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Feather razor with Kai blade

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Mama Bear Bay Rum and Tangerine is typical of the fragrances found only in artisanal shaving soaps (and creams): not the kind of thing a mainstream maker could risk because of the batch sizes such makers must produce. And it’s a very nice fragrance, pleasant on a summer morning (though our own morning on the Bay is fogbound and overcast—though that will change later). The Vie-Long horsehair brush made an excellent lather, thick and long lasting and—of course—fragrant.

A reader commented on difficulties he encountered in using a Kai blade in the Feather razor. The Feather’s razor-positioning studs in the cap, like the Pils and some of the iKons, are not very tall: horizontal, short studs that fit into the blade’s slot. The problem he mentioned was that the studs did not fully engage the Kai blade, which has a tight fit on the center post.

The tight fit, though, actually helps: if you push the blade firmly down, using a thumb on the middle of the blade at each side of the center post, the blade fits into position over the studs and stays there, the tight fit holding it in position. Then then baseplate can be placed atop that and the handle screwed on to complete the assembly.

I found the Kai blade fit well using this technique, and it also worked well in this razor, in which I had so far used only Feather blades: a very smooth shave, with the second pass almost completing the shave. But I did the third pass anyway, for a perfectly smooth result. The Kai really is a good blade for me; YMMV.

A little splash of Captain’s Choice Bay Rum to complete the theme, and I’m ready for a new day.

Written by LeisureGuy

15 August 2012 at 7:39 am

Posted in Shaving

5 Responses

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  1. Volevo una sua opinione sulle lamette wilkinson sword etichetta nera e Gillette platinum scatolina bianca e azzurra, non sono profonde nella rasatura come le decantate Feather (molto buone) oppure le Kai come in questo caso, Astra ecc ecc, Grazie per la sua opinione sempre utile….
    Un’altra info sotto il naso e’ previsto il contropelo,?? .. perche ultimamente forse ho usato una lama aggressiva tipo Bic platinum cromo / Tondeo, mi brucia leggermente la parte in discussione, oppure puo’ essere il sudore visto il caldo eccessivo di stagione che intacca dopo la rasatura naturalmente fatta a modo.. quindi quale lamette mi consiglia per grano normale e pelle delicata ??grazie…per la risposta sempre professionale…Buona stagione..
    Jo 55

    Jo 55

    16 August 2012 at 2:48 am

  2. Google Translate pretty much failed with this message, and I do not read Italian. But as I understand it, you are asking for blade recommendations. Because shaver responses to any given brand vary so widely from individual to individual, recommendations in this area are not possible: you simply have to try different brands to see which ones will work for you. I hope that helps.


    16 August 2012 at 6:57 am

  3. Ah, now there’s a shave I can fully appreciate. My favorite blade and aftershave. I’ve not tried Mamma Bear soaps yet. I hear good things about them though. Bay rum sounds right up my alley though. Maybe soon enough I will try some.

    Dan J

    18 August 2012 at 8:31 pm

  4. I really liked the Spellbound Woods shave stick I used this week—terrific fragrance and great lather.


    18 August 2012 at 8:54 pm

  5. That’s what is so great about your blog. We get expert opinion on nearly every product out there.

    Dan J

    18 August 2012 at 10:00 pm

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