Hi guys, first time poster here.
I've been using a DE razor for just over a month now, and its becoming something of an obsession! I thought I was going to save money by getting into wetshaving, but there's so many different things to try that's not going to be the case at all!
Anyway, there's been something that's bugged me lately so I thought I'd share.
I recently got a pack of 100 Derby "vertical" blades from a reputable vendor and while looking online I noticed that they had a bad repuation for being lesser quality than the "horizontal" variety.
From what I've gathered from this forum and others, the horizontal blades are the older batches that are no longer produced, and the vertical ones are simply the new style? I saw that a few threads had been made on this forum comparing the two blades, and had mixed reports from posters regarding their quality in terms of the result from shaving with them.
I decided to get a sampler pack of different blades from another reptuable vendor and I noticed that the Derby blades had the horizontal packaging. I quickly emailed him regarding how old the blades in the sampler pack were, and whether he had any 100 packs in the horizontal style. He mentioned that he was currently out of stock, but his supplier told him he had never seen the vertical style before, and was wondering if they were fakes...
There is a difference between the two blades visually, and the blade packets that seem to indicate that the vertical is of a lower quality standard.
The text on the vertical blade is much more faded compared with the horizontal, (vertical on the right, horizontal on the left) as this image shows:
And the blade packages (vertical on the left, horizontal on the right):
Its quite hard to make out from my picture, but you can see the horizontal package has the 'Derby Extra' text etched into the back, inside the centre circle, whereas the vertical does not.
The vertical case does have the used blade slot at the bottom though.
What do the more knowledgeable people here think about this?
From my limited experience using the blades, I found the vertical shaves quite average, only getting 1-2 decent shaves out of a blade, sometimes only 1. This is after using about 10 blades from the 100 pack.
The horizontal variety seemed to do a better job, and didn't tug as badly on the second and third shaves using the same blade.
Can anyone clarify any of this information for me? Does anyone still get the horizontal variety from vendors when purchasing bulk packs of these blades?