Interesting subject since one can justifiably be on either side (or even somewhat both). I believe that if someone is committed to learning the correct technique and won't get discouraged by a handful of difficult shaves you're point is right on, the Feathers will give you performance feedback immediately.
At the same time, I would hate to see a new wetshaver give up on the practice because they became intimidated by the perceived diligence an extremely sharp, and to him, unforgiving, blade may pose.
As with most things in our fine hobby, YMMV but you raise a very good point. If you have the nerve to persist I agree that you go for it. If not, start with the forgiveness of another blade and work your way up. I know that I started with some drug store specials that really tore me up. When I used a Crystal or a Derby I thought I was in heaven.
I have spent most of my money on women, booze and shaving. The rest I just wasted...