Code of Conduct
Results 1 to 30 of 30
  1. #1
    Basenotes Junkie Nosebud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    605

    Default DE shavers, which blade?

    I just started wet shaving and use a DE.
    I have only been using the Derbys my razor came with and they seem way to gentle.
    I want to hear each whisker being cut, but don't want to feel any tug.

    Sample packes seem to have a bunch of filler blades so I am okay with ordering specific samples or brands and blades.

    Cheers!

  2. #2

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    Feather blades are super sharp.

  3. #3

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    I like Personna Platinums ('reds') and Astra Superior Platinums. Feathers are v sharp but I'm more likely to nick myself with those. Derbys are just 'OK' for me, I wouldn't buy them though.




  4. #4

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    I'm a few days away from deducing whether Feathers are too sharp or very sharp.
    I used feathers for a few weeks then Astra SP a week and noticed feathers were too sharp. But too many variables changed in that period (razor- went from TF&H Carlton to Muhlemr41 and soaps). I've been using the same razor and soap for a few weeks now (r41 & I Coloniali) with feathers. Next shaves will be with the Astra SP to determine whether it's (feathers are too sharp) in my head or theyre truly aggressively more abrasive.
    for swap/sale:



  5. #5
    Renato's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    11,668

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    I haven't tried most of my sample blades yet, but am only really familiar with a few blades.

    My Shark Stainless Steel blades are very mild (I like them in my very aggressive razors, like Merkur Bakelite)

    The Gillette Super Thin Stainless steel blades are much sharper and last longer than the Shark ones.

    Supermax Stainless Steel blades are about as sharp as the Gillette Super Thins, but they don't last as long (but they're real cheap).

    My Astra SP blades are the sharpest ones I've regularly tried, and they often deliver nicks the others don't in the very same razors - even after 18 shaves one was still nicking me. A chap at Badger & Blade pointed out to me that if I corked the blade, I'd make it gentler. By corking he meant getting a cork from a wine/ champagne bottle, pressing the blade a quarter inch into it, and sliding it out sideways. This did work well.

    I've been too scared to try my Feather blades in regular razors, but I did use one in my ultra mild Weber DLC razor, and it works fine - zero nicks.
    Regards,
    Renato

  6. #6

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    I had a free packet of those Derby blades with my EJ DE89 razor and they only gave me two shaves with tugging so I ditched them for the feather blades and have never been happier. They are very sharp but if you use a light touch with your razor whilst shaving you should have no problems.

  7. #7
    Dependent chili_willi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Posts
    2,182

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    Feather gets a thumbs up from me too but take your time. Also a fan of the Merkur Super Platinum blades.

  8. #8
    Basenotes Junkie Nosebud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    605

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    Ditched the derbys. Switched to Astra.. can't remember the model.
    They did a pretty good job. I think the razor just isn't very aggressive.
    Using a 1960 gillette flairtip F2.
    Muhle R89Grande is in the mail, though.
    Excited X)

  9. #9

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    i like feather blades....the merkur platinum that came with my slant bar were terible
    14 sprays of DRAKKAR NOIR should do it

  10. #10

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    anyone cork their blades, particularly Feathers?

    I've mostly just used Derby's and can't complain. I did buy a mixed pack of other blades but haven't had time to work through them TBH.
    Tom Ford Splits!!!! - Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood, Noir de Noir - PATCHOULI ABSOLU
    Plum Japonais, Italian Cypress, Neroli Portofino, Costa Azzura, Azure Lime, Champacca Absolute

    HARD TO FIND - Lavender Palm, Arabian Wood, and AMBER ABSOLUTE, etc...


    Most of the time I am very proud of the Basenotes community. Time after time I have witnessed the thoughtfulness, empathy & genuine friendship that members of this community extend to others - oldtimers & newcomers alike. There are other times, however, when egos get the upper hand and civility goes out the window. My philosophy is that I won't say anything here that I would not say if you were standing in front of me. Welcome to Basenotes, each and every one of us. ~ TwoRoads

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Manchester, UK
    Posts
    675

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    I bought many different brands from Connaught and I'm still working my way through them. The sharpest up to now have been Feather like most have mentioned here. But I cut myself too much with them and prefer something a little more gentle but not too gentle. Up to now I've also tried Astra, Bic Chrome, Crystal, Derby, Gilette 7 o'Clock, Israel (blue labelling), Lord, Personna Platinum and Wilkinson Sword white label. I've also tried Tesco's own which I think I read are rebranded Personnas and I've tried Merkur. My favourites up to now have been Lord Super Stainless and Personna Platinum followed by Astra. Still got some others to try - Perma-Sharp, Tiger Superior, Timor Stainless and Treet Platinum.

  12. #12
    Basenotes Plus
    senore01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    NEW YORK CITY
    Posts
    3,866
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post
    anyone cork their blades, particularly Feathers?

    I've mostly just used Derby's and can't complain. I did buy a mixed pack of other blades but haven't had time to work through them TBH.
    What do you mean by corking the feather blades? I have used Feather blades for years. Curious.

  13. #13

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    Never bothered corking a blade: If it doesn't suit me straight out of the packet, I'm not interested.

  14. #14

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    For cheap blades, Shark. Bestshave has the best prices.

