Any blades you won't buy again?

I bought a load of different sample packs to try after ditching the Derby Professionals I got for free with my first shavette. Among them was Feather which I like and have used more of than any other. Yesterday morning I put a Gillette Platinum in but decided I didn't have enough time to do the job before leaving for work. I took it up again later that evening and forgot what blade was in there and was trying to figure why it was a bloody struggle. I've got limited experience I'll admit but the difference was immediately obvious. They won't be in my shave box again.
 
I highly doubt the Yellows were fakes, they were from a reputable online shaving store. I’ve tried 3 of these blades spread over some time and they produced the exact same result each time. Yes, they’re sharp but my face looked a mess after using them. At this point someone will usually chip in something about technique, but the fact that 2 days after a Yellow shave I would shave with another blade, same gear, same prep, same angles etc, and have a far less red face afterwards, speaks for itself. It’s my face, and they don’t work for me. So I stand by what I said in #267. Simples!
 
I highly doubt the Yellows were fakes, they were from a reputable online shaving store.
I just got 50 from "a reputable online shaving store" and they look the same as the existing packet I have - two big glue spots in the centre. I'm getting good shaves with the single one I've tried. Here's hoping it continues.

I'm scrutinising my own face now....... feel a bit like Lord Nelson when I say "I see no red"...
 
Finally tried a Voskhod today in my iKon OC. From what I’ve read these seem to be a real marmite blade. Another blade that feels fine during the shave (I guess that’s the lather doing its job) but gives a little burn right after and left my neck and lower cheeks looking like Freddy Krueger right in time for Halloween. Took it easy and didn’t do an ATG pass, just a 3 pass WTG & then XTG in both directions. So not like I was going for BBS and paid the price. Could not believe how long it took my face to settle down after that shave. I know people say to try another in case it was a duff blade, but I’m not sure I want to punish myself with one again!
 
Well Voskhod is the first time I can say I’ve noticed a blade perform differently from razor to razor. It really was awful in the iKon OC, but it was fine in the DE89.
I'm finding some mixed results with 7 o'clock Yellows and Nacets. I'm even wondering if this is the same blade - same factory. They're both clearly sharp and can give a rough first shave in a more efficient razor if you use too much pressure. Both seem to bring milder razors back to life. They both seem to get a little smoother after the first shave as well.
 
Years ago, I bought 100 Personna Lab Blues, and stuck them at the back of my blades drawer. I came across them the other day, and put one in my Barbaros TR-1.

The results were disappointing. The blade was very blunt, and more like shaving with a butter knife. It was the same when I tried it in a humpback slant.

I seem to think that they were an expensive purchase, which I won't repeat; not that I need to, as I still have about 96 of them.
 
I'm finding some mixed results with 7 o'clock Yellows and Nacets. I'm even wondering if this is the same blade - same factory. They're both clearly sharp and can give a rough first shave in a more efficient razor if you use too much pressure. Both seem to bring milder razors back to life. They both seem to get a little smoother after the first shave as well.
I keep wondering if Gillette Silver Blue and Voskhod are the same blade. Not 100% sure but damn it's close.

Maybe all of the blades coming out of PPI have both a global (Gillette) brand and domestic (Russian sounding) brand version - it would make good business sense, surely?
 
I keep wondering if Gillette Silver Blue and Voskhod are the same blade. Not 100% sure but damn it's close.

Maybe all of the blades coming out of PPI have both a global (Gillette) brand and domestic (Russian sounding) brand version - it would make good business sense, surely?
Voskhod's are my go to blade however bought 50 GSB and the Gillette is definitely sharper. Would put it almost on a par with a feather but much smoother. Voskhod's just don't have the same level of sharpness to be the same blade but as always YMMV.
 
So far the worst I have experienced are:
  • Gillette/Wilkinson Sword (Made in India) - constant tugging and let my face with blood, irritation and still beard on it (tried on Tech, Wilkie Classic and Feather Popular so far)
  • Gillette Super Thin (Made in Thailand) - slightly better than the above mentioned
  • Derby (Green pack)
  • Gillette 7 o'clock Green
  • Bolzano
  • Wilkinson Sword
 
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