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Gillette Rubie Plus Razor Blade

Gillette Rubie Plus Razor Blade Review

Initially I had reservations about using Gillette DE razor blades when I started traditional wet shaving using a safety razor, my plan was to escape Gillette as I was mad at them for charging so much for cartridges. As it turns out Gillette makes quite a few DE razor blades, and the Gillette Rubie Plus is one of them. (I have also seen the package labelled as Gillette Rubie Platinum Plus, which is also on this particular blade itself).

I have been quite happy overall with the different Gillette DE razor blades. There are so many, and it appears to me that there happen to be slight differences between them all which explains the selection.

The last 2 DE razor blades I tested were not very sharp, so I was hoping the Gillette Rubie Plus would change the pace a bit. Sharpness is not the only criteria for me, but overall I do prefer a blade with somewhat of a sharper reading.

Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 50, which is not very sharp. This is actually the least sharp Gillette blade out of the package that I have tested so far, there have been 8 others. You can click this link to see a Razor Blade Sharpness Comparison Chart with the other blades tested so far.

I was not overly concerned as many blades sharpen up with use, however I do tend to like razor blades in the mid 40’s or lower. (Remember, a lower reading is a sharper blade).

Note that I shave my head as well as my face and have a pretty thick growth – except for the top of my head. This means that one of my shaves might equal two of someone that just shaves their face, or even more if they have a thinner beard.

The first shave was very ordinary. It was not bad, it was not great, I shaved. Some people can make any razor blade work for them, I tend to have a wide range of experiences. Some blades I rave about and I am reminded why I use a DE, some blades are awful and I would throw them out half way if I wasn’t collecting data. The Gillette Rubie Plus was somewhere in the middle, but I did not find it quite sharp enough or overly smooth.

After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 45. You will notice in the other razor blade reviews as well that most blades so far tend to sharpen up with use, and this is another example of about a ten percent increase in sharpness. Perhaps there was still hope for this blade.

The second shave was quite a bit different than the first shave, and in a very positive way. It sharpened up enough to cut through my growth a lot better than the first round. I would say the second shave was great.

After the second shave the sharpness increased again to 41. This confirms, in my opinion, why the second shave was substantially better as shave one was shaving in the high 40’s and shave two was shaving in the low 40’s.

Initial Sharpness = 50
Average Sharpness = 45
Edge Retention = 0.82
Smoothness = 3/5

Overall Subjective Rating = 3/5

Platinum Coated. Made in Russia.

I have run into this before where the first shave is not that good, but the second shave is great. Many people use each DE blade several times, and don’t mind toughing through one inferior shave to break in a blade.

I personally usually only use a DE blade twice, and because of the price of DE razor blades in general I don’t plan on using them any longer. Based on this, it does not make sense for me to go through an inferior shave when I can use other blades and get a great shave for less than ten cents (per shave, not necessarily per blade).

As always, your mileage may vary and my review is mainly to provide the sharpness data relative to other DE razor blades.

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Gillette Wilkinson Sword

Gillette Wilkinson Sword Razor Blade Review

There are at least 2 different DE razor blades branded as a Wilkinson Sword – Wilkinson Sword and Gillette Wilkinson Sword.

The first Wilkinson Sword I tried is made in Germany and is a fantastic razor blade that is widely available, including even at the pharmacy or grocery store – which is great.

This review is on the “other” Wilkinson Sword, that is branded as Gillette and I only see online. It has also been labelled the “Indian” Wilkinson Sword, however after reading the package it appears to be made in China and imported to India. This particular blade was then sold to tryablade.com in the USA and made its way to me in Canada.

This website will be listing this blade as Wilkinson Sword Gillette in lists and tables – primarily to distinguish from the other Wilkinson Sword, and Gillette will be last so that the Wilkinson’s are beside each other for easy comparison.

Another Gillette blade that is made in India is the Gillette 7 O’clock Super Platinum (Black), and I like the German Wilkinson Sword quite a lot so I was optimistic going into this razor blade test.

Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 43, which is right about average. This is also slightly sharper than the German Wilkinson Sword that came in at 46, but note the German blade has a PTFE coating which wears away quickly. You can click this link to see a Razor Blade Sharpness Comparison Chart with the other blades tested so far.

The first shave with the Gillette Wilkinson Sword razor blade was great. I did my usual 3 pass shave and was able to get a very smooth and close shave all over with no nicks, cuts or irritation.

Note that I shave my head as well as my face and have a pretty thick growth – except for the top of my head. This means that one of my shaves might equal two of someone that just shaves their face, or even more if they have a thinner beard.

After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 40. You will notice in the other razor blade reviews as well that most blades so far tend to sharpen up with use. This is only slightly sharper than the initial sharpness of 43, and I very much like the consistency.

I find anything in the high 30’s or low 40’s is a great shave, and I am not really a fan when blades really sharpen up as I personally shave differently with a blade that is 45 than a blade that is 35. Consistency in my opinion is great as the shaving technique does not require any adjustment along the way.

The second shave was basically the same as the first and was a great shave. Close, smooth, and no irritation.

After the second shave the sharpness decreased just slightly to 41, which for all intents and purposes is the same as 40. Again I will note the consistency, it basically did not change much at all out of the package – and was sharp enough for great shaves the whole time.

Initial Sharpness = 43
Average Sharpness = 41
Edge Retention = 0.95
Smoothness = 5/5

Overall Subjective Rating = 5/5

Platinum Coated*. Made in China, imported to India.

*While I did not find an “official” source to confirm Platinum coating, I did find several unofficial references.

I can see why these blades are called the Indian Wilkinson Sword as they are imported to, and would be purchased from India. That said, the many references online that state made in India are simply false as the package clearly states they are made in China. Perhaps they were once made in India and the manufacturing was moved, and the name just stuck.

Regardless of where they are made, the Gillette Wilkinson Swords are a fantastic razor blade, very reasonably priced, and I suggest that you give them a try.

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Gillette Nacet Stainless Razor Blade

Gillette Nacet Stainless Razor Blade Review

It’s actually quite interesting just how many different DE razor blades Gillette makes, and if you really start looking into it there are even a lot of DE razor blades that are not branded as Gillette but still made by Gillette.

Initially I tried to stay clear of Gillette because I wanted to get away from anything that reminded me of an expensive cartridge, but Gillette clearly knows what they’re doing which is why they are such a big name. I have been fortunate to have had very good results from most Gillette blades that I have tried and am always looking forward to trying another.

The last 2 blades that I tested were the Merkur and Bolzano, and they were 2 of the least sharp razor blades that I have tried so far. I still had decent shaves with them but I do like my razor blades to be a bit more on the sharp side. The Gillette’s have been pretty good so far so I was looking forward to trying the Gillette Nacet Stainless razor blade.

Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 39. This is really sharp out of the package, the only other blade that has been sharper to date has been the Feather.

For information on what this means check out Razor Blade Sharpness Testing. You can click this link to see a Razor Blade Sharpness Comparison Chart with the other blades tested so far.

Note that I shave my head as well as my face and have a pretty thick growth – except for the top of my head. This means that one of my shaves might equal two of someone that just shaves their face, or even more if they have a thinner beard.

The first shave with the Gillette Nacet Stainless was great. After several not so sharp shaves it felt excellent to be using a really sharp blade. As usual I did my 3 pass head then 3 pass face shave and had no nicks, cuts or irritation.

After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 35. Most blades tested to date have sharpened up after the first use and the Gillette Nacet was no exception. I also like that this reading is fairly consistent with the initial reading.

The second shave was basically the same as the first, I was able to achieve basically the exact same results. The Gillette Nacet was still noticeably sharp at the end of the second shave, and I would have no hesitation having a third shave with this blade if I needed to.

After the second shave the sharpness decreased to 38, which for all intents and purposes is the same as the initial reading. Again, I love the consistency here which gave me 2 great shaves.

Initial Sharpness = 39
Average Sharpness = 37
Edge Retention = 0.87
Smoothness = 4/5

Overall Subjective Rating = 4/5

Stainless Steel. Made in Russia.

