04-19-2014, 12:53 PM
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  • Johnny
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Note: This review is recovered from the old review section for archival reasons.

Only once in my life did I use a cart razor and that was when I sliced my thumb badly and Donna gave me a few shaves with a Gillette Fusion 5-blade razor. I tried to use it a couple of times and hated it. You had to use a lot of pressure as the razor was so lite and with pressure comes nicks and irritation.

After my travel experiences when I flew to California I knew I did not want to go through that again, so I wanted an alternative to my trusted DE.

Well, in steps Phil with his Feather MR3 neo razor.

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I thought what the heck, I will try almost anything once so I ordered one from Phil. I received the razor and a pack of blades this morning and was quite surprised by the heft of this razor. It is not cheap plastic like the Gillette. The handle is made of stainless steel with some hard rubber trim for a good grip. This razor required no more pressure than my AS-D2 and I got a very nice three pass shave with it.

So if any of you are looking for a travel razor that gives a good shave without any irritation, you might want to consider one of these. It comes with a nice stand that holds the razor when not in use and it has a snap on cover to protect the blade surface. Another feature that I like is that you can lock the blade if you do not want it to pivot.

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 04-19-2014, 01:09 PM
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Nice review, Johnny. This sounds like a good option for travelers. Since I don't fly anywhere any more, I won't need to "suffer the indignity."

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 04-19-2014, 01:15 PM
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Wow, Johnny! That razor is much larger than I had thought.
Can you use different blade-heads or do you have to use the Feather ones?
Thanks for 'taking one for the team' and sharing your thoughts on it. Biggrin

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 04-19-2014, 01:22 PM
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Thanks, Johnny. A few years Go, I did some googling to see if Feather made a cartridge razor that I could use for travel. At the time, the Neo and MR3 could not be obtained in the US, presumably due to some Gillette patents. I was intrigued to see Phil announce that he was carrying them now. It might be worth a try to compare to the Sensor Excel I use for travel now.

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 04-19-2014, 01:22 PM
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(04-19-2014, 01:09 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Nice review, Johnny. This sounds like a good option for travelers. Since I don't fly anywhere any more, I won't need to "suffer the indignity."

No indignity suffered here at all. I rather enjoyed it.

(04-19-2014, 01:15 PM)celestino Wrote: Wow, Johnny! That razor is much larger than I had thought.
Can you use different blade-heads or do you have to use the Feather ones?
Thanks for 'taking one for the team' and sharing your thoughts on it. Biggrin

You have to use either the Feather 3-blade or 2-blade cartridges. No others will work.

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 04-19-2014, 06:12 PM
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Thanks for the review, Johnny. I use a Gillette Guard when flying and cannot obtain DE blades but I may have to consider this.

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 04-19-2014, 06:17 PM
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Nice review, Johnny ... thanks!

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 04-19-2014, 08:48 PM
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Thanks for the update, Johnny!

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 04-20-2014, 09:22 AM
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Excellent review!
How many shaves did you get out if a cartridge?

A while ago i bought disposable Wilkinson razors and the gel strip coupled with tge La Toja lather created a big mess.
Is the feather gel strip ''well behaved ''?

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 04-20-2014, 11:43 AM
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(04-20-2014, 09:22 AM)Galhatz Wrote: Excellent review!
How many shaves did you get out if a cartridge?

A while ago i bought disposable Wilkinson razors and the gel strip coupled with tge La Toja lather created a big mess.
Is the feather gel strip ''well behaved ''?

I found the same problem with the gel strip on the Schick Hydro-5. Our traditional wet shaves are less messy.

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 04-20-2014, 01:10 PM
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Well, I just received the razor yesterday so I'm not sure how many shaves I can get with a cartridge. I have shaved once with the 3-blade cartridge and once with the 2-blade cartridge and the gel strip has not effected either shave. I will say this, if I cannot get 7 shaves out of either I would be very disappointed.

