Likes a fat handle in his hand
Just get some Bics, hope they aren't fakes, and find out if sharpness does the trick! Bics are slightly narrower, which will reduce the exposure and that's not a great thing, but the added sharpness should be informative at least. Also, that slight narrower width will increase the gap slightly. I didn't think you were clogging the razor because you make your lather in a bowl, but I have to agree that your experience lines up with what happens when a razor clogs. I know this is one reason some people insist on a basin full of water to constantly swish their razor in, which isn't viable for you obviously. You might try blasting it with your spray bottle frequently!
My original recommendation was going to be using a less sharp blade and some pressure so you can buff away without irritation, but that takes learning a new technique.
I actually already own Bic blades, I got a 100-pack of them back when I was still using my Feather AS-D2 still, and I used them in my Rex Ambassador, which was the 2nd razor that I bought. Its been a long time since I've used my Bic blades, so that might be a solid recommendation, especially since Bic blades are super cheap compared to Feather's! I did not know that their was a blade geometry difference between the two, I just thought Feather's being sharper was the only difference. See, you know more about the blades then I do lol. I do know that there is a huge difference to Kai blades, that they are usually longer in length. But I never owned or used Kai blades because again, they are so expensive! lol
Oh man, now I gotta learn a new technique, do I have to? Well I don't wanna lol! I know I know, I am so silly. HEHE
I can see what you're saying about the finish. I have used Brasso on mine to eliminate fine scratches and it worked very well.
Given enough elbow grease, it should clean up great.
Nice to have it confirmed from you Kix, glad to see I am not the only one. It just basically shows consistency. And I'd like to think whether good or bad, a manufacture that demonstrates consistency, shows that they can do either a quality polish job, or simply an OK polish job, and all the razors will be that way. Oh trust me, I'm a mechanic, I know all about that elbow grease, so I am used to it.
Hey, wanna hear a quick mechanics joke? Guy comes in and says, "Yeah, I don't know what is wrong with my car, I checked all my fluids, made sure the connection to my battery was tight, and for some reason my turn signals arn't working." And then I say, "Have you checked your blinker fluid?" Guy gives a gives this look like he doesn't know what I am talking about. And I say, "Just kidding, there is no blinker fluid, but I had you going there for a minute didn't I"