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Just bought the Feather AS-D2 - please share your thoughts here....
03-27-2013, 09:54 AM (This post was last modified: 03-27-2013 09:56 AM by CHSeifert.)
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Received the Feather AS-D2, extremely nice cherry wood colored box.
Even better presentation than the the old model Cool

The razor is flawless, perfect finish.
The head is redesigned, so it WILL NOT match the Ikon OSS/OC/SB head plate anymore Undecided

But it still looks to be just as mild, but they seem to redesign the head to avoid Ikon head plates and the likes to match the Feather head......

This is a somewhat downer for me, because it was my intention to use the OSS head plate if the Feather version 2 did not work better than the Version 1 did.

I will test shave it next week.
Have 12-15 DE razors coming in this week, and I'm busy at work - so can not post pics before next week or the week after that. Sorry.......
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03-27-2013, 05:32 PM
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RE: Just bought the Feather AS-D2 - please share your thoughts here....
Thanks for the update Claus, looking forward to reading how it shaves (when you have time of course).
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03-29-2013, 02:17 PM (This post was last modified: 03-29-2013 02:18 PM by CHSeifert.)
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A little update Smile

I got the chance to shave with it this evening - but only had 1 day stubble - and to my HUGE surprise, the Feather AS-D2 actually cut some of my stubbles this time Biggrin
DE Blade used: Feather DE (brand new)

I have owned the Feather AS-D1 TWICE, and sold it TWICE - because neither could cut my stubble at all.

The new Feather AS-D2 is still very mild, but it did cut a noticeable amount of stubble in 2 passes.
It still had problems with my neck and jaw line area - and I think it will always have this problem in this area - my stubbles are very thick and coarse in that area - even my R41 2011 head needs 2 passes to remove all in that area.

But so far I'm glad I bought and tested the Feather AS D2 version. It will never be my preferred first pass razor, but it could be and nice addition to my collection, used as a second pass razor.

I will try it on 3-4 days stubbles later and report back here, what my observations were.
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03-29-2013, 07:56 PM
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Cant wait to hear you're thoughts on the ASD2 Razor, the Feather 1 was two mild I as well bought and sold a few of them. It seemed to mild so hopefully the 2 makes up for the first.
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04-02-2013, 07:34 AM
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Just received my new Feather. In contrast to the first model this one will IMHO be a big success, used a Feather blade and got BBS on both head and face without trouble. Very mild but also very effective shave, could easily hear and feel if the angle used was correctly, no touch ups or buffing needed anywhere, did 3 passes WTG, XTG and ATG on the face and WTG and ATG on my head. Very very happy with this razor, and that's from someone who uses Feather DX razors most of the time. Let's just hope they are all good and not like the previous one where some of them where useless as a shaving tool.
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04-02-2013, 08:45 AM
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The AS-D2 top cap is compatible with the iKon Standard & Deluxe base plates, just not the OSS.
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04-02-2013, 08:52 AM
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I don't believe any of this. Not one picture in this thread.Biggrin
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04-02-2013, 08:57 AM
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(04-02-2013 08:45 AM)suffolksupplies Wrote:  The AS-D2 top cap is compatible with the iKon Standard & Deluxe base plates, just not the OSS.

Paul, welcome to The Shave Nook. We are so glad you have chosen to join us.
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04-02-2013, 10:25 AM
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(04-02-2013 08:52 AM)Johnny Wrote:  I don't believe any of this. Not one picture in this thread.Biggrin

anything to please you ;-)

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04-02-2013, 10:31 AM
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Thanks Snuff. Now if Claus will post some pics of the nice presentation box we are all set. Also glad to see that scuttle. I just ordered one like that with the tricolors on it.
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04-02-2013, 01:51 PM (This post was last modified: 04-02-2013 02:18 PM by CHSeifert.)
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(04-02-2013 08:45 AM)suffolksupplies Wrote:  The AS-D2 top cap is compatible with the iKon Standard & Deluxe base plates, just not the OSS.

Paul is right, and I'm wrong !

I only tested it with my OSS head, but forgot that both the OC (Ikon Open Comb DeLuxe) and SB (Ikon Closed Comb) head have trails as long as the head is wide that will make the new Feather AS-D2 top cap fit both.

So only Feather D1 head fits the Ikon OSS head.

