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on December 11, 2015
This review differs from many of the other reviews here in that it directly addresses the two primary concerns (some quibbles and some vehement complaints) expressed about the Feather AS-D2: (a) that because it is so mild it allegedly “CANNOT” shave a beard closely, and (b) that it is too expensive.

This reviewer, for more than fifty years, has been “wet” shaving, using a brush (initially, a boar brush from the corner drugstore, then, for a quarter-century, a Vulfix 2234s “Super Badger”, and — for the past two years — a Mühle 33K252 “Silver Tip Fibre”synthetic) to generate lather from specialty soaps. The Feather AS-D2 razor that I bought in October 2015 was not my first Double Edge (DE) razor; it joined two other (quite different) DE razors that I already had been using for some time for my seven-days-a-week shave; were I to purchase new same-brand, same-model, replacements for those razors today, they would cost me $125 and $69, respectively. Because I already had two excellent DE razors in my possession and thus had no pressing NEED to add another, I did not approach the purchase of a Feather AS-D2, at its substantial price, lightly. I first read many of the reviews of the Feather AS-D2 under this Amazon listing — as well as many more reviews on shaving enthusiast sites like shavenook.com and Badger & Blade — and I added the Feather AS-D2 razor with my eyes wide open to the possibility that I could suffer an expensive disappointment.

Let us start, first, with the “too mild to cut” claim. In the context of shaving instruments, “mild” means that a razor is designed to minimize the occurrence of serious cuts, and of less-serious nicks, during a shave. When King Gillette designed and patented the first DE razor, and brought it to market in 1904, “cutthroat” straight razors were the dominant configuration for shaving both by barbers and at home. Gillette’s design was conceived as a “safety” razor — what today would be called “mild” — and its main selling point was that a man was less likely to cut himself badly with Gillette’s innovative DE razor than he was using any of the commercial razors available at that time.

Yes, like the original Gillette DE razor, the Feather AS-D2 is a “mild” razor — but that does not mean that an AS-D2 cuts whiskers any less efficiently or any less closely than an “aggressive” (the opposite of “mild”) razor does. At the end of the day, razor BLADES are what cut whiskers. Stripped to its essentials, every DE razor is merely a holder for its razor blade; it is the blade — specifically, the edge of the blade — that cuts. If the blade holder (razor) can deliver the edge of the blade to the place where a whisker emerges from the skin, then the blade can slice off the whisker right there. And a razor blade in even a “mild” razor can cut a man's beard every bit as closely and cleanly and smoothly as the same blade would cut the beard when mounted in any other DE razor.

The design of any three-piece DE razor starts with a disposable thin and springy razor blade that has edges on two sides that can be ground wickedly sharp; the blade sits atop a baseplate the top of which is convex-curved or convex-angled; and a top cap that has a concave underside clamps the blade down onto the baseplate: the clamping action bends the blade slightly around the convex center of the baseplate, and imparts additional resistance against flexing along the edge of the blade. The boundary of the top cap above the blade, together with the bar or comb that forms the leading edge of the baseplate beneath the blade, define a slot through which the edge of the blade protrudes. Two dimensions: (1) the distance that the blade’s edge protrudes beyond the slot (called the “exposure” of the razor) that limits the ultimate depth to which the blade’s edge can penetrate into the thicket of whiskers (or into the flesh), and (2) the breadth of the slot between the underside of the blade and the top of the baseplate (called the “gap” of the razor), together limit the range of angles within which the razor can be rotated around a fulcrum of either the top cap, or the front side of the baseplate, before the edge of the blade gets lifted off the skin. While a specific DE razor’s manufacturing tolerances must be precise, the underlying geometry “ain’t rocket science,” as they say. The performance of a razor that has a relatively small gap and relatively small exposure will cause it to be categorized as “mild,” and the performance of a razor that has a larger gap and larger exposure will cause it to be categorized as “aggressive.”

