Intro- Sanguine has really put some extra thought into their new shavette. It now comes packaged in very nice quality vinyl pouch, has a new ergonomic designed handle (looks just like the Feather AC), and an upswept monkey's tail..
Craftsmanship- Sanguine has redesigned its clamping system with brass studs for the DE blade; where in previous models were merely punched holes and dimples on the opposite blade.
Also the new handle is very comfortable to hold. With pinky on its monkey tail and all other fingers past and in front of the handle, makes it easier to hold with all fingers closed together.
Althought the handle doesn't come with an adjustable tension screw ala Feather, its brass rivit is tight and true spacing the blades perfectly..
Ease to Sharpen- No such thing here!Just use your favorite blade. Feathers for me..
Easy to Maintain- Should be very easy to maintain as it has scissor quality stainless steel blades with a mirror finish.. Just rinse and wipe..
Overall- I really like this new shavette. Its very comfortable in the hand. The heft of the blades make it similar to a straight, and is nicely balanced to the handle.
Also the monkey tail is up and away from the blade edge; making it easier to maneouver around those tricky areas where a normal straight might make it impossible to reach, Imagine a E-W pass on your neck; the shank always hits my collar bone with real straights..
I only have two gripes about the X-D20. One is that when the blade is seated, theres a space in front and behind the lenght of the blade. Would've been nicer if it had tighter tolerances. This in no way affected the performance or shave quality.
Also it would've been nicer to have jimps on the shank. The high mirror finish gets really slippery if you get some shave cream there..
In closing I like to say they have a great product here and no one would regret its purchase.. Heck its easier to swallow than the price of the Feather AC.. Is it a Feather??..no..But not a bad way to know if you'll like the feather..