I used a Deby this morning , Smooth shave and BBS !!!
I used a Deby this morning , Smooth shave and BBS !!!
Derby is my most used blade. I have 700 of them and will buy more!
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I suppose I'll have to try Derby blades at some point in time..... The problem is that DE blades have become fairly competitive in recent years, and simply buying bulk packs of Shark, Astra, Personna, Feather, and a few other select brands at price points that would only fund a three pack of the latest 5 blade cartridge (free shipping to boot) has left me with about a four year supply of really nice blades. Even if I tossed a blade in the trash every three days, I'd still be good to go for a couple years. One of these days, I will try some Derby blades though.... A ten pack is cheaper than a two pack of disposable razors at a convenience store, and they don't go bad sitting on the shelf.....
Edit... I made the error of pulling up the Amazon site on my phone. Twenty five Derby blades for less than three bucks, and free shipping.... How could I pass on such a tease? Before long, I will have enough high quality blades to keep a small village clean shaven for several years. And I will still have saved coin over the cartridge fiasco for my own needs.....
Last edited by JimK; 08-05-2012 at 01:49 AM.
I think they are like a milder version of the 7 o'clock greens, quite forgiving, but from my personal experience, not sharp enough to tackle coarse beards, so you'll end up doing more passes to give yourself a closer shave at the cost of irritation which sort of defeats the purpose. Unfortunately for me, 4 passes shave didn't give me a particularly close shave, if I tried to reduce my beard any more I would be risking razor burn or worse. I'd recommend this blade for anyone with lighter, softer beards, if it works well for you you've found yourself a reliable go to blade.
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I also like Derby's--but it depends on the razor. For me, they work great in my SuperSpeed, O.C. NEW, or EJ89L, but not so good in my R41 or ABC Gillette.
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Derby's never cut it for me. neither did Personna red. Feathers last one shave then are very rough.
I use Gillette 7 O'clock sharp edge (yellow), Personna Med prep, Personna Lab, and Personna Barber. Those 4 blades do my face good :) I get 6-8 shaves out of a Yellow, 4-5 out of personna's.
Blades are a YMMV type of thing!
I personally thought the Derby was extremely overrated. I recently switched to my 34C as my primary shaver of choice and bought the multi pack that includes Derby and Feather blade. I yet to try them all but so far I love the Feather (but by the 3rd shave it sucks) and the Derby sucked on the first shave; not impressed.
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So, I guess you Derby lovers out there were right. I just had my second shave with the same Derby blade and it was much better than the first time. Noticed that the blade was a little off in the razor so I open the razor and adjusted its position so the blade was evenly exposed. Not sure if this had anything to do with my disappointing first shave with the Derby but if it continues to shave as it did today I will definitely keep the blade in my rotation.
Last edited by Nando723; 08-07-2012 at 08:08 PM.
My first DE razor was a SS that I bought on FleaBay. It came with a new Derby blade. My fist wet shave was so successful that I bought a box of 100 of them and have yet to try anything else lol.
The only Derby blade I've had was the one that came free with my razor.
I was a beginner at the time but I gather that I'm a lucky one that managed some half-decent skills from the beginning.
But the Derby blade is the only blade that I stopped halfway into the first pass of my shave, took it out and placed it in the garbage can and carried on with whatever else I grabbed.
I'm glad that some of you are finding it fine for you, but I've been using Crystals, Astras, Sharks and a few others and I've never had anything come close to the painful pulling experience that the Derby gave me, including blades that I did 4-5 shaves with.
I might have been unlucky and got a defective one, but I'm not willing to risk it, and now I'm too well stocked with other blades.
I get mixed results with Derby blades. If I use a Derby on two or more days of growth, and if the blade is almost new, I get an ok shave. Yesterday I shaved one day's growth with a fresh Derby, and got a bit of razor burn. Granted, I'm a newbie and don't have a lot of experience with different blades, but I do seem to get better results with Astra SP blades.
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I love them too, they are in my top 3 blade brands
Started out with the Derby blades that came free with my new EJde89l last December and went through all 5 blades, 3 shaves each no problem while refining my technique. I moved on to trying out 15 different sampler blade packs (using same EJde89l) and with my technique improved, almost all blades worked fine, just some better than others. Each time I came back to try a Derby to compare, they were still excellent so whenever I saw Derby on sale for $8 to $9, I bought a sleeve of 100 and now have 300 stashed away!
On the other than Derby blades that shaved better than most, I would purchase 100 sleeve packs when I saw a good price or the B&B folks mentioned one. So I now have sleeves of 100 for Feathers, Astra, Sharks SC, Personna Med Prep, Red IP but Derby is always there for an excellent & comfortable shave and in the top 3 blades
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As always, everyone's MMV, but I still think that it's hard to get a bad shave from any reasonable blade. I've been through Sharks, Astras, Derbys, Feathers, Red IP's, Crystals, 7 O'Clock Yellows, Dorcos, Personna blue "labs", generic Personna/ASR bulk blades, and several more I can't remember. While I can perceive some difference in edge durability and sharpness, with proper technique and prep you should be get a comfortable shave with just about any blade out there. Can I get a closer shave with a more efficient blade like the Personna blues or Feathers? Sure, but since I've actually learned to use the tools, I've never had a blade that I couldn't finish even a single shave with.
I think Derbys got a bad rap precisely because they were recommended to new shavers, with horrible shaving technique, who then attributed their razor burn, nicks, and tugging to the blade. I know I thought Sharks were the worst thing in the world, because that's what came with my first razor, and my switch to Crystals coincided with learning the basics and managing a decently comfortable shave. As a result, I thought Crystals rocked and Sharks sucked. Now, I realize I can drop pretty much any blade into any of my razors and come away happy - even though there are blade/razor combos I know that are exemplary.
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