And here is where the difference among DE razors lies: the range of gaps and exposures within which the edge of the blade can address the whiskers to cut them efficiently is fairly narrow. If, within those tight parameters, the razor design allows for a relatively wide range of cutting angles, the razor demands less motor coordination from the man holding the razor, and less skill in manipulating the angle of the razor’s handle to his face, to shave the whiskers CLOSE to the skin; but that design choice brings with it a concomitant higher risk that he will cut INTO his skin. Conversely, a design that allows only a relatively narrow range of handle angles and a smaller blade exposure (that is, mild) requires the shaver to accumulate some experience, learning how to manipulate the razor handle frequently while pulling the razor across his face, to adjust the blade to the different cutting angles that are efficient to cut the whiskers for each of the various locations on his cheeks and jaw and neck; but a mild design provides better safety (less risk of drawing blood). The designer of a DE razor makes decisions relating to the razor head’s geometry that directly affect where on the scale between aggressive (angle-tolerant but risky) or technique-sensitive but safe (no bloodshed) — mild — the razor will fall.

Among current models of DE razors, the Mühle Open Comb Double Edge Safety Razor, R41, which can hold the edge of a razor blade against the skin over a relatively wide range of angles, is an example of a razor near the “aggressive” extreme (search the web for an article, “2011 Mühle R41: My Attempts to Cage ‘The Beast’” if you are interested), while the Feather AS-D2 falls well on the safe, but technique-sensitive, “mild” side of the continuum.

If you ever have cleaned a window or a glass door with a squeegee like the Ettore 60010 ProGrip Squeegee, you know that it works very efficiently on flat, vertical glass surfaces roughly between your waist level and your shoulder level, but when you have to squeegee a window over your head or down by your knees, you have a harder time keeping its rubber blade edge from skipping. The squeegee does not change; the glass is the same; but the different angle of holding the edge of the squeegee makes a big difference as to how well it works. A mild DE razor, like the Feather AS-D2, behaves like the squeegee; the geometry of our wrists, when our elbows are bent to hold a razor to our faces, will tend to alter the angle of the razor as we pull a blade across our face. Just as a squeegee needs to be held at a proper angle to clean glass effectively, so a DE razor needs to be held at a proper angle to cut whiskers effectively.

A cartridge razor that has multiple blades in a pivoting head works differently than a squeegee does: it self-adjusts the angle of the cartridge relative to the position of the handle as the razor moves across the face. A man who is accustomed to using such a razor may mistakenly think that the Feather AS-D2, the head of which is rigidly fixed atop its handle, “cannot” cut his “coarse” beard; he falsely attributes to the density of his beard the blame for a condition resulting from his failure to adjust the angle at which he holds his wrist as he moves the razor head from one part of his face to another. Similarly, an aggressive Mühle R41 style of DE razor permits great laxity of discipline as to cutting angle, and when a man who is accustomed to shaving with such a razor shaves with the Feather AS-D2, he may hold the AS-D2 razor handle at the same virtually invariant angle that he found comfortable during his habitual shaving with the aggressive razor; but, at one or another place in the topology of his beard, that angle may not be an effective angle for the narrow gap of the AS-D2’s head geometry — in places, that angle may roll the cutting edge of the blade up away from where the hair follicle emerges, and therefore the blade does not cut the whisker close to the skin. Then the man may arrive at a false conclusion: when he holds the Feather AS-D2 at his invariant habitual angle and it DOES not cut closely, he concludes that it CAN not cut closely were he to hold at another angle — the correct angle for the AS-D2 — that he has not yet tried.

