View Full Version : Blades you don't like or don't like you

05-17-2009, 05:11 PM
I'm hoping you guys can answer this question for me.

I wonder if anyone has tried a blade, found they didn't like it in a particular razor, then tried the same blade in a different razor and discovered it worked well for them?

I've personally only used the Merkur 38C, which I love, and which works beautifully with about 40% of the 30 blades I've tried. Another 30% are so-so. Then there is the bottom of the barrel 30% which I found a hideous, never to be repeated experience. :eek:

I don't know if I would be brave enough to try those awful blades with a slant, which I'm considering getting next.

Any ideas?

05-17-2009, 05:23 PM
You could easily like the blades in another razor. Maybe a completely different head style like a Gillette red tip or Super Adjustable. The slant is too similiar of a razor to get a different result with those blades. Also, with more experience some blades that you didn't like you may change your mind on. Even used in the same razor you disliked them in.

Tommy C
05-17-2009, 05:46 PM
Derbys don't like me and honestly i don't like them at all. I found them sharp but they are not smooth at all IMHO.
I have found the Personna and the IP to work well with most if my razors; Markur HD, Slim SS '50, SS '40, Red Tip and Ball Ended Tech

05-17-2009, 06:21 PM
I haven't found any of the Treet blades to work for me.

05-17-2009, 06:23 PM
Treets don't like me either....Trigs do though. :biggrin:

05-17-2009, 07:07 PM
Yes, I've found that I can use Feather and Gillette 7 O'clock Yellows in anything and get a DFS shave at the minimum. However, I can only use Derby's in open comb razors if I want a decent shave. Conversely, I don't care for Feathers in a Red Tip (though it still yields DFS).

It's different for all of us, but I do agree one blade can very different from razor to razor.

05-17-2009, 09:00 PM
Don't much like Dorcos...I really wanted to b/c of the inexpensive price tag, but they are just to dull for my taste...could bed used in a pinch, but with all the other options available, no more Dorcos for me!

05-17-2009, 09:22 PM
I disliked the Feather in my 38C, but found it worked really well in my EJ Georgian razor. So, yes.

05-17-2009, 10:00 PM
Dorcos and my Tech are a hateful combination. I've yet to try Dorcos in my SS...

05-17-2009, 10:36 PM
Dorcos, at least the ST-300s, are pretty horrible IMHO. They work but as comfortable as using a Sensor cartridge with over a half dozen shaves on it. Haven't found a razor that made me think otherwise.

Crystals don't really do anything for me either; But I love Derbys in any razor, including a shavette!

05-17-2009, 11:11 PM
I don't like Astra at all. Funny thing is though, they seem better in a NEW or New Improved than in a safetybar razor :confused:

05-17-2009, 11:20 PM
For me merkur blades are very rough in any razor , except the futur, but i havent found a blade that doesn't work in this one.

05-17-2009, 11:21 PM
Crystals in any razor tear my face to shreds, Personnas aren't much better.

05-17-2009, 11:57 PM
red pack personnas are my goto blades in any razor...feathers for my slim adjustable and I have 40 derbys that are collecting dust...i've just had too inconsistent of an experience with derbys...I haven't given them that much trial, but in my experience, if I don't remember anything, that means there was nothing to remember...so they're dust collectors at the moment...

05-18-2009, 05:49 AM
Dorco's, BIC's and Kai's just rip my face apart. Even when just taken out of the wrapper, they perform awefully for me.

Best Blades for me are Red Personna's in my Futur and Gillette Swedes (or green 7'o'clocks) in my 40ies style SuperSpeed. My Krona likes Derby's.

05-18-2009, 07:44 AM
I thought Derby's were working well enough for me as my first DE blade. I was getting some persistant irritation on my neck, but I wrote that off to 'beginners technique' issues. Then I moved to the next blade in my sampler pack, Swedish Gillettes. I almost didn't notice that my neck was remaining clear. Again I thought perhaps it was the overall improvement in my technique. I only have one DE razor at the moment, an EJ Bulbous Lined with the older Merkur head. I have a new EJ Georgian on order from TESCO with the Muhle head. I may try the Derby's in that one to see if they shave any better. I don't know what I will replace the Swedes with when they are all gone. Thus far though, the Swedish Giillettes are the smoothest and Derbys just may not work for me as well as I thought.

05-18-2009, 09:32 AM
Feathers in anything...I end up looking like I have smallpox after a shave with them...thanks for all the weepers...

And as Prophet (above me) states, Derbys as well for the same reasons as his...I think I'm allergic to whatever they are coatign the blasdes with. Not only do they feel dullish to me, and perhaps TOO forgiving, but they leave me with bumps, irritation, and a totally crap shave.

scottish steve
05-18-2009, 09:45 AM
I like the Swedes a lot but there gone from general circulation. Have used Feathers for so long I need a change and just occasionally they skin me a tiny bit. Trying Astras soon and the white lable Wilkies are deceptively good.

05-18-2009, 10:04 AM
Feathers to me were too harsh in th merkur hd. I tried it in a Gillette superspeed `47 and it was like magic.

Since having used that combo for 3 months I went back and tried the feather in the merkur hd and now use that as my main set up. I guess my face just needed to get used to the sharpness and in the mean time my technique has improved.

Good luck with your adventure.


05-18-2009, 05:14 PM
I don't like Dorcos - they just seem rough and don't cut well in any razor I've used. My favorites are Feathers and Bics - they seem to work well in almost any razor. Merkurs can be fussy but still OK. Derbys are too mild for my taste but work OK.

05-18-2009, 05:24 PM
Wilkinson Sword blades: Tried them in a 40's and black handled SS, bloody mess.

Now I'll have to try them in a Tech or in an open comb razor.

05-18-2009, 05:27 PM
not a fan of the merkur blades but we are all different. for me the reds work wonders

05-18-2009, 05:33 PM
Derbys don't like me and honestly i don't like them at all. I found them sharp but they are not smooth at all IMHO.
I have found the Personna and the IP to work well with most if my razors; Markur HD, Slim SS '50, SS '40, Red Tip and Ball Ended Tech

Here is proof of why YMMV is the only thing you can count on and why, at the end of the day, questions like this can only be answered empirically. While Tommy is no doubt exactly correct about his experiences, my experiences with the same blades in virtually the same razors, is very different. I use, among others, a 38C, a 40's SS, a Red Tip and an Aristocrat. I get great results with the Derbys in all of them. I also get superb results with the Feathers in all of my razors, although in the 38C, the Feathers aren't really any better than the Derbys for me, and may be a little worse because there is a greater risk of irritation. On the other hand, while the RPIPs are certainly smooth and irritation free, so far I can't seem to get a really close shave with them in any of my razors. Comfortable, yes, but close, no (not yet anyway).

The moral of the story is that you need to try a variety of different blades for yourself and in different razors, because that is the only way you will know for sure what combination(s) will work for you. Just be careful, and don't be afraid to chuck a blade that's not working for you and change to another mid-shave if necessary.

All that is important is that YOU enjoy YOUR shave!

05-18-2009, 05:35 PM
Another vote for Dorco. Astras, either green label or keramik are nothing more than passable, and, believe it or not, Swedes are about ok.

05-18-2009, 08:25 PM
In a slant good performers: Iridium supers, Feathers, Gillette yellows, Sharks and Rainbows.

Poor performers: 7am, astras and treets.

Inconsistent: derbys

05-30-2009, 02:03 AM
treets don't like me either....trigs do though. :biggrin: