When I got my West Coast Shaving sampler pack I was eager to try all the blades. The Derby's held special promise since they were both praised in the forums here and very reasonably priced as a bonus.
So they were second on the list to give a go.
I was disappointed to find they weren't too my liking. Actually I didn't like them at all. Irritation, not a very close shave. Bleh. I'll pass thank you. I just assumed since they were better than the Wal-greens or Wal-mart brands, but not overpriced like the Feathers people just put up with them.
But the Feathers. Ah, the Feathers. They sliced through my beard like a light saber. I got some longevity out of the blades. So after giving everything else a go around the Feathers were it.
But once again I was tempted by economy. (who isn't right now) To my surprise on loading my Red-tip with a Derby this morning I got a great shave. I chalk it up to technique. I was one month into the DE experience, I was using a Superspeed. Now I'm 5 months better and have the Red-tip. The price is right, the shave was pretty close.
So if I can get a decent amount of shaves outta a blade, I think I might be one of those Derby fellas.