Learning to shave with the Feather Artist Club

Zwilling

Kamisori shaver
Day 84 - Feather Artist Club DX with Kai Protouch MG guarded (4)

Mindful of the previous comment by @Zwilling I decided to try a slightly shallower angle to see if the scraping was reduced. It was, but I have to say the shave wasn't as efficient.
I suppose that is the trade off. A higher angle is more risky, more efficient and harder on the edge. It can also give you more irritation. To make the most of a low angle, you need exaggerated stretching of the skin and in my experience, relatively short strokes. But shave how you like, of course. If you decide to move to real straights (it doesn't sound like it would be your thing, you like high performance), you need to be a little kinder on the edge to avoid dulling it too quickly.

A question for the group. Throughout my experiment, I've settled on what I've previously referred to as 1:3 hold. In other words, the handle is between my index finger and the other three fingers. Most people seem to do 2:2.

Is there any reason I should start trying to retrain myself to do 2:2? I found 1:3 to make following the contours of my jaw a bit easier, as twiddling the spine between my fingers felt more controllable.
When shaving with a straight with scales, I am 1:3 like you. Suits me. Since moving to Japanese razors, I vary my technique to make whatever I have in my hand work - I agree with @UKRob that you should just do what feel natural. I still try out new strokes and vary hands even though I definitely have a 'system' for shaving my face that works for me. Keeps it fun!
 

wintoid

Out of control
Day 85 - Feather Artist Club DX with Kai Captain (1)

At some point, I ended up with some Kai Captain blades. I don't really know much about them. It was probably something thrown in with an SE purchase, and I tended to stick to the blades I know. Today I decided I was interested to find out what the Kai Captain blades are all about.

Well. Bloodbath. I managed 2 passes WTG/XTG before calling it a day. I think I had about 5 or 6 weepers. I moved the blade to my SE for the final ATG pass.

I think the blade will stay in the SE. I doubt I'll try it again in the FAC.
 

Cheesepiece

Gold Member No. 8
Have had two cold water DE shaves while away from home the last week. Nice to have a change.
Returned to the Artist Club last night.
Shave 4 on the Feather Pro Super in the Kai Captain folder.
Best shave on this blade thus far. Smooth, comfortable and sharp. A lovely result and it feels almost effortless when the end product comes from only two easy passes.

Checked, having been following the thread throughout, and my grip is either 1:3 or baseball grip when the scales are opened to in-line.
 

UKRob

Forum GOD!
Have had two cold water DE shaves while away from home the last week. Nice to have a change.
Returned to the Artist Club last night.
Shave 4 on the Feather Pro Super in the Kai Captain folder.
Best shave on this blade thus far. Smooth, comfortable and sharp. A lovely result and it feels almost effortless when the end product comes from only two easy passes.

Checked, having been following the thread throughout, and my grip is either 1:3 or baseball grip when the scales are opened to in-line.
Look back at this thread and the Feathers all appear to need some form of breaking in before they are comfortable. My conclusion is that they start off as pretty rough edges but after a couple of shaves they are good for another 10 or so very comfortable uses. The obvious solution is to get your missus to shave her legs a couple of times before you let them near your chin.
 

Merkurologist

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Look back at this thread and the Feathers all appear to need some form of breaking in before they are comfortable. My conclusion is that they start off as pretty rough edges but after a couple of shaves they are good for another 10 or so very comfortable uses. The obvious solution is to get your missus to shave her legs a couple of times before you let them near your chin.
The same seems to occur with Feather DE blades, the first shave it's a bit rough.

I had decided to use the Feather blades on my SE razor for a couple of times first, where I can stand the roughness a bit better. Having said that, I'm enjoying the Schick Proline so maybe I'll try that one day....
 

wintoid

Out of control
Day 86 - Feather Artist Club SS with Feather Super (1)

That Kai Captain blade was just as horrible in the SE as it was in the FAC. I have never experienced anything as nasty in any SE, so I chucked it after only 2 shaves. I doubt I'll use them again.

So today was a return to the Super blade, a fresh one, in the SS. No troubles with this blade. Comfortable three pass shave. Nothing to see here!
 
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