- Built to last
- Super comfortable handle
- Easy to get the hang of
- Slightly expensive (but well worth it)
When it comes to razors, there’s shavettes—and then there’s the Feather SS. Although it’s still technically a shavette, after reading my Feather shavette straight razor review, you’ll quickly see just how remarkable of a shaving tool this really is. Combining the durability and shaving quality of a traditional safety razor with the convenience of replaceable blades, it’s no wonder why the Feather shavette is the go-to razor for so many men.
Like many other shavettes and some straight razors, the body of the Feather SS shavette is made of stainless steel so there’s no need to worry about rust. Better yet, the handle is made of a specially engineered gum resin that can withstand temperatures up to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Still, it’s not just the quality of the materials that makes this razor shine, as the construction is also far superior to any other shavette. Simply put, with proper care, this razor seems like it could easily last you a lifetime—putting it right up there with the better quality traditional straight razors. Of course, the fact that you don’t have to worry about the blade ever going dull is just another added advantage.
While many shavettes feel quite lightweight and somewhat cheap to hold, the Feather SS feels nearly identical to a traditional straight razor. The uniquely designed handle fits perfectly and comfortably in the hand, making this razor a joy to use.
Ease of Use:
As we said, the Feather SS weighs a bit more than your average shavette, which is definitely a good thing as that added weight makes it much easier to use and control. I find it much more forgiving than the Parker SR1 or the DOVO Shavette, as the razor seems to smoothly glide over the contours of the face. It really is about as close to a traditional straight razor shave as you can get. In fact, due to the fact that you can always be guaranteed of a sharp blade, many men even find it superior to a straight razor. I can’t count the number of Feather shavette straight razor reviews I’ve read that mentioned how amazed they were at the quality of the shave.
The SS also ranks above other shavettes when it comes to replacing the blade. While most others require you to take the razor apart, with this model, all you’ve got to do is squeeze the top of the holder and the blade will simply fall out. Then just slip the next blade in until it locks and you’re ready to go again. Unlike other shavettes that can use half of a double edge blade, this model can only fit a single edge blade (Feather blades are definitely the way to go, but if you feel maybe Feather is just a little too sharp for your taste check out our complete list of the best razor blades).
The Feather SS doesn’t just shave like a straight razor, it also looks like one. While most shavettes have a similar design, Feather made the decision to design the SS to mimic the both the feel and the appearance of a traditional straight razor. While myself and many other men still prefer the classic look of a carbon steel straight razor with a beautiful wooden handle, the Feather SS looks more like a futuristic version of that with three different choices of color for the handle. I’m guessing most men will definitely prefer the classic black, but for those hipsters out there, Feather also offers either a lime or wine colored handle as well.
And now for the (somewhat) bad news. While the majority of standard shavettes sell for around $20, the Feather shavette straight razor will set you back around four times that much (although some places sell it for as much as $150). However, even at $75-80, it is still quite a bit cheaper than any straight razor of comparable quality. You’re also getting what you pay for here, as the overall quality of this razor far outweighs its price in my opinion.
Feather markets this razor as the “ultimate replaceable blade razor,” which is a statement that I have to wholeheartedly agree with. While there are definitely many cheaper options out there in terms of shavettes, no other product can come near to competing with the Feather SS in terms of the overall quality of the shave it provides. This is especially true if you use Feather blades in it, as they are by far some of the sharpest blades on the market.
In addition, no other shavette can compare in terms of overall comfort, functionality and ease of use either, as this thing is perfectly weighted and almost feels like an extension of your hand. Nonetheless, there are still a number of men who feel it’s a bit gimmicky and are hesitant about spending that kind of money on a shavette. For those of you out there, I must say, Feather has really revolutionized the whole shaving industry, as this baby is as much of a straight razor as it is a shavette…and it just may be superior to both. If you are finding that possibly a safety razor may be more your style, be sure to check out this article on the best safety razors to help you find the right one for you.
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