Panasonic Arc 5 Replacement Foil and Blades: Which Ones Will Fit?

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Panasonic Arc 5 Replacement Foil and Blades: Which Ones Will Fit?

The Arc 5 represents Panasonic’s high-end range of electric shavers.

Ever since their introduction back in 2009, the defining characteristic of the Arc 5 series was the massive shaving head that featured 5 individual cutting elements.

Currently at the third generation, a lot has changed in the design and material choice of the Arc 5 shavers.

However, the foils and blades used by the various Arc 5 models have mostly undergone incremental changes.

And this can make things a bit difficult when it’s time to replace them with new ones.

Moreover, there’s a lot of cross-generation compatibility when it comes to Arc 5 replacement foils and blades and this was never explicitly documented.

As a result, some newer foils and blades are actually compatible with older Arc 5 models and vice-versa.

This article will address all of that and show precisely which foils and blades will fit your particular Panasonic Arc 5 model.

Which foils and blades should you buy for your Arc 5?

Before getting started, it’s important to note that all Panasonic Arc 5 razors have two (removable) inner blades, while the remaining three are integrated into the foil block itself.

Removable inner blades (left) and integrated blades (right).

The two removable inner blades (left) and the three integrated blades (right).

So throughout this guide, whenever I mention the word “blades”, I am only referring to the pair of removable inner blades.

IMPORTANT: These two inner blades are exactly the same among all Panasonic Arc 5 models (part number WES9170P). The only ones that are different are the outer foils.

So every Arc 5 foil and blades set out there actually contains the same two inner blades, namely the WES9170P.

As a side note, you have the option to buy the inner blades and outer foil either separately or as a set (a set is usually more advantageous in terms of costs).

With that out of the way, let’s see which foils and blades will fit every Panasonic Arc 5 generation.

We’ll first check out the ones that originally came with the shaver (and are officially recommended by the manufacturer) and then other compatible parts, which can be either newer or older than the ones that came with your shaver.

1. First and second generation Arc 5 shavers (ES-LV61-A, ES-LV81-K, ES-LV65-S, ES-LV95-S, etc.)

A second generation Panasonic Arc 5 (ES-LV65-S)

Original Foils & Blades

First & second gen Panasonic Arc 5 foil & blades
Part typePart noBuy
BladesWES9170P
FoilWES9173P (WES9173Y)Buy on Amazon
Foil & Blades SetWES9032P (WES9032Y, ES9032)Buy on Amazon

As you can see, the second generation Arc 5 shavers (ES-LV65-S, ES-LV95-S) come equipped with exactly the same foils and blades as the original, first generation models (ES-LV61-A, ES-LV81-K).

So if you have a first or second generation Panasonic Arc 5, those are the part numbers of the original foil and blades.

Compatible Foils & Blades

Third generation Arc 5 foil and blades
Part typePart noBuy
Blades (all revisions)WES9170P
Foil (rev A and B)WES9175
Foil (rev C and D)WES9177 (WES9177Y, ES9177)
Foil & Blades Set (rev A and B)WES9034P (ES9034)Buy on Amazon
Foil & Blades Set (rev C and D)WES9036 (WES9036Y, ES9036)Buy on Amazon

If for some reason the original foils and blades are not available or you simply want to give your older Arc 5 an upgrade, you can opt for some newer parts.

Precisely, we’re talking about the latest (third generation) Panasonic Arc 5 models. They come with revised outer foils that will fit older models and likely provide a more comfortable shave compared to the original foils.

The third generation Arc 5 (launched in 2015) uses two foil models (with different part numbers). As we saw earlier, the inner blades are the same throughout all generations.

Why two foil models? Well, there are 4 revisions of the third generation: A, B, C and D (I wrote a detailed article about the third generation here).

A and B come with one foil type, while the C and D revisions use a new, slightly revised foil (the differences between them are marginal, so you can opt for either of them).

The defining characteristic of both these new outer foils is the presence of two rollers that supposedly make them glide smoother over the skin.

The Arc 5 generation 3 outer foil with the two golden rollers.

The Arc 5 generation 3 outer foil with the two golden rollers.

Is it worth the upgrade to the newer foils? Well, if you can get them for not a whole lot more, I think so.

I’ve used them alongside the old ones and while I found the closeness to be pretty much the same, the new foils (with the two golden rollers) are more comfortable.

TIP: You’ll sometimes find the foil, blades or set listed without the W in the model name. For example, ES9036 instead of WES9036. Don’t mind it, it’s the same part.

