09-03-2021, 05:55 AM
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  • Bax
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There are lots of discussions about BEST blades; how about letting other folks know about your WORST blade experience?

When talking about favorite (or "best") blades, there are a bazillion great choices out there!  Thanks to TryaBlade, I've had the opportunity to try a bazillion different blades in a quest to see which blade would be the one blade to rule them all.  I found that most of 'em are pretty much the same.  Just a practically identical blade in a different color package.  Meh.  Or I'm too uncouth and stoopid to know the difference (I even misspelled "stupid" as proof!).  The only thing I've been able to divine is the difference between an ordinary blade and a BAD one!  For me, the outstanding blade was the yellow box Shark blade, made by Lord in Egypt.  Those blades seemed medium-dull and did more tugging than cutting right out of the box.  They'd be fine if I wanted to do a 12-pass shave while pushing on my razor like an angry Arnold Swarzeshaver, but not a blade I'd ever use again by choice.  Come to think of it, the Canadian Shaverboy was a tie with Shark for "never buying that one again!"  Other than Shaverboy and Shark, all the other blades I've tried have been... well... just blades.

What's YOUR nomination for the title of Worst DE Blade on the Planet?

- Bax

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 09-03-2021, 06:13 AM
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Good topic, Bax!  You are right in that everyone usually list the blades they like best bearing in mind we all have different opinions.

My absolute worst blade I ever tried was the Rockwell Swedish Stainless Steel.  3 passes of the razor on the first blade was all I needed to know the pain of a blade pulling instead of cutting.  Thankfully the blades were free with a used razor I bought so I'm not out anything except for the experience.  There is still 99 of them left so I'll give them to a nephew of mine who seems to have a soft beard to see if he can use them.  I wouldn't dare give these to any of my friends to try as they would throw rocks at me the next time I saw them.  Angel

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 09-03-2021, 08:10 AM
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  • RyznRio
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Shark and Dorco are lost somewhere in the 7th ring of my den hell. I won't see them again until I move out of this place.

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 09-03-2021, 08:20 AM
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The worst blades for my face are the Bic Chrome Platinum, they sat I badly on my face, it was as if they gave I an allergy with tremendous burning, it happened to I the same as if I used a blade more than once.

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 09-03-2021, 09:15 AM
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  • chazt
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The blades I liked least were Dorcos, Merkur and Wilkinson Sword (white package).

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 09-03-2021, 01:29 PM
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Were those Wilkinson sword plates made in Germany or India, Charlie? I tried the Indian blades and they were great, the German ones... not so much.
-Bax

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 09-03-2021, 03:58 PM
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Second the BIC blades here. There's a pretty big thread on those here somewhere....

Some others that were poor were Shogun and some other non-stainless blades that really aren't all that common.  Tried, tossed and moved on. 
Some like Super-Max were surprisingly OK even if they didn't have the best longevity - they were at least cheap. 

My experiences with Derby were earlier with the label horizontal rather than vertical (some say something was changed besides the label, but I can't confirm/deny that), and they were OK.
Dorcos were OK - but I had a stash of the old school Israeli personna reds and blues that I liked better anyway so I didn't sweat it too much.

And to the OPs point - you can tell the difference (or I can) later in the day. 
It is not an earth shattering revelation by any means, but something you notice the more you do this.

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 09-03-2021, 04:21 PM
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(09-03-2021, 01:29 PM)Bax Wrote: Were those Wilkinson sword plates made in Germany or India, Charlie?  I tried the Indian blades and they were great, the German ones... not so much.
-Bax

They were the German made blades. I bought three or four tucks at different times from different local vendors. Just weren’t for me. However to be fair, other people speak very highly of them.

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 09-03-2021, 06:57 PM
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(09-03-2021, 04:21 PM)chazt Wrote:
(09-03-2021, 01:29 PM)Bax Wrote: Were those Wilkinson sword plates made in Germany or India, Charlie?  I tried the Indian blades and they were great, the German ones... not so much.
-Bax

They were the German made blades. I bought three or four tucks at different times from different local vendors. Just weren’t for me. However to be fair, other people speak very highly of them.

Ah! That makes sense, then. I guess this is one case where a product out of India surpasses the quality of its German equivalent!
-Bax

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 09-03-2021, 08:28 PM
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Tiger makes a blade, which I assume is meant for the first generation Gillette razors.  That blade is downright scary in a modern razor.  I've always joked that they should get out of the razor blades and into the weapons business.

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 09-05-2021, 04:35 AM
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(09-03-2021, 08:10 AM)RyznRio Wrote: Shark and Dorco are lost somewhere in the 7th ring of my den hell. I won't see them again until I move out of this place.

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 09-05-2021, 03:37 PM
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Shark, Big Ben, Merkur, and Wilkinson would be mine top four worst blades.

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 09-05-2021, 07:43 PM
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Which Wilkinson, Wayjr? The Wilkinson sword made in germany, or made in india? Or both?
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 09-06-2021, 07:26 AM
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Germany.  I guess my beard is to thick for the blade. It yanked and pulled on my beard more than    it cut the stubble. Ouch.

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 09-06-2021, 08:34 AM
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(09-06-2021, 07:26 AM)Wayjr Wrote: Germany.  I guess my beard is to thick for the blade. It yanked and pulled on my beard more than it cut the stubble. Ouch.

Yes, this was my experience with the German made blades too, both, Wilkinson and Merkur.

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 09-06-2021, 09:37 AM
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Bolzano brings back some unpleasant memories, and yes they were made in Germany.

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 09-06-2021, 03:37 PM
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Merkur - hands down.  Fortunately, I only have a few - and those I use for shims now - a function at which they perform remarkably well.  Smile

Derby would have to follow.  Really sorry I tried those.

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 09-06-2021, 05:57 PM
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I always put Merkur on the top shelf of hated blades but Nacet now holds that spot firmly and I hope I never find one that can knock it down because this truly is a nasty blade in my hands.

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 09-07-2021, 03:00 AM
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(09-06-2021, 05:57 PM)Garb Wrote: I always put Merkur on the top shelf of hated blades but Nacet now holds that spot firmly and I hope I never find one that can knock it down because this truly is a nasty blade in my hands.

I dunno if the Nacet is a the top of my worst blade or not. Reason being that I used it only once because I received some with a razor I bought on the BST and the shave was so awful that I still haven't tried it a second time since then. Maybe I should just to confirm, but why would I if I enjoyed others blades A LOT more.

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