Review: Gillette Super Thin

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.

The offending party.

The offending party.

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.

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2 comments

  1. Agree completely. Tried one of these in my R41 and had to stop before finishing the first pass. The moment I put it to my skin the blade dragged and tore out hairs.

    They seem to have a positive rep in the shaving community, though all of the good reviews come from a few years ago. One can only speculate, but I wonder if the quality control is awful due to the blade being intended for the Indian market. Opening the paper and seeing an ad for a cartridge isn’t encouraging either.

    A Man Over Bored: Check out Bic Chrome Platinum blades. We have similar favourite blades and they’re some of the best for me. Very cheap as well.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, I’m always on the prowl for new blades so I’ll take a look at them!

      There are some blades that I’ve liked, and later went back to them to find they’d lost their charm. Others I disliked, only to later go back and enjoy them. The Gillette Super Thin have a LOT of ground to make up if they are ever to be one of those blades.

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