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 in a colour combination that looks like many conventional razors you'd find in earlier times. The scales are made from a darker Mahogany timber in a fine grain displaying a solid brown colour with little variation, this contrasts nicely with the stainless steel wedge. This model also has an insert on the one side that can be used for marking your razor or adding some lucky recipients name on it done by engraving or printing. The etching on the blade is in white, this combined with the dark wood and shiny bits gives it a classy, flowing appearance. 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 74 grams heavier than most vintage blades, but still in a weight division 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.