A short while back, my good friend Rene (SSLStudio) sent me a 5-Pack of Sharp razor blades. It regrettably took me longer than I had intended to test them and sadly took even longer to get a review put together. With my sincerest apologies to Rene for the delay, here are my thoughts…
Price – The only way I currently know how to get hands on these bad boys is to order them from Rene. Luckily, Rene’s prices are exceptional.
Sharpness – While these aren’t the sharpest blades on the market, I believe that they would easily land on most gents’ top 5 list and realistically in the top 3. They are certainly plenty sharp enough to provide a nice shave.
Longevity – The longevity or durability of these blades would be their Achilles heel. I comfortably get 2-3 shaves from each blade and can squeeze out a fourth if necessary but not without some mild irritation.
Smoothness of Shave – In a word, Remarkable! This is the only blade that I have used which can consistently compete with a Derby in the smoothness category. The Sharp’s blades are very easy to shave with.
Packaging – I find the packaging of these blades very interesting. Upon initial inspection, I was very non-plussed by the cardboard 5-Pack as I’ve come to enjoy the plastic hard case employed by Derby/Feather/Merkur. While the box itself is certainly nothing special, I do quite enjoy the double wrapping of each blade.
This feature allows you to toss a couple of blades into the shave kit without worry of the edges being damaged in transit.
Quality – I rank the overall quality of this product quite highly and have a great respect for Sharp’s blades. I would love it if they lasted for a few more shaves, but at their current price, they are quite a bargain.
Overall – While testing these blades, I had the opportunity to both use them at home and while traveling. While I don’t think the Sharp’s will be replacing my beloved Derby’s anytime soon, they certainly are a blade that I will purchase for my travel kit and that I will gladly recommend to any of my shave brethren.
For discussion on the Sharp razor blade, see this thread.