Where is the love people…where is the love? Those who have immersed themselves into wet shaving for a while, seem to have pretty strong opinions about the instruments they shave with.
Derby razor blade reviews are certainly no different!
In the shaving world, for some reason, the most opinionated reviews tend to be about razor blades & which one is best…& for good reason. For some reason, Derby razor blades seem to polarize the shaving fraternity. They either seem to absolutely love them…or bitterly despise them.
All razor blades are birthed from humble beginnings! If your’e interested, here’s a video showing the blade’s manufacture from start to finish.
There are plenty of blades out there to choose from. Some of the more popular choices of classic shavers are:
- Big Ben
These are all great blades, & will all give a nice shave in most circumstances. But here’s the rub! Not all razors are the same, not all shaving creams are the same. And of course God has blessed us all with different skin types & beard coarseness.
Each of these different factors will have an effect on how a blade performs for you. For example, it would be fair to assume that a sharper blade will give you a better shave! Yes, it may cut the hair more effectively, but will it necessarily give you the best shave?
A little background about Derby blades before we get into it.
All Derby Razor Blades start with high quality stainless steel from Sweden. They then take a trip to Turkey, where once manufactured, the blades are perforated, hardened and ground. The cutting edges of the blades are then deposited with chromium-ceramic, platinum and tungsten. Right through the manufacturing process, Derby blades are reviewed & inspected for quality control.
I started using Derby blades when I first had a crack at shaving with my Edwin Jagger DE86. This was my first double-edge razor along my wet shaving journey. Like many beginners, my technique was, well…crap! I didn’t prepare my face well enough. The lather in my bowl had bigger bubbles than the ones at my kids’ birthday party. Lastly, my razor blade angle was all over the place. Throw in a bunch of first time nerves & you’ve got a great recipe for disaster…or maybe a sitcom!
Needless to say, none of the aforementioned challenges were helpful for me in determining whether I was shaving with a good blade or not. As time passed, I started to perfect my shaving routine. I became far better with my face preparation & found what suited me. The whisking of my shaving cream improved greatly, & with practice, I finally found myself that perfect shaving angle.
I now found myself if a far better position to make a more reliable judgement. So without further adieu, lets have a look how the Derby’s held up!
In Australia, we have a saying “He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed!” It’s obviously not a very complimentary term, however it’s one that some might use to describe the Derby blade. I’d absolutely agree that the Feather blade (which I also use), is noticeably sharper, however I found the blade of the Derby to easily slice through my beard, which I’d consider to be of medium thickness. There have also been numerous instances of many with heavier beards having little problem with the Derby dispatching with their unwanted follicles.
As I outlined earlier, these blades endure some rigorous quality control testing. In all brands of blades you will come across one that’s a little dodgy, but so far, I’ve been lucky enough to avoid any questionable Derbys. In saying that though, even if I do experience a poorly manufactured blade, at 9 cents per blade, I’m not going to worry too much.
Once I had my shaving technique down pat, I found the Derbys cut really cleanly, giving me a very close shave. Now the Feather blade also gave me a close shave, however I found myself a lot more prone to nicks. Particularly around my more sensitive facial areas such as the neck & mouth area. Due to the sharpness of the Feather, I can on occasion have some razor burn around the chin. The Derby being a little more mild, seems to alleviate that problem.
When I first began shaving with a double-edge razor, ignorance was bliss. I used my blade for 6 sessions then replaced it. I had no idea that blades were usually used 3 to 5 times then abandoned. So for me, 4 to 6 shaves per blade is my sweet spot. Depending on the number of passes you perform per shave & the thickness of your hair, your usage maybe different. An acronym often used in wet shaving circles accurately states YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)
At A Glance:
- Blade Type: Double Edge
- Price: Approx $9 per 100. Click for Today’s Price at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk
- My Rating: 4 out of 5
So…where’s the love? Well it’s right here. Yes I tried other blades & found myself drawn back to the Derbys. Are the the sharpest blades around? Definitely not, however for me, the balance of performance, quality & fantastic value for money at 9 cents a pop make them a keeper in my shaving kit.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review. If you have any thoughts or questions, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
Time to get your shave on! 😉