A Feather AC is not my idea of a shavette - the AC is wicked sharp and lasts longer than a shavette blade - it doesn't chatter with tough beards, either. Love it!
A regular straight is never as sharp as the commercial replaceable blades so you will immediately notice that when shaving. It could be that your razor isn't an atom splitter but most of Larry's blades are sharp enough. The technique is different although I seem to have lapsed into a similar technique with both. My own straights are fairly sharp (.25 diamond is my finisher) so they will cut through the underbrush pretty easily.
Try using the razor with a normal growth - get used to the patterns you need to be efficient. As you figure out the zen of it all, you will probably see what I'm talking about. Also, if you got the whole whippeddog kit, tune your razor up on the paddles to be sure it is keen enough. I don't hesitate to touch my own up - every time I use them.
I love the AC but I also love my straights - they are different shaves but they are both nice. I probably use regular straights 3 to 1 over the AC.
Last edited by ladykate; 06-04-2012 at 10:09 AM.
Inventor of the world's first safety vibrating Kamisori with night light. Go to http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/299465-A-milder-Kamisori: Inventor of the Weckisori - (thanks sychodelix)