Personna Platinum Red Pack Blades
Made from Swedish Steel these are the Red IP blades that you have heard about. PTFE, Platinum & Chrome coated, super stainless double edge blades made in Israel.
It is always difficult to suggest dogmatic ratings for various blades. The variables that are presented when wet shaving cannot be controlled and so-as we all know-a given brand of blade will likely yield different results on different days. My initial sense is that these blades are capable of providing a close shave. I believe that the Feather blades are still the standard against which other blades might be compared. Accordingly, these Personna blades are in my opinion not as sharp as Feather blades, but are superior to the latest Astra blades.
It is folly to rate blades with an attempt to suggest that an individual shaver will agree with my assessment. Consider purchasing a trial assortment of blades and trying a fresh blade for several shaves. I suspect that you will reach a personal decision as to which blade you prefer. Incidentally if possible consider a fresh blade for each shave. IMO using a given blade for more than a single shave will not provide the best possible results. I admire those who write glowing reviews of blades used three, four, or even five times. I have been wet shaving for well over fifty years and no shave will ever equal the results obtained with a new blade. Then again, who am I to say what works best for a given person!
I wrote my earlier review after only one shave with the Personna Platinum Red Pack Blade. I can say this is a great blade, I get 6 shaves to the 4 shaves I got with my old Merkur blade. After using a number of the red pack blades, I went back and retried my Merkur blade. My sixth shave with the red pack blade was much better than my first shave with a new Merkur blade. Each shave with the Merkur blade resulted in a number of nicks and cuts, this does not happen with the Red Pack blade. This is the blade to use in my opinion, if you are looking for a close comfortable shave and a durable blade.
I have used Feathers blades for years and for some reason the last couple of 100 packs have had too much wax holding them to the paper. When I transferred them from the paper o the razor, they left a lot of wax on the razor parts. A real pain to clean off so I decided to try some new blades and settled on the Personna Platinum Reds. They have been as good as the Feathers but with out the wax build up. Goodbye Feathers, it was a good run but the Personna Reds are now my go to blade.
I have been using Merkur double edge blades and have no complaints. I read the reviews on this blade and decided to give them a try. I have had one shave with the new blade and notice that it is sharper and smoother than the Merkur blade. I get four shaves from a Merkur blade, I expect to get that many and possibly more from the Personna Platinum. The blade itself looks really nice, it has a better appearance than the Merkur blade. I will say the Merkur blade has better packaging than the Personna blades.
Excellent blades; prompt service. Always a pleasure to receive a package from Bullgoose Shaving.
I bought a sampler pack of 5 types of blades and these were by far my favorite! The Feather was too aggressive, but Sharks were too dull. Astra was OK abut only lasted one shave. The Personas are amazingly sharp, but don't give me razor burn. Gets through 3 shaves with ease! Well worth the money!
Excellent blade, one of my favorites. Good for 3 or 4 comfortable shaves.
Sharp and smooth. Seems to be almost as sharp as Feathers but much smoother. Will be a regular in my blade rotation!
Best blades I've ever used. Exceptional service from Bullgoose
This is a good smooth and sharp blade. For myself a BBS with two passes and some buffing. YMMV but for me I'll be making a bulk order soon. Service and shipping were great from Bullgoose!
Personna Reds are very good, especially when you take into consideration the reasonable price. The only "5-star" blade that I've tried is much more expensive than this one.
The BullGoose experience was, as usual, exceptional.
perfectly acceptable performance; no complaints.
Persona Reds seem to be the best for me. Sharp, but smooth. I like that they are not made in Russia. I tried the USA made Persona, but did not have as good a shave.
You'll hear it over and over... " this blade is awesome " or " awful blade for me "
So here we go again...
The IP's are great in my ATT H2 and H1... For me, can't speak for you, but I really like these and what's weird is I like them more than the med-preps. Everybody is different but these work great for me. Be advised I've heard that the new red packages (packaged in Mexico) are different than these, that are made and packed in Israel.
That's why I bought these from Bullgoose.