Overall I enjoyed using the Gillette Nacet Stainless and it turned out to be one of the sharpest blades so far. The Feather remains the sharpest out of the package but the Gillette Nacet ties the Feather for average sharpness and is more consistent.

If you like really sharp DE razor blades then you will want to give the Gillette Nacet Stainless a try.

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Gillette 7 O'clock Permasharp Stainless Razor Blade

Gillette 7 O’Clock Permasharp Stainless Razor Blade Review

The Gillette 7 O’clock series is made up of 4 different blades, and just to keep it confusing there are 2 that come in a green package. The Yellow packaging is the SharpEdge and the black packaging is the Super Platinum. This review will focus on the Gillette 7 O’clock Permasharp Stainless Razor Blade, with the other green package being the Super Stainless.

I’ve been really impressed with the Gillette blades so far, and specifically the 7 O’clock series. I still have quite a few Gillette blades to go and will continue to review blades in the order they are voted. (Click here to vote for the next blade to test)

Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 45. For information on what this means check out Razor Blade Sharpness Testing. This is right about average, and really close to rest of the 7 O’clock series, with the other green also (45), yellow (46) and black (45). You can click this link to see a Razor Blade Sharpness Comparison Chart with the other blades tested so far.

I found it quite interesting that all 4 blades were within 1, and that 3 of them measured the same at 45.

As an avid DE shaver I also found the back of the package quite amusing suggesting the use of Gillette Series Shave Gel.

To be honest I have not used a gel in an aerosol can since I started using a safety razor, and I did not do it this time for 2 reasons.

First, I need to keep these tests consistent and if I had an amazing shave using a shave gel then I wouldn’t know if it was the blade or the gel.

Second, it goes against everything I now stand for as I enjoy using a brush and making a nice lather. It turns out the Super Platinum (black package) also has this recommendation that I did not seem to notice during that review. This really has nothing to do with the review itself so I will get back on topic.

The first shave with the Gillette 7 O’clock Permasharp Stainless was good. It was reasonably close, smooth, and I really had no complaints.

Note that I shave my head as well as my face and have a pretty thick growth – except for the top of my head. This means that one of my shaves might equal two of someone that just shaves their face, or even more if they have a thinner beard.

After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 35. You will notice in the other razor blade reviews as well that most blades so far tend to sharpen up with use. This, in my opinion, is quite a large change in sharpness that I personally find to be undesirable.

I prefer consistency and this is a wide spread. Further, the raw data had a very large range (from 26 to 58), and looking at the blade edge I could see just how inconsistent it looked. Unfortunately I do not have the gear to share a good picture of this, but the readings speak for themselves.

The second shave was not that great, and I would say the least impressive of the Gillette 7 O’clock series shaves. The shave itself was ok, but as I was putting on aftershave a began to notice it was not overly close and definitely not one of the best shaves I’ve had. That said, I did not get any irritation and any shave that is irritation free I am happy with overall.

After the second shave the sharpness decreased to 42. The range here did seem to tighten up, but as it was losing sharpness and smoothness and I know that I would not want to use this blade for a third time. Realistically I would not even want to use this blade for the second shave again, it was really just “okay”.

Initial Sharpness = 45
Average Sharpness = 41
Edge Retention = 0.93
Smoothness = 3/5

Overall Subjective Rating = 3/5

Stainless Steel. Made in India.

I found the Gillette 7 O’clock Permasharp Stainless (green package) to be fairly mediocre. I personally found it to be the least impressive in the Gillette 7 O’clock series, and not up to par with many of the other blades that I’ve tried so far. Maybe I should have used the shave gel.

I still think that every shaver should try every blade, and I’m just here to give you the data on sharpness. Give it a try and leave a comment what you think, I am sure this is someone’s favorite blade.

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Gillette 7 O'clock Super Stainless Razor Blade

Gillette 7 O’Clock Super Stainless Razor Blade Review

The Gillette 7 O’clock series is made up of 4 different blades, and just to keep it confusing there are 2 that come in a green package. The Yellow packaging is the SharpEdge and the black packaging is the Super Platinum. This review will focus on the Gillette 7 O’clock Super Stainless Razor Blade, with the other green package being the Permasharp.

