Hope this isn't true for the Gillette Winner blades I just ordered from India, I have them now and will begin testing them on Friday...Yes, I messaged this vendor and they confirmed that their listing is for Chinese blades. 100 pc GILLETTE WILKINSON SWORD RAZOR BLADES double edge safety razor blade*** | eBay
The grind is not as important as the edge hardening via sputtering and coating. Sharpness is of little importance, it's the edge hardening and coatings that impart the smoothness and not the sharpness. Gillette figured this out in the late 1950's and said as such.Acetone wipe on DE's takes care of the coatings.
Meaningless??? I don't think so. If I see small chips and irregularity in a blade there's a really good chance its going to shave like crap.
What you see is proven with a shave.
From your avatar I would think you like Wilkinsons. There are three distinct grinds on them each at a successively steeper angle.
They are very well ground!
That is incorrect. I bought 100 Gillette Wilkinsons that came in the standard blue pack and they say made in India on the back of each tuck. So it is NOT just the Saloon packs that are made in India. The blue packs are made in both India and China.I think if somebody is offering the 100s in hanging display of 20 5-blade tucks those might be Chinese and the saloon packs might be MII. But I am not sure. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
No, just that anyone can grind a blade nowadays. It's not "cold fusion". You are not understanding that what you sense as "sharpness" is not.So its not important to have good grinding? Chips and wavy edges are ok so long as the edge is hard?
Sharpness is of little importance?
http://gilletteadjustable.com/misc-2/important-employees/...After discovering in his test lab that shavers could not tell the difference in blade sharpness, he (MIT Chemical Engineering graduate Meyer J. "Mike" Shnitzler, Vice President & Director of Research and Development working at Gillette from 1933 till 1967 and for 10 years thereafter as a consultant) was responsible for break-thru research that determined that blade sharpness was not a critical factor in receiving a good shave; rather a reduction in drag, of hair protein molecules clinging to the steel blade causing pulling, was needed. This Drag Theory lead to the development of coated razor blades and specifically the Organosiloxane Gel coated Super Blue Blade (1959). Following Mr. Shnitzler's lead, PTFE or Teflon type coatings are now used universally on blades to reduce drag (that pull felt when shaving).
Well if no one will ship them to me then I guess it doesn't matter how good they are. I'll just keep using what I have. I get along fine with the German blades though, and for Brazilian blades I have a quantity of Gillette Platinum Plus made there. They're excellent.