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    Hey Gents,
    I just switched from a Derby, to a Feather blade to try out a new pack I just bought and see if I like them better. The shave felt great! It seemed much smoother then the Derby and less tugging then I seemed to get with the Derby blades.
    However, shortly after I was done, my neck was burning like crazy. Even after using a alum block after the shave.
    Is this sometimes normal when switching to a new blade or do I just need to work on my technique more?
    Any advise is greatly appreciated!

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    John

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    John,
    Feather blades are notoriously sharp. It may be that you applied too much pressure on the neck or that your skin on your neck does not like them. You may have to experiment with them for a few more shaves to be certain. Good luck.
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    Yes the pressure is a big thig with feathers they are wicked next thing is trying a feather in a r41 now that's insane and literally no pressure required

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    I always find that the first shave with a fresh Feather is a bit uh, harsh. But the burn you describe isn't called for from any new blade no matter how sharp it is. And no - I don't find going from one blade type to the next will cause burn - as others stated I to I think you might just have placed just a bit too much pressure on it.

    Man I hate burn!

    I bet you'll love tomorrows shave with it though .
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    I'm a big fan of feather. I love them in all my DEs. You just need to realize how sharp they are and really watch the pressure and you'll be OK. The derby is a mild blade so you can get away with a tad more pressure.
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    +1. First time I shaved with a feather I got the "burn". It was all b/c I had used Merkurs up to that point. I like my feathers, but you gotta get used to them first. There is less "fudge" room than with derby, shark, astra, or the others.
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    I found blades like Merkur and Derby so dull, I developed the habit of using more pressure when shaving with them. I love Feather, it is my goto blade in any razor. It cuts so easily that I find it easier to maintain the proper pressure. It is very difficult to resist forcing a razor when the blade is not cutting, or tugging and pulling. You just don't get that with a Feather (at least I don't, YMMV).
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnMajor View Post
    However, shortly after I was done, my neck was burning like crazy. Even after using a alum block after the shave.
    John,

    After shaving and the burning sensation, are there any visible skin reactions? If so does it look like a red rash or a bunch of red bumps?

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    Hi Ryan,
    No red bumps or rash, but I did get a few dots of blood. Maybe a half dozen.

    Thanks everyone for the great feedback!! I really appreciate all the advice!!

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    John:
    With any blade, keep the pressure light. This is essential. Also, refrain from using multiple strokes on the same spots. I suggest one stroke over each spot, or a maximum of two. Don't forget, the whole idea is to reduce your beard gradually with different passes. By limiting your strokes over the same spot you will reduce the chance of skin irritation. Feather blades are extremely sharp and you don't need multiple strokes on the same spot with them, especially since you have, say, three passes to clear that spot. Finally, make sure you have plenty of lather.

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