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.
Feather DE razor blades
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"I used the Hi-Stainless blades without the platinu"
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!
"It is just a blade that doesn't work for me. I do "
Pros - The definition of a sharp blade
Cons - unforgiving
It is just a blade that doesn't work for me. I do not find it pleasant to shave with. Can get a great shave with it if you have a thick and tuff skin. Mine is just too pliable and thin.
"I have tried a few blades in a Gillette Rocket. I "
Pros - Very sharp and long lasting for me.
I have tried a few blades in a Gillette Rocket. I don't shave everyday, usually every 4-5 day.
The green Astra SP blades only lasted 2.5 shaves. Next tried the Ladas SS blade. It lasted 3 shaves. Felt sharper than the Astra.
Finally I dropped a Feather into the Rocket. Night and day difference. No irritation or razor burn. Very smooth. I was amazed at how long these lasted. I recorded 13 shaves from one Feather blade.
I shave with the grain, then across/with the grain. 2 passes.
1-9th were smooth, no irritation/razor burn.
10-13th the blade was getting dull. Still got bbs on the cheeks, chin 2 passes. Now the neck area needed a 3rd pass, acceptable dfs. Blade was getting rough. Some irritation.
Of course YMMV. If you have a Gillete Rocket or Super Speed then next time try Feather blades.