There are 1 review(s) for Feather Hi-Stainless Double Edge Razor Blades, 5-count
by Ramesh – 14th Nov 2012
The Feather New Hi-Stainless is currently my prreerfed, go-to blade. While there are plenty of double edge (DE) blades I have yet to try, I have been able to try several other blades.The Feather wins because of its sharpness. In other words, it is SHARP! If you have gotten your DE technique and face prep down, then this blade will not let you down. The flip side of that is if you are brand new to DE shaving or have not yet been able to achieve a smooth, nick-free and super-close shave, then beware. You may not yet be ready for the Mighty Feather. (Keep the styptic pencil handy!)Some people say this blade, while extremely sharp, is not as smooth as some others and doesn't provide as many good shaves as it might. So far I have found this to not be true for me. I can routinely get 3 great shaves out of a Feather, and the 4th shave is at least very good, if not great.As with all blades, your choice of razor makes a difference. In my Merkur 38C razor, this blade is the perfect choice. The Feather Portable is a lot more aggressive than the 38C, so my first shave with a Feather/Feather combination was not nearly as good or comfortable. It wasn't horrible, and I think I can now do better since I've had more experience with the Portable. But that said, if you use the Feather blade in a more aggressive or adjustable razor, take care with your technique and/or setting.Update 2/13/08: As my prep has improved, I have discovered that the Feather is even better than my initial comments indicate.First, as to longevity: Just for kicks I decided to see how many shaves I could get out of a single Feather blade. With meticulous face prep, I actually got TEN shaves out of one blade! I grant that the last few shaves were not as smooth and comfortable as the first several, BUT there were no nicks or cuts, and virtually all the shaves were superior to first shaves with some blades I've tried.Second, as to smoothness: Better prep also has meant my impression of the Feather's smoothness has increased. At this point it is edged out by a whisker by the Gillette Stainless Platinum (aka Swedes , though they're actually made in Poland), but the difference is not huge. And the Swede is just a bit less sharp than the Feather.I am currently testing some Feathers that received cryogenic treatment. I'm not sure yet what that entails, but the cryo treatment kicks the Feather up a notch in terms of smoothness. It's not quite a Swede, but is closer. YMMV.UPDATEThe Feather is still my favourite blade. Since writing this review I have been able to use the French Gillette Bleue blades, which a friend obtains for me whenever she is in France. I find them extremely close to the Feather in sharpness, and subjectively they seem smoother. The Bleues also seem better than the Gillette Sweedes . Again, YMMV.