Ranking by blade gap size
The following, based on a measurement of blade gap and razor weight, will hopefully agree with most of the impressions of the shaving community. This list was compiled by multiple people; inaccuracies are bound to result, and therefore multiple listings for the same razor are possible and even desirable. If there is only one measurement of a given razor gap, it assumes very strict manufacturing tolerances and that the razor measured has not ever been dropped, etc. which we know to not be the case.
The easiest way to measure the blade gap is with a feeler gauge. How to do it is described here.
Table of blade gaps
- note, additional tables can be found on the discussion page for this article.
Blade gap, in 1/1000's of an inch [ +/- .001 inch ]
List order: Smallest gap size (mildest) to larger (more aggressive)
Clarification: blade gap, angle, weight, and blade exposure collectively influence the aggressiveness of a razor. Each individual factors may contribute relatively more or less for each person based on an his/her skin, hair, prep, choice of blades, or technique. Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV), and this chart should not be used as a general ranking of aggressiveness, mildness, or efficiency of the various razors. This page is only a (likely imperfect) listing/ranking of blade gaps.
If instead you are looking for a list of razors ranked by aggressiveness, please refer to our evolving project here:
+ Blade gaps, ranked by gap size thousandths of an inch millimeters Razor weight, grams 10 .25mm Above the Tie (ATT) with M-1 base plate Kronos/Titan ~ 109g ... Atlas ~ 98g 11 .28mm 12 .30mm 13 .33mm 14 .36mm 15 .38mm Merkur Progress 570 @ 1 16 .41mm 17 .43mm Gillette Adj Black handle @ 1 Long Handle, 67 18 .46mm 19 .48mm GEM 1912 .49mm Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements (PAA) Double Open Comb (DOC) Satin (B&B URL) 55.79 (B&B URL) 20 .51mm Ming Sui 21 .53mm Gem Micromatic Gillette New Improved Tuckaway Schick Krona 22 .56mm Gillette Adjustable @ 1 Gillette New Norfolk Gillette TECH Fat Handle, 48 Merkur Classic Weishi Merkur Progress 570 @ 2 23 .58mm Above the Tie (ATT) with R-1 base plate Kronos/Titan ~ 109g ... Atlas ~ 98g Gillette NEW Ball-end, 54; square end, 51 Gillette Super Speed 1954 - 1968 (Regular) 58 Gillette Super Speed 1956 58 Gillette Super Speed (Blue Tip) 45 24 .61mm Gem G-Bar Gillette Adjustable @ 2 Feather Popular Weber 3 Piece Stainless w/ DLC Head 91 25 .64mm Gillette Aristocrat (US) late 1940s, 69 Gillette Knack 43 Gillette Ranger Tech Gillette Super Speed (black handle) 46 Gillette Super Speed (late 1940s) 54 Merkur HD Long Handle (38C) Wilkinson Croma Schick Injector Type L Merkur 23C 26 .66mm Bic Disposable (orange handle) Gillette Adjustable @ 3 Gillette Aristocrat (UK) 27 .67mm Gillette FH Tech Canada 1932 (Triangular) 48 28 .70mm Gillette Rocket HD (UK) 72 .71mm Edwin Jagger (EJ) Kelvin with DE89 Head (B&B URL) 59.16 (B&B URL) Merkur HD (34C) 78 Merkur Progress 570 @ 3 29 .73mm Gillette SS Red Tip (USA) 70 .74mm Feather AS-D2 .74mm Gillette Adjustable @ 4 30 .76mm Mühle R89 / Edwin Jagger DE89L 73 .77mm Dorco PL602 (B&B URL) 12.03 (B&B URL) 31 .79mm Feather Portable 32 .81mm Gillette Adjustable @ 5 Bic Metal Gillette Super Speed Red Tip (UK) 32 .82mm Weber PH/Bulldog stainless steel (see Note) 91 33 .84mm Merkur Progress 570 @ 4 34 .86mm 35 .89mm Gillette Adjustable @ 6 36 .91mm Above the Tie (ATT) with H-1 base plate Kronos/Titan = 109g ... Atlas = 98g 37 .94mm Merkur Progress 570 @ 5 38 .97mm Gillette Adjustable @ 7 39 .99mm 40 1.02mm Executive Shaving Braveheart 41 1.04mm Gillette Adjustable @ 8 Gillette Adjustable (black handle) @ 9 42 1.07mm 43 1.09mm Lord L6 44.5 44 1.12mm Merkur Futur @ 1 120 45 1.14mm Gillette Adjustable @ 9 47 1.19mm Merkur Futur @ 2 120 53 1.35mm Merkur Futur @ 3 120 58 1.47mm Merkur Futur @ 4 120 63 1.60mm Merkur Futur @ 5 120 65 1.65mm Merkur Futur @ 6 120 69 1.75mm Merkur Futur @ 6 .5 120 ? Butterscotch Schick Injector 31 ? Lux 56 ? Stahly Live-Blade 164 ? Gillette Super Speed 1953 56 ? Gillette Super Speed 1952 42 ? Gillette Super Speed 1959 55
Note: Gillette Adjustables
- Slim and Fat Boy range from .022 @ 1 to .045 @ 9; Fat Boy (195) weighs 79 gm, Slim Adjustable weighs 70
- the Black handle Adjustable ranges from .017 @ 1 to .041 @ 9 or 1 setting smaller than the Slim or Fat Boy
- Merkur Slant has a slightly variable blade gap, and is difficult to measure; it weighs 76 gm.
Note: Weber PH
- This gap was reported by 2 members independently from the June 2014 Weber production
Subjective differences in ranking were limited to +/- .001 measurements (in inches)
so differences of .001 - .003 (.025 - .076mm) can be considered functional equivalent.
Some of the contributing measurements, as well as instructions for taking blade gap measurements can be seen at this page's source thread.
- Double-Edged Safety Razors Ranked by Aggressiveness
(sections: What is aggressiveness?, What causes aggressiveness?, Aggressiveness and Exposure)
- Modern Double-Edged Safety Razors Ranked by Aggressiveness
- Double-Edged Safety Razors Ranked by Head Weight
- Double-Edged Safety Razors Ranked by Weight
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