Gold dollar is stepping up its game and adding some razors with interesting blade types, sizes and shapes. They are also producing them in a variety of scale options, resin, wood and plastic. Apart from expanding their range with a modern look and better quality feel, they have also made some improvements in the sharpening department. Most of the razors I test 'out the box' has a pretty good edge, and have delivered some great shaves. Be well aware that even the sharpest straight razor can be a less pleasant experience if you don't do a good prep and use good technique, so make sure you get that down before you start working on the cutting edge.
We can also sharpen this razor for you to make sure it is shave-ready, but I normally advise folks to try it in the factory condition first, if it shaves nicely on your cheekbones it should feel good on the more sensitive skin in your neck if your prep and technique is on par.
This razor has a conventional shaped blade and scales, the scales are made from resin and has red and gold bits mixing it up into something that would look quite at home in any Bollywood hero's hands, while the wedge is made from clear resin, quite a nice match. The dark grey, small lettered etching is done on the rear side of the blade and looks pretty good. The blade is made of 'High carbon steel' and has a a blade length of 71 mm and a width of 21 mm. It has a half hollow grind, and at 66 grams a bit heavier than most vintage blades, but still in the class most users will be comfortable with. The hardness is gauged at 58-60 Rockwell, so it sharpens quicker than most other blades, but gives away a bit of edge retention to achieve this.
This purchase includes a black leather pouch.