12-02-2014, 07:28 AM
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  • dajmacd
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With many vendors offering these blades at the lowest pricing I've seen since I've been in the DE wetshaving game, I decided to give them a shot. Had my first shave with one in a B-1 Blue tip. Absolutely outstanding shave. Was able to go ATG on my upper lip and under my chin with ZERO tugging/catching on the 2nd pass. The blade was nearly silent throughout the shave and moved through 1.5 days of growth like the skin was smooth to begin with. I will probably run it out in the Blue Tip and follow up with a SharpEdge to see how they compare. For now, I'm looking forward to shave #2.

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 12-07-2014, 08:53 PM
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Congratulations on finding a great blade and I hope you continue to enjoy them. Smile

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 12-08-2014, 05:57 AM
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  • Giorgio
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They are an excellent blade for me as well. The only downfall to them (for me) is the fact that I can't get more than 3 good shaves out of them, and even the 3rd is pushing it. Really a non-issue considering how cheap DE blades are overall Smile

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 12-08-2014, 01:36 PM
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  • dajmacd
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My third shave was pushing it for me. I shave every other day and my number of shaves/blade tends to be a bit lower than most.

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 12-21-2014, 11:04 AM
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  • okok
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I enjoyed the shave from the Feathers. I think the build-up of mystique from having read so much about them had me psyched out. They seemed very similar to the Polsilvers to me.

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 12-29-2014, 12:21 PM
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  • KRpdx
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(12-08-2014, 01:36 PM)dajmacd Wrote: My third shave was pushing it for me. I shave every other day and my number of shaves/blade tends to be a bit lower than most.

Ditto. Great blades but lack the longevity of some other great blades.

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 01-01-2015, 05:46 PM
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  • RSP1
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I was scared of Feathers for my first 6 months, but after trying them I realized there's nothing to fear. Just respect.

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 01-03-2015, 09:38 AM
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I think the reputation exceeds the blade. I tried them and wanted to like them but they dulled so quickly I gave up and gave the ones I had left away.

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 01-03-2015, 04:33 PM
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  • Gordy
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I just got back around to using a Feather again tonight, in a Fat Handled Tech. It gave me my best DE shave yet and I believe that's because of the very mild nature of the razor. In more aggressive razors I think they can be a bit of work.
My beard has changed a lot since starting DE and I'm working through all the blades I trialled with. The last time I used Feathers, I could feel the blade slicing through each thick, wiry hair. Tonight it was as if I had lathered up a BBS face and "shaved" the lather off with an empty razor.

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 01-03-2015, 06:10 PM
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I finally shaved with a Feather a few days ago. That sounds funny! Anyway, I found that I cut myself within 5 minutes of shaving TWICE! I do think however that the cuts were more out of nervousness and hurriedness than anything associated with these outstanding blades. Respect the blade and it will give you a wonderful shave. I do find them a tad on the expensive side and can't seem to get more than 3 uses out of a blade ... which is typically what I get from other blades.

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 01-04-2015, 04:44 PM
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  • kav
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Our curious hobby is a two fold alchemy. First we need to discover a way of turning base metals into gold to pay for it. The second is finding those magical combinations of razor/blade/soap/brush to get that magical shave.

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 01-10-2015, 08:03 AM
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I understand there are some fake Feather blades out there being marketed. How can you tell if it's a fake? Just wondering.

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 01-13-2015, 04:06 PM
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  • Mouser
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(01-10-2015, 08:03 AM)The Noble Steed Wrote: I understand there are some fake Feather blades out there being marketed. How can you tell if it's a fake? Just wondering.
Well, for me, if i got a smooth comfortable three pass shave out of it and it lasted long enough to finish a second one.....it ain't a Feather! BiggrinWink

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 01-16-2015, 04:13 PM
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  • TADIII
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  • FL & NC
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I came to this hobby, as a hobby, late. I had been shaving for 53 years (and with a DE since January 1966) before I realized there was an art and a science to it - the razors, the blades, the lather, and the "afterplay."
During the first six months (July - December 2013) of experimentation, I tried Personna (Labs, Meds, Reds, and 74*s), Gillette (7 O'Clock Black, GSB, and Bleue Extra), Polsilver Super Iridium, and Feathers (as well as my old stash of Made in England Wilkinson Swords). Over the next six months it became apparent to me that Feathers were the best for my face and my meager collection of Gillette Open Comb razors, so I started trading away my other blades for more Feathers.
The first three (and occasionally four) shaves of a Feather were so much better to me than six, or eight, or more, shaves from any other blade that the cost/effectivity ratio pointed only to the Feathers.
Now, if I could just make the same decision about the razors, my shave den would/could take on the look of some of those razor-porn pictures in the SOTD thread!

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 01-16-2015, 10:02 PM
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Back when I picked up my first safety razor (Parker 22R) as part of a 'starter kit', I decided to get some packs of Feathers - I mean, they were supposed to be the sharpest blade, so logic dictate they should be the best blade, no?

Yeah. About that...

Seeing as how my learning curve for traditional wetshaving took place while in deepest Africa, where I just had the gear I brought with me... a wicked sharp blade and a fairly aggressive razor meant that each mistake along the steep curve was paid for with blood. And since I had packed light, that meant that until my first leave the aftershave I had to fix those mistakes and tend to my tender skin was pure medical alcohol.

It took me a few months after I got home before I reached for the Feathers again Tongue These days I consider them a good blade, but best matched with a mild razor.

(01-04-2015, 04:44 PM)kav Wrote: Our curious hobby is a two fold alchemy. First we need to discover a way of turning base metals into gold to pay for it. The second is finding those magical combinations of razor/blade/soap/brush to get that magical shave.

The second bit is also know as the difficult part - transmutation of base metal is child's play in comparison.

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 01-18-2015, 07:29 PM
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  • N8Julo43
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My first shave was rough with a Feather, but have been stellar ever since.

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 02-02-2015, 06:02 PM
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My first shave with a feather left me with w lot of irritation. A bit hesitant to go back and give it another shot.

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 02-02-2015, 06:06 PM
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I find that a feather used in my Ikon 101 is my best combo. Smooth,no nicks and I have to chuck the blade after two shaves,,,but...those two are BBS.

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 02-04-2015, 10:07 PM
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great blades but they dont last at all for me. i get one great shave and maybe a decent second shave and they are done. they dont hold a edge well enough with my hair. i prefer a gillette yellow, just as sharp imo and they hold up better for me.

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 02-11-2015, 06:36 PM
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(12-02-2014, 07:28 AM)dajmacd Wrote: With many vendors offering these blades at the lowest pricing I've seen since I've been in the DE wetshaving game, I decided to give them a shot. Had my first shave with one in a B-1 Blue tip. Absolutely outstanding shave. Was able to go ATG on my upper lip and under my chin with ZERO tugging/catching on the 2nd pass. The blade was nearly silent throughout the shave and moved through 1.5 days of growth like the skin was smooth to begin with. I will probably run it out in the Blue Tip and follow up with a SharpEdge to see how they compare. For now, I'm looking forward to shave #2.

+1 my first shave in my 34c was AWSOME.... So glad i tried it!  Looking forward to many more great shaves....

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