Often maligned, but as they’re often given away free they tend to be a new shaver’s first blade.
1st blade > 1st shave
Arko shave stick
Felt like they were dragging from the first stroke. Plenty of nicks and not particularly close.
1st blade > 2nd shave
Arko (Moist) shave cream
Better, but not particularly close.
2nd blade > 1st shave
Edwin Jagger Sandlewood Soap
It was tugging and scraping from the start, making for a less than pleasant experience throughout. It also left me with plenty of nicks, some fairly significant. In places, the end result was nice and smooth, but it was also very patchy.
2nd blade > 2nd shave
Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Shave Cream
Not as harsh as the first time, but I felt it when I switched to ATG. It left me with plenty of nicks, and despite all that, the end result was average, with a few smooth spots, but generally rough.
2nd blade > 3rd shave
Arko Shave Stick
Again, didn’t feel too bad, but I picked up plenty of nicks, and plenty of irritation low on my neck. The end result was patchy too.
2nd blade > 4th shave
Boots Shave Bowl Original Soap
The shave went smoothly, and I picked up fewer nicks than recently, but plenty of irritation. While the end result was a little patchy, there were some excellent areas too.
I was assuming the Derby’s were considered bad because people tended to use them first, while still developing their technique, but while my second blade was better, it certainly wasn’t good compared to many of the others I’ve used.