Quick testimoney. I have been shaving over 50 yrs, half of that with DE razors. Every morning I get a BBS shave with any of the following combination of razors and blades:
Gillette Tech Blades: 7O'Clock yellow, Astra SP, Red Personna, Supermax Platinum
Gillette Super Speed
Gillette Super Adjustable
Most of the reviews, advice, and recommendations as a majority from B&B are right on. Superb. So I spent my $179 on my beautiful, well crafted FEATHER ALL STAINLESS razor. I shaved with it using all the above blades plus a feather. Absolutely, the smoothest shave of my life. There was just one thing absent: It did not cut my facial hair. I was almost able to get DFS with the feather blade, but not BBS. I cold water shave but tried hot water also.
There are probably 75-80% glowing reviews of this razor on B&B. I only know my face and technique but I feel some of the posts are delusional, not objective, and reek with "jump on board" rationalization. I read one post suggesting 90 degree angle. Ridiculous. If you have to think about angle with any DE, then you are in trouble. I never think about angle, just put the blade on my face, and hear and feel the angle.I can't hear or feel anything with this razor. It is past super mild. I will say that this is the first time a feather blade has actually improved my shave. Some say the AS was built around the feather blade. Other than sharpness, explain that one to me. My AS will soon be for sale. I hope I'm not too condescending or contentious, but I needed to rant on this product
Gus (old and cranky)