Double-Edged Safety Razors Ranked by Blade Gap



[top]Ranking by blade gap size


The following, based on a measurement of blade gap and razor weight, will hopefully agree with most of the impressions of the shaving community. This list was compiled by multiple people; inaccuracies are bound to result, and therefore multiple listings for the same razor are possible and even desirable. If there is only one measurement of a given razor gap, it assumes very strict manufacturing tolerances and that the razor measured has not ever been dropped, etc. which we know to not be the case.

The easiest way to measure the blade gap is with a feeler gauge. How to do it is described here.


[top]Table of blade gaps

  • note, additional tables can be found on the discussion page for this article.


Blade gap, in 1/1000's of an inch [ +/- .001 inch ]

List order: Smallest gap size (mildest) to larger (more aggressive)

Clarification: blade gap, angle, weight, and blade exposure collectively influence the aggressiveness of a razor. Each individual factors may contribute relatively more or less for each person based on an his/her skin, hair, prep, choice of blades, or technique. Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV), and this chart should not be even be considered as a general ranking of aggressiveness, mildness, or efficiency of the various razors. It is only a (likely imperfect) listing/ranking of blade gaps.

Blade gaps, ranked by gap size
thousandths of an inchmillimetersRazorweight, grams
10.25mmAbove the Tie (ATT) with M-1 base plateKronos/Titan ~ 109g ... Atlas ~ 98g
11.28mm
12.30mm
13.33mm
14.36mm
15.38mmMerkur Progress 570 @ 1
16.41mm
17.43mmGillette Adj Black handle @ 1Long Handle, 67
18.46mm
19.48mmGEM 1912
20.51mmMing Sui
21.53mmGem Micromatic
Gillette New Improved Tuckaway
Schick Krona
22.56mmGillette Adjustable @ 1
Gillette New Norfolk
Gillette TECHFat Handle, 48
Merkur Classic
Weishi
Merkur Progress 570 @ 2
23.58mmAbove the Tie (ATT) with R-1 base plateKronos/Titan ~ 109g ... Atlas ~ 98g
Gillette NEWBall-end, 54; square end, 51
Gillette Super Speed 1954 - 1968 (Regular)58
Gillette Super Speed 195658
Gillette Super Speed (Blue Tip)45
24.61mmGem G-Bar
Gillette Adjustable @ 2
Feather Popular
Weber 3 Piece Stainless w/ DLC Head91
25.64mmGillette Aristocrat (US)late 1940s, 69
Gillette Knack43
Gillette Ranger Tech
Gillette Super Speed (black handle)46
Gillette Super Speed (late 1940s)54
Merkur HD Long Handle (38C)
Wilkinson Croma
Schick Injector Type L
Merkur 23C
26.66mmBic Disposable (orange handle)
Gillette Adjustable @ 3
Gillette Aristocrat (UK)
Gillette Super Speed Red Tip (US)65
27.67mmGillette FH Tech Canada 1932 (Triangular)48
28.70mmGillette Rocket HD (UK)72
28.71mmMerkur HD (34C)78
Merkur Progress 570 @ 3
29.74mmGillette Adjustable @ 4
30.76mmMühle R89 / Edwin Jagger DE89L
31.79mmFeather Portable
32.81mmGillette Adjustable @ 5
Bic Metal
Gillette Super Speed Red Tip (UK)
33.84mmMerkur Progress 570 @ 4
34.86mm
35.89mmGillette Adjustable @ 6
36.91mmAbove the Tie (ATT) with H-1 base plateKronos/Titan = 109g ... Atlas = 98g
37.94mmMerkur Progress 570 @ 5
38.97mmGillette Adjustable @ 7
39.99mm
401.02mm
411.04mmGillette Adjustable @ 8
Gillette Adjustable (black handle) @ 9
421.07mm
431.09mmLord L644.5
441.12mmMerkur Futur @ 1120
451.14mmGillette Adjustable @ 9
471.19mmMerkur Futur @ 2120
531.35mmMerkur Futur @ 3120
581.47mmMerkur Futur @ 4120
631.60mmMerkur Futur @ 5120
651.65mmMerkur Futur @ 6120
691.75mmMerkur Futur @ 6 .5120
?Butterscotch Schick Injector31
?Lux56
?Stahly Live-Blade164
?Gillette Super Speed 195356
?Gillette Super Speed 195242
?Gillette Super Speed 195955


Note: Gillette Adjustables
- Slim and Fat Boy range from .022 @ 1 to .045 @ 9; Fat Boy (195) weighs 79 gm, Slim Adjustable weighs 70
- the Black handle Adjustable ranges from .017 @ 1 to .041 @ 9 or 1 setting smaller than the Slim or Fat Boy
- Merkur Slant has a slightly variable blade gap, and is difficult to measure; it weighs 76 gm.

Subjective differences in ranking were limited to +/- .001 measurements
so differences of .001 - .003 can be considered functional equivalent.


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