For as much fun as trying out a host of razor blades has been, the underlying purpose hasn’t been to experiment for experimentation’s sake, but to find what blades worked best for me before I bought anything in bulk. While numerous brands remain untested, with over a dozen now under my belt I’m prepared to make a few determinations. My favorite blades:
1) Treet Dura-Sharp- Made of Carbon Steel, I absolutely love these blades. They have a lot going for them. They are sharp, long lasting, and though they aren’t stainless steel I’ve had no problems with rust. While I don’t think they are quite as sharp or smooth as Feather blades, for reasons I have a hard time describing I simply enjoy shaving with them more. The best way I can describe it is that the tool that does the job best is not always the most fun to use, and with the results so close the difference for me, while noticeable, is negligible. When I want an enjoyable shave, they have become my go to blade.
2) Feather- You will not see a list of best or favorite blades on the internet without someone bringing up Feather, I have not seen any other blade with so many advocates. When you try it out, it’s easy to see why. The shaves are sharp, smooth, and consistent. I’ve never had irritation with them, and whether it’s a job interview or wedding they have become my choice for my closest, best looking shave. While I found the Durasharps more enjoyable, the Feathers are a close second and give a superior result.
3a) Now I’m going to cheat a bit, while the post is titled my three favorite blades the #3 spot is actually a tie between two. First, the Gillette Silver Blue. Nearly as sharp, smooth feeling, and irritation free as the Feather, and nearly as fun to shave with as the Durasharp, they are an excellent blade that falls just short of being the best. It’s what’s in my razor right now, and I’ve been enjoying it all week. The blade doesn’t do anything wrong, it just falls slightly short of others. If I only had them from here on out, I would be in great shape.
3b) Derby- Perhaps it’s because they are what I learned to use a double-edge razor with, but Derbys remain one of my favorite blades. They waned some once I branched out, but the more I try other razor blades the more I’ve come to appreciate the great job these guys do. While not nearly as sharp as the other blades on this list, they give me a close and enjoyable shave that feels great all day long.
The only bad thing about any of these blades is that so long as they’re in stock my other razor blades just don’t get used.