I was Having very good shaves with the Merkur blades that came with my Futur razor when I read how the Derbys was supposed to be kind of the perfect middelground between the MUCH too sharp and harsh Feathers (for me) and the Merkurs. This led me to order a 100 pack of Derbys.
When the Derbys arrived, I got the new vertical packs that many people are complaining about. I certainly understood that, because the Derbys was VERY uncomfortable, they felt very scratchy on my skin and gave me a lot of cuts. I was considering throwing them in the trash, because I couldn't in good faith sell them to anybody and there was no noticable manufacturing defects either.
Then I read this thread the other day, and today i tried corking a Derby on a styrofoam peanut that I got from Charles with my DE89. I did 5 light strokes on each side.
I was just amazed, the blade went from beeing totally useless and even dangerous to giving me one of the best and most comfortable shaves I have ever had. Now, 15 hours later I only have light 5 o'clock stubble, that means I got a really superb shave by my standards. I normally have to shave twice a day, maybe I'll get off with once a day, if this keeps up :-)
I'm definatly a Corker from now on :-) I have to be, or I'll have to trash 97 brand new Derbys :-)
Btw. With the speed and ease that the blade can be removed from the Futur, I'll definatly be corking the blade every day :-)
Last edited by Futur; 02-06-2010 at 09:47 PM.
I use: Merkur Futur, Vertical Derbys, Simpson Colonel X2LBB brush and L'Occitane Cade