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Super Gillette Blue Blades

Discussion in 'DE Blades' started by Bogeyman, Thursday June 8, 2017.

  1. Bogeyman

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    Having tried one of these last year that came with an extremely low priced & modern made Gillette Tech DE razor from China I rolled the dice on Ebay and ordered two tucks that took damn near a month to arrive recently from China. Well, after closely examining them and shaving with one three times so far I am thoroughly convinced they are authentic. I say this as Ebay orders from China can be fraught with fear of counterfeit goods.

    Again, I am simply awestruck with what Gillette is cranking out from China. Their Gillette Wilkinson Sword made there just blows away that version made in India IMO. This blade is at least as good and who doesn't like to try a new & different blade, especially one by Gillette? ;)

    Luckily for the DE shavers in the U.K. it seems as if one vendor is stocking these gems and for a mere pittance if they are indeed authentic, of which I do not know. I have no affiliation with this vendor as well so I am not shilling for him. Regardless, I would like to hear other shavers' opinions on this blade.

    http://www.agentshave.co.uk/gillette-super-blue-razor-blades/
     
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  2. Roy

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    Are these Silver Blue? I tried different blades from a sample pack and they are by far the best. So comfortable that you barely know you are shaving. The famous Japanese Feathers are very rough by comparison.
     
  3. I got a few tucks of these blades and found them to be sharp and reasonably smooth, makes a change to shave with a DE blade not made in Russia , I've sent a couple of tucks to @Benz3ne to try, I'm sure he will get back to me with an opinion regarding them.
     
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  4. Benz3ne

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    I'm sure I will! I'm anticipating delivery of them today and need a shave tonight so will report back later this evening! It'll be paired with a relatively aggressive Thomas Clipper SS DE, so my direct comparison will be to Feather New Hi-Stainless (a couple of tucks of which I've sent to Blademonkey :p ). I'll chuck up a mini-review of them here but will definitely have some breakdown on my SOTD :)
     
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  5. Bogeyman

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    No, they are not the Silver Blue blade which is made in Russia.
     
  6. Benz3ne

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    My SOTD has a quick breakdown of these blades. I found it beyond tuggy for the first pass - felt each individual hair being pinged out. Thereafter, it was pretty darned smooth. Glad I persevered rather than give up after the first pass. Pretty harmless and left me smooth and irritation free. :)
     
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  7. Bogeyman

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    Something isn't right then. What was your prep & soap? Can you post a photo of the blade & it's packaging, please?
     
  8. Benz3ne

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    Prep is a cold water wash and rinse, I "wring out" my beard by squeezing lightly on my chin but a lot of water sticks around there.
    Soap was new but slick as hell so feel that wouldn't have caused any issue per se. Edit; it's the gentlemans face care club cream, it's particularly well touted on here and I can see why.
    Blade and packaging below. I've disposed of this one's wax paper but it had v little on it from what I remember;
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    Marks on blade are from the shave yesterday. I cleaned up the razor and rinsed off the blade but didn't want to physically wash it post-shave.
     
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  9. Benz3ne

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    The only explanation I have is, if they have been sat around a little while then my first pass utilised a duller edge so acted as a strop/refresh. Thereafter the blade was as it should be as second pass onwards the blade was remarkably smooth and forgiving. One of the better shaves I've had.
     
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  10. Bogeyman

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    They look real & please loan Blademonkey your camera. ;)

    Try a well known & proven soap as a "litmus paper" test is what I say.
     
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  11. Benz3ne

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    Like I said previously, I think it could have been a marginally dull edge - it just didn't cut quite as efficiently as others I've tried previously for the first pass only. If it was like the second pass from the outset, I wouldn't have ever contemplated changing out the blade at any point!
    I can trial it with a different soap but I'm tempted to stick with this one and see what my next tidy-up with this blade, soap and razor is like. If it is as smooth as silk from the get-go, then it (in my eyes, at least) further solidifies my theory! :)
     
  12. Bogeyman

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    All modern Gillette blades have treated super high tech sputtered edges and aren't going to deteriorate sitting in the box in less than junglelike conditions where they can rust. Try a hot water shower & shave with a top shelf tallow soap and leave the Luddite cold water stuff to the celibate monks. ;) :D
     
  13. Benz3ne

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    Eugh, hot water shaves! :D I've found since switching to exclusively cold water shaves that I'm far less prone to irritation, ingrowns, cuts, nicks, weepers and suchlike. Plus, I live in Wales so hot water is a novelty! :D I jest, but I do far prefer a cold one!
    I'll probably try out either OSP Barbershop or P&B Imperial Rum depending on how I feel with one of my next ones, or with the next fresh blade I get stuck into. I did thoroughly enjoy yesterday's shave cream, however. Very nice.
     