Here is the reality: a sharp blade loaded in a Feather AS-D2, held at the proper angle, can cut ANY human whiskers, even wiry whiskers that are densely grouped. Blades cut whiskers. If that blade were mounted in, for instance, a Mühle R41 razor, it could cut the whiskers; when that same blade is in a Feather AS-D2 razor, and the AS-D2 is held properly, then the blade CAN and WILL slice off the whisker just as efficiently and thoroughly, and just as close to the skin, as it would in the R41. The Feather AS-D2 needs no modification to make it efficient; all that is needed is sufficient repetition of the practice of holding the handle of the razor at the proper angle, which varies as one shaves around the curves and corners of one’s face: repeated practice at making the adjustments creates muscle memory in one’s hand to the point where one need not think about the handle’s angle any more. The process is really no different from learning to play a musical instrument: Jimmy Page no longer needs to check his fingers’ position on the frets when he plays Stairway to Heaven.

But I am writing this to tell you that there is another way — a hardware shortcut — to address the “too mild” complaint sometimes made against the Feather AS-D2. A competing maker of stainless steel razors, iKon Razors, makes the iKon B1 Open Comb Deluxe Razor (also known as the “iKon Deluxe OC”), each of the three component parts of which is directly interchangeable with the corresponding part of the Feather AS-D2. Sporadically, iKon Razors offers the baseplate of the iKon Deluxe OC for purchase independently of the rest of the razor, although Amazon currently does not offer the baseplate separately. (*Hint: use your favorite search engine to search the phrase, “Blem DLC Open Comb Base Plate"; the corresponding unblemished product is called “B1 Open Comb Deluxe Base Plate”.) When an iKon Deluxe OC baseplate is swapped into the Feather AS-D2 in place of the Feather AS-D2’s native baseplate, the Feather AS-D2 effectively becomes a clone of an iKon Deluxe OC razor, and it will shear whiskers over a broader range of angles of holding the razor; the mild-mannered Clark Kent Feather AS-D2 transforms with the iKon baseplate into Superman with a bit of an attitude. With two alternate baseplates available, one has what amounts to two razors that differ greatly as to aggressiveness. No, the Feather AS-D2 with the iKon Deluxe OC baseplate installed still will not be the barely tamed beast that the Mühle R41 is, but it does move to the aggressive side of neutral.

In the months that I have owned the Feather AS-D2, I have shaved every day with it while my other two DE razors sat, unused, in the cabinet above the sink; I have used it both with the native (solid bar) Feather baseplate and with an iKon Deluxe OC baseplate, and there is a BIG difference between the two configurations. With care and attention, I can get — and have achieved — EVERY BIT AS CLOSE a shave with the native baseplate installed in the Feather AS-D2 as I ever get with the iKon Deluxe OC baseplate installed; the iKon baseplate does not add any close-shave capability to the Feather AS-D2; what the iKon baseplate does is trade off some safety against nicks and cuts to make the razor more tolerant of “wrong” technique in holding the razor at the optimal cutting angle. To get a close shave with the native Feather baseplate requires continual adjustment throughout the shave of the angle at which one holds the handle; when one has trained muscle memory to do it automatically, the end result is the same.

Closeness of the shave, however, is only one consideration determining the enjoyment of using a razor: for me, the FEEL of the solid safety bar of the Feather AS-D2 baseplate moving across my face as I am shaving is more pleasant than the FEEL of the open comb of the iKon Deluxe OC baseplate on my face. (Imagine how a Hercules Sagemann Hair Styling Comb being raked across your beard might feel, and you can conjure an idea of what the open comb iKon baseplate feels like.) I continue to work on educating my muscle memory with the Feather baseplate installed, and as I am getting better at using it, the time required to complete a close shave with the native Feather AS-D2 is getting shorter, approaching the time it takes to knock off an efficient shave with one of my other two DE razors. Eventually, I shall have trained my wrist sufficiently to retire the iKon baseplate entirely. In the meantime — today — I can get as close a shave as I ever have achieved with ANY DE razor when I have the native Feather baseplate installed, but I can get as close a shave in LESS TIME with the iKon baseplate installed.

