I thought I'd share my observations with others for feedback.
For context...my primary razors are the Merkur HD and Jagger DE89 Barley. Both of these razors have their nuances, but they basically are both shorter handled, moderately aggressive angle, and thinner head (for getting close to nose). I had mastered the Merkur HD and eventually moved up to the Jagger DE89, which I now feel is simply a supreme shaving head. I've recently placed an order for an Ikon Bulldog handle to complement it - not that the Jagger Barley isn't already very nice. I have a lot of other (mostly Merkur DE's) razors, but the HD and DE89 reign supreme for me.
I decided to upgrade to the Feather all stainless. I checked the various reviews posted on the web and I heard some common themes: High build quality, flawless finish, mild, great grip. All of these are true. However no matter how much quality goes into a razor, let's agree that it won't get used if the shave isn't there. Now it's too easy to judge this with only one shave, but I found the Feather was simply overly-mild compared to an HD or DE89. Is this a bad thing? Well consider some of the Pros/Cons below:
Doesn't shave as close (potentially) if using traditional technique
Takes longer to achieve a BBS shave
Expensive for a mediocre shave
You have to push down on the blade edge to achieve equivalent shave - breaking 'traditional DE techniques'.
You have to raise the angle as high as 45deg to achieve significant cut.
You can shave without any significant fear of nicks under typical blade pressure.
You can shave faster since there are not significant concerns of nicks.
Blade buffers will love the shave, since you can buff away (up to a point) without nicks.
Blade angle is not as much of a concern since it is difficult to nick.
Quality, asthetics, classy.
I did my shave with a fresh Feather and I shave with Feather blades very often, so I know what to expect. As I consider this razor, I think what happened back in Japan is some engineer decided to design a razor of the highest quality to match the incredibly sharp edge of a Feather blade so that mortals (not like us seasoned DE users) could shave with a Feather blade without significant bloody consequences. Is this what you want? Then go get yourself a Feather and have a high quality razor that can nimbly handle the Feather blade with a lot of class. For me, I'll probably use it from time to time just to vary the rotation. It will not however be the razor that I will reach for when I'm looking for the best BBS shave.