Don't know about the rest of you who are relatively new to DE shaving, but for me I have been hesitant to use the Feather blade based on what I have read here. Well this morning while walking the dogs I felt like I wanted to put a Feather in and see what happens. I loaded it in my Merkur Futur, followed my same hot towel and lathering routine and went to town. Not feeling any trepidation. I did try to use as little to no pressure as possible. I was amazed that I still have a face. The blade is SHARP, and pretty smooth on the face. I made my usual # of passes and clean up in the jaw/neck area that I do every day. And the results were very good, oh yes I did have a few more weepers, I usually don't draw any blood at all but had to use the styptic in a few places. No gushers for sure but weepers non the less. I think that using the blade will help me improve my technique. I am still going thru my sample pack and so far the Derby is #1 for my experience level, but I will use the feather again tomorrow.
Happy shaving, just wanted to share.