  14. Bogeyman

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    Benz3ne, I used this blade yesterday (shave #2) in a pre-war Canadian Tech and with Haslinger Schafmilch and I would have been hard pressed to tell the difference between it and a Russian 7 O'Clock blade as the shave was that damn good. Try it in a milder razor if you have one. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water quite yet. ;)
     
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  15. Benz3ne

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    Don't worry I won't! I'll be trying the other packet I received and if that's a crap blade I'm sure Blademonkey will work it out with the vendor. :)
    I'll maybe give it a go in my Aluminium Tech but in my favoured DE with the last two blades it most certainly left a lot to be desired!
     
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  16. How long have you been going with the cold water shaves? I've had one try but seemed to get a couple of weepers on the first pass.

    I've seen a few folks mention it on various forums, so any advice would be appreciated.
     
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  17. Benz3ne

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    Alright Matt! This may not be the right thread for it as I'm sure there's one for cold-water shaving but here goes;

    I've not been wet-shaving for a huge amount of time in the grand scheme of things. I started properly the end of November and have been cold-water shaving since probably the end of December. I started off with the whole 'warm towel', 'following a shower' lark and I always felt a little raw thereafter, though that's probably in part due to technique (or lack thereof). I really focussed on getting my technique sorted, especially as I started off with Straight Razors over DE's or SE's, and went back and forth between hot and cold water shaving. The cold water seemed to give me better results with less irritation or opportunity for ingrowns/razor burn etc.

    I'd say get your prep down to suit you. Some people really benefit from a pre-shave oil. In amongst the prep I'd say get your lather bang on, know what to look for when you're dialling it in and take as long as you can really working it into bristles. You're looking for a sheeny, yoghurty appearance, akin to just-whipped cream. If it's not shiny, or worse still starts going cakey during your shave, there's not enough water.

    With respect to weepers, they can come about due to a number of factors. They might be down to;

    1. Incorrect angle, which I've found goes hand-in-hand with a stubbly feel after shaving.
    2. This could also be down to a lack of slickness and hence some 'jumping' of the blade which is down to prep and/or angle. I found this can become quite prevalent with SR's where the angle is key.
    3. Weepers may also be down to incorrect pressure. Remember, you've essentially got an unsheathed, surgically-sharp blade against your face, plus you're controlling the angle. With cartridge razors there's far more room for error in the pressure aspect. Bear in mind when you're taking your passes that barbers practice shaving foam off a balloon - you're aiming to do the same, but substitute the balloon for your face and neck. Just try and concentrating on removing the foam from your face, rather than trying to remove the hair.
    4. Beard mapping is a worthwhile practice - if you're shaving with the grain you've less opportunity to 'pluck' hairs from the face which can cause weepers, or shift the skin unfavourably towards the blade (usually seen with against-the-grain passes).
    5. Blade and razor - opt for something mild to start, it'll show you the way to some extent and go for a tried and tested blade. I'm a big fan of the Gillette Nacets since trying them out. Other people will recommend Voskhod blades. I'm yet to try, but haven't heard much (if any) bad press about them.
    Try and stick with the same soap/razor/blade combo for a little while, even if that may seem a little boring. It'll give you a feel for each individual item and hopefully you'll be able to see where you might be going wrong.

    The aspect which most people tend to overlook is point #4, above. I did when I started and since starting it's given me a good indication of general direction to shave. I now have far fewer weepers and far less issue/burn. Take your time and go slow, load that soap up thick and take it breezy! :D As always, keep us updated with your shaves on the Shave of the Day threads and don't be afraid to ask questions! :D
     
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  18. Bogeyman

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    Benz3ne, did you ever revisit this blade?
     
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  19. Benz3ne

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    Yessir. Both tucks I had contained substandard blades which gave a very tuggy shave. Was hoping it was just the one pack but, alas, no.
     
  20. Bogeyman

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    I just can't "figger" this. I say this as I just completed shave #3 on one and it was perfectly smooth & sharp. Your blades don't look counterfeit. I just am plum baffled. :confused:
     
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