01-20-2016, 06:49 PM
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I mentioned in another thread that I just received a Feather SS Kamisori in relation to another topic. I had a question related to the Kamisori and figured I'd start a thread here.

I'll give three points about the Kamisori. All of these, of course, are in my humble opinion.

1. I do not recommend starting your straight razor venture with the Feather Kamisori. I've been using a straight for about six months and found that a well-sharpened straight is more forgiving than the Feather. It's amazing how quickly and easily the feather can cut you if you're not paying attention to what you're doing. I did very well with my first three shaves with the Kamisori, but on the fourth shave, I got a little too confident and too distracted and ended up paying for it. It was easier for me to figure out the angle on a regular straight than the Feather.

2. Once you figure the angle and focus on what you're doing, you are likely to get the smoothest and closest shave that you have ever had. At least that was true for me. With all things being equal (face prep, soap, etc.), I feel that I can get a closer, smoother shave than with any of my regular straights. Mind you, I already get extremely close and smooth shaves with my straights.

3. I'm finding the blades for these shavers do not last long. I'm using the Feather ProGuard blade. Most reviews I've read about these say they're good for up to a dozen shaves. My technique might still be off because I can only use them for about three shaves and I have to toss them. Hopefully, that'll get better as these blades are expensive.

Overall, a fun, enjoyable, and smooth shave.

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 01-20-2016, 06:57 PM
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  • ben74
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Have you tried the Kai Mild blades? They are more forgiving than the Feather Pro. I get about 4 good shaves from them. 

I never enjoyed the Guards (I tried both Feather and Kai), I found the wire cage (or guard) irritating.

I've own 3 versions of the Feather, but sold the newer SS version (with the lip) in preference of the original two (DX and RG)...

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 01-20-2016, 07:03 PM
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(01-20-2016, 06:57 PM)ben74 Wrote: Have you tried the Kai Mild blades? They are more forgiving than the Feather Pro. I get about 4 good shaves from them. 

I never enjoyed the Guards (I tried both Feather and Kai), I found the wire cage (or guard) irritating.

I haven't tried the Kai, yet. I may have misnamed the blades that I have - they're the Feather Professional, not the Pro Guards. The Professionals are supposed to be the next level down from the sharpest feathers.

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 01-20-2016, 07:05 PM
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  • ben74
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There are the following Feather SE blades:

Professional - supposedly equivalent to 4/8 or 5/8 traditional straight

Pro Super - thickest blade, most exposure

Light - thinnest blade, least exposure

Pro Guard - blade wrapped in a wire cage

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 01-20-2016, 07:22 PM
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  • Johnny
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I've tried all three of the above but I preferred the SS.

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My blade of choice was the Kai Captain Mild.  I miss my SS and think I will have to order another in the near future.

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 01-20-2016, 07:35 PM
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I settled on both DX versions and prefer the Pro Guard Blade.
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 01-20-2016, 07:53 PM
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So would these be considered shavette's or would they be classified differently.

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 01-20-2016, 07:54 PM
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Thanks for the post Jairow! I was really considering starting with the Feather but your post gives me pause. Perhaps a milder blade for it might be a solution?

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 01-20-2016, 08:04 PM
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(01-20-2016, 07:35 PM)eengler Wrote: I settled on both DX versions and prefer the Pro Guard Blade.
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Wonderful shots. I do have a question though ... What's the difference between the DX and SS versions?


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 01-20-2016, 08:23 PM
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(01-20-2016, 07:54 PM)NeoXerxes Wrote: Thanks for the post Jairow! I was really considering starting with the Feather but your post gives me pause. Perhaps a milder blade for it might be a solution?

That's highly recommended from what I've read. Let us now if you end up giving that a try.

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 01-20-2016, 08:27 PM
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(01-20-2016, 07:53 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: So would these be considered shavette's or would they be classified differently.

