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Gold Dollar 66 (2023)

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Gold Dollar 66 (2023)

Item Description​

The Gold Dollar 66 is the straight razor base model of Ningbo Gold Dollar Razor & Scissors Manufacture Co., Ltd.in Zhejiang, China.

These straight razors can make a good beginners razor provided it is professionally honed before first use.

These straight razors are selling in 2023 from about US$10 +/- US$5 including shipping. They are listed on the likes of AliExpress, Lazada, eBay and Amazon.

Notes:
  1. As these straight razors are individually hand finished, there will be some variations in measurements between razors.
Technical Specification

Manufacturer = Ningbo Gold Dollar Razor & Scissors Manufacture Co., Ltd.in Zhejiang, China
Year of manufacture = 2022(?)
Blade material = high carbon steel
Blade hardness = approximately 59 RHC
Edge length = 68mm
Blade width = 21mm (13/16)
Blade thickness = 0.24mm at bevel shoulder
Spine thickness = 6.17mm
Bevel angle = 19.5°
Grind = half hollow
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Point = Dutch (round)
Stabilisers = single each side
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Mass = 56g
Smile = <1mm
Jimps = underside of shank only
Tail length = 22mm when opened 270°
Balance (opened 180°) = 30mm from pivot towards blade
Spine decoration = none
Scales material = ABS plastic
Spacer = parallel - ABS plastic integral with scales
Scales width at pivot = 12mm
Pins = nickel(?) alloy (2 with additional plastic spreader)
Scales thickness (max.) = 11.1mm at about mid-length from pivot
Length overall (closed) = 163mm
Length overall (open 180°) =249mm
Height overall (closed) = 25.8mm
Face marking = in ink and as shown
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Rear blade marking = none
Shank stamping (face) = as shown
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Shank stamping (reverse) = none

Latest reviews

Good Very Economical SR
Pros: Cheap
Good quality steel
Hones easily to shave-ready
Holds edge about average
Cons: Not great finish quality but very functional
Balance well towards blade
Does not come shave-ready (normal)
Often factory bevel is multifaceted
Not the most acute bevel angle
The Gold Dollar 66 is provably the cheapest available SR that can be relatively easily made shave-ready. Once properly honed, this SR can give very comfortable shaves with an edge that lasts as well as most other modern carbon steel blades.

I have bought, honed and shaved with a few (about 5) of these SRs. Prior to the early 2020s, GD66 SRs had a reputations of honing difficulties due to their heel grinding and occasional other geometric issues. The manufacturer has since corrected the heel grind problem and improved their quality control to overcome most geometric problems.

The blade's bevel angle can widely vary between razors from over 19° to a little under 18°. Such an angle makes for a more forgiving SR when shaving, particularly for beginners.

Mold flashing is often found on the scales. This can easily be remove with some light sanding.
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
3.00 star(s)
Shaving Smoothness
4.00 star(s)

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