Any blades you won't buy again?

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Just joined and thought I would start with DE blades. Interesting mix of preferences.

Tend away from blades from Russia and cheaper blades just to avoid spending money for something I'll end up regretting. Tossed a crate of Astras for instance. Ran through a big box of Dorco to little benefit overall. My test is state of my beard 10 hours after shaving. Most blades fail that test.

I have a light beard, shave daily and change blades between 4 to 7 days. I use Muhle Grande R89 from a really excellent shaving supply shop (not UK). I am happy with Merkur, Muhle, US Personnas and Timor. I think good prep is critical to blade performance as much as blade design, for a mass-produced but precision product, that is.
Sounds like we have a similar taste in blades, I can highly recommend all blades manufactured by the Feintechnik factory. They do Croma Diamant, Bolzano Superinox & Elios Inoxidable - As far as I can tell they are all exactly the same blade with different printing/packaging... For me they're very nearly as good as Merkur/Timor/Souplex but comparatively inexpensive.
 
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If you allow politics to interfere with your shave, I think you need to chill out a bit.
Some folk have strong convictions about these things. I know people who refuse to purchase anything made in China and others that refuse anything from Israel... Russia is a new one to me but I'm not surprised, no doubt there's someone out there in a former colony that boycotts British products :D
 
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I bought 50 Derby. £3.50. I figured there were as many good reviews as there were bad. I figured further that if no good on the face, they could do for head shave. Can’t be too bad, I thought. All this talk of YMMV and blade performance varying in this and varying in that – what tripe, eh? Thin bit of steel, cuts your whiskers – that is all. Difference? Pah!

A fool I am.

There are 49 Derby blades sitting on my bathroom shelf. They mock me. They cast aspersions on my sense of good judgment. Worse, they physically aggravate me.

I think I’d get a closer shave by smashing a raw egg on my face and hoping bits of the shell scraped past my stubble. It’s worth a go. Better than standing there, slapping on lather repeatedly, frantically chiseling away in vain, razor in one hand and a curious look on my face as my fingers rub over my cheeks in search of smoothly shaved skin.

Horrendous. Pointless.

I’ll probably have another go with them tomorrow. Hope springs eternal.
 
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