I don't have fine facial hair at all. Mine is coarse and fast growing. Yet for me the feather as D2 is shaving perfection. And I don't find it needs a "perfect angle" either.I think it’s too mild for most people and unless you have fine facial hair like a lot of Asian men do.
Actually that is a shallower blade angle you are using. Angle should be defined by blade angle as that is the bit that cuts the stubble. It seems you may have been using a steep blade angle previously, as images in the above post shows, hence not getting a good performance from the razor. Keep trying till you get near the design angle and your shaves will improve.Thanks all for the advice. I tried again this morning with a steeper shaving angle (handle more parallel to ground) and a Kai blade. Results are much improved! I will keep working and refining it, but this was a big step forward.
I love my AS-D2, but it is very much a razor that rewards technique and patience, at least in my experience.I am going to keep trying for another few weeks. I am having better results but not nearly as good as the vintage Gillette. If results don’t get close to that you will see it on the Buy / Sell / Trade
You already jumped ahead of me in shaving skill. Maybe you were always ahead of me in acronym construction?ABCDTG
I think the idea of the cheap tech that looks like an asd2 actually makes sense. You can really pick good ones up on eBay for cheap, its cheaper than a car fill up (well PA over priced gas maybe), and if it doesn't work just get your money back by reselling it. SPs.. I really did think the "blades" being different was psychosomatic gibberish before this. Derby extra's dispelled that idea pretty quicklyYou already jumped ahead of me in shaving skill. Maybe you were always ahead of me in acronym construction?
Very glad to read about the pairing with Astra (SP or SS?). Should I get such a razor, it’s a relief to know more affordable blades can be sweet in it.
Sounds like you gave it your all — no shame in unloading a razor that just doesn’t work for you.I am still struggling with it. I can’t get a smooth shave and despite the mild nature of the razor I end up with lots of irritation. This is because I keep having to do more strokes to cut any stubble. This seems to be the case regardless of blade. Shaving with a Kai and riding the cap has given me the best results, but those are far inferior to a moderate aggression razor. By comparison, I just bought a Merkur 34C from another member here and can get a BBS shave with no irritation or issues. Same story with a Gillette Aristocrat - wonderful shaves. I think this one may not be for me. I think I lack the focus, technique and/or skin/beard type to make this razor work.
Once I reach the 45 day membership tenure eligibility to post it on the B/S/T I think I will probably do so. Much more interested to trade it (plus cash if needed) for a Tatara, Timeless or Charcoal Goods moderate aggressive razor. Those seem more suitable for me based on my experience thus far. I do sincerely appreciate all the advice here though! It has been very valuable and I continue to learn.