“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.