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Thoughts on Gillette 7 o’clock Super Platinum (blacks)?

Phoenixkh

I shaved a fortune
Nacet remains my favorite Gillette blade & probably favorite overall. Older super iridiums were a close second before the last dull batch and could be stretched over an entire work week, but I am not stockpiling Russian stock and had to find a substitute.

The Super Platinum Blacks have worked out pretty well for me and are probably a safe bet for most people, but they do not contain pixie dust. Subjectively they are not as sharp as feather or nacet, but it's good enough and they are smoother. I like them better than the other Gillette "colors" and can get away with a lot of buffing to obtain the same result as a Nacet in the end.

They are also consistent from blade to blade and well-wrapped. The edge looks smoother under the microscope after 3 shaves than some brands do right out of the wrapper! I get two great shaves and a good 3rd without sacrificing much (not an Excalibur member) and did not think they were grossly overpriced at $28/100, but I wouldn't pay much more either. The right price is whatever the market will pay; Gillette figured this out a long time ago.

Personal opinion says Treet Dura Sharp blue pack is just as smooth but sharper than the Super Platinum Blacks for 10cents a blade. One & done (maybe two) but that's easy enough to remember and the shave has been great every time.
I'll be trying the Treet Dura Sharp blue pack soon.... My top blade at the moment, in most razors, is the Perma-Sharp and I'm hoping the Treet Dura Sharps are their equal. I have quite a few Nacet blades and love them as well.
 
Yesterday, I shaved with a Gillette 7 O'clock Super Platinum "Black" for the first time in a while and was so pleased with the experience that during a momentary loss of control I pulled the trigger and spent the family fortune on 100.

I had a small stash of less than 40 "Black" blades and, in my miserly ways, had been using Derby Premium, Personna Platinum and Shark Super Stainless to save the "Blacks". Yes, the "Black" blades are more expensive than most blades but, in the course of life, $29.99 just ain't a whole lot of money for such a great product. I could have easily skipped the subpar taco dinner I had the other night for $30.
 
I'll be trying the Treet Dura Sharp blue pack soon.... My top blade at the moment, in most razors, is the Perma-Sharp and I'm hoping the Treet Dura Sharps are their equal. I have quite a few Nacet blades and love them as well.
I haven't tried the Dura Sharp so I'm interested to hear what you think.

My shave yesterday was with a fresh Treet Platinum and I find it to be a very good blade. This morning, the second shave on the blade was just as good as the first. There is at least a 3rd good shave left in the blade and I think I paid about $8 for 200 last year so the value is just insane if you get along with them. I'm surprised at the poor reviews here, I find them to be right up there with many of my more expensive favorite blades.

If the 7 o'clock blacks weren't so darn expensive, they would probably be the only blade I use :lemo: And "hearing" myself say that now I feel really silly letting a few cents stop me from buying them :letterk1:

You and I seem to have the same taste in blades (Nacet, Perma-Sharp etc.) so I think you'd like the Treet Platinum.
 
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Yesterday, I shaved with a Gillette 7 O'clock Super Platinum "Black" for the first time in a while and was so pleased with the experience that during a momentary loss of control I pulled the trigger and spent the family fortune on 100.

I had a small stash of less than 40 "Black" blades and, in my miserly ways, had been using Derby Premium, Personna Platinum and Shark Super Stainless to save the "Blacks". Yes, the "Black" blades are more expensive than most blades but, in the course of life, $29.99 just ain't a whole lot of money for such a great product. I could have easily skipped the subpar taco dinner I had the other night for $30.
Well said!
 
I haven't tried the Dura Sharp so I'm interested to hear what you think.

My shave yesterday was with a fresh Treet Platinum and I find it to be a very good blade. This morning, the second shave on the blade was just as good as the first. There is at least a 3rd good shave left in the blade and I think I paid about $8 for 200 last year so the value is just insane if you get along with them. I'm surprised at the poor reviews here, I find them to be right up there with many of my more expensive favorite blades.

If the 7 o'clock blacks weren't so darn expensive, they would probably be the only blade I use :lemo: And "hearing" myself say that now I feel really silly letting a few cents stop me from buying them :letterk1:

You and I seem to have the same taste in blades (Nacet, Perma-Sharp etc.) so I think you'd like the Treet Platinum.
I'm a Treet Platinum fan. It's in my top 2. I also like the Dura Sharp but put it below the Platinum because I feel the drop off in performance after initial use is greater, but I think it starts out feeling sharper than the Platinum.

