PolSilver Super Iridium Razor Blade Review
PolSilver Super Iridium Razor Blades are known as a smooth blade and are very popular. I first tried these blades when I was just starting out and searching for a smooth blade for my sensitive skin.
My initial experiences with PolSilver Super Iridium were ok, but I still kept searching. I was still developing my technique and this was not the blade to end my issues.
I was excited to try the PolSilver again as I remembered it being very sharp. Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 46. For information on what this means check out Razor Blade Sharpness Testing. This is a fairly average sharpness reading, I was surprised as my memory had thought it would come in sharper. You can click this link to see a Razor Blade Sharpness Comparison Chart with the other blades tested so far.
The first shave felt pretty good. I also shave my head, and the head shave was pretty well perfect. Smooth as really possible and it felt great. The face shave was alright, I did happen to nick my Adams apple but this was clearly operator error. I did notice after the fact that I did have a few patches that I appeared to have missed, again I’ll chalk it up to the shaver.
I unfortunately noticed the smallest amount of irritation on my neck afterwards. I was trying a new soap as well, so giving every benefit of doubt I won’t pin this on the blade either.
After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 39. This is a pretty significant increase, and consistent with my memory of remembering the PolSilver as being sharp. To put this in perspective, a Feather drops to 40 after one shave, so the second shave with a PolSilver Super Iridium is just as sharp as the second shave with a Feather.
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.
I was a little concerned returning for the second shave due to the nicks, patches and irritation. The second shave went pretty well, and I was wise to the trouble areas this time so I was successfully careful around the Adams apple and took a few extra strokes to pick up the patches.
I did however still get some irritation this shave and I was using the Nivea for Sensitive Skin line specifically to test for this as it never gives me any irritation. I gave every chance I could but I have to put this on the blade. Note that this is just for me, every shaver must try many blades and blades loved by many will not work for you. This is a perfect example of a very popular blade that just doesn’t work with my skin.
After the second shave the sharpness measured at 40. This is basically the same as 39, so for all intents and purposes it did not lose any sharpness between the first a second shaves. Also note again that the second shave with a PolSilver Super Iridium is just as sharp as the second shave using a Feather.
Initial Sharpness = 46
Average Sharpness = 42
Edge Retention = 0.91
Smoothness = 4/5
Overall Subjective Rating = 3/5
Stainless Steel, Iridium Coated. Made in Russia.
I was disappointed I could not make this blade work for me. Again, this is specific to me as a shaver, if your skin can handle this blade then it would be a good choice for consistently sharp shaves.
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