The sharpest double edge razor blades are Feather. Made of stainless steal coated in platinum, the Feather razor blades are the undisputed leader when it comes to sharpness.
Independent reviewers have conducted numerous tests comparing the sharpness of popular razor blade brands. In virtually all tests we are aware of Feather wins the sharpness contest. To get a sense of how sharp the Feather blades are, we conducted the hair drop test. While holding a Feather razor blade, we dropped a piece of hair on it. With no pressure applied, the blade cut the hair into two.
The hair drop test is cool but the real quality of a weapon is proven in battle. For our article What are the Best Razor Blades for a Safety Razor we took some of the most popular razor blades brands and tested their performance in shaving. The Feather razor blades came on top, closely followed by another Japanese brand - Kai.
Are Feather double edge razor blades right for you? It depends on your beard. If you check all the boxes below, Feather are the blades for you:
- you have a thick, coarse beard;
- your five o'clock shadow shows up at noon;
- you have normal skin that doesn't get easily irritated.
The best way to find out of Feather works for you is to try them. You can get a pack of 10 on Amazon for approximately $6.00. If you live near a specialized grooming store like MenEssentials or West Coast Shaving, you can probably purchase a pack of 5 blades.
Before you rush out and buy them, note this. Because their sharpness the Feather razor blades are not for everyone. If you have sensitive skin, however, Feather may not be the right choice for you. Because of their sharpness, they can cause skin irritation, especially if you have acne-prone or sensitive skin. Milder blades, such as Astra Platinum, are more forgiving and still deliver a smooth shave.
The high quality of the Feather blades comes at a price. They are arguably the most expensive double edge razor blades on the market. A pack of 50 sells on Amazon for $13.00. West Coast Shaving sells the same pack for $21.50. Per blade, the Feather blades sell between $0.26 and $0.43.
This may not seem like a lot, considering that you can get solid five shaves out of a blade. For comparison, however, most other brands of razor blades cost around $0.10 per blade and sometimes even less.
Feather is a Japanese manufacturer of surgical instruments and shaving products. The company was founded in 1932 under the name Japan Safety Razor Co. Ltd. In the same year it introduced its Seki Safety Razor. In February 1953, the company changes its name to Feather Safety Razor Co. Ltd.
The Feather double edge safety razors were introduced in April 1964. In May 2000, the company opened the Feather safety razor museum.
May 25, 2017
Chase from Refined Shave shared with me a great article examining the sharpness of various blades. In it, he has summarized the sharpness and durability of 40 blades he had tested under various conditions.
You can view the whole article here: Razor Blades Sharpness Summary.