Theory about the Gillette Super Platinum blue box blades

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Theory about the Gillette Super Platinum blue box blades

Post by brothers » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:23 pm

I have a hunch that one day in a meeting, Gillette decided that the world's best selling blade (Super Iridium) should be a Gillette blade, with the Gillette name on it. So in the blink of an eye they sent out the word to change the blade identification markings and the packaging to start selling the former SI blade as Gillette Super Platinums. I don't know, just makes sense to me!

I've loaded 3 Super Plats in 3 razors and 3 Personna Preps in 3 other razors, and have been alternating them in my DE rotation since 1-1-12. I'll change out the blades on 4-1-12. So far, they're all 6 as sharp as the day the trial started. I'm getting some excellent DE shaves across the board just as expected, as a matter of fact that's what made me decide what I think Gillette did a year ago when they made the SI's disappear.
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Post by BullGoose » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:44 pm

While the Blue blades are smooth, I do not find them to be as sharp as an Iridium. I like them mind you but not as much as an Iridium.
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Post by GreekGuy » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:22 pm

BullGoose wrote:While the Blue blades are smooth, I do not find them to be as sharp as an Iridium. I like them mind you but not as much as an Iridium.
I completely agree. The blues are good blades, but they are definitely not SIs
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Post by Jonnieboy61 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:21 am

BullGoose wrote:While the Blue blades are smooth, I do not find them to be as sharp as an Iridium. I like them mind you but not as much as an Iridium.
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Post by JarmoP » Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:00 am

I feel also Iridium-Super blades being sharper and so providing more effortless shave ATG. I like the dark blue 7 O'Clock blades too.
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Post by fallingwickets » Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:24 pm

Just use merkurs and be done with all the :bull haha

sorry, couldnt resist

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Post by vpayne » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:39 pm

Ditto-except for the Merkur blades……...

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Post by Squire » Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:23 pm

The high end blades from the factory that produced the Super Iridiums are very similar except for perhaps a difference in steel or edge coating. They're all good.
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Post by marsos52 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:38 am

i agree with clive

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Post by Jonnieboy61 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:01 am

All I hope is that they continue to manufacture these Blue versions for a long time, as I really like them, especially as my stock of SI's won't last forever...
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Post by Seamaster » Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:36 pm

What about the white box ones, with the Surrey address on them, which I found still on sale in the Canary Islands last week? "Swedes"? They sure shave like them.

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Post by Jonnieboy61 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:35 am

Seamaster wrote:What about the white box ones, with the Surrey address on them, which I found still on sale in the Canary Islands last week? "Swedes"? They sure shave like them.

Are these the white cardboard box version or the plastic dispencer type with the used blade slot on the reverse side?
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Post by Seamaster » Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:09 pm

Jonnieboy61 wrote:
Seamaster wrote:What about the white box ones, with the Surrey address on them, which I found still on sale in the Canary Islands last week? "Swedes"? They sure shave like them.
Are these the white cardboard box version or the plastic dispencer type with the used blade slot on the reverse side?
White cardboard box, but on the same blue hanging card as the plastic dispensers were (Surrey address etc).

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Post by bernards66 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:59 pm

Seamaster, I'm assuming you mean the ones in the plastic slide container? If so they are clearly old stock that is still around in a few out-of-way places. Personally I did not think they were as good as prior, 'real' Swedes....the ones with the Scandinavian capitals listed on the back. However, they were still very good IMO.
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Post by harper » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:44 pm

I have enough SI blades to last for at least two more years and I am going to be 82 in four months. To hell with it.

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Post by Seamaster » Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:36 am

bernards66 wrote:Seamaster, I'm assuming you mean the ones in the plastic slide container?
No, in a white cardboard box (see above and below).

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Post by brothers » Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:11 pm

Back on track with the OP, just for a moment, before putting it back to sleep: for the past 12 weeks I've been using Personna Prep hospital use blades in some razors and Gillette 7 O'Clock Super Platinum blades in the same number of different razors. At the end of the 3 months, I'm happy to know that the Super Platinum blades proved to be excellent, as did the Personnas.

This speaks very well of both brands. Obviously, in my lilttle corner of the world, in my razors, and in my opinion, two of the world's best double edge blades are not discontinued, but are in current production, one in USA, and the other in Russia. This is great news. Very comforting to those of us who enjoy and appreciate the ability to buy as many excellent double edge razor blades as we want, without having to hunt them down and pay a premium for them.

I have a thirty year supply of Personna hospital use blades, so I'm going to write myself a note and put it in my safe deposit box to be opened in the year 2042, several years before I celebrate my 100th birthday, reminding myself to make a decision between buying another 30 year supply of the wonderful Personnas or trying to remember how well the Gillettes performed, and considering the possibility of buying some Gillette 7 O'Clock Super Platinum blades when the Personnas run out. Looks like I'm fixed pretty well in the blade catagory, no matter how my future decision turns out.

PS: for the next 3 months, I'm using half Perma Sharps and half Personna hospital use Prep blades. Here's hoping the Perma Sharps also fall into the excellent catagory, because they're also in current production.
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