Razor Test: Gillette Platinum Blades

Posted: September 7, 2015 in Shaving Articles

Testing Protocols:

1) Feather AS-D2 Seki Edge All Stainless Razor
2) Proraso White Shave Soap; pre-shave treatment as needed
3) Escali Badger Hair Brush, soaked in warm water with 30 second load of soap
4) Three Pass shave
a) With the Grain
b) Across the grain from ear toward nose
c) Across/Against the grain (Cleanup as needed)
d) Lather after each pass
5) Comparative Baseline: Feather High-Stainless
6) All blades brand new
7) All grades assume the Feather is as stated below in subjective score
8) Grades (worst to best) Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Amazing

Feather High Stainless: (Baseline)

1) Sharpness: Amazing
2) Comfort: Great
3) Value: Good
4) Availability: Good
5) Country of Origin: Japan
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: You Betcha!
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3 or more

Gillette Platinum

1) Sharpness: Good
2) Comfort: Good
3) Value: Good
4) Availability: Good
5) Country of Origin: Russia
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: Yes
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3 or more
8) Notes: The first shave with this blade went fairly well, with good comfort throughout. I did feel like there were more pickups and additional cleanup passes with this blade than with the previous blades tested. I didn’t feel this blade was as sharp as the Feather or the Wilkinson. Probably a bit less sharp than the Silver Blue blade, also by Gillette. That said, I was able to get a very close shave, and there was no pulling, tugging, or juddering. The third shave went fairly well with this razor. No complaints. At the same time, I wasn’t overawed by the performance of this razor. It is perfectly servicable, but I would pick the Wilkinson over it any day of the week. In a somewhat crowded field of razor blades, the Platinum didn’t make a big impression. Sharp enough, smooth enough, but ultimately a blade that, heretofore, lingers at the back of the pack in regards to its synergy with the test razor.

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