Gillette Nacet Stainless Razor Blade Review
It’s actually quite interesting just how many different DE razor blades Gillette makes, and if you really start looking into it there are even a lot of DE razor blades that are not branded as Gillette but still made by Gillette.
Initially I tried to stay clear of Gillette because I wanted to get away from anything that reminded me of an expensive cartridge, but Gillette clearly knows what they’re doing which is why they are such a big name. I have been fortunate to have had very good results from most Gillette blades that I have tried and am always looking forward to trying another.
The last 2 blades that I tested were the Merkur and Bolzano, and they were 2 of the least sharp razor blades that I have tried so far. I still had decent shaves with them but I do like my razor blades to be a bit more on the sharp side. The Gillette’s have been pretty good so far so I was looking forward to trying the Gillette Nacet Stainless razor blade.
- 20 Packs of 5 Blades per Pack Total 100 Blades
- Each blade is wrapped with wax paper to ensure excellent storage
- Stainless Blades Made in Russia
- Highest quality blades made to fit different double edge safety razors
Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 39. This is really sharp out of the package, the only other blade that has been sharper to date has been the Feather.
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.
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 Gillette Nacet Stainless was great. After several not so sharp shaves it felt excellent to be using a really sharp blade. As usual I did my 3 pass head then 3 pass face shave and had no nicks, cuts or irritation.
After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 35. Most blades tested to date have sharpened up after the first use and the Gillette Nacet was no exception. I also like that this reading is fairly consistent with the initial reading.
The second shave was basically the same as the first, I was able to achieve basically the exact same results. The Gillette Nacet was still noticeably sharp at the end of the second shave, and I would have no hesitation having a third shave with this blade if I needed to.
After the second shave the sharpness decreased to 38, which for all intents and purposes is the same as the initial reading. Again, I love the consistency here which gave me 2 great shaves.
Initial Sharpness = 39
Average Sharpness = 37
Edge Retention = 0.87
Smoothness = 4/5
Overall Subjective Rating = 4/5
Stainless Steel. Made in Russia.
Overall I enjoyed using the Gillette Nacet Stainless and it turned out to be one of the sharpest blades so far. The Feather remains the sharpest out of the package but the Gillette Nacet ties the Feather for average sharpness and is more consistent.
If you like really sharp DE razor blades then you will want to give the Gillette Nacet Stainless a try.
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2 thoughts on “Gillette Nacet Stainless Razor Blade Review”
I very much appreciate the time and effort you have put into testing blades, charting the results and reviewing the shaving experience they give you. Thank you. I just wanted to add an observation on my personal experience with Nacet and Feather blades. Nacets tug when Feathers do not. Specifically, using my R41 (2014) I get tugging doing a first past WTG around my chin with Nacets, Feathers cut clean and smooth. Nacets seem to tug as much as Kai blades, not as much as Astra SP and Derby. Nacets tug on the first shave and on shave 4 or 5. Feathers last without tugging 3-4 shaves than I bin them. I use a steeper blade angle with my R41 than my other razors, so the blade more scrapes over my skin rather than slices. I have tried different angles and this is the most comfortable for me with this razor. I mention blade angle becasue your testing seems to measure blade force to cut when the blade is perpendicular to the cutting surface, which I guess is not the actual angle most blades cut hair. It is definitly not the angle blades cut in my R 41 when I shave. Have you tried adjusting the angle of blade to cutting surface to see if there is any difference compared to 90 degrees? I guess maybe the extra thickness I have read Feather’s have is why they cut without tugging at a steeper angle. Appreciate any thoughts or comment you may have.
I bought a pack of these blades based on the testing results, and I have been very impressed.
This might actually be my favorite blade so far, and if subsequent blades prove consistent, will probably be my go-to blade.
As far as I can tell, there’s no coating on these blades, which might be why they’re so consistent. It also makes them really nice out of the package, which I value. It’s such a drag with other coated blades, knowing the first shave fresh out the package is going to suck.
It’s still a little soon, but this might be my new go-to blade from now on.
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