Round 22: NOS Valet (3) vs Feather Seikan (3) On its third shave the Feather Seikan was unusably rough and I binned it.
Both the Valet and the Feather Seikan perform very nicely when stropped in a Valet razor but unstropped in a GEM the Valet is initially awesome but drops of quickly whilst the Feather Seikan has nothing to commend it.
And would a Japanese speaker please explain what "Seikan" means?
So here's the Phase Three results, blades ranked on their THIRD shave:
1) CVS 2) Blue Star 2008 3) PAL Blue Blue Star 2014 5) Treet
Didn't place - NOS Valet Feather Seikan
Very different results from those of the previous shaves. Is it the coating, is it the grind?
Phase Four: ER 1924, Very Nice Artisan Badger and Boar Brush, Fabulous Wilkinson Shave Stick
Round 23: PAL Blue (4) vs Blue Star 2014 (4) -
For the first three shaves the PAL and the Blue Star 2014 behaved in a very similar fashion but on their fourth shave they could not have behaved more differently.
The PAL has become unusably harsh and tuggy. It's over and done.
But the Blue Star 2014 has become absolutely magnificent, perhaps the best performance of this entire shave off (!), beautifully smooth and somehow it has become sharper, almost as sharp as the CVS. It's definitely got another shave left in it after this. This has got to be something to do with the coatings right?
Well, at least the Blue Star 2014 is still a good quality blade in your tests. As soon as I run out of my 2009 Blue Stars I have to try the newer stock. If the new Blues are notably inferior to the older stock the Treets will become my go to blades. The Treets I am using are of the exact same packaging as yours manufactured in 2008.
Round 24: Blue Star 2014 (4) vs CVS (4) Although it gave a decent fourth shave, the CVS blade is nowhere near as good as the consistently great Blue Star 2014.
The CVS blade shone on its second and third shaves. Now on the fourth shave it is still sharp but on the way back down and becoming rougher. It might push to a fifth shave but I suspect that would be mediocre.
Round 25: CVS (4) vs Blue Star 2008 (4) On its fourth shave the Blue Star 2008 is beautiful, very smooth and very sharp. And it's now indistinguishable from the Blue Star 2014, so.maybe they are the same blade with different coatings.
In any case, the CVS blade is on its way out but both Blue Stars are superb on their fourth shave and definitely have a fifth shave left on them.
wchnu: If I liked him more I might actually feel bad about that.
Sept 17, 2017 18:54:02 GMT -6
wchnu: Did I type...THAT... Outloud???? Oops
Sept 17, 2017 18:54:28 GMT -6
birdlives: I hear nothing....I see nothing.....Hospital Koodies.......Yeaagh!!!! A DE with a Derby!!! NOPE!!! I hear nothing...I see nothing...If I go under the anesthesia, I'm taking someone I can trust to WATCH all that business....I can trust you guys, RIGHT ?
Sept 17, 2017 19:18:03 GMT -6
wchnu: Why yessss you can...uhhuh,..sure can...most the time anyway.
Sept 17, 2017 19:35:00 GMT -6
birdlives: What about that Canadian Rocket Dood? Can I trust him too?
Sept 17, 2017 19:38:22 GMT -6
wchnu: Hard to say....but prolly so.
Sept 17, 2017 22:40:17 GMT -6
GarnerPW: I just read what you wrote there Fuzz or should I say Mr. Fuzz. And all this time I thought you liked me.
Sept 18, 2017 4:38:29 GMT -6
GarnerPW: Don't trust him there Bird. You know what they say, "You can't trust the Man/Fuzz". The Canuck, is alright though.
Sept 18, 2017 4:43:20 GMT -6
birdlives: I don't know......Have you seen what that crazy Canuck does in a bath tub?
Sept 18, 2017 13:31:26 GMT -6
GarnerPW: No what???
Sept 18, 2017 13:33:24 GMT -6
Alan: Boy, I thought I was going nuts, so I stared at it for a while and realized Riverruns avatar winks.
Sept 19, 2017 21:29:17 GMT -6
birdlives: ALAN!!.....Uh...Oh....you're right! That could be dangerous! This might be a case for the avatar police! I stretched his avatar as big as my i-Pad screen...Bam! It blinked and I jumped...lol!
Sept 20, 2017 2:04:25 GMT -6
wchnu: Garner..did I type That outloud..darn. the SE dude is a good guy though.
Sept 20, 2017 17:33:32 GMT -6
wchnu: Alan!!! Good to see you. I will check out that avatar. Sounds spooky.
Sept 20, 2017 17:34:08 GMT -6
wchnu: It really does wink!!
Sept 21, 2017 0:47:42 GMT -6