I have precisely those two razors. I started with the DE89 and only recently bought the AS-D2.
Originally Posted by Reevers
The AS-D2 is very different than the DE89. The AS-D2 is a lot less forgiving of blade angle. If you get it wrong, it simply won't cut anything. But if you get the blade angle right, it will cut just fine. No matter what I tried with the DE89, I would always end up with a slight rash on the neck. Since getting my AS-D2 a few days ago, I'm noticing the skin around that area starting to heal. In other words, there is no rash at all with the AS-D2.
Watching the blade angle on the AS-D2 takes some work. I find that if the angle is not correct, the razor will not leave a clean track....there will be some soap left behind.
I'm still having trouble around the chin area, but nothing too bad.
After 3 passes with the DE89, I would get a very close shave, maybe BBS in parts, but the skin would be itching and feel irritated all day. After 3 passes with the AS-D2, I get also get what feels like a very close shave, but not BBS. However, there is zero rash and irritation and I feel there is slightly more growth the next morning, which confirms that I didn't shave as close.
The only non-shaving weirdness I noticed is some squeaking when screwing the head on/off. That is actually getting better without doing anything.
I like the fact that there is no rash/irritation with the AS-D2, so I'm going to try and be patient and learn to get the blade angle right.
Last edited by anoop; 05-26-2014 at 08:18 AM.
Vulfix 2273 / DE89BA11, AS-D2 / TheGR Std, Muhle Org