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Feather AS-D2 Review (Seki Edge) – 2019 Buying Guide
In today’s article we will take a look at Feather AS-D2, but before we dive into the review and buying guide: This razor is also called Seki Edge, they are the same razor produced at the same factory. More on this later.
With that settled, let’s get to it.
One feature in common with almost all the safety DE razors is their shiny chrome satin finish.
- 1 Feather AS D2 Safety Razor Features
- 2 What Can Be Expected From This Stainless Steel Masterpiece?
- 3 The Perfect Gift for Christmas, Birthdays and Fathers Day
- 4 How Easy is it to Load the Blade on the Feather ASD2 Razor?
- 5 Aggressiveness
- 6 The Aggressive Solution
- 7 Grip
- 8 What Other Consumers & Reviews Say About it
- 9 Purchasing
- 10 Verdict
But this nice and beautiful finish does have an inherent weakness that often takes its toll over time. The chrome finish is a very thin layer coating the underlying metal that the razor is made from. In a warm and wet bathroom setting the finish may, after extended use, begin to chip off and possibly lose its glossy shine.
The main cause that chrome plated razors dominate this niche comes down to $$ as chrome plating is an inexpensive manufacturing process. This transforms razors made from common metals that are easy to work with into objects of beauty. Many reasonable priced DE razors fall into the $20 to $40 range and if you search hard enough, sub $20 is out there.
Now it is time to explain what makes this double edge safety razor so special and the most desirable DE razor.
The razor is fabricated from 316L “marine grade” or “surgical” grade (same as the Rockwell 6S), a much harder and thus more durable metal than on run of the mill razors. It is resistant to rust and other forms of corrosion. No issues with chrome chipping off here.
The razor doesn’t try to imitate shiny chrome razors but rather sports a very classy timeless matte finish to match the high quality of this razor. Being a very hard form of steel makes it not easy to manufacture small and precision items such as razors.
The company pioneered the use of cutting-edge technology to produce razors of a high standard. From top to bottom, elegant, functional design through to exquisite finishing detail, nothing has been spared in creating a premium razor. Obviously, this comes with a tag that for some may be seen to be quite expensive. Sort of like comparing a Ferrari to a Ford. I know, I own a Ford!
Feather AS D2 Safety Razor Features
- The original safety razor to exclusively use 316 surgical grade steel in manufacture
- A very practical well made 3-piece solution featuring a close comb
- Well balanced medium weight of 3.17 ounces (or around 90 grams)
- Total length is 98 mm (3.9”)
- Packaged with 5 Feather super sharp razor blades
- Standard handle suitable for all but the largest hands
Overall: 3.9 inches/ 98 mm
Handle: 3.5”/ 91 mm
Handle Diameter: 0.43 inches/ 11mm
Weight: 3.17 ounces/ 90 grams
Material: Stainless Steel
Type: 3 Piece Closed Comb
Knurled handle: Yes
Blade included: 5
What Can Be Expected From This Stainless Steel Masterpiece?
The manufacturer is a Japanese company that started in this business in 1932. The company has a classic history of starting in the domestic market, producing excellent products and becoming the dominant company in Japan.
Based on this success the company moved on to become a major player on the international scene. Their most recognized product is the HI-stainless steel safety razor blade, recognized as the sharpest available.
They also produce replaceable straight razors, medical products, and industrial appliances.
The reason that this razor is also referred to as ‘Seki’ is that Seki is a city in the Gifu Prefecture in Chubu region in central Japan. Seki is famed for the manufacture of superior Samurai swords and knives. The razor is made in the company’s factory in Seki. Hence the name.
The company is renowned for innovation and was the first manufacturer to fabricate safety razors from stainless steel.
They are also making some of the best classic razors available such as the Feather SS, which is on our top pick for open razors list. The current top model, that we are testing now is a new and enhanced version of the original AS-D1.
A quick search on the web, be it on blogs or forums or even Amazon, will find hundreds of positive reviews .
The Perfect Gift for Christmas, Birthdays and Fathers Day
Various suppliers have different packaging, depending on the construction of the box. Ordering it on Amazon, it comes in an exclusive burgundy gift box. The fit and finish of the package are outstanding.
There is also a version called AS-D2S that comes with a matching exquisite all stainless steel stand (including the before mentioned burgundy gift box). There is no option to purchase the AS-D2 stand separately.
