Razor Blade Review: Feather High Stainless razor blade

Posted: August 16, 2015 in Shaving Articles
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Testing Protocols:

1) Feather AS-D2 Seki Edge All Stainless Razor
2) Proraso White Shave Soap; no pre-shave treatment
3) Escali Badger Hair Brush, soaked in warm water with 30 second load of soap
4) Three Pass shave
a) With the Grain
b) Across the grain from ear toward nose
c) Against the grain (Cleanup as needed)
d) Lather after each pass
5) Comparative Baseline: Feather High-Stainless
6) All blades brand new
7) All grades assume the Feather is as stated below in subjective score
8) Grades (worst to best) Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Amazing

***

Feather High Stainless:

1) Sharpness: Amazing
2) Comfort: Great
3) Value: Good
4) Availability: Good
5) Country of Origin: Japan
6) Passes “First Shave Test?: You Betcha!
7) Longevity (# of shaves): 3 or more
8) Notes: The AS-D2 is a mild razor that requires additional angle of contact to the skin in order to bring the blade to bear. The blade carriage and angle of attack appear to make this a very forgiving shaver. I would anticipate that it would be rather difficult to dial in so much angle that this razor would become overly aggressive. At the same time, the very sharp Feather High Stainless blades go through the hair with almost no feeling of a blade touching your skin at all. On the downward pass, one can hear the blade cutting and not feel a thing. It’s really quite something. My surmise, early in the game as it may be for this testing protocol, is that this razor would not be very efficient with a dull blade. It has been engineered with the Feather High Stainless in mind, and thus provides an excellent shave with said blade. It would be a self-defeating mechanism for Feather to have done it any other way, but sometimes business are dumb like that.

So, to boil it down: This is a super sharp razor blade (the sharpest, by nearly everyone’s estimation). With a mild, forgiving shaver like the Feather All Stainless, it is an ideal fit. I have had no nicks, no cuts, no weapers, and only the most minimal irritation with this razor/razor blade combo. Most of that is residual from an adventure in really bad synergy between razor and blade earlier in the week. With a very aggressive razor, I could see your reaction being very different with this blade. The combo in play is pretty efficient and very comfortable, and I’ll take that. Much like the Personna Lab Blues in a more aggressive razor, this combination allows for a comfortable shave while still yielding excellent closeness.

Cheers,

Patrick

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