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I was fortunate enough to be on the Tesco train for tryout of these blades. Ron (Guenron) was kind enough to coordinate the train and I was first on the schedule for the westbound train. So far in my DE experiences, I have tried Derby, Swede Gillette, Merkur, and Israeli Personna (my favorite up to now) blades. I wasn't expecting a whole lot from the Tesco (being a generic supermarket type of blade) when I loaded it up in my Merkur HD and cranked up some mantic superlather (Nancy Boy cream plus Classic Shaving soap). Three passes later (N-S, W-E, and S-N) and OH WOW! BBS on just about all my face (small stubble on neck, but much less than usual) and absolutely no nicks or weepers. The alum bar stung less than usual, which told me this was a great shave. I was blown away.

The second shave was even better than the first. BBS all the way, thanks to a little blade buffing and touch up. Again, no nicks, no cuts, minimal irritation. Third shave was as good as the first two. By now, I was dreading the end of this experience, because this was nirvana to me. The fourth and fifth shaves weren't quite as good as the first 3, but still better than I had gotten with the IP's with still no cuts or nicks. I love these blades.

Price - My understanding is that these are reasonably priced in the UK, but I don't know how much they would be if they could be bought in bulk and shipped to the US, so I only awarded an 8.

Quality - Couldn't be better in my opinion. Best blade for my face.

Sharpness - I haven't used a Feather blade yet, so the only thing I could compare the Tesco to is a Swede Gillette, and the Tesco seemed sharper to me. No pulling until the 5th shave and only a little bit then that I can probably attribute that to lackluster lathermaking on my part. Just good cutting with this blade.

Longevity - If I can get at least 5 good/great shaves out of a blade, I'm happy with it. I think I can stretch it to a week's worth (6 shaves for me).

Smoothness - I had no nicks, no cuts, and less irritation than with any other blade. It seemed like a hot knife through butta on the first 3 shaves.

Packaging - Came in a standard plastic pack and the blade was wrapped in plain wax paper. The blade itself had absolutely no writing on it of any type. I have no problem with the presentation. Utility works best for me. Extra points added for Ron's imaginative use of a DVD case for shipping it to the participants.


In conclusion, I love this blade. I want more NOW!!! I'm going to load in a Feather now to see how it compares to this lovely, but I'm betting I will still prefer the Tesco. You lucky guys in the UK have it good, I'm tellin' you.

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Pros: Smooth, sharp and close
Although I've been shaving for 35 years, I've only recently discovered de shaving. It's actually now a pleasure!
I've tried a few different blades over the last few months, some better than others. I started with Wilkinson classics - they were ok, but I knew there was something better for me. I got a sampler pack from ebay of Astras, Feather, Supermax's and Shark SS. Not been brave enough to try the Feather yet, but I liked the Shark.
It was here that I first heard of the Tesco own brand blades. I would never even have considered them otherwise. I was dubious at first, but trusted those of you here who seem to know better. They only come in 10's, so it would have been a bit wasteful if they didn't suit me.
Wow!!! I couldn't believe how good they are! I first used them in my EJ Barley, which was nice, but not quite there. Then I tried them in my Gillette adjustable, dialed it up to 7 and went for it. Absolutely fantastic!
They work out at twice the price of Sharks per 100, but considering 1 blade lasts a week, that's just £20 for a 2 year supply.
I'm now working out a way to make my EJ a little more aggressive.
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Above average blade which are very well priced as well, when i was on my first try of de shaving i did not get on with these but after reading some good reviews here decided to have another go with them and have just finished using them as a rotation pack with my samples and actually found them good, i dont know if i am getting better at shaving or the blades have improved but i was pleasantly suprised and will pick up another pack over the weekend.
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My experience in the HD is exactly the same as trewornan.

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