on November 16, 2013
Here is a case of getting what you pay for. I was very hesitant to spend this much money on yet another safety razor. In the past I've purchased three different Merkur razors and found them all lacking. By chance I tried a very inexpensive Feather razor (less than $20 here on Amazon) and found it to be very very good. It has a plastic handle and a rather cheap butterfly head, but it gave a very smooth shave with minimal irritation. This led me to investigate the high-end Feather razor and this model in particular which replaces the AS-D1. The reviews were very good. Many reviewers describe it as not being very aggressive, which I'll say I agree with. You are very very unlikely to cut yourself with this razor. Having said that, you will also get a very fine shave with virtually no irritation. It feels almost as if there is no blade in the razor, except the beard disappears. The head is just the right size. The weight of the razor feels good in the hand. The fact that it is stainless steel ensures it will last forever, so this is surely the last razor I will ever have to buy. Granted, the price of this razor is a significant initial investment on par with a high-end electric razor. However, the consumables such as blades, soap and alum are so inexpensive that, in the end, even with an expensive razor, this style of shaving is very inexpensive while also delivering the best shave. If you can manage the price, I strongly recommend this razor. If the price is more than you can justify, I recommend the inexpensive Feather razor (about $18 here on Amazon).
on September 20, 2013
I think I may be cheating and not paying my dues but I decided if I was going to do this DE shaving thing I wanted to do it right!
I am a newbie at DE shaving and only at it a few weeks. I inherited my granddads 1958 red tip and a 62 superspeed and trying to find a blade / cream combo that will work best for me. I have not given up on my classics but my face has been on fire almost every day the last few weeks. I know I am doing everything wrong but I am learning and things are getting better but I think I just moved to the front of the class with my purchase today!
After spending lots of time on the net researching what folks like and don't like I just had to purchase a Feather D2! I received my new Feather AS-D2 stainless razor today and just had my 1st shave with it.
All I can say is WONDERFUL! No razor burn at all! 1st time ever my Clubman aftershave did not burn me! I found this razor to be mild but I like that. It did not scare me and I was using the Feather blades that I understand are about as sharp as anything.
I wanted to see what the buzz was with this Japanese Razor. Based on my limited experience I do think the Feather is a very forgiving razor and does not care if I have bad technique.
I don't think most folks would recommend spending this money for a Newbie... but why not?
I don't drive the best car and I don't have the best house but I can afford one of the best razors when I think about the burn and cuts and the joy of using it.
I do recommend this razor to the newbie that does not want to butcher his face because of lack of experience / technique / blade choice. This razor just works with no learning curve.
I compare the feel, fit and finish of this razor to a Japanese Mitutoyo micrometer that I used in my machine shop days. If any of you have ever worked in a machine shop you know exactly what I am talking about.
You can hold a Mitutoyo micrometer or this Feather razor in you hand and feel the superior Japanese precision compared to others.
What a wonderful razor and what a perfect shave I received today!
on December 14, 2015
Ignore the naysayers. I, like many here have just recently cut the strings to the multi-blade razor fanaticism. I can recall a time when I shaved daily using a de razor & Wilkinson Sword blades, perhaps 20-25 years ago and then somehow I succumbed to the belief that the more blades you had, the closer & smoother the shave. So, for the last 20ish years I've been merrily shaving away with multi-blade razors that now feature swiveling heads, and shock absorbers, and vibrating heads, and batteries and prices that see no end in sight. The last time I went to buy refills for my plastic multi-blade razor I balked at the $35.00 cost, and began to really think about any benefits I'd realized over the past years after switching to this multi-blade madness, and reasoned that I had not actually realized any advantages or benefits what-so-ever, That's when I decided to pick up the $19.00 razor/blades combo I had just seen advertised on TV, and raced home to a welcomed close shave that opened the door to a flood of good memories of shaving with my dad's old Gillette de razor. I knew there had to be something better than this, so I started my due diligence and came across an article about the Feather All Stainless D2 razor, I realized this was it for me, obvious quality, mildness, and something I could leave my grandson, but I was almost scared off by reports of users mangling their faces with this razor, or reports of the razor being too mild to really cut through a tough beard, my beard, typical of my ethnicity is wiry, tough and tightly curled... a challenged to be sure for most blade/razor combos, add to this my demand for a very close shave in as little as two passes, and the quest was on. Ignoring the naysayers and jumping into the fray, I ordered the Feather D2 and 2 days later I was in close shave heaven... not a single nick, cut, scrape, pull at all! Just the finest and closest shave I can remember or imagine, yes baby butt smooth, A shave so memorable I wake every morning looking forward to my new morning ritual which sets the tone for the day's office meetings, tech debriefs, calls for financial assistance from the grandkids, minor disagreements with the better half, and oh, so many other potentially happiness killing encounters vetted during the day. In quick order I included the following beta inducers into my morning ritual to make my D2 experience even more Nirvana.... The Parker Safety Razor 100% Silvertip Badger Bristle Shaving Brush Chrome Handle , The Apollo Stainless Steel Soap Bowl, The Edwin Jagger Contemporary Chrome Plated Shaving Soap Bowl, the oh so wonderful Men's Soap Company Himalayan scented Premium Shave Soap With Coconut Oil & Shea Butter, oh yeah and the Perfecto Deluxe Chrome Razor and Brush Stand. Trust me, ignore those advancing the idea that the D2 is either too mild, or too hard to handle without blood loss, or too expensive. I have never been more satisfied with any purchase in my life, and highly recommend this product to newbie & experienced users alike.
on December 22, 2015
Price paid: 162.39 USD.
