I have just begun to shave with a DE razor. I was sick of the prices of the blades going up year after year. I purchased an Edwin Jagger DE89L and a best badger brush. The razor came with a sample pack of Lord blades. After reading this site for a few weeks I also bought a pack of feather blades. I have been using the Lord Chrome blades with good results and am not hacking my face up yet. I was wondering is the feather that sharp and am I going to butcher myself switching to the feather or should I keep practicing for a few more months.
Second question. Brush when drying Up or Down. My father says it doesn't matter he has used the same brush for 40 years simply throwing it on the shelf to dry.