I’ve been really impressed with the Gillette blades so far, and specifically the 7 O’clock series. I still have quite a few Gillette blades to go and will continue to review blades in the order they are voted. (Click here to vote for the next blade to test)

Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 45. For information on what this means check out Razor Blade Sharpness Testing. This is right about average, and really close to the yellow (46) and black (45). You can click this link to see a Razor Blade Sharpness Comparison Chart with the other blades tested so far.

I really enjoyed the first round. It was smooth, efficient, and I could not have asked for a better shave. Top marks.

Note that I shave my head as well as my face and have a pretty thick growth – except for the top of my head. This means that one of my shaves might equal two of someone that just shaves their face, or even more if they have a thinner beard.

After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 38. You will notice in the other razor blade reviews as well that most blades so far tend to sharpen up with use. This is a reasonable increase. Some blades increase in sharpness quite a bit which I tend not to prefer as I like consistency.

The second shave was also great, but I could notice towards the end that it was starting to lose a bit of smoothness for me. It was still a great shave, but I would not want to go for a third round – which is fine. With the price of DE blades I don’t mind even only being able to use a blade once (like a Derby or Feather), as long as that shave is great.

After the second shave the sharpness dropped to 40. While there was not a significant decrease in sharpness I did personally find the smoothness decreasing. Although I would not use the Gillette 7 O’clock Super Stainless for another shave, it still performed through my second full head and face shave well. I can see someone just shaving their face every other day easily getting a week out of this blade.

Initial Sharpness = 45
Average Sharpness = 41
Edge Retention = 0.89
Smoothness = 5/5

Overall Subjective Rating = 4/5

Stainless Steel. Made in Russia.

I really enjoyed using the Gillette 7 O’clock Super Stainless (green package). I feel like I got the maximum life out of this blade (for me) and am happy with the overall performance. I would definitely recommend trying this blade, especially when it is on sale.

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Gillette 7 O'clock Super Platinum Razor Blade

Gillette 7 O’Clock Super Platinum Razor Blade Review

The Gillette 7 O’clock series is made up of 4 different blades, with the black packaging being the Gillette 7 O’clock Super Platinum. Yellow packaging is the SharpEdge and there are 2 different green packages which are either the Permasharp Stainless or Super Stainless. This review will focus on the Gillette 7 0’Clock Super Platinum in the black package.

When I started shaving with a safety razor I did not have the best luck with blades. The first two blades I tried were the Shark Super Stainless and the Astra Superior Platinum, and to this day I still do not have good look with either of them.

The next blade on the list was the Gillette 7 O’clock Super Platinum (Black). Ironically I was not even looking forward to trying this blade as it was a Gillette, and one of my main purposes of switching to a safety razor to get away from anything that reminded me of gel in a can. Fortunately I was open minded and gave it a try, and it was the first shave with a safety razor that really lit me up.

I have been waiting patiently for the Gillette 7 O’clock Super Platinum to get the vote as the next razor blade to test, and I was very excited to revisit this blade.

Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 45. For information on what this means check out Razor Blade Sharpness Testing. This is right about average. You can click this link to see a Razor Blade Sharpness Comparison Chart with the other blades tested so far.

The first couple strokes I remembered why I like this blade so much. It is extremely smooth and I proceeded to have an excellent shave. I did notice a slight bit of feedback when using my Osma Alum Block afterwards but nothing alarming and it was still extremely smooth and very close. It just wasn’t like using a Derby Extra where I literally feel nothing when using the alum.

Note that I shave my head as well as my face and have a pretty thick growth – except for the top of my head. This means that one of my shaves might equal two of someone that just shaves their face, or even more if they have a thinner beard.

After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 32. You will notice in the other razor blade reviews as well that most blades so far tend to sharpen up with use. This is a substantial increase in sharpness, measuring the same as a brand new Feather which has been the sharpest out of the package so far. My only complaint here is the lack of consistency with such a large change, but I’ll take a large swing while sharp and smooth over a consistently dull or rough edge.

