I think I will save the amount of the initial investment quickly. To avoid breakouts I would use Mach 3 and toss after one. That got pricey even from Costco. So this is much cheaper.
In my opinion some blades are better than others. However, in the Feather AS-D2 the blade which works best is the blade made to be used in it. Or, is it the other way around? Was the razor made to wrap around the Feather blade? In either case, they go together like they were designed to be used together.
I am not a fan of Feather blades. They shave me great, but irritate my skin. However, they are still the blade of choice in the razor you like.
Not everyone likes the Feather AS-D2 either, but nobody thinks it anything but a great razor for those who find it perfect for them.
Sometimes I wish I got along better with my AS-D2 and a Feather blade, but facts are facts.
It's a great combination if it works for you!
In this photo it's obviously on a non Feather handle but I don't know for sure which one. Maybe a RR barberpole?
View attachment 1368082
My intention when I began this journey was much like yours. I bought for myself this Feather AS-D2. Had it worked for me I would have spent several thousand dollars on something else, but instead have a great many razors.
Being the enabler I am I will encourage you to try our a great many brushes since you've found your perfect razor. If you ask me I'll be happy to tell you which brushes are worth your consideration.
There is a trophy awaiting anyone who actually saves money with this hobby.