Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

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Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by BPman » Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:25 am

I guess I am confused by the distribution chain regarding these two blades. :? They appear to be Gillette's two best blades yet one is not sold by any American or Canadian vendor & the other is handled by a mere few with an exorbitant price. Something is going on here. The Rubie is exported as a few U.K. vendors sell them. Why don't North American vendors sell these readily? I though the purpose of capitalism was to sell what people want(?). There must be more at play here as I see that Gillette owns The Art of Shaving stores and they sell the Platinum DE blade there for $1 per blade!! :shock:

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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by Squire » Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:43 am

A former dealer of my acquaintance tried to become a distributor of similar blades (Swedes I think) and the problem he ran into was a required minimum order of 50,000 blades. It's likely these current high prices are due to small dealers buying at close to retail themselves then marking the price up further.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by brothers » Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:12 am

I hope this is good news for you. I just now checked. The Gillette Platinum is in stock at Razor Blades and More (USA), at a price as low as 34 cents depending on quantity. The Rubie blades (shipped from UK) are listed on ebay at a price of about 26 cents apiece (100 blades) including free shipping. In comparison, those prices are lower than Kai blades which are around 60 cents each, again depending on quantity.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by BPman » Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:47 pm

I bought 200 Rubie Platinum Plus from the 'Bay for approx. $21 per 100 shipped earlier this year. Since Bob in TX rates the modern Gillette Platinum the best I would be curious to know if he's tried the Rubie Platinum Plus. Bob, you out there?

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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by BPman » Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:30 am

Well, after further testing I can confirm that these two are not the same blade and the Rubie Platinum Plus is the best modern blade that I have ever used, bar none. I have a sneaking suspicion that those crafty Russkies are keeping these close to the vest. :wink: I sure wish the Sharpologist would test one.

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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by nicodemus38 » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:40 am

this has been a question for some time.

Ive seen some online retailers claiming the Gillette Platinum is DISCONTINUED by the manufacturer and thus unavailable. But at the same time I see some "hint" by those retailers that the Gillette platinum is "similar/or the same" as the Gillette "swedes".

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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by Squire » Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:08 am

Nic I admire your faith in the integrity of marketing. Shows a belief that there are in fact some better angels in our nature.

I take a slightly more skeptical approach preferring to simply try the product and decide for myself.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by nicodemus38 » Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:33 pm

Only one place still advertises as having Gillette Platinum. Only one place. every other place has taken it off their websites or put that information in, that its discontinued or very similar to, or is the same thing as Gillette "swedes"

Its like lord razor blades. half the world tells you each product label has its own machinery and is different from all the others, and the other half is "if machine area A is caught up on orders, and machine area B is down for maintenance, then area A starts macking blades for the area B label. IE if racer line goes down, platinum plus starts making racers..."

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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by brothers » Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:44 am

I was able to make a blade swap with a member of the forums a while back, he gave me some Gillette Rubie Platinum Plus blades, and I gave him some Personna hospital use blades. I'm on my final Rubie now, and while I'm not replacing my favorite blades (Kai, Personna hu, Gillette Swede, Gillette Super Stainless) I am adding the Rubies. I got mine on ebay from a seller in Russia, at a total cost of about .22 cents each, including shipping. They tell me it'll take 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. I probably won't even remember ordering them when (if?) they eventually arrive.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by Squire » Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:55 am

50/50 split of opinion which all adds up to, what? Another burning issue to stir the hearts of shaving geeks everywhere.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by brothers » Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:15 am

Russian postal service has a competent tracking system, with updates available in English. I understand my little package is on the move, most recently cleared customs and headed in this direction. Regarding the Rubie Platinum Plus, I've been using my last remaining Rubie blade daily in the Darwin razor for what seems like about two weeks. The shaves are remarkably smooth, and what started as a mild curiosity on my part seems to be building new levels of respect. The shaves seem to have grown smoother as the days click by. Now they've got my attention.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by brothers » Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:51 am

Update on shipping from Russia --- today's Russian Post tracking tells me the package has reached USA for delivery. I have no reason to doubt it. Must have had a fast plane ride.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by brothers » Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:03 pm

The Rubies arrived today. The invoice shows I made my purchase on Jan. 6. This means delivery from Russia took 3 weeks and 1 day. It seemed like an eternity. :D I guess we're spoiled rotten with all this 2-3 day Priority USPS rapid delivery.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by brothers » Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:00 pm

Just to bring this up to speed. My blades turned out to be counterfeit, as well as Pete's blades. We both received refunds from the seller.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by brothers » Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:30 am

Yesterday's shave with the Russian made Gillette Platinum Plus Rubie blade in the Darwin razor was number 13. It was still performing quite well, but sometimes I think maybe it's just time to load another new blade. These are good blades.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by brothers » Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:30 pm

Yesterday I decided to match the Rubie with the Phoenix Double Open Comb (DOC). That combination seems to be very good also.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by John Parker » Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:34 pm

Interesting! But your Russian Rubie Platinum Plus were counterfeit? And still perform well? Just checked ebay and what are being advertised as Rubie Platinum Plus blades from Russian right now are $1 per blade.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by brothers » Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:54 pm

John Parker wrote:Interesting! But your Russian Rubie Platinum Plus were counterfeit? And still perform well? Just checked ebay and what are being advertised as Rubie Platinum Plus blades from Russian right now are $1 per blade.
Wow John, you missed something! :D After I complained to ebay, I got a full immediate refund from the seller, who also disappeared from ebay. I seem to recall posting all of the tedious details in this and related threads on this subject. Anyway, Gillette wrote me back and asked me to hold onto the counterfeit blades and all of the associated packaging, etc. in case they want to take me up on my offer to send them the counterfeits. Simultaneously, after reading about other SMF members who bought authentic Rubies from a different Russian seller, I ordered some for myself, in addition to the authentic Rubies I bought from TryABlade. My counterfeit Rubies were nothing but crap. They didn't perform at all (as blades - no cutting).
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by John Parker » Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:38 pm

Sorry, Gary. Guess I did miss all that.
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Re: Platinum & Rubie Platinum Plus

Post by BPman » Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:16 pm

Did you fellas ever get your hands on some real Rubies in bulk?

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