sharper blade than Derby's

Discussion in 'General Shaving Discussion' started by gse123, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. I have been using Derbys for my last few shaves but am not finding them sharp enough - even compared to the standard Merkur blades I got with my Futur.

    I have received a sample pack with Treet, Wilkinson Sword, Nacet and a couple of different Gillette blades. Can anyone clarify which of those are sharper than Derbys?

    Unfortunately I cannot seem to find anyone in the UK that sells Feathers :frown:

    Many thanks in advance, you helpful bunch :closedeye
     
  2. I'm still quite new to this, but I believe the Derby IS the sharpest blade next to a Feather. Also, while I do like Merkur blades, I believe Derby's are quite a bit sharper.
     
  3. boboakalfb

    boboakalfb Moderator Emeritus

    Not sure what Gillettes you have there. Swedish Gillettes seem to be between Feathers and Derbys in terms of sharpness. My take on it anyway...
     
  4. Austin

    Austin Moderator Emeritus

    If you can find them, you may consider Crystal blades. They are a tad sharper than Derbys but not sharper than Feathers. I believe Crystal blades are the same as Israeli Personnas.
     
  5. I would put the pack in this order for sharpness.

    Wilkinson
    Merkur
    Nacet
    Derby
    Treet
    Gillette Platinum
    Silver Blue

    Paul
     
  6. Thanks!
     
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  8. boboakalfb

    boboakalfb Moderator Emeritus

    Not at all...blades are such a YMMV thing. As you can see, Austin feels the IPs (Crystals) are sharper than the Derbys. The best thing to do is try them all out and see what works for you.
     
  9. I know. Just close to quitting time and in a bit of a wonky mood!!:sneaky2:
     
  10. Kyle

    Kyle Moderator Emeritus Contributor

    +1
    Top 3 on my face: Feather, Crystal (or IP), Derby - Derby being the smoothest and most forgiving.
     
  11. DoubleE

    DoubleE Moderator Emeritus

    For me, it's Feather, followed not so closely by everything else. I really can't distinguish a lot of difference between the balance of the blades. While I haven't tried IPs, Merkurs do ok for me as do Derbys. Euro Gillettes, Astra, and ASRs bring up the rear.

    I must note that those assessments are based on a Merkur razor. With my Gillettes, there doesn't seem to be as much as a difference and that's were my experimentation normally occurs. But, my shaves are so good with the Merkur/Feather combination, I don't remember the last time I strayed from it.
     
  12. 1. Feathers are by far the sharpest DE blade followed by
    2. Swedish Gillette are second
     
  13. I'll second that and also say that Swede's last longer and are smoother. They are ideal for tougher beards and sensitive skin.
     
  14. boboakalfb

    boboakalfb Moderator Emeritus

    Is there a reason they would have to be in the UK? I would think you shouldn't have a problem with shipping from elsewhere.
     
  15. Only the fact of keeping costs down.
     
  16. Get to your nearest John Lewis and pick up 5 Swedish Gillette's for £1.24, better blades than Feathers IMO, in fact the best I have tried, and I've tried nearly all of them.
     
  17. I am interested to try the Silver Blues sold by

    http://www.suffolkspares.co.uk/silverblue.html

    Paul rates them sharper than Swedes, and they are a good bit cheaper.

    But its all very personal. The only ones I have found sharp enough so far are the Swedes and the Feathers.

    Have you tried Tescos own brand? They are my second best. Boots sell the same blade with their own name on it, but charge more.
     
  18. I am sure I paid £1.80 in John Lewis in Reading a few weeks ago.
     

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