Rockwell Razors Stainless Steel Razor Blade Review
Rockwell Razors manufacture some very popular Safety Razors, and they also have a line of razor blades. While I have heard nothing but positive feedback about the safety razors, the reviews on the Rockwell Razors Stainless Steel Razor Blade have been going either way.
I would have preferred to have my first shave with a Rockwell Razor Blade in a Rockwell safety razor, however all the sharpness testing is completed using a Merkur 34C to keep the experience and results consistent.
- PREMIUM MATERIALS - Rockwell Razors Safety Razor Blades are made of premium rust-proof Swedish stainless steel, and specially...
- LONG-LASTING - Each blade lasts 5 to 8 shaves.
- SAFELY PACKAGED - Each blade is double-wrapped in recyclable paper packaging for safety and easy disposal.
- WORKS WITH ALL SAFETY RAZORS - Provides an excellent shave when used with all double-edge safety razors, including Rockwell Razors...
One thing that I am not a fan of however is that they are branded as “Swedish Stainless Steel” but everything that I can find says they’re made in China using Swedish stainless steel. I was not able to find anything on the Rockwell site to confirm where they are made so if someone has a link please comment below and I will update.
Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 54. This is the least sharp blade of any tested to date out of the pack.
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 Rockwell Razors Stainless Steel Razor Blade shaved like a dull blade. While there was fortunately not really any tugging, I did feel like I had to work harder. I find that a sharp razor blade almost just slides over the skin with just the weight of the razor as it cuts through, while a dull blade needs to be helped along. The saving grace was that I did get a reasonably close and comfortable shave with no irritation, it just took some effort.
After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 51. While it was heading in the right direction, anything in the 50’s is not sharp enough for my liking.
The second shave was very similar to the first shave. It did not feel sharp, I had to help it along, but again it was reasonably close and comfortable with no irritation. All in all I would prefer not very sharp and no irritation over getting cut up and irritated, but it is still not ideal.
After the second shave the sharpness decreased back to 54 which is the same as the initial measurement. This results in an average sharpness of 53, which makes the Rockwell Razors Stainless Steel Razor Blade the least sharp blade tested to date, both for initial sharpness and average sharpness.
Initial Sharpness = 54
Average Sharpness = 53
Edge Retention = 1.00
Smoothness = 3/5
Overall Subjective Rating = 3/5
I will say that the Rockwell Razors Stainless Steel Razor Blade was at least consistent, and if one does like a blade that is not very sharp then that is a positive.
It is also recommended to be used with one of the Rockwell safety razors (of course), which does make sense as the Rockwell safety razor has 6 levels of adjustment which may be used in increase the aggressiveness of this blade. Perhaps it would be much better on a very aggressive setting.
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5 thoughts on “Rockwell Razors Stainless Steel Razor Blade Review”
As with most of your results, I had the same experience with this blade. I would defiantly never use this blade again. The Rockwell 6s razor on the other hand is amazing and my favourite razor.
Same experience. Baffled as to why Rockwell would go to the trouble to brand such a dull blade
Simply the worst I have ever experienced! Nasty blade really!
I’ve gone through about 60 of these blades now, and I couldn’t be happier. I have a moderately heavy beard with fairly soft hair, and these blades give me an excellent and quick shave. I get four shaves from a blade, sometimes five if the blade is really good. I don’t find much variation, though, from blade to blade, and I’ve never had a bad blade. I don’t bother with much prep, I just use a very good cream from a tube, not brush, do one pass, and a quick second without re-lathering. I’ve very rarely nicked myself with these blades, and when I have, I recognize that’s from poor technique – rushing to get the crease in my chin shaved.
Yes, the first shave can be a little rough, but it gets much better with the second. And, man, 10 cents a blade!! How can you beat that!
The newer blades come in a different grey color packing. With the widely held view that folks at Rockwell listen to their customers and make improvements, is it possible that the new grey packaging contains a better blade then the one you have reviewed. Would be interesting to measure the new packaged blade.
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