As I have now been DE shaving for a year I decided to treat myself to a new razor, a DE89 with the lined chrome handle. I've been using it for a week now and think it's great - the weight of the head means that it's really easy to shave with.
To go with the razor I plucked up the courage to try a Feather blade from a sample pack I bought last year. After the first couple of shaves my face felt pretty sore and there were quite a number of nicks on my neck and around my mouth. I knew that this meant that I was pressing on too hard so persevered for a few more days, making a conscious effort to adapt my technique.
By the end of the week the irritation had gone and I thought I had finally achieved Feather heaven. But once my face had dried I checked in the mirror and it looked as if I had measles! At that point I gave up and switched back to my regular blade. Not as sharp as the ninja warrior of course, but oh so much easier to live with.
Anyway, the point of posting this is to show how important it is to give a new blade a decent chance before deciding 'win or bin'. As for the Feather, I may dig out the Wilkinson Classic I bought as a starter razor and try again... just not yet.