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post #31 of 62
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Originally Posted by javyn


Doc, DE blades are MUCH cheaper than Mach 3 blades. Ebay seller "howard1616" sells Turkish made blades called "Derby" for around 20 bucks per 100 blades. 20c per blade is quite a bit cheaper than 1.80+/blade for a M3. Derby razor blades give me the best, most comfortable shave, but everyone is different. Some like the Personnas you get at Walmart, some like the Personnas made in Israel, some like Feather blades, etc.

Here is a review with pictures of Will's stuff from the Badger & Blade forums, if interested.

How are they Vs Merkur?
post #32 of 62
I find the Derby blades to be a bit sharper than Merkur, and drag a lot less. They are up there with the Swedish made Gillette blades that most on the shaving forums prefer, but those Swedes turn my face into hamburger. The Derby are just as sharp and "smoother" for me. Of course, nothing is sharper than Feather blades, but while using a Feather, if I blink or twitch, I am seeing red on my face.

Unfortunately I can't give a simple answer like "better than" or "not as good" as Merkur because everyone's face is different. Some people actually favor these dreaded, dull Israeli Personnas (which you could also find on ebay the same price as Derby)!

If you are happy with the Merkur blades, then I'd stick with em. But if you find they catch or drag a bit on your beard, I'd consider a sharper blade like Derby, Feather, or European-made Gillettes. Don't bother with American-made Gillettes, they are pretty bad.
post #33 of 62
I can definitely feel the Derby blades scraping across the skin under my jawline. I'm always worried about doing damage so don't put much pressure on the razor, and sometimes end up leaving a little stubble. Does that mean I need a sharper blade?
post #34 of 62
See, that is one of the areas where the Derby blade shines for me, along the jawline, and the difficult spots on my neck. I get that drag with other blades like Personna and Merkur. Before ya change blades, I'd check to make double sure you are using a good angle. I make it a point to always 'lead' the stroke with the safety bar (long bar running underneath the blade itself on the razor head). I touch that bar to my skin, then slowly lift the razor handle until the blade is just touching, ready to cut. If you have that safetybar touching skin at all times, that will ensure you are using the proper angle. That's a lesson I re-teach myself often, since I'll have a good shave, then get cocky and try to lead the shave with the blade itself for a more aggressive angle. I am always reminded to do it the right way after I cut and burn myself heheh But yeah, if the Derby still catches and drags on that stubble even with a good angle...the only place you have to go is Feather Those suckers are SHARP. Using the feather blades, I open up little cuts all over my face not feeling it or not even knowing how or what I did wrong. Many gents though use nothing else once they have tried Feather... I just noticed you are in DE ....no harm in trying a Gillette as well then. Many of us 'shave geeks' pay a premium to get the Swedish Gillettes over here in the states (made in Sweden but sold all over Europe).
post #35 of 62
i start with a schick slim twin disposable razor and cremo cream. rinse with warm water, pat dry, then wait about 10 minutes for face to dry completely. i then shave again with a braun electric shaver and rinse with cold water.

i have never been able to get a close shave from any razor, wet or electric. after many years of frustration i discovered that i had to use both.

i have a bottle of code blue but have never needed it for irritation. i use it for blemishes.
post #36 of 62
Have you ever used a double edged or injector mator? I was one of the types who only shaved 2 times a week at the most because it was torture...until I discovered a double edge and tube of top shelf English cream. Now it went from being torture to a luxurious hobby.
post #37 of 62
Reggs you're considerably less retarded on this forum.

My friends threatening me with buying me a Merkur Futur, is there any quick tips and tricks you guys can impart or a site you read before you started carving up your face? Currently I use a fusion, works ok but it could be closer and the blades die after a week. How long do those platinum coated blades last?
post #38 of 62
I think the Futur is overly feared, and would make a great first (and last) razor. So long as you remember not to push down on it while shaving, but that shouldn't be hard since the thing is so heavy already. Just start at the 1 setting, get used to it, move to 1.5, etc. Compared to the handful of other DEs that I've tried, this thing mows down lots of hair in few passes. I think I've only cut myself twice on it, from being stupid, but I do razorburn myself when my blade has dulled.
post #39 of 62
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Originally Posted by capnpyro
Reggs you're considerably less retarded on this forum.

My friends threatening me with buying me a Merkur Futur, is there any quick tips and tricks you guys can impart or a site you read before you started carving up your face? Currently I use a fusion, works ok but it could be closer and the blades die after a week. How long do those platinum coated blades last?

..of TW fame?
post #40 of 62
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Originally Posted by Reggs
..of TW fame?
Of course. I also have stairs in my house, but that's neither here nor there.
post #41 of 62
For a great shave I first put on Lectric Shave and get as close as I can with my Philips/Norelco Spectra. Then I put on either Mont Source shaving or oil King of Shaves shaving oil. If I go with Mont Source I don't use any cream/gel; I simply shave with a high quality razor with oil only. If I go with the King of Shaves I will put their shave gel on top of the oil. Shaving oil is such that I don't need any aftershave or any expensive crap. I think I get a pretty good shave for my money. Shaving first with an electric shaver really cuts down nicks, etc.
post #42 of 62
I'm thinking of getting a DE.. Which is the best to buy as a FIRST? I currently am using Somersets shave system (Oil and Gel) along with their Facial wash and Skin Cream.. with my M3 powers..

I know I can get a closer shave but have feared the DE's. 2-3 times a month I go to the Barber and get a straight edge shave along with a nice facial to break the monotony..
post #43 of 62
Merkur Heavy Duty seems to be considered the best first DE razor.

http://www.classicshaving.com/catalo...941/284057.htm
post #44 of 62
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Originally Posted by javyn
Merkur Heavy Duty seems to be considered the best first DE razor.

http://www.classicshaving.com/catalo...941/284057.htm

Javyn is better versed in The Ways of The Shavegeek than I, but I agree. My first DE was an HD, I love the little bugger. I cut myself less and don't get even a fraction of the burns and rashes my Sensor gave me.
post #45 of 62
i use a mach 3, burts bees bay rum shaving soap and a badger brush. or when im lazy ill just lather up some dr bronners and use that.
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