06-22-2021, 07:23 AM
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For starters, I tried the Feather based on a general consensus on them to be the sharpest. I have to admit when I used a Feather, I was marveling at my results after the shave. I always get close shaves, but this just somehow seemed closer. I generally prefer to use them in milder razors. Having heard a lot of people mentioning Kai and them being on the same level as the Feather in terms of sharpness, I finally decided to try them. 


Deciding to do a side by side comparison, my results are rather simple. Both blades performed well, no surprise there. I found the Kai to "feel" more aggressive and the Feather felt mild in comparison. The Feather actually seemed to be smoother for me than the Kai. It didn't necessarily feel aggressive at all. For my money, I would pick the Feather. The Kai work well and I have no problem using them, I just won't likely replace them when I'm done. As usual, YMMV. This is just my experience with the blades. 

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 06-22-2021, 08:00 AM
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Feather is definitely sharper on first use while the Kai's additional width gives it greater exposure. Those are objective observations. How they feel vis a vis each other depends completely on how each is used (particularly pressure given the difference in exposure).

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 06-22-2021, 08:33 AM
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(06-22-2021, 08:00 AM)jmudrick Wrote: Feather is definitely sharper on first use while the Kai's additional width gives it greater exposure. Those are objective observations. How they feel vis a vis each other depends completely on how each is used (particularly pressure given the difference in exposure).

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That would likely explain the different feel. I used similar razors and hopefully consistent pressure to try to make the comparison as apples to apples as possible.

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 06-22-2021, 09:11 AM
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Presuming the Feather is sharpest, it's also perhaps more fragile and may not last as long as the less-sharp Kai.  (I dunno nuttin' about Kai.)  There may be a point when the Feather dulls or becomes less efficient, and the Kai could surpass it by holding its less-perfect edge longer.  While the Feather excelled on the first shave, would it still edge-out the Kai after a few shaves with each blade?
("Edge out" See what I did there?)
- Bax

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 06-22-2021, 09:23 AM
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(06-22-2021, 09:11 AM)Bax Wrote: Presuming the Feather is sharpest, it's also perhaps more fragile and may not last as long as the less-sharp Kai.  (I dunno nuttin' about Kai.)  There may be a point when the Feather dulls or becomes less efficient, and the Kai could surpass it by holding its less-perfect edge longer.  While the Feather excelled on the first shave, would it still edge-out the Kai after a few shaves with each blade?
("Edge out" See what I did there?)
- Bax

Those are good points. Longevity and keeping an edge are different topics. Haha! I usually just use a blade 3-4 times and switch regardless. I did a couple shaves with both, but not enough to really do a long term comparison. I just really like the feel after a Feather shave.

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 06-22-2021, 11:21 AM
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I was disappointed with my first Feather shave.
I was expecting it to tickle.
 - Bax

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 06-22-2021, 11:50 AM
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(06-22-2021, 09:11 AM)Bax Wrote: Presuming the Feather is sharpest, it's also perhaps more fragile and may not last as long as the less-sharp Kai.  (I dunno nuttin' about Kai.)  There may be a point when the Feather dulls or becomes less efficient, and the Kai could surpass it by holding its less-perfect edge longer.  While the Feather excelled on the first shave, would it still edge-out the Kai after a few shaves with each blade?
("Edge out" See what I did there?)
- Bax
When refinedshave did their objective tests the Kai was sharper than the Feather after 2 beard and head shaves FWIW. Shark was the only other stainless blade to show significant degradation in sharpness after one shave.

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 06-22-2021, 12:38 PM
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Now Mike Distress needs to re-do this test with SE razor and blades - which gives him a great excuse to buy more gear Biggrin

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 06-22-2021, 12:42 PM
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(06-22-2021, 12:38 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Now Mike Distress needs to re-do this test with SE razor and blades - which gives him a great excuse to buy more gear Biggrin

If I read Mike’s sense of adventure, 10:1 says he will Wink

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 06-22-2021, 01:01 PM
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This is an interesting conversation. I use Kai blades occasionally in a Tech razor. Feather blades, gee, not in at least four or five years.. I’ve been stuck in Personna mode for so long, you’re making me think I should revisit the Feathers. Must include a tuck or two on my next order.

