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First time post here, so appreciate the forbearance. I started wet shaving a few months ago and started with the Feather ASD2. Looks great, feels great in the hand, but I can’t seem to get a great shave out of it. I shave every day. I have tried a variety of blades (Derby through Feather, with best results being Personna reds). However, there always seems to be some spots that I can’t shave efficiently. This became apparent to me when I got my second razor (48-51 Gillette Aristocrat) a couple of weeks ago, which I get much, much better results with.
Does the ASD2 require a more refined technique and focus on blade angle and thus is less forgiving (from an efficiency perspective), even as it is very mild? I am really struggling here, as this razor is very well reviewed. Is this a razor that really rewards perfect technique and focus? I would guess mine isn’t wonderful since I am starting out, but I get really great shaves from the Gillette. Any advice appreciated.
I tried this with 45 degrees initially (months ago) with no pressure and with the Feather blade. Feather blade wasn’t working well at all for me, but that may have been the no pressure. I will try it again 45 degrees, feather blade and moderate pressure. I wonder if that gets it done.This razor needs two things. The first one is Feather blade.
The second is that almost all razors need to work at 30 degrees angle. The ASDS2 needs to work at 45 degrees angle.
The angle is more sensitive when you have a narrow window to work from. You can check this angle on a straight edge with the cap and base plate in contact with the edge; that will you give you the neutral or design angle. Move too far away from that angle and you will need more pressure to keep the blade on the skin. Hence with these razors you don't want to use more pressure than required because that will translate to poor technique with the other razors you use, especially when they have a large blade gap and/or positive blade exposure.I tried this with 45 degrees initially (months ago) with no pressure and with the Feather blade. Feather blade wasn’t working well at all for me, but that may have been the no pressure. I will try it again 45 degrees, feather blade and moderate pressure. I wonder if that gets it done.
my guess is @Invicta is right .. we are all probably substituting a slight bad habit for good technique. You can test this w/ the alum block which tends to point out where you've gone a bit raw. My guess is the absolute proper technique with the as-d2 makes using the alum block feel like doing nothing and at the same time works as well as what you and I are doing now (a bit of pressure). The opportunity of the hyper mild razor is to hone that in a way, that in contrast and at an extreme, the r41 will just as soon stab you in the face and the 34c or r89 is somewhere in between.To Avi’s point, this seems like a good razor that you can get a good shave with if you optimize and learn and tweak. I guess the philosophical question I have more broadly is: is it really worth paying a premium for an expensive razor that is difficult to use if after all that it performs only equally as well as a cheap razor? I would argue the results would need to be better to be worth the trouble and it’s unclear to me if that will be true. I am going to keep on working on it. Massive step change in quality for me today but unclear if can be better than the Merkur 34C while shaving lazily...
A little off topic but thought Avi’s observation was interesting
I experienced the same situation during my first shaves with the AS-D2. I always had redness and blood spots with each shave. I did not understand that people say that this razor is too soft and that it is impossible to cut with it. I almost sold it but I decided to persevere and control the beast. With patience, I learned how to hold and use this razor. I do not regret it. I understand that YMMV, there are razors for all skin types but for me the AS-D2 is my daily razor.There's definitely a learning curve to using the AS-D2 correctly. When I bought it, it felt like it wasn't cutting at all. I contacted Feather and they had me send it to them (at their expense) to the check the head. They sent it back saying the head was fine. After that I tried it for a few more days playing around with the angle. It probably took me a couple of weeks after which I got the hang of it. After that I could no longer shave with my prior razor, the EJ DE89, and ended up selling that on BST.
I am so glad that I did not sell the AS-D2. It's my second razor ever, and the only one that I have been using since ca. 2014.
I do have a pack or two of Kai blades, and I'll give them a try in the Feather. Thank you also for your comments.If you are having issues with mildness and want to crank it up a notch There is a few things a person can only do with out Physically altering the razor. You either shim it or a better alternative is just try a KAI SS blade, they are a little wider than a Feather blade by approx .009 thousands of a inch or .0045 per side. By using a wider blade you will increase the blade exposure or blade feel and that will give you a closer shave. How much closer a shave? As long as your content that is all that matters, I use Kai SS in some of my razors and it makes a difference but not overly aggressive!
It sounds like the ASD2 is neutral blade exposure or not much positive exposure.
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Have some great shaves! Stay & think safe in these times!