DE Razor Review: Personna

Irsaeli Personna 2 Scaled.jpg

After reading my review, Jonathan LeCour was quite surprised by how negative my review was given that he has been swearing by IP’s. Jonathan was kind enough to send me a few blades in the mail — twice, ’cause the post office rejected it the first time (you really can’t send anything through the mail, at least not without proper packaging) — and I have no had the opportunity to give one a try.

Wow. Huge difference. This is a completely different blade from the one you see below. It is nearly as sharp as a Feather, but considerably more forgiving.

The result was an excellent shave and I’m confident I will enjoy this blade for the coming week, exactly the opposite experience from the Personnas below.

Which, of course, begs the question; are the Red Personnas below counterfeit or is there simply a massive difference in manufacturing between the company’s three factories?

What an odd experience.

Thanks to Jonathan for letting me compare. I would offer to send you some of the Red IPs, but… well… you are no enemy of mine and I really don’t want to make you one!


Personna Scaled.png

After a week with the Feather, it is time to move on to the next blade. In this case, I’m going with the Personna Red Package blades, otherwise known as Israeli Personna blades.

Maybe. Regardless of whether or not these blades are actually IP blades is up to some debate and illuminates just how whacky the world of DE shaving can get (hell, I’m writing damned reviews of blades and I’ve only been shaving we a DE for a couple of months!).

Actually, no debate about it. There are three different factories in the world that make blades that carry the Personna label; one in Israel, one in the US, and one in Mexico. The ones I have seem to be made in the United States.

As much as I thought I’d like these blades, now I’m not so sure. A few weeks ago, Amazon listed several different IP blade packs. Now? Not so much (amazon search). I don’t want a blade that I have to order from ebay with a risk of receiving counterfeit blades!

Enough words, time to shave…

Whoah. I had no idea if I would even be able to tell the difference, much less the magnitude of difference!

Very different shave. The Personna is nowhere near as sharp as the Feather.

Notably, I could feel the Personna tugging on whiskers from the first drag. The blade feels like it has more of a tendency to skate over the top and less of wanting to cut.

For me, the first impression is that I’m not going to like this blade as much as the Feather. As the blade was a bit less rough on my more textured neck whiskers (I could grow a mean neck beard), I could see how someone with more texture in the skin on their face might prefer this blade.

In any case, it remains to be seen how this blade performs over the coming week. Hopefully, it won’t pull any more than it did today.

Update: Shenanigans! For me, this blade is awful. It yanks on the hairs and causes awful razor burn to the point of bleeding. Extremely unpleasant. I put the Feather from the previous week back into use today and it, even after a week of use + a few days of sitting around with gunk on it, provided a vastly superior shave to a new Personna red pack blade.

Yet, there are many folks that swear by the IP Israeli made blades. Jonathan LaCour has offered to send me a couple of genuine IP Israeli made blades. I look forward to giving them a try!



7 Responses to “DE Razor Review: Personna”

  1. Jonathan LaCour says:

    Those aren’t Israeli’s. At least, they don’t look like the ones I have. Those look like the cheap “Personna” blades you can get at your local Wal-Mart.

    The real Israeli’s look like this:

    http://cdn1.ioffer.com/img/item/750/700/71/da_1_b.JPG

  2. bbum says:

    Go read the long set o’ forum posts that I linked to in the article. Apparently, there are three different manufacturing facilities for the Personna’s, only one of which is in Israel. So, yes, they may actually be “Israeli Personnas” made by the same company, but not “Israeli Personnas” made in Israel by said company. Whether the quality differs between the manufacturers is unknown by me, but I’d bet it does and would like to test.

  3. Vincent Gable says:

    @bbum, what make& model razor are you using with these blades?

  4. bbum says:

    I’m currently using a Gillette safety razor from Art of Shaving. Seems to work well enough, though the manufacturing tolerances are such that the blades seem to shift very slightly.

    I look forward to trying a new razor in the near future. More on that if it happens.

  5. webgrunt says:

    Thank you for doing this. You’re a brave man to take it upon yourself to perform these tests for us. Wear your nicks, cuts and razor burns like the badges of courage that they truly are.

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