The second shave was basically the same as the first, it was great and I enjoyed it the entire time. I was able to achieve a very close and comfortable 3 pass shave on both my head and face, and slight feedback with the alum.

After the second shave the sharpness dropped to 36. Most blades so far have increased in sharpness for both shaves, but it doesn’t seem like the Feather, the Perma-Sharp, or this Super Platinum Black can hold that really sharp edge for more than one shave for me – which is fine.

I have personally found the following regarding the sharpness of DE razor blades relative to shaving:

An average sharpness value of 50 is about where a noticeable amount of increased effort is required when shaving. A value larger than 50 (less sharp) may result in the feeling of drag or potential pulling. The low 40’s is right where I like to be. It is sharp but still forgiving. When the sharpness gets into the 30’s, this is where the blade is very sharp. A sharp blade is a great shave, but one must be extremely careful as the slightest pressure may cause irritation or a minor misstep may result in a nick or a cut. This may take away from the shaving experience unless the shaver is very seasoned in which case the increased sharpness may be desirable.

Although there is quite the range in these readings with use, they all fall in what I would consider my desirable range.

As always your mileage may vary. The real take away information here is the relative sharpness to other blades and the recorded level of consistency (or lack of).

Initial Sharpness = 45
Average Sharpness = 38
Edge Retention = 0.80
Smoothness = 5/5

Overall Subjective Rating = 5/5

Platinum Coated. Made in India.

The Gillette 7 O’clock Super Platinum (black package) was a favorite when I started shaving, and I was quite pleased that after trying several products, safety razors, razor blades, and modifying my techniques along the was that it was just as good as I remembered, if not better.

I would also be very comfortable using this blade again for a third full head and face shave, I highly recommend you give it a try.

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Gillette Platinum Razor Blade

Gillette Platinum Razor Blade Review

The Gillette Platinum Razor Blade another DE Razor Blade made by Gillette in Russia. I found the package I have interesting as it has some sort of Arabic text on it, and English contact information directed at Gulf countries. It does not appear this specific box was originally intended for distribution in North America.

The package is very similar to the Gillette Silver Blue razor blades, with the only real difference being a slightly darker shade of blue and the obvious name change. The GSB package was entirely English.

Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 45. For information on what this means check out Razor Blade Sharpness Testing. This is not the sharpest but it is what I would consider to be in the desirable range. You can click this link to see a Razor Blade Sharpness Comparison Chart with the other blades tested so far. One note is that the top edge appeared to be sharper than the bottom.

Note that I shave my head as well as my face and have a pretty thick growth – except for the top of my head. This means that one of my shaves might equal two of someone that just shaves their face, or even more if they have a thinner beard.

The first shave with the Gillette Platinum Razor Blade was comfortable, smooth, and overall decent. I did notice when applying aftershave an area on the back of my head that was not as close as I would like. Overall I was still satisfied.

After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 38, which is a pretty large increase . As of right now most coated blades have increased their sharpness after the first shave, the current hypothesis is that the blade edge becomes more exposed as the coating wears off. This results in a sharper cutting edge, although the smoothness may decrease as the coating disappears.

Personally I like blades to be fairly consistent but this is by no means a deal breaker. The top edge again was quite a bit sharper than the bottom again.

The second shave was still comfortable and smooth. I did however seem to be have a personal issue with the Gillette Platinum razor blade as it seemed to require a different angle than pretty well all the other blades that I’ve tried in the Merkur 34C. This likely explains the back of my head from shave one, and I just had to change it up a bit. I would be interested to try the Gillette Platinum razor blade in some other razors.

After the second shave the sharpness measured 39, which for all intents and purposes is the same as after shave one at 38. While the sharpness is about the same, the top edge decreased and the bottom edge increased for an overall more consistent reading.

Initial Sharpness = 45
Average Sharpness = 41
Edge Retention = 0.87
Smoothness = 4/5

Overall Subjective Rating = 4/5

Platinum Coated. Made in Russia.

