A few months back I got a Feather AS-D1, and began shaving with it. As most of you have probably read or tried you will know that it is an extremely mild shaving razor with a somewhat tight sweet spot that is a bit different than many of the DE razors frequently discussed in this forum. Took me a few days to adjust my technique to consistently get a DFS and with a little extra work that bbs face. As I like to shave every day (simply for the pleasure of it) I was really enjoying the fact that this razor left my skin irritation, nick, weeper, burn free. I could even hit that little mole on my neck from any angle without fear of bloodshed. I was beginning to think that this razor has killed my RAD.
Well...No, just gave it a rest for a couple of months. I recently saw a fat boy that I just couldn't turn down, and of course dying to take it for a drive, dialed it down to three. Compared to the Feather this felt extremely aggressive, lightly nicked that above mentioned mole, and left me with a mild case of RB. I was not sure if this was due to slightly altered technique or changes in my skin from using such a mild razor for months. I figure I am doomed to shave with my AS-D1 for ever, I say doomed because I love the look, feel and style of vintage razors.
It occurred to me that there are numbers on the dial that go below 3 , Do I dare turn it back to 1 and risk having to turn in my manly man card (hmmm, they didn't take it when I started using the feather). So I broke out my super adjustable turned the dial to 1, put in a cherished SI blade and went to town, this time purposely shaving much as I would with the feather.
I got an amazing shave, mole went unscathed even though I attacked from multiple sides. I actually got what I thought was a closer shave, but again with the mildness of the feather and without any touch up. A way to reintegrate at least some of my razors back into a rotation.
I shaved two days with the SI and popped in a feather blade. Again amazing, smooth and mild DFS without touch ups.
I know the mild shaving razors are not for everyone, but some of us like them and will continue to use them. Personally I like to shave every day, and using a more aggressive razor or setting, usually means I have to work in off days to let my face recover. I can occasionally throw in an aggressive razor just for the feel of it, but don't make it a habit.
I will probably try my slims and fatboys next with the dials set to one (and yes the one is an actual setting not just a place holder )
Oh, And for those of you who are wondering, The Feather AS-D1 is milder than the super adjustable set to 1 (YMMV).