Gillette Rubie Platinum Plus Blades

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Gillette Rubie Platinum Plus

Another from the Gillette stable, although made in Russia. Not sure why Rubie is relevant.

1st blade > 1st shave
Groomed Shave Cream

The first few strokes can tug, presumably while the blade picks up some lubrication, but not with this blade. Nice and smooth throughout the shave, it left me with a great, close shave both with and against the grain. I had to spend less time touching up too, although I did pick up a couple of nicks.

1st blade > 2nd shave
The Real Shaving Co. Moisturising Shave Cream

Again, a nice smooth shave throughout. I picked up a couple of nicks, but the end result was very smooth. I did have to do a bit of touching up, especially around my jaw, and any areas I missed were still a little rough.

2nd blade > 1st shave
RazoRock Don Marco Shaving Soap

It didn’t take much to load or build a good lather, although it seemed to breakdown a bit on the second pass. The blade was smooth throughout, although I picked up a couple of nicks on my top lip during touch up. Despite that, I was left with areas that weren’t especially smooth. For the most part it was good, and on my cheeks and top lip was practically BBS. A good shave.

2nd blade > 2nd shave
Haslinger Coconut Shaving Soap

I used my boar brush and wasn’t sure I had enough for more than one pass, but it worked out fine. The blade was again smooth, though I did pick up a few nicks. It felt like I was forced to do more touching up than usual. The finish was generally good though, not BBS, but very smooth.

2nd blade > 3rd shave
MÜHLE Sea Buckthorn Shaving Soap

Loading my boar brush, again I wasn’t sure I had enough for two passes but I did. The blade felt fine, but I picked up plenty of nicks, one a weeper. Many of these were down to the large amount of touching up needed to get the area around my mouth anywhere near smooth. Not much slickness left behind after the first pass, but plenty from the second. The end result was nice and smooth, but not quite BBS. Fairly consistent though, with only the odd patch.

2nd blade > 4th shave
Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap

I face lathered with the boar again, but didn’t seem to produce lather on a par with the usual. That may account for the huge number of nicks I picked up, starting with the first pass. By the time I’d finished touching up it was a bloodbath. Some of that was hinted at by the scraping I felt with I switched to ATG. Despite all the work, I was left with a few rougher patches, although it was generally smooth. Still shy of BBS though.

Verdict

It felt like a sharp blade, offering generally smooth performance, but I still struggled to get close. That was probably the reason for so many nicks being picked up, and, like many of the Russian blades, it seemed to drop off after a couple of uses. A reasonable performers, but not one I’d hanker to try again.

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Last updated: October 4, 2014