go figure, but on reflection methinks it was lather that shaved the day (pun intended) my FOURTH shave with the same blade and today it was just smooth and glud (is that a word???) over the skin. No weepers or irritation at ALL! Variable you ask? Well, I DID take a little longer to get the lather just right (EJ seabuck soap w/glycerin added) and probably a little more water and a little more working it (SWMBO walked in several minutes apart and questioned why I was taking so long on the lather and then hung around sniffing the mix - she loves the seabuck). In hindsight what I THOUGHT over the last month was "great" lather may have only been "good"; the extra work really brought this thick, luxurious and glistening mix that FELT better and provided the "cushion" that I have read some post about. 2 x WTG on face and neck all up and I was impressed. Did a XTG on cheeks to smooth it all out and then WR, alum, CR and AS. Good to go. Loading the Personna reds tomorrow.