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 classic shaped blade known as a barber's notch, it supposedly makes the opening of the blade easier, especially during one handed operation, and more so for barbers who sometimes have the other hand occupied. This only rings true if your blade does not sink too deep into the scales though, as you need to get your finger tip 'into the notch' to benefit from this feature. With this model it rings true as it certainly opens up easier using one hand than most other razors. The scales and wedge are made from Mahogany and are profiled cleverly on the wedge-end so that the scales resembles the notch on the blade. The etching on the blade is done in smaller black lettering which is a bit more classy and conservative than the huge emblems on their earlier models. The blade is made of 'High carbon steel', has a a blade length of 71 mm and a width of 25 mm. It has a hollow grind leaning over a bit to the extra hollow side as the grind drops down quite uniform and thin towards the cutting edge. At 60 grams of weight it is a razor that will be comfortable in just about anybody's hand 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.