The Feather AS-D2 ships with a pack of five Feather Hi-Stainless DE blades; not surprisingly, the Feather blades work symbiotically with the Feather razor in its stock solid bar baseplate configuration. The Feather blades are very sharp — famously so — but the Feather blades have been fashioned to be more flexible than most other blades; if a Feather blade is not firmly supported on its under (baseplate) side, it can ripple like a flag in a hurricane when the edge of the blade faces resistance during a shaving stroke. The underside of the top cap of the Feather AS-D2 razor has a square “post” at each of its four corners that corresponds to a matching cutout at each of the four corners of a standard DE blade; the top cap’s posts mate snugly into depressions or “sockets” at the corners of the standard AS-D2 baseplate, allowing the top cap and baseplate together to clamp the blade very firmly on both sides along the full length of the blade near to the cutting edge; this is an unusual design feature of the AS-D2, and, not incidentally, it ensures that the blade will be perfectly aligned between the top cap and baseplate when the pieces of the razor are tightened. When the alternative iKon Deluxe OC baseplate is swapped into the AS-D2, the top cap’s posts still stabilize the *sides* of the blade at the corners, ensuring excellent blade alignment, but the iKon baseplate curves down and away from the blade at the front edge, and there are no corresponding baseplate sockets for the posts to fit into; the blade is not as tightly clamped, and a thin blade like the Feather can flex along its edge in that configuration.

I prefer the quality of the shaves that I get when I have loaded the Feather AS-D2 with KAI Stainless Steel Double Edge Razor Blades, which are made in the same small city, Seki, in Gifu Prefecture, where the Feather AS-D2 razor is made, and are (to my perception) just as sharp as the Feather blades; the KAI blades are stiffer — more resistant to deformation — than the Feather blades are, and consequently less susceptible to the judder that Feather blades sometimes exhibit. The KAI blades make at least as excellent a match with the Feather AS-D2 razor using the stock Feather baseplate as the Feather blades do, but the KAI blades are superior to the Feather blades when the iKon Deluxe OC baseplate is substituted. As a bonus, I have found that I get an extra shave or two on a KAI blade, compared to a Feather blade, before reaching the point of having to replace the blade.

Both Feather blades and KAI blades are made in Japan; some other excellent DE razor blades are made in Russia. Having found success with Polsilver Super Iridium (SI) Double Edge Razor Blades (made in a factory in St. Petersburg partially owned by Gillette) and Rapira Swedish Supersteel (SS) Double Edge Blades (made in a factory in Moscow) in my other DE razors, I gave a couple dozen of each of those blades a fair try in the Feather AS-D2; both of the Russian blades gave me a pretty good shave; but the Japanese KAI blades and Feather blades give me a better shave in the Feather AS-D2 than the Russian blades do; “your mileage may vary,” as they say.

Now as to price. Several reviewers here on Amazon have opined that the Feather AS-D2 is not “worth” upwards of $150, or that it is “over-priced.” SUBJECTIVE value to an individual is, of course, indisputable. But, on an OBJECTIVE basis, the Feather AS-D2 has a mark-up from the cost of manufacturing it that is commensurate with the mark-up of cheaper, lesser, razors. One legitimately may argue that the molybdenum enhanced and highly corrosion-resistant “marine grade” 316 stainless steel (also known as “surgical stainless steel”) that Feather selected for use in the AS-D2 is overkill, that for razors that are not exposed to saltwater, 316 affords no discernible advantage in the short term over the fairly corrosion-resistant 304 stainless steel that other manufacturers of stainless steel razors use. One legitimately may argue, further, that, having chosen to make the Feather AS-D2 with such high grade stainless steel, it was overkill to plate the steel in chrome; and that it was further overkill to take the extra step to give the chrome a matte finish. Those are valid points, because Feather could have brought a very similar razor to market at a lower price point had it not taken those extra steps. But — relative to its COST to produce — the Feather AS-D2 is very much worth the PRICE for which it sells. Whether such quality is realized subjectively when standing in front of the shaving sink, or whether there is worth to you in knowing that the Feather AS-D2 can be passed down as an heirloom to future generations after lesser DE razors will have bit the dust, are value judgements that each individual must make for himself.

