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

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.

Rapira Platinum Lux Double Edge Razor Blades

Posted on December 13, 2015 by quashnsa

The second Russian blade I have tried is nearly as good as the Japanese Feather brand.

Rapira Platinum Lux (Russia) $0.18/blade @ 100 count

The Rapira Platinum Lux Double Edge Razor Blades were fantastic on the first pass (not quite as good as Feather). I completed my shave with a three-pass close shave for the best shave I have had since the original Merkur blade.

My shaving equipment: Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor, Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream, Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush, Colonel Conk Model 111 Santa Fe Shave Cup, Slate Shave Razor and Shaving Brush Stand

Voskhod Teflon Coated Double Edge Razor Blade

Posted on December 07, 2015 by quashnsa

I was not as impressed with the performance of this blade. I did a single-pass quick shave like with the Feather blades. I found the Feather blade did a better job, but the Voskhod was better than the Persona.

Voskhod Teflon coated (Russia) $0.20/blade @ 100 count

My shaving equipment: Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor, Proraso Shaving Soap, Eucalyptus & Menthol, Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush

Feather Hi-Stainless Platinum Double Edge Razor Blade

Posted on December 03, 2015 by quashnsa

I originally purchased the safety razor a few months ago. The best shave I ever experienced with the DE razor came from the Merkur blade that was shipped with the razor. I have a box of 100 Persona blades that have been doing a fine job, but not as well as the initial shave with the premium blade.

12/2/2015
Feather Hi-Stainless Platinum (Japan) $0.27/blade @ 100 count
I tried this premium blade first. This blade out performed the Persona blades on the first pass. I was using the same Merkur DE razor, Proraso soap, and Escali brush to make the comparison. There was no drag or pulling across my heavy, four-day stubble.


Safety Razor = My Best Shave

Posted on September 28, 2015 by quashnsa

After many years of shaving with a Gillette Fusion razor, a multi-blade system, I decided to move to the old-school approach that worked for my dad. Dad had a Safety Razor and double-edge blades. I have had a straight razor shave, and it was fantastically smooth; however, I am not confident that I would take my time and shave slowly. My only option after removing the straight razor idea was to use a safety razor.

barber poleMerkur Long Handle Safety Razor

My shaving equipment:


Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream
Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush
Colonel Conk Model 111 Santa Fe Shave Cup
Slate Shave Razor and Shaving Brush Stand

"Do you believe that all children can be successful in the classroom, despite their circumstances?"

Posted on August 06, 2015 by quashnsa

Recently on Facebook, a friend posed a question to all of his friends:

Dear Facebook friends, especially teachers. Please answer this question. "Do you believe that all children can be successful in the classroom, despite their circumstances?"

Here was my response:

That is a tough question. When I taught, I helped one of the worst performing students become the top performer by changing the way I taught. That change might have left some other students behind. Not everyone learns the same way. I also had a terrible student that interrupted class and made it hard to teach, but he was extremely bright despite the parent that kept telling him that he was stupid. Finally, what is the measure of success? A child that can think and question, find and discover, speak and listen are successful.

Is God the creator of evil?

Posted on January 13, 2015 by quashnsa

Well, let's use the bible to answer that one. Most christians are dumb enough to only believe that god is good. Well, here are a few lines from the infallible bible. There should be no conflict here...right? God is only good.

Good bye 2014. You can fuck yourself

Posted on January 01, 2015 by quashnsa

It was supposed to be a great year--2014. I passed my 5 year brain tumor anniversary. Now I have MRIs only every two years. The end of 2013 wasn't a great start to a new year, but it only got worse as the year progressed.

It started off with my first ambulance ride to an ER. My back had tweeked while playing soccer. I had to be lifted onto a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

Next, my gall bladder had to be removed. That was another 4 days in the hospital.

My father passed away, my wife's grandmother passed away, my friend and brain tumor camp volunteer buddy passed away from his brain tumor, a high school friend passed away from breast cancer, my co-workers mother passed away from cancer, and I am sure there were others that I have forgotten.

Finally, our Hawaii trip was cancelled due to a hurricane.

What few, good, happy, wonderful times I had in 2014 were overwhelmed by the bad.