I have a Parker but I don't consider it a substitute for the Feather AC/Kai/SS/CJB style. The AC and clones are quite nice and give a lot of pleasure. They take a while to get used to, though. The Parker, in that regard, will act initially like a very sharp razor - the AC and clones do, too. However, the Parker is light and doesn't have the balance that I like with the AC and clones. The blade life is shorter and it just isn't the same animal (to me).
Oh, I didn't know about the Parker. I'll look into it.
Having said all that, it would give you a feel for it - just not the full monty.
You can usually pick up an AC/RG for about $85 or so (I think they are occasionally on eBay for about that). Sometimes you can get used ones for even less. You might also talk to Paco about a CJB - which, for a Japanese style razor, is quite good and pretty much the equal of the Feather - but for about 2/3 the price.
Selling your Dovo and kit could be done on the 'Bay or here on B/S/T. A complete kit should go quickly.
I've tried most of the blades for the AC and they all seem to work fine. Even the Guard - which is probably NOT the one you want to buy since it is just a Pro with a wire guard on it - and if you do the math, it ends up being about twice as expensive. The blade will still cut you so the Guard is not that important.
Last edited by ladykate; 06-29-2012 at 07:20 PM.
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)