There is also a version called WS-D2s that has a resin wood handle and a matching stand.
In all cases, you will also receive a 5 pack of Feather DE-blades, considered by experienced wet shavers to be of the sharpest and in my opinion the best blades for this razor.
The razor’s low blade exposure combined with the super sharp blades gives a close shave so smooth you hardly even notice it on your skin. This combination, considering the high standard and durability of the product, will provide you with shaves so enjoyable you will never need to buy another razor.
How Easy is it to Load the Blade on the Feather ASD2 Razor?
Here is a short video on loading your razor.
This is a three-piece razor requiring a bit of work when loading. There is a little more time involved than with a twist to open type razor; understanding this the Japanese firm has come up with some innovative features to ensure ease of blade alignment. The main feature is to have four aligning posts to hold the blade in the perfect shaving position as you close the top cap. Simple!
Feather’s AS-D2 will never be mistaken for being a very aggressive safety razor. The blade gap is .029 inches, which is less than on Muhle R89, so this is not an aggressive razor.
Because of the distance between the blade and the closed comb, you can shave at a sharper angle without getting cuts or razor burns. Furthermore, the design of the head is better adapted to the jawbone, so that the transition from the chin to the neck is facilitated.
Seki Edge is, in other words, a shaving tool that forgives an absent mind in the morning and especially for those with fragile skin. That is why it is also our top pick in the best razors for sensitive skin category.
Loading your Feather razor with the ultra-sharp Hi stainless steel Feather with providing a comfortable smooth as silk shave for all except men with tough beards.
There are reports suggesting using a different angle than some other razors to get the best shave, but this is something that comes naturally for most of us. I like to think of my shaving experience as more of an art than a science! But if you would like to have a more ‘tight’ shave with this razor while still having the benefit of its grip and the exquisite design, we have a solution to make the shaving experience so.
The Aggressive Solution
If you have in your possession an iKon B1 Open Comb Deluxe that comes from the stables of iKon Shave Craft, you can have the perfect solution for your shaving requirements.
The iKon B1 have a Blem DLC Open Comb Base that is created to give the user a very close shave and switching the base plate of the B1 with the AS-D2 can immediately transform your shaving experience.
The resulting device will be a double-edged safety razor of legends. But even without this modification, this is a cutting-edge razor that gives you the best shave possible.
Consistent with the superb design and manufacturing of the Seki Edge DE razor the handle combines beauty and function.
- The handle has a very finely made knurled pattern providing maximum grip as well as being pleasing to the eye
- Top and bottom sections of the grip sport three deeper grooves
- These horizontally aligned grooves give your hand all the information needed to be able to naturally hold the razor in the perfect shaving position without giving it a thought
- Balance and angle take care of themselves
- Handle dimensions is standardly suitable for all but the largest hands
What Other Consumers & Reviews Say About it
Here is GeoFatBoy’s test of Feather AS D2.
There are thousands of feedbacks on the web showing the huge interest and desirability for this razor. The overwhelming majority of the people who have reviewed the razor are positive with a few users having difficulties in adjusting their shaving to this razor using sharp blades. Then, of course, there are the whiners moaning about the cost.
Many shavers consider this double edge to be quite mild when it comes to aggressiveness in the shave. We have found it is pretty much in the same category vs Merkur 34c. That said, there are also some feedbacks from men who consider their beards or hair to be heavy and who are very satisfied with the result it gives. And some complaints about not having a long handle.
It seems a combination of using sharp blades and proper technique can please a very wide range of shavers. With so many comments about the high cost of this connoisseur item, this is not a razor for everyone. When we stop and think a bit, what razor is?
Men looking for a beautiful, elegantly crafted, durable and functional DE razor are satisfied with this razor. They understand that a top product will have a higher fare than a lower grade item and are happy to pay to get the desired results.
Why not “Go for it, I am worth it” and have the great vibe feeling every time you shave?
This razor may be a little difficult to find at your corner pharmacy store, but a cinch online. If you are ready to go for what could very likely be the best DE razor available – Amazon is a good place to start, more than 500 customer feedbacks to check out. Should you have a favorite online specialty shaving retail store like West Coast Shaving or Classic Shaving the charge be a bit higher, but these shops often offer various incentives to entice buyers. The razor is also sometimes available on eBay.