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    Default First safety razor

    Well after struggling with getting my stropping on a straight, I gave in and bought a safety razor. In large part because I happened to see it at my grocery store. It is a Van Der Hagen razor and it came with 5 of their blades. I find it to do a rather good job, noticeable sharper then my stropping skills have been giving me. The blades that it came with do a very good job. The razor is solid brass construction so it has a good feel in the hand, good heft. The only complaint I have with it is the fact that it holds the blade just the tiniest bit off center so that one edge is just ever so slightly more aggressive. After using all of the blades the razor came with I ordered some of the Feather blades as they seem to come with high accolades on SRP. Holy crap are these things sharp! I have never been able to shave and not feel even the slightest tug as the hair is cut. Needless to say I'm sold on these blades and highly recommend them to anyone looking for good DE blades.

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    Yeah Feathers are uber sharp, so sharp they dont hold up as long as other blades do and need to be changed more frequently.

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    Gotta' be careful with them, they'll bite......
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    But, close shave... might want to get a sampler pack, just to check out different blades..

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    Even once you're comfortable with the straight, DEs retain a charm of their own. Used one of mine this morning!
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    They are very sharp blades but so far not even a nick with them. I was able to get 4 shaves out of a blade before it got too rough to use.

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    Feather blades are real nice. Everyone's skin/hair seems to react differently to them. If you haven't tried, and/or are looking for another blade - Astra Superior Platinums are great as well.

    Happy shaving
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    I'll keep the Astras in mind. But I ordered 30 Feathers so it will be awhile before I need any other blades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r3tic View Post
    I'll keep the Astras in mind. But I ordered 30 Feathers so it will be awhile before I need any other blades.
    bwahahahahaha 30 blades my friend you are simply looking in to the worm hole. wait intil you fall in. ps i use feather and astra ss in my safety and have owned that razor and might i rocomend a vintage for you. if you like the shave fron the vdh try a gillette in fact get and adjustable gilette a slim a black beauty or go all out and get yourself a fatboy, your worth it....

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    A fatboy is already on my shopping list. Unfortunately, my disposable income is strapped at the moment. I also have a couple of good pieces of steel I need properly honed and I need a real strop. Maybe I'll get lucky and win the giveaway.

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