Max for the export market, may be the real reason for the higher price. (Gillette charges a lot more here, probably for the same reason, but I don’t think they are better than the Indian labels.)

    Personally, I think the Zorick/Vidyut platinum blades are better than the Super Max stainless, though I’m still testing. But I can’t find any loose Zorick platinum blades (only packed with razors), so I’m mainly Vidyut platinum for 4.50 rs for a five blade tuck — about 2 cents US per blade.

  6. how long have they been makin double edge razors i still and use my dads doubl edge hes had it since the 1950s

  7. ajay

    what is significance of the numbers (1, 2…) mentioned on sides of these double edged razor blades?

    1. None for us.
      It is just so that in manufacturing they can adjust the machinery. The numbers tell them which machines worked on which cutting face.

  8. dear mr. Bruce
    I was sent you comment through your web site i do n’t get it or no
    any way we new production for :
    double edged razor blades
    we want start for this industry that we need full study
    for price for machine (small complet line) and capicit of
    line and price for materil
    and how many pices from one ton of raw materialthanks and regards
    a/basit hanafi

  9. David Mitchell

    I worked at Gillette UK for some years and they carry out grinding, honing and stropping processes on the strip before chopping into individual blades and blowing onto a holder each of which takes 1400 individual blades. They also carry out a very clever induction hardening procedure on the joining area which makes it selectively brittle to aid in chopping.

  10. George White

    Really enjoyed all the information here. I am one of those who started with the double edge blades when I was young, but switched to the newer multi-blades the past 20 to 30 years. However, as you mentioned the cost has skyrocketed and I have just this last week started using my old Gillette Fat Boy again, although I only have the Gillette Blue Blades, I’m still enjoying the best shaves I’ve had in years. I’m going to purchase some good blades and try out some of the different shaving creams and practice some of the shaving techniques I’ve learned here and elsewhere. Thanks for all of the great information.

  11. vivek

    I dnt have much knowledge in this field.. But I eager to know why laser welding is done in Razor blade?

  12. Panos

    Your article is interesting.

    How I can get access to your video?

    Thank you

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