Walmart has begun stocking Wilkinson Sword DE blades. Initial reports on the wetshaving forums indicate its not a bade blade, so I picked a pack up over the weekend and tried it this morning (Shave Of The Day: Coates Tea Tree–old formula–with a Shaveplace/Emsplace brush and my trusty Merkur Progress razor).
Yep, not a bad blade, based on one shave. A tiny bit harsh but not overly-so. I think there are a lot worse blades that go for more than the $1.79 for a pack of 10 that these are going for. They’re made in Germany.
My only concern is…well…Walmart. These guys are pretty ruthless when it comes to suppliers. Walmart wants price reductions every year from their suppliers and some just can’t do it. That’s what happened to the old Personna’s that used to be on the shelves: when Walmart dropped them, American Safey Razor Company (e.g. Personna) promptly filed for Chapter 11. So my advice is to try a pack, and if you like them, stock up. Because a year from now they may be on the street as well….