09-29-2015, 07:17 PM
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Feather was a great shaver until I moved on from EJ89 to more aggressive razors. I opted for smoother, less aggressive blades like nacet, GSb, etc.

I revisited a feather blade for the first time in 6 months today.
I put it in my trusty stealth slant V1, which I deem to be the smoothest shaver out of all razors I have (close second would be DLC weber)

Did a complete 3 pass with it.

WTG - no problem cut really well
XTG - no problem here as well
ATG - cut really well, felt around my face, did a clean up pass where a little rough.

After cold water rinse, my neck has 4~5 weepers.
I have not gotten this many weepers in a very long time. If I do, I usually get one or two, but not this many.
Strangely, the shave didn't feel harsh or irritating at all. It's just that I got a lot of weepers and I was surprised to see blood running down my neck like I am a newbie all over again.


I guess this is an official good bye to feather blades for me.

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 09-29-2015, 07:37 PM
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The best shave with a feather is the second. I used to love feathers, matter of fact OP we traded 100 feather for polsilvers awhile back.

I've been using nothing but Russian blades since about a month before we traded. Well I loaded up a feather the other day and the same thing happened to me,and they are a lot rougher than I remember too. 

I'll be honest though I couldn't tell the feathers were all that sharper then my go tos which now are polsilvers, gillette blacks,GSBs and the occasional permasharp.

Crazy a year ago I would of said feathers were the best blades hands down and whoever disagreed with me was a fool who didn't know how to shave, again I'm being honest.

 Now I think they are overated. Good blades ,just there are blades that cut my hair just as good and are a lot smoother. Bad thing is I have about 400 or 450 feathers now.

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 09-29-2015, 07:45 PM
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(09-29-2015, 07:37 PM)Otis375 Wrote: The best shave with a feather is the second. I used to live feathers, matter of fact OP we traded 100 feather for polsilvers awhile back.

I've been using nothing but Russian blades since about a month before we traded. Well I loaded up a feather the other day and the same thing happened to me,and they are a lot rougher than I remember too. 

I'll be honest though I couldn't tell the feathers were all thay sharper then my go tos which now are polsilvers, gillette blacks,GSBs and the occasional permasharp.

Crazy a year ago I would of said feathers were the best blades hands down and whoever disagreed with me was a fool who didn't know how to shave, again I'm being honest.

 Now I think they are overated. Good blades ,just there are blades that cut my hair just as good and are a lot smoother. Bad thing is I have about 400 or 450 feathers now.

I agree with you.  It may be sharp, but not enough to put it in a different class by any means. .  People seem to agree that it is rough and resort to corking it or stropping it.  It just never occured to me to do that tonight since it's been so long.  Having that said, I might just give it another shave with it tomorrow or the day after and see if there's any difference.


Weepers are no big deal personally because it goes away with alum and AS, but if other blades don't cause them and feather does, then feather doesn't really stand a chance.

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 09-29-2015, 10:37 PM
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I like Feathers in the mild Pils DE

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 09-29-2015, 11:19 PM
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I like what people call aggressive DEs and find, like the OP, that Feather blades are a bit rough in those. They are very sharp for sure but seem like a SR edge that just isn't quite there by a smidge. Sharp is good but smooth and sharp is better. Haven't tried may DE blades but I like Gillette Silver Blues better as they seem to have both qualities, smooth and sharp.

Bob

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 09-30-2015, 03:55 AM
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I used a Feather in my R41 this morning. 3rd shave with the blade but I prefer the R41 with a Polsilver and the Feather in the FaTip.

Both aggressive razors but the Feather gives me a smoother shave in the FaTip.

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 09-30-2015, 04:45 AM
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Feathers are an aggressively sharp blade. You can try lightly "shaving", not stropping a piece of denim. (Couple of passes on each side of the blade) Now your first shave is comparable to your second. I've tried this and it does "soften" the blade. 

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 09-30-2015, 04:52 AM
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I have done a number of side-by-side comparisons with Feathers, and I have to agree with all the comments above.  For whatever reason, they have a rough quality (in, for example, my ATT R-1) that often leads to weepers.  My strong preference runs to Super Iridium (either the originals or Polsilver) or Silver Blues, both Russian.  They are, for me at least, just as sharp and noticeably smoother from beginning to end (usually 7 shaves).

