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    Question Knize Ten, Guerlain Derby, or Hermes Bel Ami?

    I love all three, and they all fill the same niche in a wardrobe. Which would you go with, if you had to choose just one? Or would you recommend something else in the same vein?
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    Derby, without contest. It's a very debonair Leather Fougere. Total class!

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    Knize Ten, without contest! There's only one like it since 1920!


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    Knize Ten suits me most out of those three but Derby is also really, really great one, Bel Ami is well made but not me.

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    Derby. Terrific masculine and superior to the others mentioned.

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    Either Guerlain Derby, or Hermes Bel Ami

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    All very good. My vote to Knize Ten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcery of Scent View Post
    Derby, without contest. It's a very debonair Leather Fougere. Total class!
    +1 Derby is elegance in a bottle

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    Default Re: Knize Ten, Guerlain Derby, or Hermes Bel Ami?

    1. Bel Ami - vintage if possible
    2. Derby - vintage if possible
    3. Knize Ten
    Last edited by pluran; 22nd February 2014 at 04:28 AM.

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    Derby for me.

    Knize Ten smells like the cupboard under the stairs in my parents house, where they kept the shoe polish.
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    They are, as you point out, all fantastic scents. I don't know if price is an issue, but for me Knize Ten is one of the better values out there for the price. I love Derby but alas cannot afford it. I think I would find more occasions to wear Knize Ten than Derby as well, so that is also somthing to think about. So I would go with:

    1. Knize Ten
    2. Derby
    3. Bel Ami (vintage)

    But I actually prefer Derby as a scent over Knize Ten (haven't tried vintage Derby though), so if you have lots of cash, reverse first and second places.

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    Derby VINTAGE !!!!! Knize smells like the old leather shoe in the back of my closet.

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    I'll go with Knize Ten, as I'm not entirely sold on Derby yet. It could be that I just don't *get it* yet.

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    Knize Ten

    But I have and love Bel Ami, too.
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    Knize Ten

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcery of Scent View Post
    Derby, without contest. It's a very debonair Leather Fougere. Total class!
    Derby is in another realm compared to the other two and is my choice by far whether recent or vintage. See for yourself. Let us know what you find.

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    Derby

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    I love Knize Ten Golden Edition and Derby. Bel Ami- not that much. Out of them all I find Derby the most versatile. Knize is great in the cold weather and Derby is just class.

    If I had to choose (it's tough) I'd say Derby.
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    I love all three as well but DERBY is the winner!

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    Derby

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    Bel Ami est le meilleur mon ami!

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    Derby.
    "Wonderfully wild, eminently civilized" - Derby by Guerlain

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    Derby.
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    Knize Ten

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    Derby.
    End of story.

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    Yep Derby

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    They're all great. Choose the one that most appeals to you.

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    Close call between Derby and Knize Ten...I'll go Derby. Far more refined and elegant.

    We all have our own niches to be filled I suppose. I own both Derby and Knize Ten, and don't mentally classify them the same.

    Derby is not that much of a "leather" scent to me...especially compared to Knize Ten, Tusca Leather and REL.

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    Bel Ami, I don't really like Knize 10 and although Derby is nice I prefer the Hermes.
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    Is Derby discontinued? It's going for $200 for 50mL!

    I've been interested in Bel Ami for quite some time and found an 8mL vintage bottle for $15 to try out. It is VERY nice, I really like it a lot. The issue is, Puredistance M seems like a more modern take on Bel Ami with it's sweetish vanilla in the base, so having Bel Ami might be a little bit redundant. Because of the sweet vanilla note in M, it also seems warmer and more inviting than Bel Ami, which is a dry frag by comparison. If I didn't already have M, I would buy Bel Ami for sure though, a great frag...

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    I have all 3 and don't group them together; they all get 5 stars in my book. So I'd flip a coin (3 sided, hehe).

    Derby -- Las Vegas Guerlain Shop had a 125ml bee bottle for me maybe 2 months ago for about 250 shipped, I'd give 'em a call (number 1-866-409-6110, Giorgianne was great -- Thx for this reference Mr. Primrose!).