2. Third generation Arc 5 shavers

A third generation Arc 5 shaver (ES-CV51)

Original Foils & Blades

Third generation Arc 5 foil and blades
Part typePart noBuy
Blades (all revisions)WES9170P
Foil (rev A and B)WES9175
Foil (rev C and D)WES9177 (WES9177Y, ES9177)
Foil & Blades Set (rev A and B)WES9034P (ES9034)Buy on Amazon
Foil & Blades Set (rev C and D)WES9036 (WES9036Y, ES9036)Buy on Amazon

As mentioned previously, the Panasonic Arc 5 generation 3 shavers (revision A), with models like the ES-LV9N/ES-LV9A, ES-LV6N/ES-LV6A, have been revised three times since their launch.

As a result, we also have an Arc 5 revision B (ES-LV9B, ES-LV6B), a revision C (ES-LV9CX, ES-LV9C, ES-LV9Q, ES-LV6Q, ES-CV51 etc.) and a revision D (ES-LV9DX, ES-LV9D etc.).

We also know that revisions A and B come with the same foil part number, while the C and D models come with updated foils (supposedly using and improved middle trimmer for better catching longer hairs).

In reality, they’re extremely similar and you probably won’t notice any significant difference during use.

Again, the pair of inner blades is the same WES9170P.

Compatible foils and blades

First & second gen Panasonic Arc 5 foil & blades
Part typePart noBuy
BladesWES9170P
FoilWES9173P (WES9173Y)Buy on Amazon
Foil & Blades SetWES9032P (WES9032Y, ES9032)Buy on Amazon

The new foil and foil & blades set of the third generation Arc 5 can be a bit difficult to find and in some regions, they may not be available yet.

Also, they can be pretty pricey, at least right now.

If you find yourself in one of these situations, you do have the option of getting the older generation foil (used by the first and second gen Arc 5).

It won’t be a major downgrade since the first and second generation foils were really good, even though they are not quite as comfortable as the new ones.

Final word on choosing the right Arc 5 foil and blades

I think it’s important for current and future Panasonic Arc 5 owners to know that they have quite a few options and flexibility when it comes to buying replacement foils and blades.

For example, even if older shaver models like ES-LV65-S get discontinued and the (official) replacement parts are phased out as well, these shavers can still be valid options since you can use the newer foils and blades.

Hopefully this post managed to clear up some of the confusion caused by the lack of information regarding this topic, namely the cross-compatibility of various Arc 5 replacement parts.

If you have any other questions, make sure to post them in the comments below.

Disclaimer: shavercheck.com and the author of this post are not responsible for any damage caused to your device. Always follow the instructions in your shaver’s user manual.

10 comments on “Panasonic Arc 5 Replacement Foil and Blades: Which Ones Will Fit?

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  1. Steve

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I’ve been using my ES-LV65-S for about four months. A couple of months ago, I bought the newest ES9036 blades. My experience was different from yours. I did not like the newer blades, and returned them after a few days.

    The comfort rollers seemed to prevent full contact of the blades with my skin, and caused a different and, to me, confusing sensation of what was going on as I was shaving. With the original blades I clearly feel what is going on, and am able to easily exert the right amount of pressure.

    Perhaps I should have tried the blades for a longer period to see whether I could get used to them.

    In any case, I get almost no irritation from the original blades with daily dry shaving.

    Thanks again for your web site, which was instrumental in steering me to the ES-LV65-S, which shaves much closer, with much less irritation, and faster than the Norelcos I used for decades.

    Thanks also for your material on oiling blades. There is no mention of this in the US manual, and no oil was included.

    Steve

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for your feedback on this, that’s actually very interesting. I clearly noticed the presence of the bars as well and at first it did feel a bit odd, however in my case this didn’t seem to bother me. I still find them a bit more comfortable than the older foil, but I wouldn’t necessarily attribute this entirely to the rollers. The three integrated blades and their corresponding foils may be tweaked a bit as well.

      I’m glad to hear the ES-LV65-S is still working great for you.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  2. Aleks Klovich

    Thank you for this information. Very useful. It´s good to know that the previous generations of Panasonic Arc 5 shavers can use the newest blades without issues.

    My question would be; Is it worth getting the ES-LV65 model or should I wait for new generation and see if the upgrade is gonna be significant?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Aleks,

      Thank you for your comment. In my opinion, given the current prices, availability and overall performance difference between the two generations, the ES-LV65-S would be the one to buy right now.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  3. Randy

    Thanks for the informative article, but I was hoping you’d address the difference between the ES-LV61 and ES-LV61-A. I’m looking for the foil/blade set for the former model.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Randy,

      Thank you for your comment. Both are really the same, the ES-LV61 is just the more generic model name, while the ES-LV61-A is the blue variation. That last letter is often left out as it’s not really relevant.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  4. Elton

    Hi Ovidiu,

    you speak about backward compatibility but I didn’t understand if there is also a forward compatibility.
    Let’s say I want to use the Foil & Blades Set WES9032P in the razor LV9Q. Would it be possibile?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Elton,

      Yes, that would be possible. I actually addressed this issue in the article as well (the compatible foils & blades section for the third generation Arc 5).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply

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