How many shaves do you get out of a feather blade

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How many shaves do you get out of a feather blade

Post by mustang66 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:15 pm

Hi All,

How many shaves do you get out of a feather blade?

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Post by Racso_MS » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:23 pm

Mustang,

This is a Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) issue for just about anyone on this forum. Now for me, if I keep the razor about 1/4 inch off my face while shaving with a Feather, I can go maybe a week. If I'm daring and go about 1/8 inch off my face, I can only go 4 or 5 days tops (you know how whiskers dull the blade). Now if the blade actually touches my skin, I just go to the emergency room for a blood transplant.

Actually I rarely use a Feather, but when I do, I normally get 3 or 4 shaves with it. Again, YMMV. Sharpness does not always equate to a good shave.

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Post by druphus » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:42 pm

Sometimes only 3. When they go bad it happens quick, and just change the blade immediately or its weeper-city.
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Post by Gene » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:50 pm

Pretty much the same for me. I can get 3 decent shaves. The fourth is fair, and I once got 5 out of one blade, but I could just feel it wanting to hurt me.
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Post by Ken » Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:11 pm

Racso_MS wrote:Mustang,

This is a Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) issue for just about anyone on this forum. Now for me, if I keep the razor about 1/4 inch off my face while shaving with a Feather, I can go maybe a week.
I'm having difficulty visualizing this. If the blade is 1/4 inch away from your face, what are you cutting besides air? Can you explain?

Ken

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Post by bernards66 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:15 pm

What Andy said, or even only two.....when I experimented with them. But I don't use them as they invariably irritate my skin.
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Post by gil3591 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:33 pm

2 shaves. i can feel them go bad during a stroke of the blade
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Post by marsos52 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:30 am

same here,, feathers give me only 2 good shavss,, if i try for three it is
risky,

they are just not worth the money.. for what you get from them..
not to mention what happens with long term use

merkurs for me
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Post by paddy » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:44 am

around 4 or so.
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Post by brothers » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:52 am

Around four for me too. When they go bad, it becomes real obvious real quick.
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Post by Racso_MS » Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:17 am

Ken wrote:
Racso_MS wrote:Mustang,

This is a Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) issue for just about anyone on this forum. Now for me, if I keep the razor about 1/4 inch off my face while shaving with a Feather, I can go maybe a week.
I'm having difficulty visualizing this. If the blade is 1/4 inch away from your face, what are you cutting besides air? Can you explain?

Ken
Ken,

Just playing around. Some say the Feathers are so sharp you don't have to actually touch your face with the blade to shave. My 3 to 4 shaves with the blade is more accurate.
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Post by SRD » Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:28 am

I would say 3 on the average though when they go THEY GO. I have changed in the middle of a shave.
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Post by Blue As A Jewel » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:29 am

Generally 3 - they go south pretty quickly thereafter....
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Post by jww » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:23 am

Usually 3 max 4 --- but have been lucky the odd time and squeezed a 5th shave out of one or two.
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Post by bordeaaj » Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:09 pm

I've primarily used Feathers for about 5 years or so and I change them out about once a week, no problem. My beard is only of average density, however...I'm no "grizzly" by any means. Like any blade from any of my sampler packs, Feathers lose their edge quickly, but to me a brand new Merkur feels and shaves like a week old Feather...and a Merkur with 3 shaves on it feels even worse. But, I can still get a smooth shave using any of them (and have many times)... :D

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Post by Nitrox » Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:30 pm

I think the most shaves I've had from a Feather blade would be about 3. They get really rough after that and sometimes are rough right from the start. I do get a good blade from a pack once in a while and it gives great shaves.
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Post by Ouchmychin » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:54 am

Since I have grown a beard and mousache I now get about a week from a Feather, or any blade useing grease instead of soap. I can set my Fatboy to 5 for pass 2 and 7 for polishing with a Feather without irritation (I have used 9 for an Irridium Super).
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Post by CJS » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:21 am

If I hand-strop it before every shave, I can stretch a Feather to 5 shaves
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Post by Pauldog » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:49 am

My small amount of experience with it says that you'll get more shaves from a slant bar than with standard razors.

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Post by John N. » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:34 am

Pauldog wrote:My small amount of experience with it says that you'll get more shaves from a slant bar than with standard razors.
Interesting. Perhaps because it is easier on the edge to slice through a whisker than to "push" through it.
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