Good question. From what I can tell, that gets pretty hairy, pretty quick. Some say the shavette specifically refers to the Dovo brand. I don't have a problem calling Feathers "shavettes". It's one of those "I know what you mean" kind of deals. What I do know is that the feather blades have rounded ends whereas the DE blades that shavettes use, do not.

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 01-20-2016, 08:29 PM
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(01-20-2016, 08:23 PM)Jairow Wrote:
(01-20-2016, 07:54 PM)NeoXerxes Wrote: Thanks for the post Jairow! I was really considering starting with the Feather but your post gives me pause. Perhaps a milder blade for it might be a solution?

That's highly recommended from what I've read. Let us now if you end up giving that a try.
I certainly will!

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 01-20-2016, 09:03 PM
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(01-20-2016, 08:04 PM)Wrathen Wrote:
(01-20-2016, 07:35 PM)eengler Wrote: I settled on both DX versions and prefer the Pro Guard Blade.

Wonderful shots. I do have a question though ... What's the difference between the DX and SS versions?


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http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=10794&pid=196716#pid196716

This thread has some good info. 

I thought the rounded lip on the SS was OK but preferred the DX edge shape and overall balance. The RG was great as well but it went to a friendSmile

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 01-20-2016, 09:04 PM
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Thanks for your thoughts Jairow.  Never tried these, but do intend to.

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 01-21-2016, 03:36 AM
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(01-20-2016, 08:27 PM)Jairow Wrote:
(01-20-2016, 07:53 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: So would these be considered shavette's or would they be classified differently.

Good question. From what I can tell, that gets pretty hairy, pretty quick. Some say the shavette specifically refers to the Dovo brand. I don't have a problem calling Feathers "shavettes". It's one of those "I know what you mean" kind of deals. What I do know is that the feather blades have rounded ends whereas the DE blades that shavettes use, do not.

I've always wanted a kamisori and the Feather would be a good bet since I wouldn't have to strope or hone. I've had some shavette's and did not care for the quality of shave. Just making sure this won't be on the same lines.

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 01-21-2016, 04:41 AM
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I started my journey into straight type shaving with the SS Kami and a Kai guard blade. That actually worked out ok. First shave with a non-guarded blade did result with me sticking about 1/2" of blade edge directly into my cheek, but that's another story....

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 01-21-2016, 05:08 AM
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(01-20-2016, 07:53 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: So would these be considered shavette's or would they be classified differently.

I think the term shavette refers to straight razors that use half of a regular DE blade.

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 01-21-2016, 05:31 AM
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Waiting for my AC SS Kamisori and Pro Guard blades to be delivered.  Contrary to some of the advice offered (and appreciated) here, this will be my first straight razor experience.  I plan on going extremely slow as I learn, shaving my cheeks only for awhile until I get the hang of it.  And NO PRESSURE seems to be a key point in having success with an AC. Time will tell if this was a good choice to enter the world of straight shaving.

Any other advice for a first time AC user?

Thanks

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 01-21-2016, 05:43 AM
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(01-21-2016, 03:36 AM)FreddieP318ti Wrote:
(01-20-2016, 08:27 PM)Jairow Wrote:
(01-20-2016, 07:53 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: So would these be considered shavette's or would they be classified differently.

Good question. From what I can tell, that gets pretty hairy, pretty quick. Some say the shavette specifically refers to the Dovo brand. I don't have a problem calling Feathers "shavettes". It's one of those "I know what you mean" kind of deals. What I do know is that the feather blades have rounded ends whereas the DE blades that shavettes use, do not.

I've always wanted a kamisori and the Feather would be a good bet since I wouldn't have to strope or hone. I've had some shavette's and did not care for the quality of shave. Just making sure this won't be on the same lines.

Ah, I see. I've never shaved with a shavette that uses DE blades, but I've read enough about the two that I feel confident saying they are definitely not along the same lines.

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 01-21-2016, 05:49 AM
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I've used shavettes before and I'm sure it's a whole different experience than shaving with the Feather.  From what I've read, the Feather may be sharper than any straight could ever be.

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