I got a package in the mail today. Well actually two. One was more Mama Bear goodness. The other was my lovely pearlex handle Col. Conk by Dovo razor. I can't wait to try this thing. Just waiting for my strops to arrive so I can strop and go to it.
Very excited about this, I have to admit.
I must say, though I am thinking my hair just does not agree with the handing hair test very well. I could not get this razor to do it at all at first. Finally, I realized that if a brought the blade up briskly, close to where I held it, it would cut. Not smoothly - I could feel it biting and and pulling. Now, I know Joel honed this up good, so I know that isn't the issue. Although he did say he rounded the blade ever so slightly to avoid injury to me, as it was crazy sharp before.
But it isn't that, anyway, because I got the same result from a feather Super Pro blade used once, and only and ever so slightly smoother cut with a Dog's Bollocks (I think this, not the Feather, is the sharpest blade out there). Even with the DB, I have to have a brisk motion, and I feel the grap and pull before it cuts.
I also tried gliding along just above the skin on my arm. Similar result - much of the hair is just pushed away with all of the blades. A few get cut. More with the DB than the straight, but always with a very strong tugging. I mean a LOT of resistance. Actually on the skin of my arm, the DB will cut most of the hairs. But still with a lot of tugging. (Dry, still, of course).
I may have to learn to feel the edge with my thumb. I have some practice with this on knives, but am a little doubtful on being able to distinguish a good shaving edge this way. Although - I have heard conflicting things on this. Hear somewhere that it is bad for the edge.