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Review 07-21-2013, 02:33 PM #1
Disclaimer: This review is in no way the opinion or endorsement of The Shave Nook

Feather AS-D2 Stainless DE Razor

I love this razor

There has been a lot written about the AS-D1 and how mild it was and not worth the money and I even had one and sold it because it was to mild for me even though I like a mild DE razor.

Well, I’m here to tell you the new AS-D2 is also a mild razor, but nothing like the AS-D1 was. The good folks at Feather made just enough changes to the head design to keep it mild but make it shave.

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I don’t believe anyone can argue that this is not a quality built razor, at least I cannot. It feels good in my hand and with my Personna Med Prep Blade, it feels good on my face. I have no problems at all in getting a DFS in two passes.

If you like mild razors and don’t mind spending the money for something that will last you a life time, I highly recommend the Feather AS-D2 DE Razor.

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 07-21-2013, 02:45 PM
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  • slantman
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Nice review Johnny. I am glad you like this razor and it shaves to your satisfaction.

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 07-21-2013, 05:00 PM
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  • ben74
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Good review Johnny. While I did not experience the issues that others reported with the D1, I do concur that the D2 is an improvement. For me the D2 doesn't necessarily shave any better, but it is certainly less fussy when it comes to finding the correct cutting angle. Like its predecessor it is a finely crafted instrument. It is perfect for those that prefer a less aggressive razor and suffer skin sensitivity related issues.

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 07-21-2013, 05:22 PM
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Thanks for the review Johnny. Now I want one of these. I too found the AS D1 to be too mild even though I prefer mild to medium razors.

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 07-21-2013, 05:23 PM
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Good review, Johnny, thanks. I am one for whom the AS-D1 shaves very well, so for me it is simply not worth the cost of the AS-D2 for what probably would be just a minor improvement if any.

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 07-21-2013, 07:37 PM
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Very nice review, Johnny.
I agree, though still very mild, now I can actually use the A1-D2 razor and get a shave out of it, something the mildnes of the D1 did not allow me.

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 07-21-2013, 07:49 PM
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  • ben74
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Claus, I find the D1 and D2 shave exactly the same for me, but the D2 is definitely easier to use in terms of angle requirement.

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 07-22-2013, 12:26 AM
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(This post was last modified: 07-22-2013, 12:27 AM by CHSeifert.)
(07-21-2013, 07:49 PM)ben74 Wrote:  Claus, I find the D1 and D2 shave exactly the same for me, but the D2 is definitely easier to use in terms of angle requirement.

Maybe the D1 had a blind angle that I never saw Smile
I gave the D1 10-12 shaves and it could
never cut my beard. The D2 works better for me. Still my mildest razor by far.....and not usable on more than 2 days growth......

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 07-22-2013, 10:07 AM
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  • freddy
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Gents, I was just wondering if those of you who own (or have owned) this razor and have posted comments here would consider giving it an overall star rating.

I'm making this up but, Claus, let's say you think it's worth three stars overall and Ben, you think it is a four star razor. Then John decides it is a solid five. The stars shown would be your average and it would be good to compare it with the original poster's (in this case Johnny) overall star rating. I'd like to see this done with all reviews in all categories and not just this one razor.

Thanks for considering this. Smile

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 07-22-2013, 10:31 AM
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  • Samjax
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Hard to do a star rating on the D2 unless you first categorize it by its shaving aggression - at least in my mind.

Nevertheless, I'll give it a shot.

Build quality: 4 out of 5. If it were machined instead of sintered, I would give it a 5. If sintered is fine by you, then I would say 5 out of 5. It's better built overall than the Weber and iKon sintered shavers.

Shave quality: In the very mild to mild category, I would give it a 5 out of 5. It shaves very much like a watered down Weber. If mild is your thing, you're gonna love the D2. If you like more spice to your shave, take a pass on the D2, there are far better and cheaper options.

Sent from my SGH-T889 using Tapatalk 2

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 07-22-2013, 12:37 PM
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  • freddy
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(07-22-2013, 10:31 AM)Samjax Wrote:  Hard to do a star rating on the D2 unless you first categorize it by its shaving aggression - at least in my mind.

Nevertheless, I'll give it a shot.

Build quality: 4 out of 5. If it were machined instead of sintered, I would give it a 5. If sintered is fine by you, then I would say 5 out of 5. It's better built overall than the Weber and iKon sintered shavers.

Shave quality: In the very mild to mild category, I would give it a 5 out of 5. It shaves very much like a watered down Weber. If mild is your thing, you're gonna love the D2. If you like more spice to your shave, take a pass on the D2, there are far better and cheaper options.