My faded memory lends this analogous thought - Feather blades remind me of Johnny Walker Red, whereas Kai blades are more Johnny Walker Black.

I’m sorry Facepalm

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 06-22-2021, 01:03 PM
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(06-22-2021, 11:50 AM)jmudrick Wrote: "...Shark was the only other stainless blade to show significant degradation in sharpness after one shave."

OH NO!!!  I just bought 100 Shark blades!  Ugh.  Just my luck.  :-(
- Bax

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 06-22-2021, 01:22 PM
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(06-22-2021, 01:03 PM)Bax Wrote:
(06-22-2021, 11:50 AM)jmudrick Wrote: "...Shark was the only other stainless blade to show significant degradation in sharpness after one shave."

OH NO!!!  I just bought 100 Shark blades!  Ugh.  Just my luck.  :-(
- Bax
Sharpness isn't everything. At least I get perfectly good shaves with my Treet, good Derbys, and a whole lot of other blades that don't rank high in objective sharpness.

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 06-22-2021, 03:45 PM
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(06-22-2021, 12:38 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Now Mike Distress needs to re-do this test with SE razor and blades - which gives him a great excuse to buy more gear Biggrin

Thanks. Enabler.  Biggrin

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 06-22-2021, 03:51 PM
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(06-22-2021, 12:42 PM)chazt Wrote:
(06-22-2021, 12:38 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Now Mike Distress needs to re-do this test with SE razor and blades - which gives him a great excuse to buy more gear Biggrin

If I read Mike’s sense of adventure, 10:1 says he will Wink

Are those the official odds in Vegas? Interestingly, I have been curious about SE razors, but not sure yet. Reading all this I do think I should reconnect another test. There is some very valid info I hadn't really thought of. I was just doing a quick, basic comparison. I know initial sharpness may not be the best marker. This goes to a new thread I had been debating on posting. It kind of compares shaving and guitars. I see a lot of folks like to get a shave or two in before hitting their sweet spot. Guitar string are not very different. A lot of players won't string up right before playing/recoding. They will restring a little before and break the strings in. Besides stretching the strings, (Here is where the shaving comparison comes in) they like to wear them in a bit to take off the initial shrill/brightness of the string. A very similar, if different, concept.

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 06-22-2021, 04:22 PM
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(06-22-2021, 03:51 PM)Mike Distress Wrote: ... Besides stretching the strings, (Here is where the shaving comparison comes in) they like to wear them in a bit to take off the initial shrill/brightness of the string. A very similar, if different, concept.

Gee, Mike, maybe next time you get new guitar strings, you could try vigorously wiping them down with old "bloom water," some after-shave balm, and a few stubby whiskers to see if that helps get rid of the bright shrillness.  That would combine two of your favorite interests!  Win-win!

You're welcome.

- Bax the Good Idea Man
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 06-22-2021, 04:51 PM
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(06-22-2021, 04:22 PM)Bax Wrote:
(06-22-2021, 03:51 PM)Mike Distress Wrote: ... Besides stretching the strings, (Here is where the shaving comparison comes in) they like to wear them in a bit to take off the initial shrill/brightness of the string. A very similar, if different, concept.

Gee, Mike, maybe next time you get new guitar strings, you could try vigorously wiping them down with old "bloom water," some after-shave balm, and a few stubby whiskers to see if that helps get rid of the bright shrillness.  That would combine two of your favorite interests!  Win-win!

You're welcome.

- Bax the Good Idea Man
   :-)

Back when I was 19 and playing bass, I used to boil the strings not having money to buy new ones. It actually did work, but only briefly. It would take off a lot of the dirt and other stuff.

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 06-23-2021, 06:51 AM
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 06-23-2021, 04:24 PM
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(06-23-2021, 06:51 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: [Image: 192707899_3905379552923228_5992999493418...e=60D7C690]
I had one growing up and I used to sell them. Still have no idea what to do with one.

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