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20211111
Razor: Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Knurled Handle
Blade: ASCO Super Stainless Orange (3)
Brush: Razorock Monster Synthetic Shaving Brush - 26mm
Pre-shave: Hot shower
Lather: StIrling Soap Co Naked & Smooth
Aftershave: Cold water rinse

No irritation: 5
No nicks or cuts: 5
Closeness: 4
Smoothness: 5

Rating: 9.5/10

The combo produced a good shave. No irritation, no nicks, close and smooth. A DFS result.

The blade seems to be dulling to the point some clean up was needed. Still a pleasant shave.

Alum sting: moderate

Blade is ready for recycling.

Test summary 20211104

YMMV
 
20211112
Razor: Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Knurled Handle
Blade: ASCO Super Stainless Orange (1)
Brush: Razorock Monster Synthetic Shaving Brush - 26mm
Pre-shave: Hot shower
Lather: StIrling Soap Co Naked & Smooth
Aftershave: Cold water rinse; Alum

No irritation: 5
No nicks or cuts: 5
Closeness: 5
Smoothness: 5

Rating: 10/10

The combo produced a great shave. No irritation, no nicks, very close and very smooth. A BBS result.

A pleasant shave.

Alum sting: moderate

Test summary 20211104

YMMV
 
20211113
Razor: Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Knurled Handle
Blade: ASCO Super Stainless Orange (2)
Brush: Razorock Monster Synthetic Shaving Brush - 26mm
Pre-shave: Hot shower
Lather: StIrling Soap Co Barbershop
Aftershave: Cold water rinse; Alum; Aqua Velva Classic

No irritation: 5
No nicks or cuts: 5
Closeness: 5
Smoothness: 5

Rating: 10/10

The combo produced a great shave. No irritation, no nicks, very close and very smooth. A BBS result.

A pleasant shave.

Alum sting: mild to moderate

Test summary 20211104

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Testing Summary 20211114 (a work in progress)

Derby Extra
3 blades 6 shaves
average score 0.983
Excellent first shave and then dulls fast resulting in a nick or not a close shave.

Derby Premium
3 blades 6 shaves
Average score 0.9875
This blade makes a very good first shave.
Second shaves yield either irritation, nicks or not close enough. An average shave.

Parker Premium Platinum
3 blades 6 shaves
Average score: 0.950
1/6 shaves had irritation
5/6 shaves had nicks or cuts
2/6 shaves were not close
2/6 shaves were not smooth
There is no reason to continue struggling with this blade.

Astra Superior Platinum
2 blades 8 shaves
Average score: 0.996875
This combo produces excellent shaves with few issues. No irritation, 1 nick in 8 shaves, very close and very smooth. The 1 nick was probably technique related. The shaves are near BBS.

Shark Super Stainless
2 blades 8 shaves
Average score 0.975
No nicks or cuts, no irritation, very smooth blade. Closeness was DFS or DFS+.

Shark Super Chrome (first set)
3 blades 8 shaves
Average score 0.981
Some nicks & cuts and closeness issues

Shark Super Chrome (second set)
2 blades 8 shaves
Average score 0.972
1 shave with irritation
2 shaves with nicks
6 shaves not very close. DFS or DFS+ results.
The blades stayed smooth 4 shaves each. It would be nice if I could consistently make DFS+.

Shark Platinum
3 blades 8 shaves
Average score 1.000
IMO the best of the Sharks

Silver Star Super Stainless
3 blades 8 shaves
Average score 0.997
A very good blade that retains smoothness and sufficient sharpness through 3 shaves in the EJ 3ONE6.

Egyptian Bolzano Superinox
3 blades 10 shaves
Average score: 0.9925
This blade produced excellent shaves. Most were BBS or near BBS. Nicks or cuts were produced on 3 of the 10 shaves.

Personna Lab Blue
Razor: Merkur HD34C
2 blades 5 shaves
Average score 0.980
No nicks or cuts, no irritation, very smooth. Closeness was mostly DFS+.

ASCO Super Stainless Orange
Razor: Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Knurled handle
2 blades 6 shaves
Average score 0.9875
No nicks or cuts, no irritation, very smooth. Closeness was mostly DFS+. Blades appear to be good for 3 shaves.

