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    After I was finished with my initial sampler, Shark Chromes were my go to blades. They're still my favorite.

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    I've used Derby, Feather, Merkur, Bluebird, and Shark, and gotten fine shaves with all of them. I seem to have the best shaves on the second day of using any blade. I don't use any of them past four days. Days 2-3 are the sweet spot.

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    I tried merkur with my Merkur 39C but did not like it much, my favorite are Blue Bird.
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    flip a coin, roll the dice and try them in random order.

    I find that if I work in pairs then A is better than B
    then I move on to C and D, then E and F.

    Once through the selection once you can enter a
    double elimination. Perhaps a reverse double
    elimination to find the one you dislike.

    Do not believe your first impressions. I find
    that I change my mind a couple times.

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    I wonder what an industrial engineer would say about all the different blades out there. If there are genuine differences in how they are manufactured, I'd be curious.

    Without double-blind testing, all our subjective impressions are pretty limited, imho.

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    Ok. So far i have used quite a bit of the blades i got (1 of each) and have found the following:

    Gillette 7 o'clock (green packaging): felt like i needed to go over the same area 2 or 3 times to get as close a shave as other blades. That was yesterday, but today, more than 12 hours after i shaved, I am still super smooth so i dont know what to make of these blades. More testing is needed lol

    Gillette 7 o'clock (yellow packaging): really really smooth shave. Gave me my first perfect 3 pass shave. No nicks, no cuts, no little random blood dots on my neck. Awesome blade all around.

    Personna (red packaging): Also as good as the yellow gillettes but some very minor nicks on my neck. May have just been me so not going to blame the blade.

    Astra: Gave me the same kind of great shave as te Gillette 7 o'clock yellows. Very nice blade.

    Shark super chrome: did not go so good with this blade. Nicks here and there would just appear out of nowhere. Had to change blades halfway through shave because i couldn't stand it anymore. May give it another try later.

    And now the biggest surprise for last...

    Feather hi-stainless: i was actually disappointed with these blades. I had used them before and figured te bad experience was my technjque so i decided to try them again now that i have more experience. I found that the shave did not go smoothly at all. Little nicks all over my face especially my neck. I don't know why i have such bad experiences with feathers, but i am thinking of trying something. I have recently found that waiting 3 or 4 days before i shave gets me a closer shave. So in 3 or 4 days when i shave again i will give the feathers another try. Hopefully that shave will go smoother than my previous feather shaves. I would hate to not be able to enjoy a blade that is held in such high esteem by many members here.

    I also still have to try out lord, treet, and shark stainless so i may or may not find some more favorites. Will post more findings as soon as i can. Any advice, tips, etc. are always welcome :-)

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    Kerry,
    I have been getting some pretty nice shaves from the Astra superior platinums in my Edwin Jagger DE89 also. I decided to stock up on them, as you can find some pretty good deals on these.

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    Im thinking that im not gonna get any better than the gillette yellows or the astras but we shall see. Ill probably end up stocking up on one of these two.

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    I think you're going to find that the Feathers are the best of the lot. They are my absolute favorite, when I can find them.

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    It all depends on what works best for you. Everybody’s face and facial hair is different. What that being said you are on the right track. For the money I prefer the Derby blades. The feathers works the best for me.
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