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Gold Dollar 208 (2020 Model)

Pros: Very good steel
Hones easily
Cons: Lighter than what I am normally use too
Scales are a bit too flexible
Balance point is a long way away from the pivot pin being very need the shoulder
I bought this SR new for USD 8 + 2 shipping from China on Lazada, Philippines. This is one of the few SR's that comes with the @Slash McCoy seal of approval - so it must be good!

As often is found with "factory" edges, this SR was supplied sharp but not shave-ready (to my standard) and had a double bevel on both sides. I reset the bevel on a 1k synthetic and ran the razor through my honing progression, finishing up on diamond pasted balsa at 0.1um. It took all of about 30 minutes so it was easily done.

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Being a relatively soft steel, this SR is easy to hone but will not hold its edge as long as some of the harder-steel SR's currently available.

My first shave with this razor was this morning and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the edge. Where I did have difficulty was in getting use to the balance point of this SR being so close to the blade's shoulder. I am more use to the balance point being much closer to the pivot pin.

The blade is well made however the scales leave a lot to be desired. The blade is well centred in the scales. The scales are very flexible and, if you are not careful, the edge can catch on the upper inner edge of the scales when closing the blade. If this happens, you will need to go back to the hones.

Am I tempted to put together a matching seven-day set of these razors? No, because of the poor scale quality.
Price
5.00 star(s)
Lasting Edge
3.00 star(s)
Craftsmanship
2.00 star(s)
Easy to Sharpen
5.00 star(s)
Easy to Maintain
5.00 star(s)
Shaving Smoothness
4.00 star(s)
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There is another review of this SR (although an older "model") here:
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