I was going to say the same thing, but my friend from more than one forum beat me to it.
Originally Posted by amateriat
While I have had less than stellar experiences with Derby blades (in two different razors), I always assume that a "bad blade" is due to inadequate prep, then I work to prove otherwise.
WATER, WATER, WATER ... and the products that carry water. Like Barrett, I use hair conditioner at a minimum in the shower before the hot towel. My standard operating procedure is to apply a small amount of Cremo cream to my face before the towel. Cremo is super slick stuff, and I use it as a pre-shave, and a lathering cream on top.
For a full glory shave, I apply lathered cream on top of the Cremo before a steaming hot towel, and keep that on my face for as close to 3 minutes as possible, but less if the towel cools off too much. Then I re-lather and shave.
As for the ATG, they only problem area is the upper lip area. I have to take a lot of care there, and the best results come when I apply a thin layer of Cremo or pre shave oil before lathering the upper lip for that pass.
In my case, even the full prep and trying a Derby in a milder razor didn't make them any better. It may have been a bad batch of blades, but having a variety of blades that are consistently better for me, I am not interested in trying a different batch.
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