Bolzano Superinox Inossidabile Razor Blade Review
Bolzano. Looks Italian, sounds Italian. I Googled it and Bolzano is a city in Italy. Bolzano Superinox Inossidabile Razor Blades – Made in Germany?!
Well it looks like these were at least once an Italian razor blade and at some point moved the manufacturing to Germany, certainly not the worst country to outsource production to.
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Inossidabile translates from Italian as “Stainless”, and Superinox had no direct translation on Google. If I had to wild a guess I would wager that Superinox is an Italian way of saying Super, as in Super Stainless like we see on so many other blades. If that is not correct I am sure someone on the internet will not hesitate to blast me (please comment on this post as well please so we all have the correct answer).
Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 52. This is not very sharp, and right there with Derby at 53 (note that Kai was also 53 initially but Kai really sharpened up so this is not a good comparison). Out of about 20 blades tested so far this puts the Bolzano Superinox Inossidabile as one of the 3 least sharp blades out of the package.
For information on what this means check out Razor Blade Sharpness Testing. You can click this link to see a Razor Blade Sharpness Comparison Chart with the other blades tested so far.
Sharpness is only one measure and a lot comes down to smoothness which can be unique to each shaver. As I can usually get one really good shave out of a Derby I was interested to give the Bolzano a try.
Note that I shave my head as well as my face and have a pretty thick growth – except for the top of my head. This means that one of my shaves might equal two of someone that just shaves their face, or even more if they have a thinner beard.
The first shave with the Bolzano Superinox Inossidabile Razor Blade was pretty good other than one issue. I managed to slice myself right above my left ear. It’s interesting that if you talk to a chef or someone that uses knives, they often say you are more likely to cut yourself with a dull blade.
Well it’s been a while since I used a blade that measured in the 50’s and it’s been a while since I cut myself. Just throwing that out there, but I will always take the hit that it could be operator error (ie. me).
After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 46. While this is relatively a typical increase (around 10%) that is seen in many other blades, the sharpness is still in the upper 40’s. I personally like a blade to be in the high 30’s or low 40’s that is also smooth.
The second shave was still pretty good. I was extremely careful in my trouble areas to ensure no cuts which was easily achieved, however this level of attention does always take a little away from my shaving experience. I like to relax and do not feel I should have to focus too hard.
After the second shave the sharpness decreased to 49, which also happens to be the blades average sharpness. The average sharpness is also a tie with Derby, with the only other DE razor blade having a lower sharpness (so far) being the Shark Super Stainless.
Initial Sharpness = 52
Average Sharpness = 49
Edge Retention = 0.94
Smoothness = 4/5
Overall Subjective Rating = 4/5
Titanium Coated. Made in Germany.
Overall I did not mind using the Bolzano Superinox Inossidabile Razor Blade, and although it was not very sharp it was very consistent. I would certainly use it again if I needed to shave, where I would grow a beard before using the Shark Super Stainless again.
As always, your mileage may vary. Personally I will not be purchasing any more of these blades, but it was actually decently smooth and if you like blades that aren’t very sharp then this might be perfect for you.
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3 thoughts on “Bolzano Superinox Inossidabile Razor Blade Review”
In French, “stainless steel” is “inoxydable”. In Spanish, it’s “inoxidable”. In English, stainless steel is also known as “inox steel” (“inox” borrowed from French). “Super” is a latin word, so many of the Romance languages adopted it, thus it is universally understood. Put it all together and you were right, it’s “Super stainless”
All I know from my experience with Bolzano Superinox is it is sharp and comfortable. Derby on the other hand is not for me. It was rough and prone to cause nicks so I think Derby’s reputation as not being very sharp and you are “more likely to cut yourself with a dull blade” holds true from my experience.
Regardless of your blade sharpness testing as both being comparable, the real world experience for me could not be more different.
Inox is what Italians call stainless steel.
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