After waiting for what seemed like an eternity to get my Feather Blades ( thankyou for the holdup HM Customs and Excise) they finally arrived this morning. After promising myself that I would stick to a more gentle setup with familiar products following yesterday's slice and dice, I quickly went back on my word and loaded my HD with a fresh feather (still not to confident with the Futur, you should see the size of the cut I opened up on my neck)
As many of you will know, I was having a lot of difficulty with the HD after starting out with the Futur; it seemed small, fiddly and too lightweight. Even when I really bore down on my skin with the HD I couldn't get it to shave as closely as the Futur. The Feathers have changed all that.
There is the epiphany that this post promised, it is the combination of a less aggressive razor (or razor setting) with the sharpest blade available that is one of those magic combination puzzle pieces I have been trying to find since I started out.
Now I am sure that the more knowledable/ experienced shavers here will be rolling their eyes as they applaud sarcastically and think "why has it taken you so long to reach such an obvious conclusion?" (I'm sure you wont mean that seriously but I am trying to set the scene here ) but I have only just received my Feathers, so once again you can blame Customs for the holdup.
For me, the fearsome reputation of the Feathers meant that I was much more careful and focused than usual, especially as I had to avoid reopening the Freddy Krueger style slice in my neck, but I actually found the Feathers to be much smoother than any other blade I had tried. It's good that the tales
of their sharpness increased my concentration, but I found them to be much less irritating than the Merkur Platinums I use and they have moved straight in to top position out of my selection of blades.
As we all know wetshaving is about self discovery, and having finally found a particular combination that suits me I am overjoyed (who knew it was possible to get this excited about shaving?)
For anyone who is holding off of purchasing Feather blades, my advice would be to go ahead and make the purchase; if I can shave with them and survive you shoudn't have any trouble either, and given their reputation you are bound to be more careful and more precise than usual.