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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Feather razor blades and the wet shave

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Chris Greene
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Aug 17th, 2017 07:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey, remember wet shaving?

I'd been lazy the last couple months and have mostly shaved with my Norelco. I've suffered for it with poor shaves and back to a number of ingrown whiskers (a major nuisance for me).

So today, I bust out a brand new Feather and install it in one of my two Gillette ball end Tech razors and lathered up with Truefitt & Hill Trafalgar shaving cream and my Kent BK4 silvertip brush. Jeez, what had I been thinking? Such a superior shave and my face feels so much better.

I'd bought a bunch of Asta and Personna blades; both highly thought of but the Feathers really are better. Really better.

So I bought a couple hundred on Amazon today for $41 shipped. Anyone need SOB of blades? Maybe we can work something out for donation money?

dudesweet157

Greensboro, NC

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Aug 18th, 2017 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a Gillette Silver Blue man, myself (when I still reach for a DE), but I won't begrudge a man his Feathers. Astras and Personnas really didn't work for me either.

dudesweet157

Greensboro, NC

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Aug 18th, 2017 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Funnily enough, I really, really like the Feather Professional single-edge blades. They were made for shavettes for barbers' use, but several new razor manufacturers have made safety razors that utilize them as well.

Single Edge, Silvertip & Soap

(This message was last edited by dudesweet157 at 10:05 AM, Aug 18th, 2017)

Pinetree
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Aug 18th, 2017 08:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Feather and the Blue Persona are my faves.



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Aug 18th, 2017 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played around with other blades earlier on -- I don't even recall which brands, but I liked Feathers right from the get go. I never looked back.

Likewise, I managed to collect a half dozen brushes -- an EJ Silvertip among them, and at least a dozen different soaps and creams during the height of the wet shaving hysteria.

It's my Semogue OC Boar and Mitchells Wool Fat that stays out on the sink.

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Aug 18th, 2017 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tired numerous blades myself and once I found Feather blades I've never bought anything else. I use "Taylor of Old Bond Street", "Eton College" for shaving soap. Good stuff!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Aug 18th, 2017 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like Mitchell's a lot but I'm lazy and prefer to use shaving cream (lathers more quickly).

But the lesson I took from this is don't be lazy and use an electric if you are subjected to ingrown whiskers.

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Aug 18th, 2017 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep. Feathers are the best.

I've collected a few vintage razors the last several years but finally settled on the Feather All-Stainless AS-D2 razor with Feather blades. Fantastic shaves daily.

I picked up a few brushes, a Simpson Berkeley, an Omega Boar and others with various soaps and creams. It just takes too long for the ritual.

Here is my heresy: my daily shaving cream is basic 97 cents a can Barbasol. Slick, convenient and I even love the smell of it.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Aug 18th, 2017 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used Barbasol when I first started shaving and some sort of injector razor if I'm remembering right. I went through some different razors but always used canned product. Remember the green goo? I prefer using a brush and shaving cream. I tried soaps (like Mitchell's) but they take longer to load and lather.

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Aug 18th, 2017 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

" I tried soaps (like Mitchell's) but they take longer to load and lather."

One of the reasons I like the boar brushes is that the stiffer, longer bristles make short work of getting a good lather with a soap. I keep my cake of Mitchell's in a covered agate dish that my daughter bought me. I can work up enough lather with a great consistency, for three complete passes with the razor in about a minute. I couldn't do that with a plushy badger brush.

I don't dispute that a dab of cream in a bowl and a silvertip might be a little faster, but I'm not racing the clock. When I go in the bathroom for the morning S,S and S, I'm there for the duration until the job is done.

I will admit that when I travel, all bets are off. I like to keep my shaving kit, including all the other hygiene stuff, in my carry on bag. So I carry a travel sized can of Barbasol and a disposable twin blade in there because I don't need to explain to the TSA Neanderthal what a DE razor is.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Aug 18th, 2017 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do have one badger/boar brush (Vulfix 404) that I use for Mitchell's and Pre de Provence. It works better than my fluffy silvertip brushes on hard soap.

Malcolm
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Aug 18th, 2017 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think Feathedrs are *too* sharp, and moms told me not to play with sharp objects.

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Aug 19th, 2017 08:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What is this thread about?

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Aug 19th, 2017 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Feather Razor and the Wet Shave...band name alert, somewhere along the lines of Toad the Wet Sprocket.

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Aug 20th, 2017 08:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I've suffered for it with poor shaves and back to a number of ingrown whiskers (a major nuisance for me)."

"But the lesson I took from this is don't be lazy and use an electric if you are subjected to ingrown whiskers."

Dang, what's up with this?? I switched from blade to rotary electric more than 3 decades ago for the same reason. Them ingrown whiskers hurt! I found the electric didn't cut as close and I got fewer to no ingrowns. Topped off the not-as-close look with a close cut beard. Sometimes I'll wet shave neck and cheeks with DE blade and brush for "special occasions" but only when the gain outweighed the potential for pain.

So Chief, you're telling me I've been wrong all this time?!?!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Aug 20th, 2017 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One does what works best. Lots of my whiskers seem to grow sideways.

(This message was last edited by Chris Greene at 11:10 AM, Aug 20th, 2017)

orrk01
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Aug 20th, 2017 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I missed out on the wet shaving craze the first time around but now I have some serious GAS for a new type of gear. Damn you FDP!!

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Aug 20th, 2017 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"... I have some serious GAS for a new type of gear. Damn you FDP!!"

Yeah -- that's what we do here. Make sure you use the FDP Amazon link. ;^)

Most of us who got caught up in this bought multiple razors, blades, brushes, and creams and soaps. I think we even had an authoritative discussion about the correct bowl/mug to use.

You would think this vast resource of personal experiences would yield a definitive "best" of all the available wet shaving accoutrements.

Think again, Pilgrim. You must go forth on your own path and spend. As our leader wisely advises, "One does what works best [for him]".

Teledan
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Aug 21st, 2017 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Feathers, Tabac soap and a 1920's Gillette Aristocrat... Bought 100 or so Feathers a few years ago, I have no idea how many I have left. Gave away the rest of the blades I got in sample packs while I was looking for the right brand to use.

When I can be bothered, Have been a bit lazy with my shaving of late also.

orrk01
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Aug 23rd, 2017 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Feathers, Tabac soap and a 1920's Gillette Aristocrat..."

I never could afford a birth-year Martin Guitar but a 1954 Gillette Super Speed Razor is certainly within my reach. Maybe wet shaving gear GAS isn't so bad after all.

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