I'm out to (temporarily) still my RAD. I'm looking to buy either the Feather All-Stainless or the EJ DE89 Barley. I should say that price is not an issue in this case (been saving for two years). I should also say that I have a very thick beard combined with rather sensitive skin on my neck (like most people, I guess). I would like to ask a few questions about these two razors. The obvious one is: Which one you would prefer of the two given that you've tried them both (the deserted island scenario). I'm also wondering which of the two is the fastest, again given that you've tried them both (i.e. which razor is most forgiving if I'm in a hurry). Someone here likened the Feather AS to a multi-blade cartridge razor saying it was "safe and care free". Others have said that the Feather should only be used by seasoned shavers as it can damage your face if not held at the right angle (which accordning to these persons is more steep than on other razors; 30 degrees instead of 45 degrees, I read somewhere). Which statement is more correct?
If it helps, I now own a Gillette Slim Adjustable (from 1966, I think), a Merkur Futur, a Merkur HD, a Merku Futur and a Gillette SuperSpeed (1952). If you could please say how the Feather AS and EJ DE89 compare to either of these razors in terms of aggressiveness and/or smoothness, it would be greatly appreciated.
I know I said that price is not an issue but buying them both to find out which one is better suited for me would take another two years of convincing SHMBO. At least I would like to know which one I should buy first so to speak, even if I do end up buying them both eventually.
Thanks in advance.