Personally, I find the Feather AS-D2 to be worth its price.

The first (from left) two photos below show the gaps and exposures of the Feather AS-D2 razor when it is fitted with the stock solid-bar baseplate vs. when fitted with the alternative open comb baseplate discussed in the review above. The fourth photo (when I posted this review it was the third photo) shows the underside of the top cap, with four square posts at the extreme corners of the cap. The third (originally, the fourth) photo shows a (KAI) razor blade lightly resting atop the inverted top cap. showing how the cap’s posts will protrude through the cut-outs at the four corners of the blade after the baseplate has been laid (convex side down) atop the blade, with the handle then screwed onto the threaded post of the top cap to tighten the pieces together. The last (rightmost) photo shows the convex top of the Feather baseplate, with sockets at each corner that accept the protruding posts of the top cap, constraining blade rotation between the baseplate and top cap, and assuring perfect alignment of the blade in the razor every time. From the first and last photos, one may discern that the underside (baseplate side) of the blade is tightly supported from the center out all the way to the edge of the three wide oblong slots on each side of the baseplate that allow an exit path for lather scrubbed from the beard.
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on April 20, 2017
I've been using a mid-price razor for the past year and a half, and it's been good. I'd get a close shave, and if I used the right blades and was careful, I would very rarely leak the red stuff. But the mechanism got old and it needed replacement. After much consideration, I chose the Feather because of its reputation and it's all-stainless construction. I'm BLOWN AWAY by how great this razor is. First, it gives an even closer shave than my old razor, even using the same blades. But it's SMOOTH on my face. I can mow right over my cheekbones and chin without even a hint of skin irritation. Closer shave, even over the difficult areas, no cuts, all stainless. If you can justify the cost, you'll love this razor.
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on May 6, 2017
The first shave out of the box with a Feather blade is smoother than anything I got with the Chieftan and a Feather blade. From what I've read, it's probably due to better blade placement and holding as well as the 45 degree angle. I didn't notice the change in angle at all, and as others have said, at some points in the shave, I didn't think the blade was even cutting. It certainly was. And just a few days ago I got irritation from the Feather with the Chieftan. Today, no irritation. I have a non-full beard with thinner hair so perhaps the mild nature of this razor suits my face. The build quality is superb, the weight is nice, but it doesn't fit in my stand that I had for the Chieftan, so I need to look for a stand. No big deal. This razor will belong to my son one day for sure. Great construction on display here.I used the Cedarwood Taylor's today.

