The thought has troubled me from time to time that perhaps I am too nice in my reviews. I generally have good things to say about what I use, and while I like some things more than others I tend to come away with positive impressions even if I’m not going to want to use it again. Perhaps, I’ve wondered, this undermines my other opinions by making almost everything a shade of wonderful.
Let me be perfectly clear regarding Gillette Super Thin razor blades: I hated them.
Manufactured in Vietnam, from what I can tell, and wrapped in paper that is actually an advertisement for a Gillette cartridge razor, I had heard good things about their sharpness and mild nature. I don’t know if they are actually thinner than any other razor blade, I can’t measure that minutely, but I came into them looking forward to giving it a try (especially after just shaving the beard).
Shaving with them an uncomfortable, bordering on painful, experience. When shaving with the grain it felt like there was a burr in the razor blade, while parts would seemingly glide over the skin there would always be a spot that seemed to be digging in. Both blade edges, multiple blades, it was always there. There was never any physical indication afterward that this was happening, so there seems to be no lasting harm, but it wasn’t fun at the time. Across the grain seemed more normal, and against the grain seemed on the low end of average.
The quality of shave seemed to be average. Neither the worst I’ve had, nor the best. I will give them credit in that I never noticed any irritation, despite the discomfort while using them. No rash, burn, or nicks. But other blades have had similar smoothness, while lacking the outright discomfort of use.
The result is that they have made it onto the very short list of blades I actively dislike. I might try them again in a few months, to see if the negative experience was a result of just being out of practice. Or I might not. Gillette makes blades that treat me much better, namely the 7 O’Clock Sharpedge and the Silver Blue, so if I am done with the Super Thin I won’t lose any sleep.