Derby Blades, A Review

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Post by druphus » Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:39 am

Thanks for the great review and comments.
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Post by Squire » Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:24 pm

John, I've found the same thing. I rated the Derbys so high because of their performance in my long handle Gillette Super and my Schick Krona. When reviewing a blade I give it the highest ranking I can and these work well but not in all razors.
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Post by Bedros » Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:40 pm

Hi all, I just received 100 blades from Gio and they have 4 , I guess glue spots on the blades. Is it me or did I not notice it on the previous hundred blades I just finished. I too like these blades, and use them in my fatboy, ss , and hd. It always amazes me how a blade will work fine for some and others have a disastous time with them. I of course give the benefit to the shaver but always think there is another reason, which when realized will make the shaver change his opinion. Just a thought ....................Bedros

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Post by Nitrox » Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:47 pm

I find the Derbys to be a very good blade for the cost. They are a good trade-off between smoothness, sharpness and longevity.
They do perform differently in various razors for me, and my go to razor is the Gillette red tip in which they perform pretty good.
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Post by razorburned » Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:45 pm

For me the Derbys are very good blades. I use them regularly in the following razors:

Merkur 23C (LHC, this one is a little on the rough side compared to the Gillettes)
Gillette Ranger Tech
Gillette Ball-end Tech
All '50s Gillette SS
'59 FatBoy

They are not the sharpest blades, and I generally can't go xtg with them (except on my head) but they are also quite forgiving.
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Post by gil3591 » Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:18 pm

several members have mentioned that derbys are not for all types of razors but i haven't seen anyone mention which ones. can someone tell me which razors have not been good with derbys? thanks

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Post by a-cut-above » Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:47 pm

gil3591 wrote:several members have mentioned that derbys are not for all types of razors but i haven't seen anyone mention which ones. can someone tell me which razors have not been good with derbys? thanks
It's not that cut and dry. For me, the Derby's didn't work well in two fixed head Merkurs, but were passable in two others with different handles and "balances", a very subjective assessment. See Squire's comments above where he did not like them in a Merkur but rated them excellent in other razors. There are LOTS of forum members who find the Derbys stellar performers in Merkurs and others who whink they are mediocre in one or another razor. You have to see how they work for you in your razors and with your technique, beard, and skin.
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Post by NewYorkBuck » Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:48 pm

I tried the Derby some months ago and hated it. Plopped another into an HD yesterday and was rather pleased. Me thinks even the same razor. Go figure.
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Post by Squire » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:04 pm

Hey Buck, good to see the second round was better. Have you tried the Derby in a different razor?
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Post by ssilcox » Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:03 pm

The best razor for me with a derby was a red tip super speed. They also worked acceptably in a NEW and a Tech - however didnt perform nearly as well as the red tip.
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Post by Tye » Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:55 pm

I used a Derby all last week in my Merkur 38c-blue and my shaves were okay at best. I remember getting much better shaves with them in my '59 Fatboy back when I had one. I may try a Derby in my Krona next.

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Post by Squire » Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:36 pm

Krona would be a good choice, very well designed razor.
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Post by Seamaster » Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:53 am

Squire wrote:Hey Buck, good to see the second round was better.
I'm coming to the conclusion I have been rather unfair to a number of blades, dismissing them out of hand early on in my DE journey as poor performers, when my poor newbie technique back then was almost certainly the main factor.

Derby blades have been one such victim, and another one I need to revisit.

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Post by NewYorkBuck » Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:58 am

Seamaster wrote:
Squire wrote:Hey Buck, good to see the second round was better.
I'm coming to the conclusion I have been rather unfair to a number of blades, dismissing them out of hand early on in my DE journey as poor performers, when my poor newbie technique back then was almost certainly the main factor.

Derby blades have been one such victim, and another one I need to revisit.

Count me in the same boat I guess.

Squire - I tried the Derby again later in the Futur, but I really dont like to give a blade evaluation with that razor as I find it makes even poor blades decent. Ergo, the HD was my benchmark tool.
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Post by Bedros » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:49 am

Just to let you all know Paul at Connaught has a special .......3oo blades for $ 30.00 .....Thats a good deal !!! .................Bedros .......He offered it to me ,but I didn't see it posted , so ask if you're curious !!! Shipping Included !!!!

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Post by nav » Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:56 pm

Derby blades did not do it for me. I did get 3 shaves out of them so that is not my issue. I feel that they weren't smooth like astra SP's. I can push out 4 shaves from my astra's without any irritation, derby's gave me irritation from the first shave.

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Post by DarkAudit » Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:06 am

My first Derby shave was complete crap. Skipped and dragged all over the place, and left me still rough after 4 passes. I was using my slim @4 to start, and was at 6 by my 3rd pass. Switching to the red tip the next day wasn't much of an improvement.

Today, however, is a different story. Another Derby, from a different source, in the fatboy @5. Three passes plus touchup. Not perfect, but definitely a DFS when I wasn't expecting one.

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One of my Favoroite blades - always excellent

Post by Luxlover » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:52 am

One of most favorite blades. Always get a smooth, comfortable, extra clean shave. I generally use a slim adjustable, but they work very well for me in my slant, fat-boy and super adjustable.

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Post by sparkster123 » Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:48 am

Bedros wrote:Just to let you all know Paul at Connaught has a special .......3oo blades for $ 30.00 .....Thats a good deal !!! .................Bedros .......He offered it to me ,but I didn't see it posted , so ask if you're curious !!! Shipping Included !!!!
i took advantage of this deal and i live in the us and got them in a week. you need to pm him and he gets rite back to ya.

randy

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Post by Bedros » Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:22 am

Glad you took advantage ....thats some deal and they're nice blades ! Have you tried The red personna's they're nice too ! Very smooth and Cheap at WCS !
Bedros

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