Astra DE Blade

Posted on January 25, 2016 by quashnsa

A week ago I used the last of the Russian DE blades from the package. Like the Ladas, Rubie, Voskhod, and Rapira, this blade was packaged very well. This has given me a very close shave. Very similar to the Merkur blade and the Feather blade. Definitely one of the superior blade from the Best Safety Razor Blade Sampler Pack. The single-pass quick shave was very smooth and close.

I used the blade for a second shave last night. The blade did well (I did not flip the blade as I should have), but not as well as the first shave.

My shaving equipment: Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor, Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush, Proraso Shave Soap, and Shaving Brush Stand

2016 Reading Challenge

Posted on January 08, 2016 by quashnsa

2016 Reading Challenge


1. A book published this year:
2. A book that can be finished in a day: The Giving Tree (complete)
3. A book I've been meaning to read: While I Lay Dying
4. A book recommended by local librarian or book seller:
5. A book I should have read in school: Native Son, Wuthering Heights, Cannery Row, others
6. A book chosen for me by my spouse, BFF, partner, sibling, or child: 50 Shades of Grey,
7. A book published before I was born:
8. A book that was banned at some point: Tough choice: so many good books that were banned. Paper Town?
9. A book I've previously abandoned: Sea Lab
10. A book that I own but have never read: Children of Hurin
11. A book that intimidates me: Canterbury Tales
12. A book I've already read at least once: Too many to count, The Jungle Books

Some choices to fill-in the missing challenges
Bless Me, Ultima (banned)

Ladas DE Razor Blade

Posted on January 08, 2016 by quashnsa

Like the Rubie, Voskhod, and Rapira, this blade was packaged very well.

This has given me the closest shave. Very similar to the Merkur blade and the Feather blade. Definitely a superior blade from the Best Safety Razor Blade Sampler Pack

Gillette Rubie DE Razor blade

Posted on January 08, 2016 by quashnsa

A few weeks ago I used the third brand out of the Russia DE blade pack. As with the others, I opened the 5 blade pack and removed a blade. All of the blades are well wrapped (inner wrapping for protection, outer wrapping with brand name).

I was not as impressed with this blade as the other two (Voskhod, Rapira). The blade performed the same as Persona blades. It retained the same performance through a second shave a week later.