Stanley

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 09-30-2015, 05:38 AM
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(09-30-2015, 04:45 AM)primotenore Wrote: Feathers are an aggressively sharp blade. You can try lightly "shaving", not stropping a piece of denim. (Couple of passes on each side of the blade) Now your first shave is comparable to your second. I've tried this and it does "soften" the blade. 

heard that before. should give it a try IF I decide to open another fresh blade down the road.

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 09-30-2015, 05:39 AM
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(09-30-2015, 04:52 AM)radioman4 Wrote: I have done a number of side-by-side comparisons with Feathers, and I have to agree with all the comments above.  For whatever reason, they have a rough quality (in, for example, my ATT R-1) that often leads to weepers.  My strong preference runs to Super Iridium (either the originals or Polsilver) or Silver Blues, both Russian.  They are, for me at least, just as sharp and noticeably smoother from beginning to end (usually 7 shaves).

Stanley

GSB and nacet for me.  Polsilver for some reason feels like it doesn't cut well..YMMV!

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 09-30-2015, 05:40 AM
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(09-29-2015, 10:37 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I like Feathers in the mild Pils DE

+1


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 09-30-2015, 05:40 AM
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(09-29-2015, 11:19 PM)BobH Wrote: I like what people call aggressive DEs and find, like the OP, that Feather blades are a bit rough in those. They are very sharp for sure but seem like a SR edge that just isn't quite there by a smidge. Sharp is good but smooth and sharp is better. Haven't tried may DE blades but I like Gillette Silver Blues better as they seem to have both qualities, smooth and sharp.

Bob

+1 on the GSB.  and I also like gillette platinums.

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 09-30-2015, 07:58 AM
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I have only use Feathers on my AS-D2.  I just find them to be a perfect match.

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 09-30-2015, 08:23 AM
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I have never enjoyed these blades!

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 09-30-2015, 08:57 AM
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(09-30-2015, 08:23 AM)celestino Wrote: I have never enjoyed these blades!

I have never found them pleasant with other razors, but Feathers.

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 09-30-2015, 09:33 AM
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(09-30-2015, 08:57 AM)hrfdez Wrote:
(09-30-2015, 08:23 AM)celestino Wrote: I have never enjoyed these blades!
I have never found them pleasant with other razors, but Feathers.

Hector, I can't see myself ordering the AS-D2 for a third time just to try these blades in.  Biggrin

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 09-30-2015, 02:56 PM
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(09-30-2015, 07:58 AM)hrfdez Wrote: I have only use Feathers on my AS-D2.  I just find them to be a perfect match.

+1
Perfect combo.

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 09-30-2015, 04:02 PM
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I love my Feathers, but I guess I have mostly razors that are considered mild shavers. We'll see how much I like them when I pick up something a little more aggressive.

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 09-30-2015, 04:54 PM
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(09-30-2015, 07:58 AM)hrfdez Wrote: XI have only use Feathers on my AS-D2.  I just find them to be a perfect match. 

+1

But, I only do 2 shaves with them.

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 09-30-2015, 04:59 PM
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(09-29-2015, 07:17 PM)parachutefactory Wrote: Feather was a great shaver until I moved on from EJ89 to more aggressive razors.  I opted for smoother, less aggressive blades like nacet, GSb, etc.

I revisited a feather blade for the first time in 6 months today.
I put it in my trusty stealth slant V1, which I deem to be the smoothest shaver out of all razors I have (close second would be DLC weber)

Did a complete 3 pass with it.

WTG - no problem cut really well
XTG - no problem here as well
ATG - cut really well, felt around my face, did a clean up pass where a little rough.

After cold water rinse, my neck has 4~5 weepers.
I have not gotten this many weepers in a very long time. If I do, I usually get one or two, but not this many.
Strangely, the shave didn't feel harsh or irritating at all. It's just that I got a lot of weepers and I was surprised to see blood running down my neck like I am a newbie all over again.


I guess this is an official good bye to feather blades for me.

I had the same problem with Feather blade in my R41 but then recently revisited it in my EJ DE89 and it was perfect. However, I recently bought a 50 pack of Kai blades and I think these might be the ultimate blade for me.

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