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    I'm imaging the Shavette, with all its sharpness, squared cornersness and all round it's not the sameness. How could a blade have a war ready reputation full of bloody face massacres, the forums made shaving with a shavette sound like taking a nap on elm street. I personally found it should be described as the gentle mistress, she treats me right, but she ain't the wife.

    The Parker SR1 was the name of my mistress, I found her on amazon for 20 bucks. In my opinion you should put some thought into it. I'm not trying to make you fall in love, just a little fling. Shavette for beginners means no messing around by not stropping right; using a not shave ready razor; or down time after you tap that against the sink (see what I did there?).

    The only other razor I own is a Gold Dollar starter. That is the key point to this. My razor is kind to me, but the shavette is the bad girl always ready and waiting to go at it.I am not in any way comparing this 20 dollar shavette to the three hundred dollar mammoth tusk and elvish steel razors on the market.

    In conclusion, the shavette is a very affordable back up, travel ready, easy maintenance REPLACEMENT for lower level razors. Even if you own a better razor, shavette should NOT be feared and should be used when traveling, or when very busy. Hoping this helps people thinking about getting a shavette. I use Shark blades, can buy a pack of 20 for a couple bucks or of over 100 for twenty bucks.

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    Got my first "shavette" not too long ago. A Feather Artist Club SS.

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    Feather Artist Club SS Japanese Style (Non-Folding) Razor - $109.99 :


    Got it for all the reasons you stated. But I got it years after learning how to use my straight knowing I might get lazy and never completely learn how to use a straight.


    The thing is great! I love it. It's simple, easy to use, and requires little to no maintenance... which makes it soulless compared to my "real" straights lol! It does what is asked of it, but it's just not as nice a shave I find. But I keep coming back to it because it's just that bit less to do in the morning when I am late.

    Shavettes have their place - I am glad I got mine !
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    Gave away my Feather folder and have the CJB and Sam Seong. For my hands I like the Sam Seong better for the grip angle. They are in the low $30 range and the Feather SS is higher but still a really nice razor I may buy in the future. Blades are Feather and about $20 a pack of 20ea. so they have about a half year of shaves in one pack.
    Yes they are a very nice change of pace and I like them for a one pass and out the door shave when in a hurry. I only have a limited few straights that I can trust to do that.
    Have fun anyone that wishes to try them!
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    What is the difference between regular and feather! Quality?

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    I use a Dovo Shavette with Dovo/Merkur long blades (black non-combed blade guard) and love it for travel. I do find that the shave can be ever so slightly more harsh than my straights, but hey, I got my start on this thing! I too like to get back to it every now and then, and it does save me a bit of time (or if I am feeling clumsy it saves me a round trip ship and $25). Either way I think Shavettes are great tools for shaving and I think using one in the rotation would be good for just about any wet shaver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whitelightning View Post
    What is the difference between regular and feather! Quality?
    Feather is a brand....Feather Artist Club. You can look at them in this link.

    No Sharpen Straight Razors :

    They are a very high quality razor which feels and performs like a regular straight. The Feather blades are extremely sharp and require a very light touch.

    Go to this forum and you'll find many posts about them and others.

    Shaving with Shavette razors

    Have fun!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitelightning View Post
    What is the difference between regular and feather! Quality?
    Hard to tell. They are exact replicas of the earlier Feather styles. They are Brass as was the feather folder I gave away.
    The newest Feathers are stainless steel I believe.
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    I believe the DX is stainless and the SS and RG are plated brass.

    The Shavette forum is very helpful and there is some great info.
    I find the DX folding shank and balance to be close to that of a "regular" 6/8 straight.

    For low maintenance - and travel they are hard to beat.
    There are lots of choices and price points.
    And blades? Not as many choices as DE - but there are choices and it's very YMMV.

    Smooth Shaving...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJC View Post
    I believe the DX is stainless and the SS and RG are plated brass.

    The Shavette forum is very helpful and there is some great info.
    I find the DX folding shank and balance to be close to that of a "regular" 6/8 straight.

    For low maintenance - and travel they are hard to beat.
    There are lots of choices and price points.
    And blades? Not as many choices as DE - but there are choices and it's very YMMV.

    Smooth Shaving...
    The Feather Artist Club SS is stainless, I have one. Not sure, but I think that's what the SS means. Who knows. I've never figured out what DX means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirStropalot View Post
    The Feather Artist Club SS is stainless, I have one. Not sure, but I think that's what the SS means. Who knows. I've never figured out what DX means.

    Howard
    Father Artist Club SS ad DX are both stainless steel.


    I am always struggling putting the Feather Artist Club in an existing category.

    AC's feel and heft (DX in particular) have more in common with straight razors; the ease at which the blade can be changed and does not require stropping or honing has more in common with shavettes.

    But then again, I always associate shavettes with lightweight (borderline flimsy) constructions. while the ACs are solidly built.


    The definition that I like best is SRD's: No Sharpen Straight Razors




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