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I find Derby Premium and Voskhod blades to be milder than others I use. They are good quality, and inexpensive.
I'm not a fan of Astra SP blades either, and have tried many times over the years. However, I do love the Astra SS blades, especially in my open comb razors. Just wanted to mention this if you've never tried the SS version (blue tucks) of Astra blades.Blades are very personal. I do not like Astra SP. I think they are overrated and not very smooth. I mostly shave with vintage blades these days but if I were to go with a nice mild blade and a good price, I would pick Wilkinson Sword from India
I'd third that and add Gillette Platinum/King C. Gillette blades. I've heard the Platinums and King C. blades are the same, just different labels and pricing. King C's are way more expensive.
I've obviously never seen you shave, so I'm only guessing here. But if "tear me up" means blood that's probably more of a technique problem than a blade problem. Virtually the only way to achieve this irritation is either incorrect blade/razor angle or too much pressure, and it's often both.I find milder blades feel the best to me, some blades tear me up and leave me very irritated. I was looking for recommendations for good quality, milder blades to give a try.
I was also impressed with the Parker blades I received with my razor. They don't have a fancy name, come in understated black and white packaging but they were enjoyable.For a good quality mild blade, I have been enjoying Parker Platinum blades.
I enjoy Parker Platinum blades. They are my alternate blade, if German Wilkies are not available from my source. They are more audible than the Wilkies, but give me a DFS!I was also impressed with the Parker blades I received with my razor. They don't have a fancy name, come in understated black and white packaging but they were enjoyable.
Wow, i was going to write exactly the same blades, these are very smooth for me too. The Voskhods the smoothest but the Derby Premiums last longer for me (+- 10 shaves, Voskhods about 6 to 7 shaves).I find Derby Premium and Voskhod blades to be milder than others I use. They are good quality, and inexpensive.
I think the notion of irritation from shaving most often relates to a combination of the wrong sort of lather and too much pressure. I have always used a lather that is very wet, just not so wet it drips, and three gentle, low pressure passes. I like heavy razors and let their weight be the pressure, the only pressure, as much as possible. I like lots of blades but currently use and happy with Personna Lab Blues.
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