02-22-2015, 09:10 PM
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Well, I'll tell you why.  I leave different brands of blades in my various razors and more often than not I forget what's loaded in one or the other.  On more than one occasion I've experienced the razor gliding along, smooth as silk with no pulling or tugging or any trace of roughness.  When I look to see what's in the razor, guess what.... the lowly Derby Extra Stainless.  So I decided to buy a thousand to get a very low cost per blade. I also have my own hypothesis about these blades.  If we are to believe the manufacturer's information on the package,  these things have a zillion coatings.  And contrary to the current train of thought (coated for smoothness),  it's my opinion that since these coatings are sputtered on, the blade edge starts out a little rough until it polishes down after a few shaves.  Seriously, I've used Feathers, Polsilver, Shark Super Chrome, Astra SP, and more than a few other brands that members have sent me samples of and I don't find the Derby's to be that  much different than the others.  I will say that since I've dialed in solid techniques for prep and angles,  most blades seem to be performing fairly well for me now. Seriously,  give Derby's another shot with a few shaves and see if they smooth out for you too.

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 02-22-2015, 10:19 PM
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  • Thug
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1 000 blades works out to between 10 - 13 years worth of blades, assuming 3 - 4 shaves per blade.

Although I have a couple of tucks of Derby Extra, I enjoy trying out different blades, so I could never see myself purchasing that volume..

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 02-22-2015, 11:02 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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1000 blades, I admire your commitment. Its great to hear that you have found a blade that works for you!  Biggrin

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 02-23-2015, 10:44 AM
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The Derby Extra Stainless + Gillette Super Speed combo did not work out for me.  I haven't written them off though.  I will try them in other razors.

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 02-23-2015, 12:57 PM
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I'm all about whatever works for someone. Opinions are what everyone has. Good job on getting what works out for you, friend.

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 02-23-2015, 02:47 PM
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I LOVED Derbys in my Muhle R89, but they just aren't sharp enough (performance wise) in my pre-war Gillette Techs.  Happy you have found a blade that works so well for you.  For me, it's Voskhods.  I LOVE them in my Techs!

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 02-23-2015, 03:44 PM
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I hope you like them.

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 02-23-2015, 05:14 PM
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  • chazt
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Yowza! That's A LOT of blades. I'd have a difficult time bringing them into the house and then storing them in a place that wouldn't attract attention from swmbo.

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 02-23-2015, 08:42 PM
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Wow a 1000 Derbys!!!  I bought the 100 pack and I have more than 1/2 left.LOL  

Great that you found your blade!!

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 02-23-2015, 10:24 PM
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Congrats. I found the Derbys to shave ok only if I concentrated. Otherwise they were rough and prone to cut me if I slipped up in the slightest. but meh.  The only blade I stock up on nowadays are GEM (PTFE). 

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 02-24-2015, 01:57 PM
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If the Derby works for you, it makes sense to go for 1,000. Derby blades are a good value.

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 05-29-2015, 06:21 PM
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I couldn't do derby's. Way too dull and little cutting power.

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 05-30-2015, 01:57 PM
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(05-29-2015, 06:21 PM)parachutefactory Wrote: I couldn't do derby's. Way too dull and little cutting power.

I concur.  I purchased a package of 10 blades at Sally's Beauty Supply on Thursday.  I did feel special shopping there.  I put a brand new one in my Futur today and came away feeling rather disappointed with the lack of cutting power.  Even turned up to 6, I usually shave at 3-ish, there was just nothing there.  I've been using this razor for two years and love it and know full well NOT to apply much pressure with the razor while shaving.  I was getting nuthin' with the Derby in the razor, lost my mind, and began applying pressure, a lot of pressure, while shaving.  My wife came into the bathroom before I had a chance to apply the styptic pencil to several areas of my now butchered face and all she said was, "I'll have a with my burger with my fries."  Just goes to show you that even a dull blade can do damage.

It might be time to try the Feathers I just purchased.

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 05-30-2015, 05:04 PM
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You may be the one guy around here that actually saves money with this hobby  Biggrin

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 05-30-2015, 05:07 PM
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 05-30-2015, 07:12 PM
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  • kav
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I'd take a DERBY over a MERKUR or BOLZANO anyday.

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 05-30-2015, 07:26 PM
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I wish derbys worked for me Id vaccum seal a couple thousand and be done.

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 05-31-2015, 07:45 PM
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Derbys work well for me also and I will be ready to stock up shortly.

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 06-03-2015, 06:46 PM
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  • DanOK
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Derbys work well for me and are my standard blade. I agree they start a little slow but a few stokes into the first shave and they are fine. Last time I purchased them I brought 500 and have just under 200 remaining.

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 07-05-2015, 07:58 AM
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Derbys are one of the blades that work well for me also.

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