Wow that’s sharp!

Discussion in 'Shave School' started by NETWizz, Nov 1, 2022.

  1. NETWizz

    NETWizz Active Member

    Okay, so I have been shaving for the past few weeks with the Van Der Hagen safety razor and some Gillette 7 O’Clock Super Stainless green blades, and they have been the very best I have found thus far. Smooth, no drag, basically no nicks … and a TON of confidence that it works great.

    Tonight it was past it’s prime and started tugging, and I felt I wanted something very sharp. Having read reviews a Gillette Platinum is 4.5/5 on sharpness and I had no problem with that, but I decided to try a Feather. WOW. I thought it might be sharp, but I had no idea the Japanese idea of sharp! It’s out of this world and could probably split hairs in half lenghwise.

    I have never been so gentle and had a blade sharp enough to remove hair it was scary almost. Despite tons of care I still had maybe 5 or 6 tiny weepers even places that have never blead shaving. My face feels smooth to my hands, but it almost feels a bit raw. I put some aftershave on, but just thought I would report.

    I bet the blade gets smoother and better in the next few shaves..,
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  2. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Feathers dull very quickly. Most shavers get 2 to 3 shaves at best. Also, your skin may not be able to handle Feathers.
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  3. John Beeman

    John Beeman Little chicken in hot water

    A lot of the fun of wet shaving is all of the different products you can experiment with and finding out what works best for your skin and beard type.
    I started with Feathers and they are still in my top five of blade choices. I get four to five shaves with most blades but I get six or seven from Feathers.
    Since you mentioned Gillette 7 O'Clock Super Stainless (green) let me give a shout out for Gillette 7 O'Clock Super Platinum (Black) as one for you to try sometime.
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  4. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    I'm glad you're making progress and having fun. It's fun to try different DE blades. Feathers are some of my favorites. In fact, I used them exclusively for the first few years.

    I most often change my blade after 3 shaves. Blades are inexpensive, and I never have to worry with a dull edge. That's just me. If you ask 5 other guys, you'll get 6 different opinions. :)

    I enjoy the best, most consistent shaves when I stick primarily with one brand of blade (and everything else for that matter) and adjust my technique accordingly.

    Keep learning and having fun. :)
  5. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    Article Team
    There are hacks to "smooth" out the initial Feather shave, but I eschew them. Your second and third shaves will be the smoothest and the fourth shave will show degradation of the edge.
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  6. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Boy, Charlie, you couldn't have said that last sentence any better myself.
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    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

  8. Gasman

    Gasman Active Member

    Exactly how i find feathers. They are one of my top 4 or 5 blades.
    And the 7 oclock black us right up there too.
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  9. brit

    brit in a box

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  10. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    It is fun to compare blades, no question.
    Feathers are a sharp blade for sure. Personally, I avoided them unnecessarily for too long. Experience and technique will handle them with no issue.
    Imho, some blades are just smoother than others. You may find that they (Feathers) don’t ever really seem all that smooth for you, especially in a razor with a large blade gap and blade exposure.
    I have a large # of blades I like now (mainly Russian Gillettes) and find them interchangeable. It did take me quite some time to get there, fwiw.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2022
  11. wheatshocker

    wheatshocker Active Member

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  12. Herm2502

    Herm2502 off to elf practice

    I love Feathers and they're my second favorite behind Astra's. I've found the Feathers work well with mild razors like a vintage Gillette Tech or, this week's setup", the Grand Shave King.

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  13. wheatshocker

    wheatshocker Active Member

    I use Astra SP's mostly and they work pretty good for me, but hearing how sharp Feathers are, it makes me a little nervous to try them out.
  14. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    No reason to be nervous. All blades are sharp, that's why we buy them.
    I don't buy into the talk of a blade being mild or aggressive, they will all cut you if your technique is off or if you fail to pay attention to what you're doing.
    All that said, I will agree some blades are ground smoother than others. Perhaps that's what gives people the misnomer of calling a blade aggressive or mild.
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  15. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

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    Thank goodness!
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