UPDATE: Just received my smoothest shave of all time today. I did 3 full passes with a Feather razor that was on its second shave, then did several touch ups based on the study of my face over the past week of shaving with the AS-D2. There is not one hint of stubble anywhere. I usually feel a patch or two or three, but the ease with which I can fling this razor around my face means that I can now get everywhere, even just under my nose, with smooth precision. Bravo Seki!
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on November 2, 2016
It is funny how we tend to go back to where we started on most things, when I was 15 my dad gave me his old safety razor, a Gillette tech safety razor, which served me well for over 10 years. I have moved up slowly to more and more aggressive blades and 35 years later have been using a Muhle R41 since 2011. Well I have been looking for a new razor, and had decided to get a "milder" everyday razor since my 13 year old daughter has taken a liking to shaving with my double edged safety razors instead of her mother's 5 bladed wonders. as I was looking around I found the Seki Edge Feather All Stainless Steel Double Edge Safety Razor (AS-D2), and when I found I could buy it for just over $100.00 with a discount I bought it. I read a lot of review saying that it was a very mild razor and was not good for cutting thick coarse beards, one guy on YouTube even did a video saying feather AS-D2 fail showing him run his finger over the blade and not getting cut. I have a very thick coarse beard (can we say bailing wire with an attitude) So when it arrived I was not expecting a whole lot of close shaves from it, well now that I have been using it for over a month I can say the bad reviews are wrong, and just show me that you will get out of this razor what you put into it. My first pass was smooth and very mild (I barely felt the blade or razor) to say the least but did not get me that super close shave, my first thought was the reviews were right, my second thought was why did I not feel or hear the blade, the Muhle R41 sounds like you are scrapping a chalk board with your nails on my beard. I remembered reading a review that stated "you can get any razor to shave if the razor is able to present the blade to the skin correctly" so I soaped up again and closely watched my technique, this razor really likes to be held at a steeper angle than any razor I have ever used (yes using really aggressive razors has made my techniques pretty bad), once I took my time and made sure I could feel the top cap, bottom bar, and blade touching my face this razor came alive, it sings (it is kind of hard to explain but it has almost a hum to it) and glides very smoothly, the angle is easy to keep, and the blade does a great job of giving me a BBS shave after two passes and a cleanup. Unlike the Muhle I can buff a trouble area without fear of cuts or irritation.
I have used this razor with every blade I can find, from Feathers, Wilkerson blades, gems, Derby, to CVS specials, just to see how it does and for the most part it delivers a clean shave. With Feathers, Wilkerson's, or Personna red blades this razor gives me 4 to 5 clean 3 pass shaves per blade. That is better than the 2 to 3 I get from the Muhle.
So what I have learned is this is a great razor, if you cannot get it to shave clean then step back and recheck you technique. If you can hear it sing and feel the blade, head, and bar then keep that angle and have fun, once you get the feel for it this is a very fast, and efficient razor that is safe to use every day. At 5 a.m. after a long night, where I am half awake and not paying attention I can still pick this razor up and get a close shave fast, with the Muhle R41 I have to give it my full attention all the time or it is a blood bath.
I would not call this a mild razor as much as a safe razor (since it will give a BBS shave with less fear of nicks and cuts) it is a very efficient razor for sure, put in a sharp blade and you can get a fast clean shave every time, everyday, once you have trained your mind and hand to the new angle this razor askes for.
If you can afford it then do not listen to the bad reviews, The workmanship is second to none, the fit and finish is awesome, the balance and weight are perfect, and the shave is safe and efficient. If you have a thick coarse beard put in a Feather blade and enjoy.
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on February 26, 2015
Since I started DE shaving again in the last 6 months, I bought a Mekur 34C, Futur and Progress and of course the Edwin Jagger DE89. The DE 89 was my favorite but still not perfect. I recently bought a Feather Artist SS and DX straight razors and love to use them on weekends when I can take the time to perform surgery the correct way. With a feather blade, it is the closest shave you will ever get. I read the reviews on the Feather DE razor and felt whats one more in the rack. This one is the one. Engineering wise, perfect. Shave wise, the best. I have sensitive skin and with this razor I just use a premium shave cream. Don't need oil or expensive pre-shave soaps. I takes a couple of shaves to get the correct angle but after that I get the closest shave and no irritation. You can tell when you use the alum bloc. It's worth the money and will be the number 1 razor for me. Love the Feather products as you can see. I also noticed that the design holds the blade very firm, no play. This makes the razor cut smoother with less irritation. I haven't seen any other DE with this blade holding system.
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on January 31, 2016
I own several razors and my favorite is the Merkur 34C --it is their small one. This was always my favorite. I was reading all these good reviews about the Feather razor so I bought one. I was bothered by paying that much for a razor. However I was very happy with the results. This razor is so superior to other razors it is incredible. I love how it looks and fels. I keep trying to go back to my other razors because I want to get my money's worth. Then I realize that nothing is like the Feather so why use the others? This is my razor for life.
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on December 24, 2016
Feather AS D2 arrived today, Saturday.
Compared to my 1960’s Slim:
Just a little bit heavier = good.
Handle is actually a bit longer = good.
Head profile is a bit slimmer = good.
Balance about the same = good.
Aggressiveness, comparable to the Slim at 4 (maybe a 4.5) = just fine with me.