I enjoy fine Swiss watches, best quality hand tools, vintage firearms,
and good quality cookware.
I don't enjoy buying things twice, so I purchased this highly touted razor.
After receiving and using this razor, I see that this razor will certainly outlast me
given the meticulous build-quality and the obvious pride that Japanese craftsmen
took when producing my Feather razor.
The razor head holds the blade with zero variation, the blade doesn't protrude
out the sides like my less expensive Edwin Jagger. The threads and the diamond
knurling on the handle are first class. The razor as a whole has the tightest tolerances
I've seen on any competing product. The stainless steel used is jeweler's quality (316),
and is also employed on fine watch cases and surgical instruments around the world.
If I can spend hundreds of dollars on a Snap-On ratchet, and treat myself to
a Swiss watch, or a fine vintage handgun – it stands to reason that I
would buy a jewel-like razor such as this Feather. I pined for this razor for two years,
mind you. Life is short (believe me) – treat yourself to a goody now and then.
How about dad or your brother? They'd love this razor, and you for being
so thoughtful and generous.
If money's tight I might suggest to you that you try the less costly Feather butterfly razor.
Stock number: ASIN: B003YJ70NY
It clocks in at under 15.00 and it is comfortable and better made than its price
would suggest. It's a great intro into the world of Feather razors and it out-performs
razors in the 50.00 price range including my Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl, which has
tooling marks, and the chrome plating had begun to peel near the threads and
head. In all fairness, the company has a fine reputation for replacing faulty razors.
I'm on my second one in three years. (was anyway)
The Feathers (the cheaper one too) have supplanted all the other razors I own.
I use the cheaper Feather for travel.
If you're a Fusion or Hydra user, your Feather razor will pay for itself in under a year,
blades included if you change out the blade every four shaves. Find a blade that you like
by ordering a sampler pack. Try to find a pack that includes Wilkinson Sword, Astra Superior
Premium Platinum, and Gillette Silver Blue. The Feather razor comes with 5 Feather razor blades to try out.
I prefer the Astra Superior Premium Platinum blades, 100-pack which last me a full year. ASIN: B00EXPTR0W
For under 12.00 I have blades for a full year! Try THAT with Fusions or Hydras.
I use the following shaving accessories:
Tweezerman Men's Shaving Brush, ASIN: B000G647Y8
Proraso Refresh Shave Soap Jar, ASIN: B004N8SI5O
Perfecto Deluxe Chrome Razor and Brush Stand, ASIN: B00KO46CTA
GABELS Bay Rum After Shave Lotion, ASIN: B000IX1D50
Happy shaving to you all.
on July 23, 2013
I've never tried the AS-D1, but I own over a dozen DE razors and the Feather AS-D2 has got to be the smoothest most forgiving razor I've tried. In my opinion it is a mild razor, but unlike some razors it will get the job done, it just takes more passes. I could shave twice a day and it takes at least 4-5 passes with the AS-D2 for my beard. At first I thought this was just too mild for me, but then I noticed that the shave was incredibly consistent where I didn't need to go back and hit certain spots again. It also has to be the most forgiving razor I've tried. I don't get any irritation or nicks no matter how I whip this razor around my face; I don't think it matters what level your technique is at. It's also a very well made razor. This is just one of those products that "reeks" of quality. If you can afford the price tag and want the more forgiving DE razor around, I think this may be it.
on October 3, 2014
Double edge razor shaving is pretty scary. I have an adjustable Merkur double edge razor and after nearly slitting my throat with it, I'm terrified to use it. I went back to the hated 2, 3, 4, and 5 blade shavers, not changing the blade for months at a time because I had to choose whether to spend my paycheck on my mortgage or razor blades. Then I read the reviews of this way-too-expensive-but-oh-so-beautiful razor and succumbed to it's siren call. It's billed as being a non-aggressive shave, meaning it's not going to take your face off with the whiskers. And that is absolutely true. I use Feather double edge blades in it (Feather blades are the scariest and sharpest blades made) and I have never gotten a serious nick. This razor glides across the skin and after a few weeks usage, you will shave without terror. I do.
on December 7, 2015
Let's get price out of the way first. Yes, expensive. Worth it? Well, to me it is. The quality and workmanship as well as the look and feel make it so. Having said that, I will admit you are paying a premium price for a premium product. That is all very subjective and I admit some, if not many may, not see it as so. Nevertheless it is a fine product that will last for ages. As to how it shaves, some have said that it is not aggressive enough. Again, that is subjective and can vary from person to person. I have a medium weight beard and this razor is the most comfortable I have ever shaved with. It is not as aggressive as some may wish, but that is fine with me. Comfort trumps speed and aggressiveness, as far as I am concerned. If I have a week's growth of beard (retired and lazy!) I may start with one of my more aggressive razors such as my Edwin Jager or Merkur, but still switch to this razor for my neck and chin. Sometimes I will just use this razor on a week's growth. It may take a few more swipes and a little longer, but I always get a smooth close shave. HO NICKS! No irritation. If you can afford it, I highly recommend this razor. Enamor thing. I only use Feather razors blades. They are the best. Tried 'em all. Always go back to the Feathers.