    I also get the Puredistance M / Vintage BelAmi association. Don't know M intimately, just from a sample testing over a couple days. Striking similarity to me though.
    Last edited by DuNezDeBuzier; 18th September 2011 at 01:20 AM.

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    Default Re: Knize Ten, Guerlain Derby, or Hermes Bel Ami?

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Choose the one that most appeals to you.
    That's what it really comes down to.

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    I wouldn't want to be without either Derby or Knize Ten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuNezDeBuzier View Post

    I also get the Puredistance M / Vintage BelAmi association. Don't know M intimately, just from a sample testing over a couple days. Striking similarity to me though.

    Ok, after wearing Bel Ami, I think it is similar to M, but only while the topnotes in Bel Ami are going... unfortunately, that isn't very long. I could see M being inspired by Bel Ami, but M is far higher quality, better balanced throughout the development, much more modern and much longer lasting. I am glad I tried out vintage Bel Ami, but it's not an acceptable replacement for Puredistance M, which is too bad because M is not exactly cheap.

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    Vintage Derby

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    those going for derby have to try vintage knize ten....you cant put vintage derby against new knize ten..new knize against new derby is more fair..i have a knize ten vintage from many decades ago (with a top just like those on serge lutens bell jars)..dont know the exact date but the bottle and packaging is the same that i once saw in a 1937 knize ten newspaper ad ....try vintage knize ten with vintage derby and many derby fans will reverse their vote..the vintage knize ten juice is darker as compared to the newer version just like vintage derby is as compared to the newer version...

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    Bel Ami does it for me period. It is way more beautiful than the other two.
    I have had strangers stop me to inquire. mmmm mmmm good.

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    I have Knize Ten and Derby and love both - but probably the Knize slightly more than the Guerlain.

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    I guess if price is no object, just own all 3. Derby is too pricey for my blood. I just can't get myself to spend that much on a single fragrance.

    Bel Ami (vintage) would probably be my first choice, with Knize Ten a close second. Honestly, I can understand how certain similar aroma associations can lead people to dislike Knize Ten. But those associations can be broken. Once done, you can appreciate the qualities of this fragrance. It is not the decaying leather shoe in the back of the utility closet. It is the English saddle having endured a number of smoky campfires, thoroughly treated with saddle soap and ready to go!

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    Now that i have had more time to try everything, i agree with Cytherian ..Bel Ami Vintage is the best and then Knize Ten and third is Vintage Derby..I have all three but even i believe Guerlain Derby vintage is not worth the price it sells for...Bel Ami Vintage is also becoming expensive now, thus, Knize Ten may be the best value...those who cannot afford vintage Bel Ami should go for Moschino Uomo (original) which is still affordable and is the closest to vintage Bel Ami you can get

    Quote Originally Posted by cytherian View Post
    I guess if price is no object, just own all 3. Derby is too pricey for my blood. I just can't get myself to spend that much on a single fragrance.

    Bel Ami (vintage) would probably be my first choice, with Knize Ten a close second. Honestly, I can understand how certain similar aroma associations can lead people to dislike Knize Ten. But those associations can be broken. Once done, you can appreciate the qualities of this fragrance. It is not the decaying leather shoe in the back of the utility closet. It is the English saddle having endured a number of smoky campfires, thoroughly treated with saddle soap and ready to go!

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    Derby
    Bel Ami
    K10
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Bel Ami (reformulation/current version)
    Knize Ten (Golden Edition)
    Bel Ami (vintage)
    Derby (Vintage)
    Knize Ten (Current formulation)
    Derby (current formulation)

    In that order

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpp214 View Post
    Bel Ami (reformulation/current version)
    Knize Ten (Golden Edition)
    Bel Ami (vintage)
    Derby (Vintage)
    Knize Ten (Current formulation)
    Derby (current formulation)

    In that order
    Most people I see enjoying Bel Ami vote for the vintage version. What qualities about the new one do you feel make it preferable?

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