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Blades Redux

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“I’ve been shopping around locally for blades, but most stores either carry their own brand, or the Gillette blades. I’m a little apprehensive about a store brand blade, how do the Gillette blades compare to say a Derby or Merkur? I realize that the blade that works for you, may not work equally well for me, but out of curiosity, what type of blade you you prefer? Thanks again for your help, I really appreciate it.”

Gillette DE blades sold in the US are almost universally despised by shavers as one of the worst on the market. More than one user has suggested that they’re intentionally made poorly to encourage the use of cartridges. Interestingly, Gillette brand blades made in Sweden are among the best you will find.

I’ve actually had pretty good luck with the Personna blades sold at Walgreens, particularly the ones that have a little “Made In Israel” sticker on the back of the package. Not the best, but certainly acceptable. Other Personna-made blades sold in mainstream US outlets are “ok” but nowhere near the quality of overseas-made blades.

For myself, I usually stick with Derby’s and Israeli-made bulk-order Personna blades.


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3 thoughts on “Blades Redux”

  1. Thanks for your prompt reply. I will continue down my road of experimenting regarding shaving! I have the feeling it will never end but again that’s not a bad either.
    Lastly I would like to both thank and congratulate you on all your videos and the information you have provided many people such as myself.

  2. Hi mantic59
    I’m new to DE shaving and still trying out blades. I find derby and Wilkinson sword both good so far. I have tried BIC ASTOR too but found them too harsh on my skin.
    I have a question. What’s your opinion on switching used blades between razors? Is it ok or does the way each razor cut the hair dull each blade differently thus not allowing blade switching?
    Thanks in advance

    1. I have switched ‘used’ blades between razors without a problem. But I also already know the characteristics of the razors I’m switching between.

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