Kai Original Captain blade

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Kai Original Captain blade

Post by brothers » Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:21 pm

Someone kindly gifted me a couple of the Kai Original Captain blades a few weeks ago. Yesterday was the 20th shave with that blade. I could have kept going, but I switched out to the more common Kai Captain Titan Mild blade. I want to use it for the next 20 days so I can compare the two blades back to back. The Original shaved close and smooth. No complaints.
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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by pausted » Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:53 am

Gary, how would you say the Kai Original compares to the Feather Pro?
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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by Gene » Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:54 pm

pausted wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:53 am
Gary, how would you say the Kai Original compares to the Feather Pro?
I would be curious to know that, too. May I assume this is for your General razor?
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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by brothers » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:28 pm

Yes, the dauntless General reigns. After 3 shaves with the Kai Mild, I think there may be something mysteriously different. I'll try to figure out how to describe how the two are different or similar.
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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by brothers » Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:39 pm

Today, following the 8th shave with the Kai Mild blade, I noticed that the stubble has appeared earlier than expected. This is a departure from the expected smoothness of the Original Captain blade which lasted 20.
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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by Tucker » Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:42 am

Gary, interesting to hear your impressions of the Original Captain blades that I have not tried yet. In the Colonial General SS and Aluminum versions, I prefer the Feather Pro over the Kai Mild Pink blades. However, in the RazoRock Hawk, I prefer the Kai Mild Pink. In the Ikon MR-SE (El Jefe V2), I prefer Feather Pro Guard Blades, as it is a bit more aggressive.

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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by brothers » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:47 pm

After 18 daily shaves with the Kai Mild blade, I am starting to think the Kai Mild is virtually identical to the Original. I confess I don't know exactly what the physical differences are, between the two blades. Maybe someone here knows how these two blades are made different from each other.
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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by brothers » Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:41 pm

After using the Kai Original, the Kai Mild, and the Feather Pro I have decided that the Kai Original is virtually the same as the Feather Pro, and maybe the Kai Mild would be 99.9 % the equal to both of them. Because I have a supply of Feather Pro blades that should last until I stop needing them, I'm not spending any more money on blades.

PS: I should be selling off all of my other DE, SE, and cartridges now. I'll never use them.
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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by Tucker » Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:27 pm

Gary, I find Feather Pro's to be a real bargain on Amazon. 20 for around $11 or so.

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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by brothers » Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:27 pm

I may have to revise my opinion of the Kai Original blade. I've been rotating the 3 blades (Feather pro, Kai Mild, and Kai Original). Most recently, two of the blades (Feather and Kai Mild) have began pulling and tugging around 18 to 20 daily shaves. My second (and currently my only remaining) Kai Original has provided 29 close and smooth shaves, and still hasn't started to pull and tug. I have not changed anything regarding my technique. This is impressive.
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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by pausted » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:50 am

Gary, my experience is the same as yours. The Kai Original stays sharp longer and gives me more good shaves than the other blades.
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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by brothers » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:13 am

The remaining Captain original blade that was recently PIF-ed to me lasted through 43 shaves before it was replaced this morning.
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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by Pauldog » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:21 pm

Is that a lot more than with other thicker blades, such as conventional injector blades? Have you looked at the edges under magnification; I'm curious about what you would see.

Did the quality of shaves deteriorate gradually, or was there a sudden drop-off, or did something else happen?

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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by brothers » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:06 am

Paul, I held off on changing it out until it was tugging just a little bit on the toughest spots. I ran my thumbnail down the edge and I thought there might be a microscopic chip or two.

I kept it in the drawer so I might look at the edge with the loupe one of these days. I really can't compare it to an injector blade because I confess I haven't used an injector in several years.

When the Mongoose came out, followed by the Hawk, then ultimately the General, all of my perceptions and expectations regarding razors were more than satisfied.
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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by Pauldog » Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:09 pm

I use a blade until it gets somewhat uncomfortable, so I might get 50 shaves out of your blade. I wonder what makes it so durable.

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Re: Kai Original Captain blade

Post by brothers » Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:41 am

Note: I made a typo yesterday - Saturday September 29th - when I first posted this. I transposed the word Kai Mild for the word Feather Pro.

I discovered that I had been using the Feather Pro for the past 20 shaves since September 10th and not the Kai Mild blade.

Here is the corrected post: Today was shave #20 on the Feather Pro blade, and now it has been discarded. This was my very last remaining Feather Pro blade. Beginning tomorrow morning on September 30th, I will use one of my two remaining Kai Mild blades. After the two Kai Mild blades are gone in a few weeks I'll start using Kai Captain Original blades in the General razor exclusively.
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