Best go to blades

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Well for me this new blue and old blue are not the same. Old had extreme sharpness near to feather and was a piece that needed all the attention when shaving. New one is most comfortable and smooth blade that I ever used.

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Similar experience here. Got hold of some of the blue box variant from a Bulgarian eBay seller and they are definitely smoother

Another significant change is that the branding on the blade has gone minimalist. Just some basic laser etching on one side, along with what appears to be a serial number (to deter fakes I presume)
 
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I still haven't found a go-to blade. It's been 4 months since I started though, and I'm not really sure how to go about finding one. The method I'm using is fairly 'long winded'. I've managed to find a go-to Razor, it's the DE89, and just by accident I found a razor and blade suited for my head. (Feather popular & Derby xtra)
 
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Similar experience here. Got hold of some of the blue box variant from a Bulgarian eBay seller and they are definitely smoother

Another significant change is that the branding on the blade has gone minimalist. Just some basic laser etching on one side, along with what appears to be a serial number (to deter fakes I presume)
You are the fourth person who has said this and I hope this holds true for me when mine arrive from Bulgaria which I am eagerly anticipating. I can hardly wait. :)

Here's why the blades look different:

https://www.freshpatents.com/-dt20180621ptan20180170084.php
 
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I have three shaves on one of the "new" Gillette Platinum Blue Box blades. Shaves #1 & #2 with a post war English "ball end" Tech were at least for me uneventful in that the blade shaved exactly like the other Platinum blades which is not to say they were bad as I personally love these blades. For shave #3 I used a Baili 3 piece razor, which to me shaves just a tad less closely than a Tech, and a smoother shave I have never had. Needless to say, I need to experiment some more with this blade as blades are often specific razor dependent. If pressed I would say they are the same, but I will be open minded.........for now.
 
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So, in the name of objectivity I shaved today with a new Blue Box Platinum blade & duplicating everything I used on the earlier shave (#3) except for obviously it was a new blade and I used my trusty "Ol' Betsy" English "ball end" Tech instead of the Baili. I used the same Cashmere bush and most importantly the same soap. That soap be Santa Maria Del Fiore Sapone De Barba as sold by Italian Barber:


Prep was exactly the same. The results surprised me for I got the same silky smooth shave as I did on shave #3 with the prior blade using the Baili!! It was if I were using an injector as it was that smooth!! Now before I get carried away I need to reassess the fact that the only thing that changed was the soap (factoring in I had used the prior blade in the Tech two times before). No doubt the SMDFDB is a superb soap, but it was really a "game changer" in this respect!! If I recall I used Arko for the first shave on the first blade with my Tech as it's sort of a standardized set point more or less. I do not recall which I used for shave #2. :confused:

In all honesty it appears that a better soap allowed this blade to really shine and also ram home the fact that there is more to traditional DE shaving than just using a good blade, razor, prep & yes, even technique. All those factors may be for naught if we don't create the best "highway" in the overall mosaic. I am going to try next other top tier artisan soaps with it.
 
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I find that I like many different blades to suit different razors, but, generally speaking, I can get along quite nicely with Personna Lab Prep and Platinum, Nacets, Polsilver, Voskhod and Rapira, followed by Feathers, Gillette Reds, Blues, 7o'c Sharp Edge and Super Platinum. If I want a tame blade for a brutal razor, I go for a Derby Premium or Astra Platinum.

Then I have a drawerful of other blades I really cannot stand, but that's quite another matter.
 
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I just tried some newly acquired blue box Gillette Platinums this morning in a Slim. Early to tell, but I'm pretty impressed. Sharp enough and smooth, smoother than 7 O'Clock yellows I've been using recently. I think you can make a lot of razors work, but these might be my new go to blades.
 
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I just tried some newly acquired blue box Gillette Platinums this morning in a Slim. Early to tell, but I'm pretty impressed. Sharp enough and smooth, smoother than 7 O'Clock yellows I've been using recently. I think you can make a lot of razors work, but these might be my new go to blades.

I am on my third one of the Blue Box ones and I am starting to wonder if just maybe......perhaps Gillette has improved the coating a tad. I am not quite ready to say yea or nay. :confused:
 
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Yeah, I’m not fully convinced yet, but this morning was another win for these blades. I tried one on its third use in my user grade Gillette HD500. This thing is a beast of a razor, very easy to make a mistake with and the Gillette Plats took the edge off just enough. Keep me posted on how you get on.

I am on my third one of the Blue Box ones and I am starting to wonder if just maybe......perhaps Gillette has improved the coating a tad. I am not quite ready to say yea or nay. :confused:
 
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Yeah, I’m not fully convinced yet, but this morning was another win for these blades. I tried one on its third use in my user grade Gillette HD500. This thing is a beast of a razor, very easy to make a mistake with and the Gillette Plats took the edge off just enough. Keep me posted on how you get on.

I think now, after more usage, that it's the same great blade. That is after using it with a variety of soaps across the spectrum from top tier to run of the mill. Cool box however. ;)
 
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