08-27-2012, 08:36 AM
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I'm a fan of all feather and KAI razors that use the feather and KAI blades. So I treated myself to a new Feather SS with teak scales (thanks to Telly aka TstebinsB). I have owned a SS more then a year ago but didn't like the plastic scales and sold it.

I read that for 2012 they changed the head of the razor somewhat, that might be, couldn't compare.

I really love the beauty of the scales!

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Length closed is 15,5 cm (6,1 inch)

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Weight of the razor 51 grams (1,8 ounce)

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The back is closed except for two small openings, the wood scales are more then deep enough, even with the biggest blade loaded it does not come in contact with the wood. Only disadvantage of these scales, you need to dry them carefully if you want to use the razor for many years to come.

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Length open 22,5 cm (8,86 inch)


I used some antique soap (Gibb's) with a shavemac D01 brush to face (and head) lather, blade was a new Feather Super Professional

Shaving my face I did 2 passes (WTG-ATG) and got a nice clean shave. This razor is much more forgiving then the other Feather (RG,DX) razors and would be recommended for someone that wants to try one of the Feather razors. That being said I really prefer my other feather razors to this SS for my face. They are somewhat more aggressive and maybe because I'm so used to them they give me a even better shave. The RG and DX versions however seem to give some people problems with cuts and nicks (just be careful, no pressure, it's all technique and muscle memory, everyone can do it). It's not that big of a difference in the shave but difficult to describe. To give you a idea this SS gives me the same shave as a Cobra Classic with a feather blade, where as the RG and DX are (IMO) just a little better.

On to the head shave: This was where the SS excelled!! Wow, I always get a BBS shave with one pass on my head with my other feather/kai razors but with this one the shave was MUCH faster, I think you would really have to go sideways during the stroke to cut yourself with the SS. Very long strokes ATG on the front of the head, WTG on the back of the neck. Clear!

Quality of the razor seems very good, loading a blade is very simple and I believe that the spring inside will be just as reliable as with the other versions (I have opened and closed them hundreds of times without a problem). Tip: After every shave turn the blade around so the full length of the blade gets used. I always clean the blade under hot water and give it a wipe with a cloth to remove any residue. For those on a tight budget it's possible to use the blades for a long time (I get about 15 shaves out of one without resorting to this). Just use a strop with diamant paste on it or some lapping film to touch up the blade.

I think I'll keep this one especially for head shaving. Now if they would only make some Feather SS or DX non folding with teak scales .....

Over the last year my collection of DE's and straights has decreased significantly and my collection of Feather and KAI's has grown. I just kept 7 excellent straights, and 3 safety razors (2 DE's and a Cobra Classic). Personally the Feather system gives me the greatest results and pleasure in shaving and that's what's all about isn't it?

Have a nice shave, Ron

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 08-27-2012, 08:41 AM
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Those really are beautiful scales, and the blade is rather elegant too.

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 08-27-2012, 10:42 AM
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That is definitely a great looking razor. That's pretty amazing to get that many shaves with one blade.

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 08-27-2012, 10:57 PM
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Thanks, when I first started using feather blades it was only 5 or so shaves a blade. Over time it got better and better. Just like when I started with straights, at first the blade would loose it's sharpness after 2 or 3 shaves and I couldn't understand how others keep there razors sharp for longer periods.

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 08-28-2012, 08:43 PM
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Ron, wow, that is a gorgeous razor and i hope you are enjoying the shaves.

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 08-29-2012, 08:48 AM
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I have now shaved 4 times with it. It's a good shaver but not as good as my DX or Kai excelia when used on my face. For head shaving it's just as good as the DX and Kai but allows to shave even faster due to less risk of cuts thanks to the special rounding above the blade.

So either I'm going to keep it just for head shaving (but that means having to use 2 different razors each time I shave) or maybe I'm going to let it go after a week of more testing.

The SS is like a DX with training wheels ;-) Good for someone who starts with these kind of razors or is prone to cuts and nicks. I know after 4 shaves that it won't replace my other razors. But it is a beauty with those scales!

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