Razor Blade Review, Derby Extra

Posted: December 7, 2015 in Shaving Articles

Razor Test – Feather AS-D2

Testing Protocols:

1) Feather AS-D2 Seki Edge All Stainless Razor
2) Proraso White Shave Soap; pre-shave treatment as needed
3) Escali Badger Hair Brush, soaked in warm water with 30 second load of soap
4) Three Pass shave
a) With the Grain
b) Across the grain from ear toward nose
c) Across/Against the grain (Cleanup as needed)
d) Lather after each pass
5) Comparative Baseline: Feather High-Stainless
6) All blades brand new
7) All grades assume the Feather is as stated below in subjective score
8) Grades (worst to best) Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Amazing

Feather High Stainless: (Baseline)

1) Sharpness: Amazing
2) Comfort: Great
3) Value: Good
4) Availability: Good
5) Country of Origin: Japan
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: You Betcha!
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3 or more


Derby Extra

1) Sharpness: Good
2) Comfort: Amazing
3) Value: Amazing
4) Availability: Great
5) Country of Origin: Turkey
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: Yes!
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3
8) Notes: I have to admit, I entered into my first shave with the Derby with some preconceived notions. I didn’t think it would suit the AS-D2 razor well. I though it would be a laborious and thankless exercise that would probably be reasonably comfortable, but would yield, at best, mediocre results. Well, my career as an oracle is over before it starts. The
first shave with the Derby was smooth, efficient, and very close. The rumors of the Derby being approximately as sharp as a marble seem to be thus far unfounded. I found that it was both smooth and plenty sharp on the first go-round. Like the smoothest of the razors I have tried so far, it seemed that I would have really had a tough time actually irritating myself
or cutting my face. At the same time, the first pass took the stubble down quick, with the end result after three passes being on par with some of the best shaves I’ve had. Baby smooth, while having no hot spots or wear and tear. If the Derby can keep up this kind of performance for the rest of the test, I will have to consider having a permanent supply of them around. The amazement with the Derby blade continued on the second shave. It was utterly comfortable and smooth, as advertised. The surprise was how well it cut through the stubble. No chattering, no slowness, no tugging. I didn’t have to buff across my face to get things smooth. When I say smooth, I’m not kidding around. We’re talking the best results I’ve seen with this razor – shoot, any razor. I don’t know what to tell you. Day-um, I guess. The third shave revealed that, for me, the blade was beginning to dull a bit. Nothing serious enough that it prevented another superb shave, but it seems like the sweet spot is to quit at 3 shaves for me (doing thorough 3 passers). Your results, as with all the observations I make here, may vary. I leave the test feeling as if I had all my assumptions knocked askew. The
Derby ranks high in my likeability, and with its amazing price point, I feel like it will be tough to think of reasons why I wouldn’t want to have some on hand. I say give these a try. Don’t judge them on what others say. You may well fall in love.


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