The Gillette Platinum Razor Blade gave me 2 reasonably good shaves, although there are several other blades that I like better. A basic binary test for my own use is will I search out to buy a 100 pack of these? Personally, no, but I do think that they have the possibility to be in someone else’s list of great blades. If you haven’t tried the Gillette Platinum’s I’d say you probably should.

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Gillette 7 O'Clock SharpEdge Razor Blade (Yellow)

Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge Razor Blade Review

The Gillette 7 O’clock series is made up of 4 different blades, with the yellow packaging being the SharpEdge. The black package is the Super Platinum and there are 2 different green packages which are either the Permasharp Stainless or Super Stainless. This review will focus on the Gillette 7 0’Clock SharpEdge in the yellow package.

When I was first getting into shaving with a safety razor, one of the pitches was that evil companies like Gillette were taking advantage of us by charging outrageous prices for cartridges. I was a little surprised to see so many different Gillette DE razor blades available, and there are many different DE blades that are not even branded as Gillette but made by Gillette.

Based on this I had a little chip on my shoulder against Gillette starting off. Ironically one of the first great shaves I had was with the Gillette 7 O’clock Black’s, and I found another favorite with the Gillette Silver Blue’s.

The Gillette 7 O’clock SharpEdge was pretty low on my list of blades to try for no real good reason. If it was not doing well in the polls (you can vote for the next razor blade to test here) I do not think I would have tried it any time soon. That would have been a shame.

Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 46. For information on what this means check out Razor Blade Sharpness Testing. This is right about average. You can click this link to see a Razor Blade Sharpness Comparison Chart with the other blades tested so far.

It only took a few strokes for me to realize that I really liked this blade. I proceeded to have an excellent shave that was very smooth and extremely close. It was one of those shaves where I was thinking yes, this is why I use a safety razor – this is amazing. I could not have been happier with the first shave.

Note that I shave my head as well as my face and have a pretty thick growth – except for the top of my head. This means that one of my shaves might equal two of someone that just shaves their face, or even more if they have a thinner beard.

After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 43. You will notice in the other razor blade reviews as well that most blades so far tend to sharpen up with use. What I like specifically about the Gillette 7 O’clock SharpEdge is that while it did increase in sharpness, it also remained fairly consistent which I personally favor.

The second shave was basically the same as the first. It was great and I enjoyed it the entire time. I was able to achieve a very close and comfortable 3 pass shave on both my head and face.

After the second shave the sharpness increased just slightly to 42, for all intents and purposes this is the same. Again this is extremely consistent which I favor.

I have personally found the following regarding the sharpness of DE razor blades relative to shaving:

An average sharpness value of 50 is about where a noticeable amount of increased effort is required when shaving. A value larger than 50 (less sharp) may result in the feeling of drag or potential pulling. The low 40’s is right where I like to be. It is sharp but still forgiving. When the sharpness gets into the 30’s, this is where the blade is very sharp. A sharp blade is a great shave, but one must be extremely careful as the slightest pressure may cause irritation or a minor misstep may result in a nick or a cut. This may take away from the shaving experience unless the shaver is very seasoned in which case the increased sharpness may be desirable.

The reason I like a high level of consistency is that the same level of care and attention is required the entire time. While some of the blades sharpen up quite a bit, I find that I need to actively back off when it is sharper or I risk irritation. I prefer a blade to be consistently sharp or consistently average, but either way not change too much during a shave.

As always your mileage may vary. The real take away information here is the relative sharpness to other blades and the confirmed level of consistency.

Initial Sharpness = 46
Average Sharpness = 44
Edge Retention = 0.91
Smoothness = 5/5

Overall Subjective Rating = 5/5

Platinum Coated. Made in Russia.

The Gillette 7 O’clock SharpEdge (yellow package) exceeded my expectations and has become one of my favorite blades. I make a point of only giving good blades a rating of 4/5 so that a 5/5 means something, and this one is a 5.

Another benefit to the Gillette 7 O’clock SharpEdge is that they are widely available for a reasonable price. I would also be very comfortable using this blade again for a third full head and face shave. I highly recommend you give it a try.

