Poll: Feather VS Kai
 01-13-2017, 09:39 PM
  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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(01-11-2017, 03:12 AM)Snuff Wrote: No love for the Kai here, just not my blade. Love the Feather

Switch Kai and Feather in this sentence and it would describe my experience. YMMV

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 01-14-2017, 04:50 AM
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Feather for me. Kai gave me the tuggiest shaves I've ever had.

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 01-14-2017, 03:41 PM
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(01-14-2017, 04:50 AM)yiannid Wrote: Feather for me. Kai gave me the tuggiest shaves I've ever had.

^ yes, this for me too

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 01-14-2017, 04:06 PM
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I have both but have not tried the Kai's yet. I hope to use one tomorrow. I really like Feather blades though so hopefully the Kai blades will work out. I know they cost quite a bit more than Feathers so probably not "worth" the extra money over the Feathers.

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 01-28-2017, 07:10 PM
  • SRNewb
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  • No. Va, USA
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I just shaved with a Kai for the first time tonight. Fabulous shave with my R41. Smooth and sharp.
However, I voted Feather because I have used them extensively enough that they are a known quantity; I only have one shave on the Kai.
After the shave I just had, knee jerk reaction? Flip a coin. It's that close.

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 01-28-2017, 07:43 PM
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I have great results from Kai, all the way around. Easily my favorite.

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 02-13-2017, 02:48 PM
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you guys have to do this thread all over again but with SE!

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 06-11-2017, 03:25 AM
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For me Feathers hands down!! The Kai blades feel thicker in hand and I can also feel that through the shave.
The edge wasn't as good as a feather and didn't have that same sharpness.
Now I don't know the thickness of each blade or what the difference would be at the edge, but it feels like the feather is a thinner sharper edge to me!?!
Of course that could completely wrong hahaha but that's how they feel in use for me

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 06-27-2017, 02:35 AM
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(01-28-2017, 07:43 PM)brothers Wrote: I have great results from Kai, all the way around. Easily my favorite.

I go with the Brothers on this. 

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 06-27-2017, 04:46 AM
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I have been using Feathers for years, among others, and only just tried the Kai when a friend sent a 5 pack. So two blades in on the Kai and I'd say they are equal to the Feather in sharpness, and maybe a tad smoother. I'd rate them both the same on my particular face/neck. OTOH, I need to try more examples of the Kai to be certain.

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 06-27-2017, 05:44 PM
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Only 6 months into DE shaving but for me it's:
Kai - clearly better/smoother
Feather - second best
The other 8 I've tried so far - noticeably less sharp/smooth/comfortable than the two above

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 07-17-2017, 11:56 PM
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I want to like Kai's because they are slightly wider than other DE blades.  In my head, I feel they should offer a little more aggressive shave.
But my reality is that Kai blades are a little on the rough side for me.  Feather blades always give me a nice shave. 
Oh sure, I'll get the occasional rough 1st shave.  But on the whole, QA control seems to be top notch.

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 07-18-2017, 04:59 AM
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(07-17-2017, 11:56 PM)Blain Wrote: I want to like Kai's because they are slightly wider than other DE blades. 

I think that if you put a KAI blade on top of a Feather blade, or put a Feather blade on top of a KAI blade, and line them up, you will find that the two blades are the same width. The KAIs are thicker (heavier gauge) than the Feathers, and the Feathers have a very slightly larger diameter of the round holes in the blade than the KAIs do.

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 07-18-2017, 09:23 AM
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Kai for me too is a better performer. As already stated by some, KAIs are stiffer and thicker comparatively and hence for me is a lesser chance to cut myself. I do use a Shavette once in a while and Feather always give me a few nicks but KAIs, never.

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 07-19-2017, 01:41 AM
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The Kai's I have been buying are slightly wider than other DE blades I've used.
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 07-19-2017, 02:30 AM
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Kai blades are not unusually thick blades as measured by micrometer, or by Kai's published specifications. Urban legend. T=Thickness below. .10mm = .003937"

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Gillette Silver Blue 0.0038"
Gillette Astra SP 0.0036"
Gillette Super Thin 0.0040"
Polsilver Super Iridium 0.0036"
Iridium Super 0.0036"
Polsilver Stainless (russian) 0.0040"
Personna Lab 0.0041"
Personna Med 0.0041"
Rapira Platinum Lux 0.0039"
Rapira Swedish SS 0.0041"
Bolzano Superinox 0.0041"

Thus 8/17 other blades measured are as thick as the Kai.

Published specification is equal to micrometer reading:

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 07-19-2017, 07:10 AM
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Just received 20 five packs. Shaved with one 5 times now. Two pass shaves. My usual is 2-3 shaves with other blades, Feather included. To me they are as sharp as a Feather but smoother, longer lasting. YMMV.

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