I finally finished my extensive blade experimentation and when the cream settled, Derbys were the last standing. So, I went through three packs of them and was quite happy indeed. I was so happy that I ran off and bought 100 packs of them. They finally arrived and I was shocked. They are probably the worst blades i've ever used. I'm so confused. My razor is the same (Merkur 38c), my cream is the same (TOBS Almond), my prep is the same, but these are not the Derbys i've grown to love. I put a new blade in the razor expecting a smooth shave and it pulls like you couldnt imagine. I think I'm better off shaving with a belt sander than trying to use these. Has anyone else had this problem? I've gone through 11 blades and they are all the same. Any input is greatly appreciated guys.