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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackpool View Post
    Many thanks. I have actually just bought 100 Derby blades (a carton of 20 packs of 5) for 3.50/$5.65 inc p&p.
    Yet to be opened; (a) did I do well?; (b) are they any good?
    a) If I'm reading this correctly, you got 100 blades for $5.65? That's $0.056 per blade... yeah you did alright!! More than alright...

    b) IMO Derby blades are great. Very smooth, very mild, you actually would have to try to cut yourself with one of these. Some guys don't like them though for being too mild. I guess you're just going to have to try them and see for yourself.

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    Feathers are ultra-sharp, a quality not loved by all, but they certainly are by me. They are not the longest lasting blades, and will punish mistakes, but I consider them the best DE blade made today, while understanding how they can be "polarizing."

    In the next tier of very high quality blades are:

    Gillette 7 O'clock Sharp Edge (Yellows). These are a premium blade at a premium price, but easy to source.

    Iridium Supers. The world supply is dry at the moment with uncertainty if they have been discontinued, and compounding that problem there has been a recent rash of counterfeits.

    Voskhods. A very outstanding (but until now rather obscure) Russian blade. A premium blade at a "value" price. Characteristics very similar to the Yellows. I believe these will become a very popular blade as they become more well known, but for now have what I'd call an enthusiastic "cult" following.

    For a "mild" blade:

    Red Personnas from Israel. Good for a beginner or others who want a forgiving value priced (but still smooth) blade. I load these in my wife's razor, which is a compliment (not an insult) to these blades.

    Bill

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    There are a lot of good DE blades available. I see several recommendations for the Feather. Personally I do not agree...
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    Many thanks. I have actually just bought 100 Derby blades (a carton of 20 packs of 5) for 3.50/$5.65 inc p&p.
    Yet to be opened; (a) did I do well?; (b) are they any good?
    A) unbelievable price

    B) Not a favorite of mine, but many gents seem to like them, hopefully you are one of them.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackpool View Post
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    Many thanks. I have actually just bought 100 Derby blades (a carton of 20 packs of 5) for 3.50/$5.65 inc p&p.
    Yet to be opened; (a) did I do well?; (b) are they any good?
    That's a great price on derby's. Derby's are a very forgiving blade.

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    [QUOTE=Ryan82;736061]a) If I'm reading this correctly, you got 100 blades for $5.65? That's $0.056 per blade... yeah you did alright!! More than alright...


    Only a case of pure luck..... I noticed that identical offerings were going for much more, but that the timing of this lot was strangely before breakfast time, when most English (I'm in Lancashire) would still be in bed, and most Americans would have said nighty-night. So I put in a basic bid for the starting price, got up the next morning and found I had been the only bidder.

    Not likely to happen with a Wonderedge, eh!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackpool View Post
    Only a case of pure luck..... I noticed that identical offerings were going for much more, but that the timing of this lot was strangely before breakfast time, when most English (I'm in Lancashire) would still be in bed, and most Americans would have said nighty-night. So I put in a basic bid for the starting price, got up the next morning and found I had been the only bidder.

    Not likely to happen with a Wonderedge, eh!!
    LOL - I can GUARANTEE that would happen with a Wonderedge, or any other cutthroat in decent shape! But you never know unless you try, right?

    BTW - my father-in-law is from your corner of England (Stockport); he's lived here in Canada for like 35 years and stills sounds like he just arrived from Merseyside. My relatives are from London and Sheffield...

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    For me, Feather is my only blade, I have another 50 on order right now. I am going to have to try some of those 7 o' clock blades now.

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    I have used a few brands of blades (mostly for my head shaving adventures), here are some of the ones I've gotten excellent results from YMMV:
    - Feather Hi-stainless Platinum
    - Lord Platinum
    - Merkur
    - Derby (cheap but good)

    I've got some Wilkinson's that I keep meaning to try but haven't gotten around to it.
    Ultimately, it's a completely personal choice. We can give you brands all day long but eventually the trick is to grab a sampler, get a few shaves in, and if you have horrible OCD (like I do) keep a shave journal so you can keep track.

    (WOW shave journal...I think I just outed myself as a complete geek...oh well!)

    Best of Luck!

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    I love the red Israeli Personnas

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    I've been using the 7 O' Clocks myself. They are good...No complaints...and they hold up well....
    We have assumed control !

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