Gillette Super Thin Platinum Blades

7 Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (7)
Gillette Super Thin Razor Blades

Although sporting the Gillette name, these are made in Thailand.

1st blade > 1st shave
D.R. Harris Windsor Shaving Cream

No tugging, but I’d had a wet shave the day before so there wasn’t much stubble to contend with. I left too much water in the brush so the lather was very wet. I didn’t pick up any nicks but my top lip had some irritation. My cheeks weren’t very smooth but otherwise it was a good finish.

1st blade > 2nd shave
Boots Freshwood Brushless Shaving Cream

No tugging again and no nicks either, despite this only being a brushless cream and my tendency to get overzealous with touch-ups. I did have a few areas of roughness, but that was mainly because I missed areas. Otherwise it was a good finish.

1st blade > 3rd shave
Baume.be Shaving Cream

Again, no issue with tugging; it sliced through my bristles without effort. It did get clogged on the first pass but a quick brush cleaned it out. I didn’t pick up any nicks or irritation. The finish was generally smooth but nowhere got close to BBS.

1st blade > 4th shave
Castle Forbes Lime Shave Cream

A smooth shave without tugging or clogging. I did do a lot of touch-ups as I had too much lather. That left me with a solitary nick, sealed by cold water, plus some irritation on my top lip. My neck was a little raw too. The finish was good though, and a couple of places went close to BBS.

2nd blade > 1st shave
Baume.be Shaving Cream

No tugging and a nick-free shave, though I did get a bit of mild irritation on my top lip. The finish was very average, with resistance and roughness ATG in a few places. Not a particularly good shave.

2nd blade > 2nd shave
Col. Conk Almond Shaving Soap

The blade didn’t tug or cause any nicks. I was also left irritation-free as well. Although there was some resistance ATG on my face, and roughness in the usual trouble-spots on my neck, the end result was very good.

2nd blade > 3rd shave
Tabac Shaving Soap

Despite a good cropping of stubble the blade sliced through it without issue, or nicks. I didn’t have any irritation either. My neck wasn’t the best it’s ever been but was very good. Although I still had a touch of roughness in my usual trouble-spots. I had a bit of heavy resistance ATG on my face, but overall a very good finish.

2nd blade > 4th shave
Boots Freshwood Brushless Shaving Cream

Not as much stubble but still no issues with tugging. It did get clogged (the nature of brushless creams) but I was able to clear without resorting to a brush. I picked up a single nick during the shave and it sealed itself before I finished. The finish wasn’t great on either my neck or face. Nothing hideous, but nowhere was particularly close. Very average.

Verdict

Looking back over the various shaves, I had some mixed results. They ranged from very good to pretty average.

What was consistent was the low number of nicks I picked up. I was generally irritation-free as well.

It was a blade I was pleased and happy to use and, although the highs weren’t the greatest, it generally provided a smooth, comfortable shave.

They’re not the most expensive out there, especially when you get one free, but they’re far from the cheapest either. I’d say the performance outdid the price and is a blade worth a go, just don’t expect miracles.

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Last updated: December 28, 2017