Gillette 7 O'clock Review

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Post by Gene » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:20 pm

Squire,

You clearly said India 2!!
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Post by Squire » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:38 pm

So I flunked geography.
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Post by marsos52 » Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:03 pm

hi gordon i want to say that no apology needed but thank you anyway
when i first began de shaving in my 20's the year was around 1974

i started with the hoffritz slant and merkur blades there a time i could not get then and i could buy gillette and wilkinson i seem to remember that i liked the wilks better i think because they were more consistant by the last 80's or 90 they to went down hill and i found a source for merkirs again
late last year i found this forum and i found all the sources for about anything i could ever want

i have a ongoing friendship with giovanni from razor and brush
and with jim from vintage blades and i cant forget em's place to mention a few

i am so happy for years i thought i was the de wetshaver left

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Post by Squire » Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:10 pm

Well Marc you're definitely not alone.
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Post by Straight Arrow » Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:35 pm

Here is another variety to spice up this thread. Another made in India blade.

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Post by Squire » Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:38 pm

Ah, the plot thickens, Watson! You'll need your revolver tonight.
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Post by Leisureguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 2:43 pm

I also found the Gillette 7 O'Clock Permasharp to be quite sharp indeed. For me, they are sharper than the Feathers, but obviously (as shown by comments in this thread as well as in the polls), different shavers will have different responses to the same brand of blade. This is by now pretty well established and is not a surprise.

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Post by Ouchmychin » Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:09 pm

I got some 7 yellows and have been trying them in my adjustable long. First, I was using Feathers with a setting of 7 to get to bbs in 3 passes and a polishing pass dry or sticky. When I put in the 7's I could hear every whisker snap off and plink PLINK it was so rough. The next day more of the same. I just couldn't understand it. The first day I had shaved off a substantial layer of skin from my cheek. It got a thin sore area that really burned with all lotions or balms. Then I changed blades and was going to try a much lower setting after reading a post that indicated better results with low settings. I looked and the darn razor was set to 9!!! After I put in a new blade and set it to 3 I got a very smooth first pass but not quite as smooth as my best Feather shaves. I achieved bbs using the same technique as the Feather but with the razor set to 3. I think this last one is very good compared to the various Israeli Personas, Derbys, Gilettes, and others I have tried and failed to get bbs with.

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Post by GA Russell » Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:20 pm

Squire wrote:Ok, just to keep things straight, Green O'clocks from Russia are Green 1 and Green O'clocks from India are Green 2.
I'm a Catholic, and this past weekend our parish was visited by a Vincentian priest from India.

It is customary for the priest to stand by the front door after Mass and greet everyone. So when it was my turn to shake his hand, I thanked him for coming, and told him that my razor blades are made in India. He was surprised and doubtful, so I told him "Gillette 7 O'Clock", and he smiled and said that he didn't know that.

When I got home I checked to make sure, and learned that what I have is from St. Petersburg. Oh well, he won't care!
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Post by tone » Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:37 pm

I really really like these blades, just as nice to shave with as crystals in my opinion.

Almost so good I don't even wanna try my polsilvers and super iridiums I have waiting!

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Post by Pauldog » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:14 am

I actually do have some 7's from India. I got them at an Indian grocery, and they're marked "India". However, I haven't gotten around to trying them yet...

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Post by hookem11 » Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:00 pm

Squire, thanks for all these blade reviews. Extremely useful. Gillette 7 O'Clock Sharp Edge (Yellow Package). These are the best blades I have tried so far. Very sharp and smooth. Just ordered 200 more from Giovanni in case, as you always say, they get discontinued
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Post by superbleu » Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:35 pm

Does Gio offer a discount for buying blades in bulk(100-200)?

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Post by hookem11 » Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:25 am

No
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Post by Squire » Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:23 am

Yes and no, he will on some that are moving slow but you have to ask.
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Post by infotech » Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:49 pm

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Post by Straight Arrow » Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:11 pm

James, thanks for posting that. It re-affirms, for me, the hope that quality DE blades will be readily available for years to come.
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Post by Ouchmychin » Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:06 pm

It's funny. I get the ominous impression that Gillette is in total control of the market for DE blades and can tell us now that if we refuse to buy their d--nd Fusions we will pay--WE WILL PAY. I'm feeling like now that I've finally gotten my Fatboy, it will cost about the same as a Fusion to use it. It's already 50 cents a blade and I suspect the use of terms like premium mean the future will see even higher prices. Maybe I'm wrong and the future will see Gillette slowing down but they need profits just like the rest of us. I think (in my paranoia) that they are reading these threads to figure out which blades are prized enough to support even higher prices.

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Post by jayb » Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:04 pm

Ouchmychin wrote:It's funny. I get the ominous impression that Gillette is in total control of the market for DE blades and can tell us now that if we refuse to buy their d--nd Fusions we will pay--WE WILL PAY. I'm feeling like now that I've finally gotten my Fatboy, it will cost about the same as a Fusion to use it. It's already 50 cents a blade and I suspect the use of terms like premium mean the future will see even higher prices. Maybe I'm wrong and the future will see Gillette slowing down but they need profits just like the rest of us. I think (in my paranoia) that they are reading these threads to figure out which blades are prized enough to support even higher prices.

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Well, that's a scary thought. However you must remember that there are probably thousands of new shavers by the day (just an arbitrary figure, I have no idea really.) And Gillette sends a lot of these new shavers whatever their newest shaving incarnation is for birthdays, or whatever. They're pushing new technology to further their profits. If they offered DE blades that had the same amount of R&D money invested in them, I'd pay for them even if they sold for the same money as their multi-blade carts.
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Post by GA Russell » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:56 pm

Thanks for posting those links, James!
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