Razor Blade Review: Gillette Goal Super Platinum

Posted: October 25, 2015 in Shaving Articles
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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

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Gillette Goal Super Platinum:

1) Sharpness: Good
2) Comfort: Good
3) Value: Fair
4) Availability: Fair
5) Country of Origin: China
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: Yes
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3 or more
8) Notes: This is a somewhat hard to find blade. From what I can find out, the Goal
blades are made in China for their home market, as well as nearby markets in the
Far East. Perhaps because of this, the Goal blades are only available from a
limited number of sources. At the time of writing, it is only available in packs of
25 from Amazon (and in some samplers). The price is somewhat higher per blade than
many similar compteting blades, at least here in the U.S.A. in 2015. With that
said, the Goal blade, to me, comes off as a good, balanced blade that should be
serviceable in a lot of razors. I got good shaves and no undue irritation. There
were no nicks or cuts, and I was able to get a very smooth result. I had to take a
few more passes and rinse the blade out a bit more than some other blades. That
indicates that they lack something in terms of ultimate sharpness, but are smooth
enough to allow for however many passes prove necessary. I didn’t notice any
significant deterioration of the edge through the test, which is nice. The Goal
blade is certainly worth a try, if you can get a hold of them. That being said, I
think there are other options that are more economical and somewhat higher
performing.

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