07-27-2013, 10:16 AM
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I just picked up two packs of Gillette Platinum Plus double edge blades, 15 to a pack, in metal dispensers and still carded. Unopened. They're marked on the cards at $2.49 . I don't know how old they are, how good they are, and if I should use them or keep them. What do you all say?

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 07-27-2013, 10:38 AM
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If there is no corrosion on them, go ahead and use them.

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 07-27-2013, 10:39 AM
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I'd say use them. But I'm biased. Just about all I use any more is vintage blades like those.

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 07-27-2013, 11:39 AM
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(07-27-2013, 10:39 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I'd say use them. But I'm biased. Just about all I use any more is vintage blades like those.
Really? I'd like to know why. I kind of like that. Just appeals to me if I can justify it. Where do you get your blades? I got these on Ebay on a shot-in-the-dark kind of thing.

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 07-27-2013, 01:03 PM
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(07-27-2013, 11:39 AM)Mouser Wrote:
(07-27-2013, 10:39 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I'd say use them. But I'm biased. Just about all I use any more is vintage blades like those.
Really? I'd like to know why. I kind of like that. Just appeals to me if I can justify it. Where do you get your blades? I got these on Ebay on a shot-in-the-dark kind of thing.

On my skin, in the mild razors I use (Gillette Slim, Wilkinson Sticky, Feather AS-D1, Weber DLC), the vintage blades (Wilkinson Light Brigade, London Bridge, and Falcon; Schick Plus Platinum; Gillette Platinum Plus; Personna 74) just work a lot better, both sharp and smooth, than any modern blade. I buy the vintage blades on eBay or on BST forums (rarely).

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 07-27-2013, 01:39 PM
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I'd say go ahead and try them. While carbon blades typically don't age well the stainless usually do. I've used an English Gillette Platinum blade from the 70's and it was a great blade and lasted longer than most of the modern ones I like.
You may be able to approximate the date by comparing them to the images on MR Razors site.
http://www.mr-razor.com/Rasierklingen/Rasierklingen.htm

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 07-27-2013, 03:42 PM
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Somebody should use them. They're good blades. You could always sell them if you don't want to use them yourself.

I find them to be good blades (G' Plat + specifically) but no better than one of todays top quality blades. But as you've already read some folks like them far more than todays blades.

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 07-27-2013, 05:09 PM
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(07-27-2013, 01:39 PM)vuk Wrote: I'd say go ahead and try them. While carbon blades typically don't age well the stainless usually do. I've used an English Gillette Platinum blade from the 70's and it was a great blade and lasted longer than most of the modern ones I like.
You may be able to approximate the date by comparing them to the images on MR Razors site.
http://www.mr-razor.com/Rasierklingen/Rasierklingen.htm
Nice site! I've got some Blue Blades from 1960 and the two packs in question are from the 1970's, according to that site.
Thanks.

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 07-29-2013, 06:09 AM
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There are many things I can't wrap my head around, as my wife will attest to, but one of them is if these blades are so good how the hell could any survive unused unopened this long? Is it that the blade market is just that overflooded?

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 07-29-2013, 12:57 PM
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well, put one in this morning and it tore me up.

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 07-29-2013, 05:19 PM
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upon closer inspection, with my glasses on, I see that something has been spilled over the blade and dried. I'll dig thru the pack until I find an unaffected one.

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 07-29-2013, 06:55 PM
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I imagine the sudden revelation that you have cut yourself with a blade with an unknown fluid dried on it is a nasty surprise. I'd double up on the alcohol based AS today.

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 07-29-2013, 09:11 PM
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(07-29-2013, 06:55 PM)intotheforge Wrote: I imagine the sudden revelation that you have cut yourself with a blade with an unknown fluid dried on it is a nasty surprise. I'd double up on the alcohol based AS today.

Haha second that.

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 07-29-2013, 10:44 PM
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It's likely just condensation from the package itself. Just drop the whole dispenser into some alcohol and that should loosen them up...

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 07-30-2013, 01:37 AM
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(07-29-2013, 06:55 PM)intotheforge Wrote: I imagine the sudden revelation that you have cut yourself with a blade with an unknown fluid dried on it is a nasty surprise. I'd double up on the alcohol based AS today.
GULP! it's 5:30 a.m., up all night watching the affected area....

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 07-30-2013, 07:39 AM
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Sorry to hear the blades didn't work out. Since they were sealed and in the original dispenser it was probably just moisture like Crag suggested so I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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 08-02-2013, 02:15 PM
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next one looked good, cut better. after a precautionary alcohol bath. cut damn good actually. double dog damn good.

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