However read on in my next post here, and you will understand why I won't be interested in swapping heads in the new Feather AS-D2 Smile

I own 6 Ikon razors, 2 OSS, 2 OC and 2 SB heads - and enjoy them all, but the Ikon heads will NOT end up in my new Version 2 Feather DE razor Wink

(04-02-2013 10:31 AM)Johnny Wrote:  Thanks Snuff. Now if Claus will post some pics of the nice presentation box we are all set. Also glad to see that scuttle. I just ordered one like that with the tricolors on it.

I'm taking pics of the box and Feather AS-D2 as soon as I get home from work.

I have worked 120 hours the last 10 days.......

Have had a lot of overtime during the Easter holiday, got 3 times extra salary, so could not afford to turn it down - this Easter have paid for my latest 12 DE razor haul and my Simpson custom brush 5-way order BadgerThumbsup

Just used my new Feather AS-D2 on 4 days stubbles.

The 2 Feather AS-D1 I bought in 2012 could simply not cut my 3-4 days stubble, they may have removed something like 15-20% in 3 passes, but if I continued doing more passes after that, they both cold not cut more stubble.

People at other shaving forums told me it was my technique, or should I say lack of proper technique, I never accepted this answer because I knew I used all angles and and no pressure, mid pressure and HIGH pressure to no avail.

Feather DE fans still would not accept it, and kept on telling discouraged Feather Version 1 fans, that it was down to their technique and you needed to learn to master the Feather Version 1 before you could place a verdict on it and its qualities.

I called BS and still call BS on this.
If you have to spend 20-30 shaves in order to 'master' a DE razor, the razor is not worth cr-p in my book. Just being honest here !

Now the new Feather AS-D2 looks to have the exact same head as the old one.
Only difference I can see is that they have added two outer bevels at the bottom of the hard plate.

But when I used the Version 2 Feather DE this morning on my almost 4 day stubble, it actually removed some hair Shok

I didn't have to use the touch of a Druid or the magic angle of a troll from Lord of the Rings, I just used a little more steep angle than usual, and it actually removed some of my whiskers in the first WTG pass - I actually felt this mild razor working pretty effectively W00t

The second XTG did also turn out pretty well, but I definitely still needed a third pass.
This razor can never be a 2-pass razor for me.

The third ATG pass removed so much of my hair stubbles that I will say it gave me a DFS - and no razor burn at all. I used a Feather DE blade which had been used 1 time before.

I still need to do a couple or 5 more shaves with this razor before I can give it my final verdict - but I no longer see the benefit from using an Ikon head plate in this razor.
The standard components now work on my stubbles, which are pretty coarse, curly and stiff for a blonde Scandinavian guy.

I still think this razor is best suited for guys with moderate to mild beard growth and for Asian men, which tend to have a more soft and less stiff beard type.

But so far I will rate the new Feather AS-D2 like this:

Design: 10/10 - flawless brushed matte yet still milk grey chrome & comes in a nice presentation box in fake cherrywood
Effectiveness: 7/10 - cuts the beard, but you need at least 3 passes to get a DFS
Mildness: 9/10 - but actually cut the whiskers, and you do hear some cutting going on now
Quality and feel of the razor: 10/10
Price: 7/10 - very expensive, but now actually worth it.

Overall verdict: 8/10*

*This based on 2 shaves with it !
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04-02-2013, 04:21 PM (This post was last modified: 04-02-2013 04:22 PM by CHSeifert.)
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(04-02-2013 10:31 AM)Johnny Wrote:  Thanks Snuff. Now if Claus will post some pics of the nice presentation box we are all set. Also glad to see that scuttle. I just ordered one like that with the tricolors on it.

Here are some pics for you, Johnny Smile

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Among some of its new friends Biggrin
Still have 18 more new DE razors coming in the next 2-3 weeks........Cool
Can you pick out the Feaher DE Tongue

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04-02-2013, 05:01 PM
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Thank-you Claus and Snuff for sharing your opinions on the D2. Sounds as though it may be still be too mild for my tastes. It does however look ever bit as good as the D1 in terms of appearance.
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04-02-2013, 05:44 PM
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Thanks so much for the reviews. I also owned the AS-D1 on two separate occasions but sold it because it was too mild. I might have to give the AS-D2 a chance, for science!