I haven't tried the Ninjas, but the value proposition seems missing, since my #1 blade the Gillette Silver Blue is still findable at $15/100.
 
Yesterday, I shaved with a Gillette 7 O'clock Super Platinum "Black" for the first time in a while and was so pleased with the experience that during a momentary loss of control I pulled the trigger and spent the family fortune on 100.

I had a small stash of less than 40 "Black" blades and, in my miserly ways, had been using Derby Premium, Personna Platinum and Shark Super Stainless to save the "Blacks". Yes, the "Black" blades are more expensive than most blades but, in the course of life, $29.99 just ain't a whole lot of money for such a great product. I could have easily skipped the subpar taco dinner I had the other night for $30.
I agree, I bought a tin for $30 as well and don’t regret it. To me, they’re the rare combination of very sharp and very smooth.
They do seem to be pretty razor dependent though, as others have pointed out. Same with the Bic Chrome Platinums.
Luckily the ninjas (and the Bics) preform brilliantly in my current favorite razor (Overlander aluminum).

So far in the blades that I’ve tried, Perma-sharp is the only other blade I’ve found that has that perfect balance of sharpness & smoothness like the ninjas.
Not sure how they directly compare, I haven’t done a head-to-head comparison yet. But I will eventually, just for fun.
Off the top of my head, I’d say the Perma-Sharps may be a bit sharper and the Gillettes a bit smoother?
Hard to say though from memory.

I don’t see myself ”stocking up” on them at $30 per 100 (especially when perma-sharps can be had for $10), but I’m glad I bought a 100 of them.
Like you said, it’s basically the cost of 1 dinner in a restaurant. And they’re still cheaper than cartridges.
 
I haven't tried the Ninjas, but the value proposition seems missing, since my #1 blade the Gillette Silver Blue is still findable at $15/100.

Yes, the "Ninja's" are expensive. They have more than doubled in price these last few years.

But... They are a super blade. Although I have several blades which I consider top tier, the Black's may be my favorite blade.

Yes, they may be more than the other top tier blades, but is a $30 investment, the end of the world?
 
Yes, the "Ninja's" are expensive. They have more than doubled in price these last few years.

But... They are a super blade. Although I have several blades which I consider top tier, the Black's may be my favorite blade.

Yes, they may be more than the other top tier blades, but is a $30 investment, the end of the world?
No, 30 cents a blade isn't much... But it's also a point of diminishing returns. Are the ninjas twice as good for me as the GSB? Five times as good as the Treet Platinum? Probably not. I may get a tuck to satisfy a stray curiosity some day though.
 
No, 30 cents a blade isn't much... But it's also a point of diminishing returns. Are the ninjas twice as good for me as the GSB? Five times as good as the Treet Platinum? Probably not. I may get a tuck to satisfy a stray curiosity some day though.

The "twice as good" and "four times as good" comparisons are logical, but...

As you move up almost any similar ladder, things become incremental.

As an example, I had a 22-Watt audio amplifier. It cost $4,500 and weighs 77 lbs.

I have a smaller amplifier that produces 3.9-Watts (per-channel). It is only about the footprint of a piece of notebook paper. It is a $2,500 amplifier.

It takes some serious coin to climb the higher end audio ladder.

(As a note, I bought both of these on the second hand market and paid much less.)

Look at gem stones. As the quality of the stone goes up, the price seems to increase exponentially!

The GSB's are some of my most favorite blades. And I am very fond of the Platinum's. Still, the Black's are a super nice blade in every aspect.

So you take out a quarter and a nickel and place them on the counter. This is your cost for one weeks admission for shaving with the Black.

You don't always wear your Sunday best clothes every day. It never hurts to have top shelf merchandise. Fortunately, with razor blades, you can have champagne taste with a Coca-Cola pocketbook...

Still, compare this 30¢ blade to the cost of what an average cartridge would run.
 

musicman1951

three-tu-tu, three-tu-tu
There is lots of positive hype about these blades. I read most of it and bought a tuck in a sample pack and expected a marvelous shave. I was underwhelmed. They weren’t sharp or smooth. Maybe I got a bad batch and YMMV.
About ten years ago I thought they were very good until I got a 5 pack with 3 bad blades. I haven't used them since, not because I swore I'd never buy them again, they just never got back on my wish list. I'll have to give them another try the next time I'm blade shopping.
 
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