Treet Platinum Super Stainless blades – A treat for your mug
This morning I tried a new brand of double edge (DE) blades in my Merkur 180 safety razor: Treet Super platinum. I came across this brand of DE blades on amazon a few times and read a number of positive reviews. The word on the street is that these babies are a notch above my current Derby Extra. So I shopped a tad and opted for a package of 50 for $13. Upfront that is the same price I paid for a set of 100 Derby blades. So a jump from $0.13 a blade to $0.26. Yes, that is still extremely affordable, but it is nevertheless double the price. I am therefore also expecting a better experience.
This mornings shave was test time. Here is the test stage.
- State: Out of the shower
- Razor: Merkur 180
- Blade: Treet Platinum Super Stainless
- Pre-Shave: None
- Shaving Cream: Lucky Tiger Mollé Shaving Cream
- After-Shave: Lucky tiger Vanishing After shave
The rational for the product selection for this test is to be using products that have consistently rendered positive results in order to isolate the new item under test. Lucky Tiger are such products that have consistently given great results. Therefore any improvement or deterioration can be directly linked back to the new item in the mix, in this case the blade.
This morning’s tasks was to shave off two days worth of beard growth. As soon as I applied the blade to my face I realized that it was sharper than the Derby blades, but not necessarily more aggressive. In that sense it is very comfortable blade. Shaving was a breeze. I was actually done faster than normal. The blade being sharper a single pass did the job in most cases. I was surprised with the very good results.
On the topic of rinsing the blade in between passes I always think of this in terms of the shaving cream. In other words, when review a shaving cream, how well does it rinse out and off of the blade. But I am realizing that some consideration actually has to go the blade itself. As part of the manufacturing process, blades go through a number of steps and coating processes. Part of the coating process is to protect the blade by reducing adhesion of elements (shaving cream) to it. Compared to other blades the shaving cream stuck somewhat less to it. Granted, the Lucky Tiger cream is thick and quite sticky so by the end of the shave the blade does have a good accumulation.
A small note on how the blades are packaged. As you can see above, the blades come in a small box of 10 blades. What I have seen to date where packages of 5. More is better. Each blade is individually wrapped in wax paper. What I have witnessed to date is a single sheet of wax paper being used to wrap blades. Treet does a double wrapping.
Just like Derby, Shark, Lord, and Big Ben, the Treet blades are manufactured in the middle-east. In this case specifically in Pakistan. If you are looking up the Treet web page you will see that they also manufacture a number of other blades under different brand names.
In short the Treet DE blade was well worth it and are still within a very reasonable price range even being double the cost of the Derby blades. At the moment they have taken the favorite blade spot.