i have my box from a few years ago, and the inking is all mucked up too. This is not a new thing. They are good, and razor dependant. They are not good in my PAA AES, but they are good in my vintage Gillettes. YMMV
too trueThe amount of labor in razor blades is so small it's impossible to quantify, it only takes a handful of people to run a production line that produces an enormous number of blades. Even if they are running old, non-computerized equipment it doesn't take many people.
Most companies that complain about labor costs have 15 times or more of the management staff of Japanese companies......
That’s funny! Nice dog.I just started using Personna blades this year and find them to be just fine. I had been using Feather but since I toss blades after three or four shaves I didn't think Feathers were worth the cost. i used a Trac III for a couple of years and stretched the shaves per cart well beyond the comfort level because of their absurd cost. Because of that I returned to DE shaving and refuse to accept uncomfortable shaves any longer, therefore, I don't experiment to see how long I can use a blade. I'm shaving with a Gillette New LC and Williams and getting wonderful shaves and don't intend to change a thing as things stand now. See the look on my dog's face? He worries that I'm going to start shaving him.
While I have no desire to get into an argument here, I would like to point out two things. One, it would NOT be in a unions interest to make things so expensive that the members would lose their jobs. So that is a falsehood. Second, I, and I think most folks, come here to discuss shaving as a hobby and a pleasurable way to start a day. NOT to get into political left and right arguments. SHAVE ON MCDUFF!I just had a pack arrive to me in the mail today. Worst ink job I have ever seen on a blade. They would have been better off to not put any ink at all. If this brand did not have such a good reputation and I saw a blade like that in a sampler pack I would not even dare to shave with it. I have read that the brand was purchased by the company that owns Shick and Edge. Apparently the new ownership is cutting costs (hence the plain white paper wrapping with no logo). But as far as I know the blades are the same quality as ever before but since I have never shaved with the old version I cant compare. In fact tomorrow will be my very first shave EVER with a Personna blade. I normally use Astra SP and Dorco ST-301
Regarding the manufacturing being sent overseas you can see why it is happening, because of the Labor Unions in USA make the cost of doing business too high. And since the blades are made by giant machines it doesnt matter so much which country the machine is located in. Its sad that USA is losing jobs but it is the fault of the greedy Labor Unions and their unreasonable requests. They have completely destroyed the manufacturing industries of the USA.
It's not only the cost of wages that presents a problem but the additional payroll costs, regulations, taxes, etc. that companies have in the U.S. in contrast to companies in certain countries. Some years ago I represented a company that had two clothing factories in the U.S. They found the cost of producing the identical garments with the same quality of workmanship and materials was 30% cheaper in foreign factories even with extra shipping costs. After five years they closed both U.S. factories.
Yeah, and I bet if you dig a little deeper the 30% savings is derived from being able to dump manufacturing waste products/toxins into the surrounding environment. We try to limit this type of manufacturing cost savings here in the US. Just saying.
A few years ago when I first got into wet shaving with a DE razor I tried several different brands of blade. I settled upon the Personna Super "Prep" blades packaged in the blue wrappers with an ink stamp indicating they are for hospital use.
Very pleased with them and I recently picked up a box of 250 from Robbins Instruments. These will last me a long time, however now that I am more accomplished at shaving without nicks I have been thinking about trying out a slightly more aggressive blade to get a closer shave.
Any suggestions for what I might try that is more aggressive than the Personna Prep blades?