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Gillette Silver Blue Razor Blade (GSB)

Gillette Silver Blue Razor Blade Review

The Gillette Silver Blue DE Razor Blade received the most votes requesting to be tested the first week the polls opened. (Continued Razor Blade Sharpness Testing is being performed based on the results of the refined shave poll to select the blade with the highest level of interest each week.)

I was happy the blades were all getting votes and a little surprised about the “GSB’s” taking a decent lead. After some research I realized that this is a very popular blade that had been flying under my radar.

I was very excited when I realized that it is a Teflon coated Russian blade, just like Voskhod which is one of my favorites. Gillette Silver Blue’s seem to have a similar following, but they cost a little more.

Fresh out of the pack the sharpness measured 46. For information on what this means check out Razor Blade Sharpness Testing. This is not the sharpest, but the readings were fairly consistent which is in line with what I have heard about the GSB having a good edge. Being Teflon coated I also had a pretty good feeling that it would sharpen right up after a few strokes. You can click this link to see a Razor Blade Sharpness Comparison Chart with the other blades tested so far.

The first shave with the GSB was great, and I was surprised that I hadn’t heard that much about this blade before. It was definitely sharp enough for me and I got an extremely close 3 pass shave, baby butt smooth all over.

Note that I shave my head as well as my face and have a pretty thick growth – except for the top of my head. This means that one of my shaves might equal two of someone that just shaves their face, or even more if they have a thinner beard.

I did notice a couple extremely small nicks which were so small they did not show up until after my post shave routine. One on my chin which was fine and one on my neck which was a bit unusual for me. While it felt extremely smooth, there may have been a little roughness or maybe it just felt so smooth that I got a little too relaxed.

After the first shave, the sharpness increased to 41. To put this in perspective this is about the same as a new Voskhod and a Feather after one full head and face shave. As of right now, most coated blades have increased their sharpness after the first shave, the current hypothesis is that the blade edge becomes more exposed as the coating wears off. This results in a sharper cutting edge, although the smoothness may decrease as the coating disappears.

I was excited for the second shave and it also felt great. The Gillette Silver Blue razor blades are approaching the higher end for pricing, so for me I needed to have a good second shave to acknowledge good value – and I did. I got another extremely smooth 3 pass shave, and was a little more careful due to the nicks from the first round.

The nick on my neck from the first shave ended up as a little bump so I ended up nicking it again, but other than that it was all good. I did notice a slight increase in feedback with my alum block as well, but only a mention and not a complaint.

After the second shave the sharpness increased to 35. This is another substantial increase in sharpness. It is the most movement I have seen in a blade yet, and pretty interesting that it became this sharp. My complaint here would be the lack of consistency with the blade, whether sharp or less sharp I would prefer the blade to keep more of a consistent level of sharpness along the way. That said, I appreciate and would prefer it to be on the sharper end rather than getting dull. The Feather measured 40 after the second shave, so the GSB was sharper than the Feather after 2 full head and face shaves (Feather still holds the sharpest out of the wrapper title).

Based on the retained sharpness after 2 shaves, the Gillette Silver Blue would definitely have at least another shave left. I would be more than comfortable trying another round. This is important as being about 50% more expensive than Voskhod it should get either better performance or more mileage. I do not think it was smoother than Voskhod, but this is where the personal experience of the shaver comes in and Your Mileage May Vary. Sharpness is measured but smoothness is subjective.

Initial Sharpness = 46
Average Sharpness = 41
Edge Retention = 0.76
Smoothness = 4/5

Overall Subjective Rating = 5/5

Teflon Coated. Made in Russia.

I liked using the Gillette Silver Blue Razor Blade, or “GSB”. I compared to Voskhod a lot as it is another Teflon coated Russian blade that I have a lot of experience with and gives great performance for a great price. This testing isn’t about one blade beating the other but giving some initial data to compare blades to give a starting point searching for blades you might enjoy. I will be returning to the GSB for some endurance testing once I have completed the initial testing for all of the popular blades.

I do recommend picking up some GSB razor blades to try.

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