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    Quote Originally Posted by MrZ View Post
    All the stars dont have to be aligned, you just need to have the right guy honing your straight. I had a guy honing my blades who had no idea how to do it, and it was not fun. After having Outback hone one, I know what a sharp blade really is.
    I have to say that has not been my experience. I have had several high quality razors honed by several reputable honemeisters, and while those blades have undoubtedly been quite keen, and given good shaves, very rarely have I had one match a fresh Feather blade. The Feathers just glide in a way that I only very rarely get from a traditional straight. If you have a feather, try putting in a fresh blade, and and skim your arm hair at a few millimeters above the skin; when I do this, I don't even feel the hairs get cut, they just fall away. Not trying to dog on traditional blades, I love my straights, but I do think that Feather blades are a level of sharpnes that is very difficult to achieve in a traditional blade; And while I totally understand that sharpness doesn't always equate to smoothness, for my beard I generally find that the sharper, the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoliageFace View Post
    I have to say that has not been my experience. I have had several high quality razors honed by several reputable honemeisters, and while those blades have undoubtedly been quite keen, and given good shaves, very rarely have I had one match a fresh Feather blade. The Feathers just glide in a way that I only very rarely get from a traditional straight. If you have a feather, try putting in a fresh blade, and and skim your arm hair at a few millimeters above the skin; when I do this, I don't even feel the hairs get cut, they just fall away. Not trying to dog on traditional blades, I love my straights, but I do think that Feather blades are a level of sharpnes that is very difficult to achieve in a traditional blade; And while I totally understand that sharpness doesn't always equate to smoothness, for my beard I generally find that the sharper, the better.
    It is funny how different people can have such a different experience. Feather blades are my blade of choice. I have tried many different DE blades and persona blue and feathers are my preferred DE blades. However, I have found that my best straights are not only as sharp delivering a shave result just as smooth as my feather blades but also with much much less irritation. I dread using my DE and shavette now but will still use them once in a while in memory of my Sister but that’s it.
    It also takes me just a few minutes to get a beautiful shave complete with maintenance. So you can see there are different results for different people. You just have to find your OWN way and enjoy it.
    What a curse be a dull razor; what a prideful comfort a sharp one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel View Post
    It is funny how different people can have such a different experience. Feather blades are my blade of choice. I have tried many different DE blades and persona blue and feathers are my preferred DE blades. However, I have found that my best straights are not only as sharp delivering a shave result just as smooth as my feather blades but also with much much less irritation. I dread using my DE and shavette now but will still use them once in a while in memory of my Sister but thatís it.
    It also takes me just a few minutes to get a beautiful shave complete with maintenance. So you can see there are different results for different people. You just have to find your OWN way and enjoy it.
    Actually can I don't think our experience is that different: I have found Feather DE blades to be quite irritating, as well; however, the shavette blades are very non-irritating. I suspect, however, that it has as much to do with technique as anything; blades that sharp are pretty unforgiving of unnecessary pressure or the wrong angles.

    Edit: I realized after the fact that this post could be interpreted as a saying "you have bad technique" in a veiled way. That was not the intention at all: I meant more to say that I have bad technique with a DE, which probably contributes to me finding the Feather blades harsh. And I certainly have had my fair share of nicks with my Artist Club as well!
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    I find my straights will actually pop the tips of my arm hair right off. Perhaps they arenít quite as sharp as a new Feather but they do get extremely close

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