Sent from my SGH-T889 using Tapatalk 2

Thanks, Samjax. Smile

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 07-22-2013, 02:50 PM
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Build quality: 5/5
Effectiveness of shave: 2/5
Mildness: 5/5
Aggressiveness: 1/5

This razor does cut hair, something the D1 didn't on my stubbles, but if I have anything longer than 2 days stubble, the D2 is totally worthless, even with a new Feather blade installed.

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 07-27-2013, 10:40 AM
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  • celestino
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Thanks for all the info, gents! i am actually considering trying one after having tried the AS-D1 twice! Blush

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 08-01-2013, 10:17 AM
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  • Obie
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Falling pray to the Feather DE — again
Gentlemen, somethings in life draw us like a magnetic. Some even become an obsession. Kim Novak for me, for instance — but don't get me started on that.

Then there is the Feather stainless steel double edge razor. Oh yes, I am drawn to that razor like a magnet. I Think I went through four SS D-1 models, in the end giving up on the razor, because it failed to give me an acceptable shave.

Now, I am not neurotic about getting that perfect shave, especially on the neck, with the DE or the straight razor. A comfortable shave is more important to me than a crystal smooth shave. The D-1 was just impossible despite all my effort in experimenting and improvising with angles, blades, and so on.

I saw hope in the D-2 version and spent a fortune on one with the stand. The shave was good, comfortable, and the razor and stand looked quite handsome in the shave den. It also had the same impeccable workmanship as the D-1. The balance was ideal, the length of the razor, the feel of it, from the finish to the knurling on the handle, and I like a shave head that encloses the entire blade. Exposed blade tabs, especially those on the Gillettes, have never made sense to me.

I must note that thus far no stainless steel DE razor matches the Weber for its shave — for me. The Weber with Personna "red packs." The Weber would dazzle if the finish and texture were a bit smoother, like that on the Feather. Still, it is a well made razor and well worth the price.

I have a tough and unruly beard and an extremely sensitive skin. That's why I had to let go of all my aggressive razors, including the open combs that were crowned with a beautiful 7-day set of Joris. The Weber, the Edwin Jagger and the Muhle razors — since both have similar shave heads — are ideal for me. And now Feather D-2.

The Feather D-2 proved far superior to the D-1 in my shave. A far more comfortable shave, at that. The D-1 frustrated me; the D-2 pampered me. Yet I sold my D-2 along with the stand. I am not sure why except that I rarely used it, or my other DE razors, since I shave mostly with the straight razor. It did not take me long to regret having sold it, although it went to a gentleman member here, who deserves nothing but the best.

Yet here I am again with the Feather SS D-2. I bought one this week. No stand this time, because I was tapped out. I am looking for a used one at a far lower price.

The workmanship is superb, the sculpted texture smooth. The balance is perfect — for me — and the razor tucks in my hand as if it were made for me. The shave, the most important element, is close and comfortable.

Perhaps there is no single reason why I am drawn to the Feather D-2. There many reasons. The Feather D-2 has my name on it because of all the qualities I require of a DE razor. This time around my Feather stays in the shave den, even if I only might shave with it once in a while. On the other hand, I find myself using the DE razors more than before, scattering them among the my straights in the rotation.

And you, gentlemen, are you drawn to the Feather the way I am? Thanks.

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 08-01-2013, 10:20 AM
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  • Johnny
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Obie, you do have a way with words. Thanks for posting in the review.

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 08-01-2013, 10:30 AM
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I've always thought the quality and finish of that razor to be superior to any other stainless steel DE razor, it's the ultimate desirable DE razor to my eyes, I could look at that razor sitting in it's stand in the same way I would approach and view a fine piece of sculpture in an Art gallery, simply beautiful.

Jamie

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 08-01-2013, 10:38 AM
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  • Obie
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(08-01-2013, 10:30 AM)Jamie Mahoney Wrote:  I've always thought the quality and finish of that razor to be superior to any other stainless steel DE razor, it's the ultimate desirable DE razor to my eyes, I could look at that razor sitting in it's stand in the same way I would approach and view a fine piece of sculpture in an Art gallery, simply beautiful.

Jamie
Well said, Jamie, my friend. It is an impressive razor. A work of art, indeed.

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 10-29-2013, 02:51 AM
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Hello. I have a merkur 34c And I am looking to upgrade. I was wondering how the merkur 34c compares to the feather as-d2 in shave quality and feel and closeness. Of course everyone will notice something difference but I was wondering what your openings are. Or if you guys have any other suggestions for upgrading from the merkur 34c.

Thanks.

Steve.

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 10-29-2013, 03:29 AM
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  • Obie
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Steve,
The Feather D-2 is a fine shaver, although relatively mild. You might like it. If I were moving up from the Merkur 34C, I would go for the Weber.

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 10-29-2013, 08:06 AM
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Thank you

I will give the weber a try.

Steve.

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