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Believe it or not, my very first DE shave was with a Feather blade, in a surprisingly crappy Feather DE razor. What the hell was I thinking? Got a great, BBS shave right off the bat without a nick. Unfortunately, ensuing shaves had my ever-supportive wife asking "What's par for your face?" Funny thing was, I didn't feel a thing. They say the same about getting bit by a piranha (serrasalmus nattereri)- so sharp you don't feel the cut.

Sure, they're sharp, but they're not the terrors they're made out to be (what a poorly constructed sentence). A slow hand (I see Eric Clapton in a Feather commercial) and a modicum of respect is all you need to master a blade that can transform an otherwise timid razor (Merkur long handle comes to mind) into a top flight shaver. That doesn't mean you should load your slant bar with it after a bellyfull of tequila.

There's a special floating around for $28/100 delivered, which is a steal. They tend to be a tad rough on my neck, but, overall, I like 'em.

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Pros: First few shaves are amazing, the blades graze through stubble as if it doesn't exist. Few passes needed to achieve BBS results.
Cons: Shortlived sharpness, the fine characteristics of the blade disappear after 2 or 3 shaves. And the sharpness is unforgiving. If you nick yourself it can result in a bloodbath.
An interesting blade to keep in my rotation, as I like a good challenge as an enthusiastic wetshaver. :). I agree with other reviewers that you can achieve very nice results with this blade if you pay close attention to your shave. But the blade is unforgiving if you make a misstep. They are not the cheapest blades, but compared to the cartridge stuff it's still a bargain to keep some of these blades in your den.
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Pros: Sharp
Cons: Short life span
I try to go 6 shaves on one blade, but the feather just doesn't want to go there for me. It is a very sharp blade that can be unforgiving at times. You cant rush through a shave with these.

The first couple of shaves are great and worth it.
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Pros: Sharp, smooth
Cons: Pricey
I used the Hi-Stainless blades without the platinum coating. As a blade, Feathers are difficult to beat. They really are DAMN sharp but aren't dangerous as long as you have a good method. I get some of my smoothest shaves with them! No tugging at all, so much so that it feels like the razor isn't cutting.

Now for the 2 downsides.
1) They don't last very long. I only get two shaves per side usually, never more than three.
2) The price! If they were less expensive I would use a LOT of them, but at 5 to 8 bucks for a 5 a pack I don't see that happening any time soon.

Truly astonishing blades, just not worth the money. Go buy some NOS Tomac blades instead!
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