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Wilkinson Sword Classic DE Razor

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Hi guys, I'm a real 'newbie' to this Fantastic, Informative website. I am also new to the Double edge safety razor scene. I have wet shaved for as long as I needed to shave, but only now have I mustered the courage to try a DE razor. Two things made me come to my decision, 1. cartidge blade prices seem to be flying through the roof, and DE blades seem to be very cheap in comparison. 2ndly. I have always been curious of how a DE razor would feel when shaving and how it would compare to my usual Gillette Mach3.
I have now had my little 'Wilko Classic' for a few weeks and will never go back! I get a great, close shave and at a fraction of the cost. I must admit, I have been studying this 'Art' now for a while and have made a few extra purcheses. I am currently using a 'Derby extra' blade, Proraso shaving soap in a bowl ( great stuff), a 'Best Badger' brush, Alum block and 'Proraso after shave cream'. I intend to fully exploit the market and hopefully try as many products as I can. Lastly - "Wow guys, What a great site!", and Thanks to all who take the time to leave their Opinions, reviews, Ideas, and any other information on this site - you have made a great site greater! Thank you.:001_smile

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Pros: User-friendly, durable, great starter razor
Cons: Lacks the aesthetics of a good metal razor
I bought my first one of these back in 1988, and I used one as my only razor with no complaints for over 15 years. And it's still going strong, so they're more durable than they might look.

Back in the pre-internet days these were the only DE razors you could find in the UK, so there wasn't really any choice (apart from a metal and plastic Gillette copy from Boots that ripped my face to shreds!)

As a starter razor they are great. OK, they are mild, but they make a good transition from carts. The blade is covered at the sides, making them a bit safer. And the shave is fine.

Like I said, I used one for years until I came across a vintage Gillette one day, researched it on the internet, came across this forum and fell right down the rabbit hole to more old Gillettes and finally into straights. I guess you can say the Wilkie was a gateway razor.

It seems odd to me now that I shaved for 15 years with just one razor, but I still have a soft spot for it.
Grip
4.00 star(s)
Price
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Balance
3.00 star(s)
Quality
4.00 star(s)
Adjustability
0.00 star(s)
User Friendly
4.00 star(s)
Aggressiveness
2.00 star(s)
Ease of Blade Replacement
4.00 star(s)
Very cheap, only $5 in our shops around here. 5 Wilkinson blades are also included.
It is perfect for starters in DE shaving and also as travel razor.
You can see by the plastic that is not the finest DE razor, but is making the job. Got one because is cheap and overall not bad.
Recommended for beginners !
Grip
3.00 star(s)
Price
5.00 star(s)
Balance
3.00 star(s)
Quality
2.00 star(s)
Adjustability
2.00 star(s)
User Friendly
2.00 star(s)
Aggressiveness
3.00 star(s)
Ease of Blade Replacement
5.00 star(s)
Pros: Cheap, nice introduction to DE, not overly agressive
Cons: Plastic, bundled Wilkinson blades are of poor quality
I think, some of the negative reviews this razor gets are due to the poor quality of the blades that come bundled with it. The German made Wilkinson blades are dull. Loaded with decent blades this razor is a different animal. I use it with Super Iridiums (one of the sharpest blades I've tried), and this combo is a winner. It gives me smooth, irritation free, yet close shaves.
To me, this is a perfect transition tool for someone who used carts, and want to switch to DE. The weight is between this of a typical cart setup and an all metal DE, and most of it is in the handle. This means that applying quite some pressure (typical mistake of newcomers to DE) won't result in butchered face. The construction of the safety bar also resembles the one found on some single use carts. The handle is on the long side. It feels like a single blade disposable on steroids.

Surely, the build quality cannot compare to the all metal Gillettes etc, but what would you expect for this price. Actually, the plastic parts are of high quality and fit together very well.
Grip
4.00 star(s)
Price
5.00 star(s)
Balance
2.00 star(s)
Quality
3.00 star(s)
Adjustability
0.00 star(s)
User Friendly
4.00 star(s)
Aggressiveness
2.00 star(s)
Ease of Blade Replacement
3.00 star(s)

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