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, conventional shape for both scales and blade. The scales are made from Ebony, and has a stainless steel wedge, liners and insert where you can possibly initial your razor by engraving or laser printing, it also has stainless bolsters on the swivel end of the razor, making this a razor with a heavier hang on the scales. The etching on the blade is done in smaller dark grey 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 21 mm, this model also sports a bit of work on the spine that gives the razor a more distinguished appearance. It has a half hollow grind, and at 103 grams one of the heavier razors in the Gold dollar stable. 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.