Muscle memory from the Slim to the Feather was about a 90% - 95% direct transfer.

Normally on the weekends, I just do a 2 pass. This time I did a full 3 pass and polish.
Blade was at end of life-cycle' – Gillette Silver Blue first used on Monday (I tend to switch between those and Feather blades, one blade per week).
It felt like a fresh brand new blade. Not changing anything I do, the shave is actually smoother.

What I’d have to say is that the Slim was a thing of beauty in design and engineering in its day. I could use it for the rest of my life and be very happy with it, but there are the delicacy and more maintenance issues (which were the reasons I considered the Feather).
The Feather is a modern surgical grade instrument.
I love it!!! Last razor I’ll ever have to buy.
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on March 15, 2015
I sort of backed into buying this razor. I am glad I did.
I started my return to safety razors about 4 months ago. I bought a Merkur Progress adjustable (long handle), and went though a mini razorblade sampling trial, with the razor on setting 1-2 (the "least agressive"). For me the Gillette Silver Blues worked the best.but I still had to be very careful I liked the Feathers, but did not have much confidence in using them, as any sort of slip, or inattention on my part and I was bleeding.
So I was back to using the Merkur for the weekend, so I was not getting snarky remarks at work over the "battle scars". I found that with a nice badger brush and decent shaving cream (I like the TOBS "Jermyn Street" and the Trufitt&Hill 1805) and doing the three direction shave thing, I could actually get a really nice "nick free"shave with the old multiblade ). I was a little discouraged.
Then I read some reviews for the cheap Feathers razor and bought it to try (its on Amazon for about $15). As others have remarked, it is cheap looking, but I was pleased to find that it was much more "user friendly" than the Merkur - was still getting the odd nick but nothing like the potential blood bath with the Merkur.
So on the premise of "$15 good, $170 better", and the many good reviews from fellow face hackers on Amazon, I plopped down the big bucks and bought the razor.
It is very simple construction, but all the parts fit very accurately together. I do some woodworking, and for things like plane blades to make that super smooth glass-like cut, the blade must be a) sharp and b) well supported in the plane body and by the chip breaker to prevent blade flex and blade "chatter". It is the same with the razor. This razor is designed for one purpose - to hold that blade at a fixed angle and support it firmly to prevent movement and "chatter" during the cut.It does that supremely well. For the woodworking fans out there, if L-N ever make a razor, I think it would look a lot like this one.
Since I got it, I took my courage in my hand and loaded the Feathers blades in it from day 1. Get the angle right and it cuts very nicely and cleanly without irritation. It has a little extra heft and weight that the $15 one doesn't, so I have more confidence to let the razor do the work without extra pressure from me. I don't need (or want) to use a razor more aggressive than this - I prefer to make blood donations at the blood bank, not in my bathroom sink. So far a couple of very small weepers and one nick (definitely operator error that one). Life is better.
So for me buying this razor really made the difference between giving up on the whole safety razor deal, and starting to enjoy the experience (I particularly do not miss the smart remarks from friends and family!)
No regrets about buying it.
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on January 16, 2017
I jumped right into this razor after shaving for a few months with a parker 29L using Astra blades. Admittedly I am new to DE shaving, but can tell you I do not regret the purchase. Expensive yes, but this is an incredible razor with the included Feather blades. My previous DE was decent, but left quite a few nicks and irritation using several different blades. First shave with the new Feather today (three pass) and no nicks or irritation. I feel I have found the perfect combination of razor and blades. I highly recommend this if you have the budget, and over the lifetime of your shaving, the cost is minimal if you do the math.
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on January 3, 2017
BELIEVE ME; this razor will give you something to smile about every morning with its perfect shave stemming from the engineering behind this piece of precision art. I say this from the bottom of my heart that it shaves as easyily as a "Gillette Mach" razor but at a much less price to replace the blades. Plus..I feel like a man using a safety razor and lathering up with a bold Old Bond Sandalwood. Doesn't get any better than this.
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