Best Double Edge Razor Blades [2020]

Best Double Edge Razor Blades in 2020

A double edge razor blade can make or break a safety razor. The best safety razor like a Feather AS-D2 will not shave well if you use a cheap/poor razor blade. Not all DE razor blades are equal. Some are very sharp and some are not. Some last longer too.

I’m a beginner safety razor shaver and I’m having fun trying and reviewing shaving products. This is just my opinion on double edge razor blades from my experience. Hopefully this information will help you select a good product.

I noticed that any one razor blade may cut better in certain safety razors. For example: I tried a Derby Extra razor blade in my Merkur 34C safety razor and it did not cut well. It pulled hair. It felt dull. I then tried another Derby extra razor blade in my Edwin Jagger DE89 and it was smooth sailing….very sharp indeed. So try different blades in your safety razor and see which one cuts the smoothest.

Here are best double edge razor blades in order of sharpness.

  1. Feather Hi-Stainless Double Edge Razor Blades
  2. Astra Superior Platinum Double Edge Razor Blades
  3. Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades
  4. Parker Double Edge Razor Blades
  5. Shark Double Edge Platinum Razor Blades
  6. Merkur Double Edge Razor Blades

Merkur Double Edge Razor Blades

Merkur double edge razor blades are made in Germany. They are platinum coated for wear reduction and rust resistance. They are one of the more expensive razor blades at about $0.90 each. I bought a box of 10 blades after I bought the Merkur 34C safety razor.

These blades are individually wrapped in paper and are platinum coated. I shaved with them several times and my opinion is that they are a good blade but not as sharp as Feather. They do cut close but not as smoothly as Feather blades. At $8.00/box of 10 blades, I will not buy them again. The cheap Shark Super Platinum blades cut just as well for a lot less money.

Merkur razor blades will last for 5-8 shaves.

Shark Double Edge Platinum Razor Blades

So, I just started shaving with a safety razor a few weeks ago. I bought 5 different safety razors to try. I think the razor blade has a lot to do with how a safety razor shaves. I bout 5 different brands of double edge razor blades and I’m trying them.

I read on a few shaving websites that Shark DE razor blades are very sharp and highly rated. So I bought 100 blades for about $7.00. I tried one of the Shark blades in my Merkur 34C safety razor. I had been using the Merkur blades but was not impressed by them. They don’t seem to be that sharp.

Anyway, I shaved with the Sharp Platinum blades. They seem to be about average with other blades like Merkur and Parker. They do cut close but not as smooth as I would like. If you compare these blades with Feather, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Feather are super sharp and cut easier. Feather razor blades cut with little sensation.

Sharp are a good cheap double edge razor blade. They cut as well as some more expensive blades like Merkur.

Feather Hi-Stainless Double Edge Razor Blades

Buy these….It’s as simple as that. These are the best double edge razor blades that I have tried so far. And they are way better than the competition. They are super sharp. So sharp you barely feel any sensation when shaving. They glide. You can tell immediately that these are different blades. The weight of the razor pulls it along with no resistance from the hair.

The Feather Hi-Stainless razor blades are platinum coated like most. Platinum coating reduces wear which means the blade will stay sharp longer. It also prevents rust.

I don’t know how they make these blades because they are much sharper than most. Feather DE razor blades are made in Japan. They are very high quality.

Feather double edge razor blades should last 5-8 shaves depending on how coarse your beard is.

A box of 100 blades sells for $23.00.

I’ve compared the Feather blades with Parker and Merkur on 2 different safety razors and the Feather blades are way sharper. The Feather blades turned my Parker 69CR razor into my favorite. It now shaves like a dream…very smooth and very close.

Parker Double Edge Razor Blades

Parker makes some really fine safety razors. I have the Parker 69CR Convertible safety razor. I love it. It’s very nice looking, well made and shaves like a dream with the right blades. This razor came with 5 Parker double edge razor blades.

Since the razor was super nice, I thought the blades would be equally as nice. The Parker blades are sharp and do cut very close. They are Platinum-Chromium Ceramic Tungsten coated and precision honed several times during the manufacturing process. They are a high quality blade and I would recommend them as a good blade. Feather blades are better though.

The Parker blade gave me a close shave but I could feel the hair being cut. There was a little bit of hesitation when allowing the razor to slide down my face. I had to use some force to accomplish the cut. Parker blades are very good just not the best.

Parker DE Razor blades sell for about $12.00 for 100 blades. They are very inexpensive and a good blade.

Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades

Derby double edge razor blades are made in Turkey. They are stainless steel with a chromium-ceramic-platinum-tungsten and polymer coating. Derby Extra razor blades sell for $9.00 per 100 blades.

Derby Extra razor blades are individually wrapped in a waxed wrapper to prevent rust while in storage. The packaging is comparable to more expensive razor blades like Feather and Merkur.

I tried a Derby Extra DE blade in my Edwin Jagger DE89 safety razor and it was a good match. It cut smoothly and is very sharp. The shave was very close. There was very little hair cutting sensation and no hesitation. The weight of the razor was enough to make the shave happen easily. The Derby razor blades have a complex coating that makes them stay very sharp and prevents rust. Rust will dull a razor blade very quickly. These razor blades will stay sharp for 5-7 shaves.

The Derby Extra DE razor blades compare favorable with the excellent Feather Hi-stainless razor blades. Feather are most likely the best. Derby and Astra are 2nd to Feather.

Astra Superior Platinum Double Edge Razor Blades

Astra razor blades are distributed by Procter & Gamble but manufactured in Russia by PPL Pulkovskoye Shosse 54 in St. Pertersburg, Russia.

Astra razor blades are stainless steel with a platinum coating or plating. Platinum is very hard and makes razor blades stay sharp longer and prevent corrosion or rust. Each blade is individually wrapped in wax paper. There is also a wax coating on the blades.

I had read that Astra razor blades are very good but wanted to see just how good they are. So I bought a box of 100 blades. I put a new Astra Superior Platinum blade in my newest safety razor, a Flagship Razors Serien. I had used several different safety razor blades which included Merkur, Feather, Shark and Parker. I wanted to see how Asta compares with these.

I was pleasantly surprised with the Astra razor blade. It is VERY sharp. It cuts with no sensation. It just slides down your skin. The Astra blades definitely compare to Feather blades. Maybe as good as the Feather. I like them. Astra blades are much sharper than Merkur, Parker and Shark and are pretty cheap at $10 per 100 blades.