I hate Feather blades in my DE . They require way more concentration than I have available after a long day (I shave at night). Usually I put merkur blades in my '40s SS, but tonight I figured why not go for an extra close shave and use the Feathers. Dumb move. The a/s splash I use only gives a mild tingling sensation after a merkur shave, and I enjoy the tingling and what the alcohol does for my skin. My skin is fairly oily and the alcohol helps keep my face from feeling as greasy as it would if I used a balm. But tonight the alcohol burned like hell. My face turned red felt like it was on fire. I shaved like I always do, and I guess my technique isn't perfect, but the merkur's never give me any trouble. I threw the feather blade away after just one shave. Maybe sometime in the future, when I've forgotten how bad the a/s burned, I'll give the feather another go, but until then I'll be using only merkurs.