06-15-2016, 07:10 AM
  • beamon
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While loving virtually every blade that I have used, thus far, in the Feather AS-D2 razor, I popped in a Derby from a complimentary tuck. While I was not impressed with Derby in my vintage Gillettes, low and behold, it worked beautufully in the AS-D2! That was about 3 weeks ago and thinking it might have been an anomaly, I slipped another Derby in the AS-D2 yesterday with the same results.

When I say it was a good shave, I mean it was every bit as good as a Feather blade in the AS-D2. I palm strop a Feather to reduce the potential initial bite, but I don't on the Derby. It quite possibly was a tad smoother than the Feather blade and 12 hours later the stubble regrowth was as low as the Feather blade. I know the commonly held dictum of using a sharp blade with a less aggressive razor and visa-versa, but this really points out the "different strokes for different folks" adage as well. This hobby has a surprise around every corner!

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 06-15-2016, 01:09 PM
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Derbys work great in my ASD2 as well as my '56 Super speeds.  I think it's become fashionable to post about how terrible they are.

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 06-15-2016, 06:15 PM
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Many on the shaving forums are critical of Derby blades, but they work well for a lot of shavers and their price is excellent.

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 06-15-2016, 10:40 PM
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The only DE razor I can say I could say the results were nice with regarding Derby blades was the R41. I found them to be smooth but just way to mild for my beard. I tend to prefer the sharper blades.

Glad you found a nice combo. That is the great part is finding something that you may not expect and that blows away your (low) expectations.

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