I'm trying to determine which cartridge gives me the better shave. So for after two shaves it's a toss up.

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 04-21-2014, 09:24 AM
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I have decided for my face/skin I prefer the 2-blade cartridge. Just seems to be smoother and I can get a baby smooth shave with no problems at all. Plus, these are $2.00 less expensive than the 3-blade cartridge and you get 10 cartridges Vs 9 cartridges.

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 04-21-2014, 09:33 AM
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I have both as well and like the Sensor/Mach3...the Sensor shaves closer...but I prefer the Fusion for my neck and across the grain for the cheek....(touch up only)(2 blade vs 3 blade)

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 04-23-2014, 06:51 AM
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Johnny,
Could you add a picture if the blade shap-on cover?
It sounds important for a travel razor.
Does it fit both blade types?

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 04-23-2014, 07:48 AM
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(04-23-2014, 06:51 AM)Galhatz Wrote: Johnny,
Could you add a picture if the blade shap-on cover?
It sounds important for a travel razor.
Does it fit both blade types?

If you are referring to the cover that snaps over the cartridge, it comes with the razor but is not included in either package of blades. It fits both but fits tighter with the 3-blade cartridge. Here is the best picture my cheap little cellphone could provide.

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But I will say, for travel I will use the container the cartridges come in as the cartridges fit snugly and won't fall out and they are well protected.

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 04-26-2014, 11:16 AM
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What is this cartridge thing of which you speak????

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 04-26-2014, 11:20 AM
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(04-26-2014, 11:16 AM)wingdo Wrote: What is this cartridge thing of which you speak????

Confused Are you disowning me Doug?

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 04-26-2014, 12:10 PM
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(04-26-2014, 11:16 AM)wingdo Wrote: What is this cartridge thing of which you speak????

My wife gave me the same treatment today...

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 04-26-2014, 12:20 PM
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(04-26-2014, 11:20 AM)Johnny Wrote:
(04-26-2014, 11:16 AM)wingdo Wrote: What is this cartridge thing of which you speak????

Confused Are you disowning me Doug?

(04-26-2014, 12:10 PM)Galhatz Wrote:
(04-26-2014, 11:16 AM)wingdo Wrote: What is this cartridge thing of which you speak????

My wife gave me the same treatment today...

Is she disowning Johnny as well? Laughing1

Johnny now you see why I held on to my heavy handled Trac II and Atra systems. This Feather handle looks really substantial, and if I did not have my 2 blade cartridge systems, this would be the one I would go get because it seems very solid versus the stuff Gillette puts out now a days.

Excellent review. Thanks!

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 04-30-2014, 04:05 PM
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"This Feather handle looks really substantial, and if I did not have my 2 blade cartridge systems, this would be the one I would go get because it seems very solid versus the stuff Gillette puts out now a days."

Gillette is not the only cartridge alternative to the Feather cartridge razor. It mystifies me that Schick (in the USA: Wilkinson in Europe) gets ignored so frequently. Given the prevailing sentiment on shaving forums, I blush to admit that for the past several years, Schick cartridge razors: first Titanium Quattro, then the Hydro 5, then a back-level to the Hydro 3, have been my daily drivers. The Schicks are far superior to the Gillette line; the handle is well-shaped and balanced, and the blades have never failed to provide me with at minimum a DFS, and frequently a BBS. I cannot recall the last time I had a weeper, as the Schick Hydros are virtually nick-proof. I shave every single day, and I usually get about two weeks of shaves per cartridge -- hard to document, because I am not scrupulous about marking down on the calendar when I change blades, but I do so without hesitation when I detect any degradation of the quality of the shave.

(I have long experience with other cartridge razors, starting with the Wilkinson Bonded Blade of the late 1960s, going through the Gillette Trac II (on which I generally used WII Wilkinson blades), Gillette Sensor, and Gillette Mach3, but the Schick Hydro cartridge razors are easily the best of that history. I also have a Standard Razors RAW DE razor, but therein is another and different story.)

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