The sound of a Feather
Well, today I did it. In the last months I've often thought of trying some of the Feathers in my small den. But every time I just took one of the usual razors and put a Derby or a Crystal in it. I like both brands very much and they perform well in my favorite razors, which are a little to the aggressive side.
When I try something new I always see to that the new item is the only new in that shave to avoid too many variables.
But not today. I have a ball end Tech which I never tried before, and as I consider it a very mild razor (thanks for your inputs from the forums of B & B) and my forties SS is a bit too mild for my ordinary blades, I loaded the Tech with a Feather.
Unwrapping...hmm...rather much wax, glue, whatever... and then I felt that this was a different blade. First thing I noticed was that it felt thinner (I don't know it this is a fact), but it felt thinner and more flexible between my fingers. I let a finger slide carefully across the edge and I thought: Whoops, this might be a sharp one!
Soap soaking the stubbles during a hot shower and so much for prep. Mitchell's Wool Fat in the brush and drops of hot water in the mug. Lathered as usual and reached out for that golden razor which was lying tempting but a bit scary on the side of the sink.
And I let it slide gently wtg. And again and again with the next strokes.
Wow! I did not feel any resistance from the stubbles at all. And the most funny thing was the music - the sound - that was coming from this new instrument. When I shave I clearly hear the sound of the blade cutting the whiskers. Normally the sound is kind of raw (or should I call it roar!?) and in the low end of the sound spectrum. A man's barytone voice I would say. But now...the "volume knob" was turned pretty much down.
As the blade cut smoothly and effortless through the whiskers the sound was soft, discrete, and in a higher pitch. Definitely the sound of a tenor's voice. Or maybe a woman's contra alto?
Really interesting I thought as I tried to recall all the warnings I've read and how much caution Feathers should require. Hot water rinse, relathered, and I went for my atg pass (I normally get a BBS in two passes).
Oh, what a feeling...so soft to the skin, so effortless and so gentle. And this new blade melody I was listening to.
So far gents, thanks for your patience with my rubbish and now to the bottom line: I finished my shave as usual with cold water, alum stick, more cold water and dabbing the skin semi dry with a towel before applying an ASB.
Well, I could have done a little touch up to make this BBS star perfect. Maybe I'll do that the next time and in a week or so I will load a Feather into my SS and maybe some day in one of my Merkurs.
But. Today is a fine day. I had the most gentle shave ever. BBS, no nick, no weaper, no razor burn at all (and I really have one very sensitive side on my neck) and completely effortless. For me this blade is definitely a keeper. Don't be afraid. Try it.
Yeah, today is a fine day.
[FONT="Verdana"][SIZE="1"]“Copperfield, you are a true friend; but when the worst comes to the worst, no man is without a friend who is possessed of shaving materials.” Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield.[/SIZE][/FONT]