FEATHER Stainless VS. Carbon DE Blade. Which one is sharper?

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Classic_4Ever, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. Classic_4Ever

    Classic_4Ever Member

    Hi,

    I'm currently shaving with this FEATHER DE blade which I load it into my shavette and shave every morning:

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    As I was looking on their website I found that they have carbon DE blades as well:

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    Can someone please tell me the difference between the two? Which one is sharper and will give me a closer shave?

    They also have stainless steel and carbon single edge blades like this:

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    Can I load these into a normal barber shavette? Which blade will be the sharpest among all?
     
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  2. Classic_4Ever

    Classic_4Ever Member

    I previously tried these with their ArtistClub DX razor but I didn't like it:

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  3. PLANofMAN

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    The bottom blades are made for Feather's version of the Valet razor (now long discontinued). They also work in some models of the Valet Razor and also the modern One Blade razor. The stainless blade is considered the better one.

    I didn't realize they still made the carbon DE blades. I've only seen them for sale at sites that sell blades for cutting samples for microscope slides.

    Edit: I would say that the sharpest blade would be the stainless DE between those four. The valet blades are rather thick, and will hold their edge longer than the DE blades, but will not be as sharp right off the bat.
     
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  4. Classic_4Ever

    Classic_4Ever Member


    Thanks for your very helpful and informative reply, so FEATHER carbon DE vs stainless steel DE, which one will be sharper and will give me a closer shave? is FEATHER stainless steel DE the sharpest out there? some say KAI is sharper.
     
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  5. Engblom

    Engblom Well-Known Member

    When it comes to stainless DE blades, Feather is definitely sharper than KAI but KAI will make the razor feel more aggressive. This is because KAI is slightly wider than Feather and thus giving more blade exposure.
     
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  6. Classic_4Ever

    Classic_4Ever Member

    what about FEATHER carbon DE blade? sharper or less sharp than stainless steel?
     
  7. Engblom

    Engblom Well-Known Member

    I do not know, I have only used stainless steel. DE blades are cheap enough that you could buy a tuck of each and test. If you want to do a test, tie a ring of any wool yarn (basically hair) and put both blades inside of the ring and pull the blades away from each other until one of the blades cut through the yarn. Repeat this several times as yarn is not 100% uniform. You should notice if one blade is sharper than the other.

    This is just the sharpness of the blade itself, but then there are other factors affecting the real shave, like at what angle is the bevel compared with the angle you are placing the blade against your skin and for how long time does the edge last. Will it stay sharper than the other through the first shave or will one blade pass the other half way through it.
     
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  8. PLANofMAN

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    Interesting...I didn't know that. I knew feathers were wider than most other blades, and that they had a triple bevel grind compared to everyone else's double bevel.

    If the stainless and carbon blades are identical in thickness, sharpening, etc., the stainless should stay sharper longer than the carbon.
     
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  9. AGHisBBS

    AGHisBBS Well-Known Member

    I've used Treet carbon DE blades and they are not what I'd call sharp compared to Feather stainless.
     

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