YMMV
 
20211114
Razor: Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Knurled Handle
Blade: ASCO Super Stainless Orange (3)
Brush: Razorock Monster Synthetic Shaving Brush - 26mm
Pre-shave: Hot shower
Lather: StIrling Soap Co Barbershop
Aftershave: Cold water rinse

No irritation: 5
No nicks or cuts: 5
Closeness: 4.5
Smoothness: 5

Rating: 9.75/10

The combo produced a very good shave. No irritation, no nicks, very close and very smooth. A DFS+ result.

A pleasant shave.

Test Summary 20211114

YMMV
 
20211115
Razor: Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Knurled Handle
Blade: ASCO Super Stainless Red/Blue (1)
Brush: Razorock Monster Synthetic Shaving Brush - 26mm
Pre-shave: Hot shower
Lather: StIrling Soap Co Naked & Smooth
Aftershave: Cold water rinse; Alum

No irritation: 5
No nicks or cuts: 5
Closeness: 5
Smoothness: 5

Rating: 10/10

The combo produced a very good shave. No irritation, no nicks, very close and very smooth. A BBS result and pleasant shave.

Alum sting: mild to moderate

Test Summary 20211114

YMMV
 
20211116
Razor: Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Knurled Handle
Blade: ASCO Super Stainless Red/Blue (2)
Brush: Razorock Monster Synthetic Shaving Brush - 26mm
Pre-shave: Hot shower
Lather: StIrling Soap Co Naked & Smooth
Aftershave: Cold water rinse; Alum

No irritation: 5
No nicks or cuts: 5
Closeness: 4.5
Smoothness: 5

Rating: 9.75/10

The combo produced a very good shave. No irritation, 1 borderline nick, close and smooth. A DFS+ result. The blade has dulled quickly and required a lot of buffing. The blade is ready for recycling.

Alum sting: moderate

Test Summary 20211114

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20211117
Razor: Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Knurled Handle
Blade: ASCO Super Stainless Red/Blue (1)
Brush: Razorock Monster Synthetic Shaving Brush - 26mm
Pre-shave: Hot shower
Lather: StIrling Soap Co Naked & Smooth
Aftershave: Cold water rinse; Alum

No irritation: 5
No nicks or cuts: 5
Closeness: 5
Smoothness: 5

Rating: 10/10

The combo produced a very good shave. No irritation, no nicks, very close and very smooth. A BBS result. This blade is very smooth and gives a pleasant shave.

Alum sting: moderate

Test Summary 20211114

YMMV
 
20211118
Razor: Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Knurled Handle
Blade: ASCO Super Stainless Red/Blue (2)
Brush: Razorock Monster Synthetic Shaving Brush - 26mm
Pre-shave: Hot shower
Lather: StIrling Soap Co Naked & Smooth
Aftershave: Cold water rinse; Alum

No irritation: 5
No nicks or cuts: 5
Closeness: 5
Smoothness: 5

Rating: 10/10

The combo produced a very good shave. No irritation, no nicks, very close and very smooth. A BBS result. This blade is very smooth and gives a pleasant shave.

Alum sting: mild to moderate

Test Summary 20211114

YMMV
 
The Shark Platinum are still in the best tier along with ASCO. Any plans to get Wilkinson sword or any Russian blades in the mix?
 
The Shark Platinum are still in the best tier along with ASCO. Any plans to get Wilkinson sword or any Russian blades in the mix?
Yes, I think some sharper blades are in order. When I get home, I can make another inventory and do some of those. However, RAD kicked in and I purchased a Rex Envoy. Some of my favorite blades: Gillette Silver Blue, Gillette Perma-Sharp-Super, Gillette Platinum, Wilkinson Sword Classic, Gillette 7 O'clock Super Stainless Green, Gillette 7 O'clock SharpEdge. Someone else was interested in Astra Superior Stainless. And how about the collection of Lord blades.
 
Sounds like a great plan! My old go to blades were Voskhod, Wilkinson sword classic (Germany), Astra SP (before I knew Gillette owned them), Rapira Lux and Swedish Steel, Bolzano (Germany) and Lada... Just wondering if your findings would be similar to mine.

With Bolzano and Astra we seem to agree that all Shark version are either on par or better.
 
Yes, I think some sharper blades are in order. When I get home, I can make another inventory and do some of those. However, RAD kicked in and I purchased a Rex Envoy. Some of my favorite blades: Gillette Silver Blue, Gillette Perma-Sharp-Super, Gillette Platinum, Wilkinson Sword Classic, Gillette 7 O'clock Super Stainless Green, Gillette 7 O'clock SharpEdge. Someone else was interested in Astra Superior Stainless. And how about the collection of Lord blades.
I do believe you are going to like your Envoy. Perma-Sharp blade. Steep angle. Wonderful shaves. :cool:
 
The Astra SP performed well in the 3ONE6.

