Last July, I wrote about old-school shaving here. I was exploring the early 20th-Century shaving technology men have now abandoned for electric, disposable, or pricy cartridge-system razors. King Camp Gillette's invention, double-edged blades, has increasingly become a commodity good sourced from the oblivion of third-world countries.
Which is precisely the origin for most of the double-edged blades I evaluated. A total of 25 different blades made in Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and elsewhere. After I finished my comparisons, I settled for Japan's Feather, noted for its samurai-blade sharpness. This blade easily shaves your beard with the moving weight of the razor alone. The edge is surgically keen.
And while I used the Feather blade for three months, I never felt it wasn't without an extra measure of vigilance. You won't feel the cut or nick. No warning, just a blossom of blood on your face. Feathers call for a feather-touch.
The Feathers were easily good for the week of seven shaves I expected. What was not so good was the unexpected task of stanching blood in the morning, when I wanted to keep moving.
So doubt crept into my shaving routine.
At first, I blamed the accidents on the Weishi (Chinese) razor I used to wield the Feather's edge about my beard. My Weishi wasn't manufactured to tight tolerances. Although I liked the butterfly flaps and light aluminum body, more than once the razor's blade-clamping mechanism loosened. A Feather blade edge at a new angle-of-attack on your face is bad news.
The Weishi had to go.
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