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Blades that feel similar to Gillette Nacet or Gillette Platinum

I have found Derby Premiums to be close to Perma-sharp quality.

Jay

That makes one of us...

I bought 100 of them a few years back, when they were so cheap that it made sense over trying a sampler & saving literally a couple bucks.

I still have 93 of them left. I find them rather dull and scratchy. Not horrible, and usable, but definitely not the blade I would reach for when I have other choices.

Blades are the most YMMV thing ever.
 
Feather, Nacet, Permasharp, Wizmet are my top four blades. However, blades made in Russia are becoming difficult to get.

That's true, but there are alternatives.

For example, I really like Bic Chrome Platinums. I stocked up on Feathers when they were half the price (still not cheap) but at the current prices, I'd get Bics instead.

I also don't mind Indian Astra SP. The Russian made ones may be a bit longer lasting, but the Indian ones are still pretty good and last me at least 4 shaves. I usually toss a blade after 5.
 
That makes one of us...

I bought 100 of them a few years back, when they were so cheap that it made sense over trying a sampler & saving literally a couple bucks.

I still have 93 of them left. I find them rather dull and scratchy. Not horrible, and usable, but definitely not the blade I would reach for when I have other choices.

Blades are the most YMMV thing ever.
YMMV for sure. I didnt find the Derby Extra to be great but the Premiums work fine for me. Perma-sharp are my usual tho.

Jay
 
I actually do not think modern Derby Extra and USTAs are all that bad, based only on trying a couple blades of each. They are much better than older Derbys with the vertical box label.

Extra and USTA have different markings on the blade, but otherwise look and shave the same...doesn't mean they are. Both gave a decent 1-2 shaves. They were certainly no less sharp out of the box than a Derby Premium, but the Premium felt a little meatier (less chatter?) and lasted another shave, while being slightly smoother the entire time. I'd be hard pressed to differentiate between Derby Premium, Bluebird, and Concord. Extra & USTA are close, but a step down. Maybe that's all in my head, and this was comparing an older batch of Premiums with newer Extras.

Other than cutting hair, the Derby Family has little in common with a Nacet though. Haven't used Permasharp, but it sounds like a good bet. Treet Dura Sharp is similar in sharpness as Nacet, but feels different, which makes sense for a carbon blade with a different grind. It's a little draggier feeling during the shave but smoother afterward. Same closeness overall and worth a try - gets you onto a completely different company if it works out.

Big Astors were not good for me despite really wanting to like them. Felt like I was ripping hair out. Will try again some day in case it was a bad batch. I like Bic Chrome Platinums and think they are one of the closest shaving chrome/platinum coated blades out there, but on paper the stainless Astors would be a more direct Nacet comparison. It is still Japanese vs Russian steel coming from 2 very different factories.

I can't tell the difference between Israeli Reds and German Personna, and would use either one without complaint if that is all there was. I prefer them over US Personna Comfort Coated/Accutech/Lab Blues or anything in the Derby family, which are above any Dorco, Zorrik, or Bolzano. Still working on some Tiger/Tatra blades, but as much as I'd like to support the company, initial impression is a good (sharp) grind only on passable steel. YMMV. Itching to try the Lord Silver Stars that keep resurfacing on forums.

You're probably going to need another Gillette blade to get a Nacet feeling as others have suggested.
 
There seems to be mixed information about what will happen with the Russian PPI blades. Someone in another thread was saying that the blades intended for sale in countries without sanctions on Russia will still be available. That seems to be borne out by what I've seen on various sites. The blades aimed at Europe, such as the Astra or the Silver Blue, are either gone or switched to different production, while blades like the Nacet are still widely available (albeit at higher prices than before).

For what it's worth, I love the Nacet and want to make sure I have a good replacement available if they go out of production. The Dorco ST300 seems to be closest I've tried in terms of sharpness, but I'm still trying out a lot of different blades.
 
I found it hard to distinguish between shaves with Nacet and Perma-Sharp. So I bought Perma-Sharps in bulk due to the much better price on Amazon, which came to 10 cents each

I was one among those who bought Perma-Sharp in bulk. I got 400 blindly in AMZ hoping that it is as sharp as Nacet.

YMMV but for me it is not close. Perma-sharp is rather close to GSB but not Nacet like at all.

Nacet belongs to a different league that cuts through stubbles like butter. So I ordered another 300 of Nacet and 100 Silver Star recently.
 
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Lord Silver Star are similar to Nacet from my experience. I've never used Gillette Platinum. Even though Lord Silver Star blades are inexpensive, I've found them to be as high quality and similar to Gillette Nacet, Gillette Silver Blue, and Astra SS (Russian) to the point that if someone put any of those blades in my Gillette Aristocrat Jr razor without letting me see the blades I wouldn't notice the difference.

I also recommend trying a blade sampler. I just ordered a tuck of Astra SS (Indian) to see how I like those.
I really wanted to love Lord Silver Stars. My skin just did not get along with them.

I do love Lord Shark Platinums. They are similar in price to Silver Stars.

I was just about to order 100 Silver Stars, about two months ago, when Perma-Sharps went on sale. I ordered the Perma-sharps instead, as they are my second favorite blade.
 
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For what it's worth, I love the Nacet and want to make sure I have a good replacement available if they go out of production. The Dorco ST300 seems to be closest I've tried in terms of sharpness, but I'm still trying out a lot of different blades.

I read recently that the Dorco Primes are even sharper than the ST300s. I'm interested in them now to see if they are in the same vicinity as the Nacet which I consider very sharp for my face.
 
I found it hard to distinguish between shaves with Nacet and Perma-Sharp. So I bought Perma-Sharps in bulk due to the much better price on Amazon, which came to 10 cents each

I'm a Gillette Nacet fanboy, and I recently tried Gillette Perma-Sharp for the first time.

1. Perma-Sharp delivered the same quality of shave as Nacet, at least for the first two shaves. For those first two shaves, they were neck and neck in the running, and in that respect I agree with you.

2. During the actual shaving process, however, Perma-Sharp felt very different from Nacet. Perma-Sharp felt like I was shaving with angel's wings, whereas Nacet feels just as present in my razor as any other blade.

3. I didn't have to be as careful with Perma-Sharp as I have to be with Nacet.

4. The drop-off in effectiveness was more precipitous with Perma-Sharp. I can always count on at least four shaves with Nacet before I notice a difference; with Perma-Sharp, I noticed a difference on the third shave and tossed it after the fourth.
 
I read recently that the Dorco Primes are even sharper than the ST300s. I'm interested in them now to see if they are in the same vicinity as the Nacet which I consider very sharp for my face.

Would be interested to know your shaving experience with Dorco Primes. I have it in my buy later list.
 
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