    For premium blades, Gillette 7 O'clock Blue or Black.

  15. #15

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    corking is taking a new blade and running it along a wine cork a few times. I've heard it helps remove any burrs and also slightly dulls the blade because sometimes they're 'too' sharp so you can cut yourself more easily. It doesn't make the blade dull, just gives you a little more room to play with before getting sliced.

  16. #16
    Basenotes Junkie Nosebud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    605

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    my new R89 Grande with Astras worked pretty good.

    Just ordered the bullgoose mvp sampler pack. Excited about trying out some new blades..

  17. #17

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    There are some great blades in there. Don't write off any blade too hastily; I found that as my technique improved I could get a decent shave from blades I had formerly dismissed.

  18. #18
    Renato's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    11,668

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post
    anyone cork their blades, particularly Feathers?

    I've mostly just used Derby's and can't complain. I did buy a mixed pack of other blades but haven't had time to work through them TBH.
    I cork my Astra SPs unless they are in ultra mild razors.
    Renato

  19. #19

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    Astras, Feathers and Personna Med Preps--
    Sans parfum, la peau est muette.

  20. #20
    New Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Cedar Park, Texas
    Posts
    8

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    Astra SP blades. An all round performer that works in a variety of razors.

  21. #21

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    That is like asking who is the best looking woman. It is subjective and you will get a different answer from various people. DE blades fit different people for different reasons. Yes, Feather blades are the sharpest but that might not be good for you being a new DE shaver or your skin type. The best advice I could give is purchase a DE blade sampler pack from someone like West Coast Shaving and give them a try. There are procedures on how to run through a sampler pack to decide which is best for you on Badger and Blade forum. Get the one that best fits your skin and your way of shaving.

    I loved the Feather blades but the Gillette 7 O'clock black just fit me better.

    Mike

  22. #22

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    So far, have gotten the best results from Wilkinson (black packaging) and Gillette Super Platinum (Blue)

  23. #23

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    I originally ordered the sample pack and worked through them. Noticed some differences here and there but in the end just bought the box of Derby Extra's and it's been fine since, no complaints.
    Tom Ford Splits!!!! - Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood, Noir de Noir - PATCHOULI ABSOLU
    Plum Japonais, Italian Cypress, Neroli Portofino, Costa Azzura, Azure Lime, Champacca Absolute

    HARD TO FIND - Lavender Palm, Arabian Wood, and AMBER ABSOLUTE, etc...


    Most of the time I am very proud of the Basenotes community. Time after time I have witnessed the thoughtfulness, empathy & genuine friendship that members of this community extend to others - oldtimers & newcomers alike. There are other times, however, when egos get the upper hand and civility goes out the window. My philosophy is that I won't say anything here that I would not say if you were standing in front of me. Welcome to Basenotes, each and every one of us. ~ TwoRoads

  24. #24
    hednic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    McLean, NYC, & Búzios
    Posts
    101,768

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    I have gotten the best performance from Feather Hi Stainless Platinum.
    Remember that while it is perfectly acceptable to criticize the content of a post - criticizing the poster is not.
    Mean spirited, nasty, snide, sarcastic, hateful, and rude individuals on Basenotes don't warrant or deserve other individuals' acknowledgement or respect.

  25. #25
    Renato's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    11,668

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    It seems pretty pointless to me to continue answering the OP's question, two years after he asked it, and when he says further into the thread that he went with Astra SP and has samples on the way.
    Regards,
    Renato

  26. #26

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    Are you guys watching me?

    I just bought my annual supply of Feather blades 2 mins ago.
    for swap/sale:



  27. #27
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    121

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    In the last yr or so I started using DE razors. I still use my Philips electric shaver maybe 2-3 times per month. My favorite blades are the Feathers Hi Stainless, Personna Lab Blue, Croma, Crystal Blades, and PolSilver.
    Last edited by just-visiting; 13th April 2015 at 11:48 PM.

  28. #28
    Basenotes Plus
    mixerscent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Tokyo
    Posts
    993

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    Gillette Silver Blues for DE razors. For an excellent DE razor, have a look at at Los Angeles Shaving Company, you'll need to go on the waiting list for good reason.

    I also recommend the Mongoose SE razor with Feather pro guards.

  29. #29

    Default Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    ---
    Last edited by noitsnotme; 17th April 2015 at 07:19 PM.

  30. #30

    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Bangalore, Hyderabad
    Posts
    244

    Default DE shavers, which blade?

    For me Wilkinson Sword works great...least amount of cuts...when combined with my homemade shaving oil, almost zero cuts and smooth shave

Similar Threads

  1. DE razor blade differences
    By vhild in forum Men's Grooming
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 14th November 2011, 06:45 AM
  2. Badger and Blade decant club QEDMan = VILE!
    By Scentronic in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 24th August 2007, 04:58 PM
  3. looking for opinions on wet/dry shavers
    By mochi227 in forum Men's Grooming
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 4th June 2007, 06:35 PM
  4. single blade vs two/three/four, five...
    By Alex in forum Men's Grooming
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 14th May 2006, 05:09 PM
  5. What Razor blade lasts longest? I need help..
    By blah114 in forum Men's Grooming
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 9th March 2006, 03:52 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  



Loving perfume on the Internet since 2000