- Exquisite fit and finish
- Really good grip
- Very well balanced with good weight
- Very hard to cut yourself
- It's very expensive
- Not suited for men that require aggressive razors
Hey guys and welcome to another Prim and Prep safety razor review. Today we are going to be talking about the three-piece Feather AS-D2 safety razor. This very well could be the most elegant safety razor I have ever held. Incredible craftsmanship is nothing new for this Japanese manufacturer that also designs one of the world’s sharpest razor blades. My Feather safety razor came wrapped in an origami style box. Inside was a red box that contained the razor, a manual and five hi stainless feather blades. The razor and the pack of blades fit nice and snug inside the foam interior. This box would be perfect for traveling with. The fit and finish is absolutely exquisite on this safety razor and is just one of the many reasons I have ranked this razor as one of the top safety razors out there.. Let’s jump into the details of this safety razor so you can find out if this safety razor is right for you.
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Weight and balance
The feather AS-D2 weighs in at 3.25 ounces on my scale. It is by no means a lightweight razor. Overall I think this is a good weight for a safety razor. You want to have the weight of the razor doing the majority of the work while shaving. The balance point is approximately 3/4 of an inch below the headpiece. This is absolutely ideal for maneuvering the safety razor as well as changing hand positions while shaving. It was an absolute pleasure to work with. I felt like a ninja that was wielding a hattori hanzo sword for the first time.
The grip on the Feather AS-D2 is made up of a cross-sectional knurling. At first glance it looks like the gritty metal texture that is found on multiple merkur safety razors such as the 34c. But when you get an extremely close to check out the detail you’ll notice that the mini cross sectional grooves make up a tiny little diamonds. These diamonds have amazing details when examined up close. This pattern results in an amazing grip for the Feather AS-D2. The handle also contains three horizontal grooves that are located towards the top and bottom of the handle. The top three grooves add additional grip at the balance point and are helpful for finding that perfect hand positioning without needing to see.
The feather AS-D2 safety razor is 3.75 inches long. If you have read any of my other safety razor reviews you will know that I prefer longer handles on my safety razors because of my larger hands. The handle on the feather AS-D2 is almost the perfect length for Me. I also believe it is the perfect length for people with smaller or average sized hands. Sometimes longer handles can get in the way of maneuvering the safety razor for people that have small hands. 3.75 inches is a perfect middle ground. It allows me to use any hand positioning that I would like to use with perfect comfort.
Head Piece and Aggressiveness
The headpiece on the Feather AS-D2 is a piece of art. It almost looks futuristic in some regards because of the weight the safety bar design. If you take apart the headpiece you will notice that the corners of the top piece are designed to keep the blade perfectly aligned in the head. This is a problem that can be observed in cheaper safety razors. Overall this is a very mild safety razor due to the fact that there is a very small gap between the razor in the safety bar. Feather designed it this way so that you can use the sharpest blades (their feather hi stainless blades) with maximal comfort and minimal risk of cutting yourself. I would rate this safety razor at 3/10 on my aggressiveness scale. Unlike most safety razors, the Feather AS-D2 is designed to be used at a 45° cutting angle compared to the normal 30° cutting angle used for most safety razors. This aggressive cutting angle is another reason they made the blade so small. Click here if aggressiveness is a vague concept to you because I have a whole article explaining it.
Blade replacement is the same as any other three-piece safety razor. The craftsmanship is amazing and you should have no problem getting blades in and out as long as you take proper care of your safety razor and clean it from time to time. Check out my article on all the types of safety razors available. Be sure to also check out our article on the best safety razor blades on the market today!
- Get it here at Smallflower, the best wet shaving online store.
- Check the current price here on Amazon
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This safety razor is a perfect example of “you get what you pay for!”. The shave it produces is amazing. It is mild but it cuts through hairs with ease and I can go over sensitive spots without worrying about razor burn. This is by far the nicest safety razor that I own. Feather was extremely calculated and ended up designing the perfect safety razor in my eyes. Everything from the weight, balance, grip, length, aggressiveness and craftsmanship are on point.
This safety razor should belong in the collection of any wet shaving enthusiast. That being said it may not be the right safety razor for you. If you are someone with a very thick beard you may require something that is more aggressive. And although I do recommend beginners start out with a mild safety razor (like this one), it is hard to suggest such an expensive item for someone that has never used a safety razor before. You do not want to spend $160 and find out that wet shaving is not for you. But if you do not fall in to either of those two categories and you are in the mood for treating yourself to one of the most impressive safety razors ever made, don’t hold back!
If you are wondering about other great safety razors come check out my article on my top ones as well as check out my articles on the best shaving soap and best shaving cream for men. I hope you enjoyed my safety razor review! Let’s spark up a conversation down below about this masterpiece.
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