I made up a sampler to continue the test: Rapira Super Stainless, Rapira Platinum Lux, Rapira Swedish Supersteel, Vidyut Super-Max Super Stainless, Personna Platinum Stainless Steel (German), Astra Superior Stainless, Lord Super Stainless, Lord Super Chrome, New Lord Platinum Class, Dorco Prime Platinum, Dorco ST-300 Platinum, Dorco ST-301 Stainless, Dorco Titan Stainless, Wizamet Super Iridium, Gillette 7 O’Clock Platinum Black.

I think I have some Voskhod Teflon’s too.

Unfortunately I only have 1 Wilkinson Sword Classic (German) left.
 
I do believe you are going to like your Envoy. Perma-Sharp blade. Steep angle. Wonderful shaves. :cool:
I think the Perma-Sharps sharpen after the first shave and then decrease sharpness on shaves 3 and 4. They are smoother than Feather blades. I think I will have to modify the shaving angle depending on blades.

Some 3ONE6 vs Envoy comparisons might be interesting too.
 
20211119
Razor: Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Knurled Handle
Blade: Astra Superior Stainless (1)
Brush: Razorock Monster Synthetic Shaving Brush - 26mm
Pre-shave: Hot shower
Lather: StIrling Soap Co Naked & Smooth
Aftershave: Cold water rinse; Alum

No irritation: 5
No nicks or cuts: 5
Closeness: 5
Smoothness: 5

Rating: 10/10

The combo produced a very good shave. No irritation, no nicks, very close and very smooth. A BBS result. This blade is very smooth and gives a pleasant shave.

Test Summary 20211114

YMMV
 
Testing Summary 20211119 (a work in progress)

Derby Extra
3 blades 6 shaves
average score 0.983
Excellent first shave and then dulls fast resulting in a nick or not a close shave.

Derby Premium
3 blades 6 shaves
Average score 0.9875
This blade makes a very good first shave.
Second shaves yield either irritation, nicks or not close enough. An average shave.

Parker Premium Platinum
3 blades 6 shaves
Average score: 0.950
1/6 shaves had irritation
5/6 shaves had nicks or cuts
2/6 shaves were not close
2/6 shaves were not smooth
There is no reason to continue struggling with this blade.

Astra Superior Platinum
2 blades 8 shaves
Average score: 0.996875
This combo produces excellent shaves with few issues. No irritation, 1 nick in 8 shaves, very close and very smooth. The 1 nick was probably technique related. The shaves are near BBS.

Shark Super Stainless
2 blades 8 shaves
Average score 0.975
No nicks or cuts, no irritation, very smooth blade. Closeness was DFS or DFS+.

Shark Super Chrome (first set)
3 blades 8 shaves
Average score 0.981
Some nicks & cuts and closeness issues

Shark Super Chrome (second set)
2 blades 8 shaves
Average score 0.972
1 shave with irritation
2 shaves with nicks
6 shaves not very close. DFS or DFS+ results.
The blades stayed smooth 4 shaves each. It would be nice if I could consistently make DFS+.

Shark Platinum
3 blades 8 shaves
Average score 1.000
IMO the best of the Sharks

Silver Star Super Stainless
3 blades 8 shaves
Average score 0.997
A very good blade that retains smoothness and sufficient sharpness through 3 shaves in the EJ 3ONE6.

Egyptian Bolzano Superinox
3 blades 10 shaves
Average score: 0.9925
This blade produced excellent shaves. Most were BBS or near BBS. Nicks or cuts were produced on 3 of the 10 shaves.

Personna Lab Blue
Razor: Merkur HD34C
2 blades 5 shaves
Average score 0.980
No nicks or cuts, no irritation, very smooth. Closeness was mostly DFS+.

ASCO Super Stainless Orange
Razor: Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Knurled handle
2 blades 6 shaves
Average score 0.9875
No nicks or cuts, no irritation, very smooth. Closeness was mostly DFS+. Blades appear to be good for 3 shaves.

ASCO Super Stainless Red/Blue
Razor: Edwin Jagger 3ONE6 Knurled handle
2 blades 4 shaves
Average score 0.99375
No nicks or cuts, no irritation, very smooth. Mostly DFS+ or BBS shaves. Blade lasts two shaves.

YMMV
 
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