Claus, WOW, what an impressive collection of razors you have! Thanks for sharing those pics!
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04-02-2013, 05:53 PM
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I currently still have the AS-D1 handle and stand, the best components out of the AS-D1 package imo. Intrigued about the head design, but I will not plunk down the coin in order to have duplicate Feather handles.
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04-02-2013, 08:02 PM
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I now kind of regret not buying the stand after all (didn't at first because if the razor was anything like the first version it would only be more money spend needlessly).

I don't think the razor is to mild, I find it very effective at was it does, after 3 passes with no touch ups there was nothing that in any way could give me a more BBS. Compared to a R41 for instance the shave is just as close but it's done in a buttery smooth way. All this is only my personal impressions of course.

Now all I have to do is decide what razor to let go off as the rule here is one in is one out.
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04-02-2013, 10:45 PM
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Claus, thanks for the pictures. In your last picture the Feather is top row, last razor on the right.

Thanks again
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04-02-2013, 11:35 PM (This post was last modified: 04-02-2013 11:39 PM by CHSeifert.)
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(04-02-2013 07:34 AM)Snuff Wrote:  Just received my new Feather. In contrast to the first model this one will IMHO be a big success, used a Feather blade and got BBS on both head and face without trouble. Very mild but also very effective shave, could easily hear and feel if the angle used was correctly, no touch ups or buffing needed anywhere, did 3 passes WTG, XTG and ATG on the face and WTG and ATG on my head. Very very happy with this razor, and that's from someone who uses Feather DX razors most of the time. Let's just hope they are all good and not like the previous one where some of them where useless as a shaving tool.

Hey Snuff, isn't it weird we both had trouble getting Version 1 to work, and we both seem to get good to great shaves with Version 2 - yet the blade exposure and blade gap + entire head construction seem to be identical between the new and the old version except for the two bevels on the bottom.......

By the way if you ever start collecting DE razors like I do, you will not care about getting the stand - most of the razors I own don't even come with a stand......you can't buy one for them all anyway.

I look at it this way, why own 3-4 stands for your 3-4 razors, when you own 40+ razors, and 30 of them you can't even get a stand for.....I just sold my old Feather stand for €30, since I don't use stands for razors......

Only the Mühle Stylo Thuja wood I have in my bathroom is resting on a stand, together with the Stylo Thuja wood brush - but that's the only one because I got it as a gift set.
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04-03-2013, 12:12 AM
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(04-02-2013 08:02 PM)Snuff Wrote:  I now kind of regret not buying the stand after all (didn't at first because if the razor was anything like the first version it would only be more money spend needlessly).

I don't think the razor is to mild, I find it very effective at was it does, after 3 passes with no touch ups there was nothing that in any way could give me a more BBS. Compared to a R41 for instance the shave is just as close but it's done in a buttery smooth way. All this is only my personal impressions of course.

Now all I have to do is decide what razor to let go off as the rule here is one in is one out.

My only argument would be number of passes.

One pass with the R41 (and some touch ups) versus 3 passes with the Feather.

I find multiple passes can (not always) create a little irritation.

That said, comfort is as important to me as closeness. Expediency while preferable is by no means imperative.

Bottom line, I wanted to be convinced I didn't need to try this razor...
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04-03-2013, 12:47 AM
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(04-03-2013 12:12 AM)ben74 Wrote:  
(04-02-2013 08:02 PM)Snuff Wrote:  I now kind of regret not buying the stand after all (didn't at first because if the razor was anything like the first version it would only be more money spend needlessly).

I don't think the razor is to mild, I find it very effective at was it does, after 3 passes with no touch ups there was nothing that in any way could give me a more BBS. Compared to a R41 for instance the shave is just as close but it's done in a buttery smooth way. All this is only my personal impressions of course.

Now all I have to do is decide what razor to let go off as the rule here is one in is one out.

My only argument would be number of passes.

One pass with the R41 (and some touch ups) versus 3 passes with the Feather.

I find multiple passes can (not always) create a little irritation.

That said, comfort is as important to me as closeness. Expediency while preferable is by no means imperative.

Bottom line, I wanted to be convinced I didn't need to try this razor...

Ben, you know you'll own it in a matter of months anyway - you're a collector Wink
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