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Too thick lather? That's like too much money.
You can go back over a missed/unsatisfactory spot, just remain WTG. The object is beard reduction, not elimination.
The second pass is a re-lather XTG pass, with the same aim as above.
Silver Blues are my go to blade. I found they work very well in every razor I own. You my find that fixes your second pass irritation problem. I also recommend you examine how hard you're pressing down and possibly examining your soap quality. Some soaps need a little rehydrating by the time...
Totally agree. I have a DE89bl that I've used almost exclusively for a few years (I mix in the Futur and Progress every once in a while for variety). I acquired a 34C for Christmas and is by far the best of the lot. IMHO, it shave like the Progress at the 1.5 setting. Mild, close and...
IMHO, "aggressiveness" is driven by the razor. The blade drives the difference between smoothness and sharpness.
Consider this; an aggressive razor (like the Muhle R41) paired with a Feather. With that setup, you'll probably need a pint of blood on standby. However, the same razor can be...
Have you tried using the Parker shavette yet? In my 20 years or so of DE/Traditional shaving, you'll know when you're off angle/off pressure with a shavette. The punchline is, when you find the sweetspot with the shavette (even if it's not BBS), mimic that same angle/pressure/feeling...
Welcome Shipmate! (I'm a 23 year retired Navy veteran myself.)
I know there's a lot of folks who will call it heresy, but I've never found use for pre-shave oils, creams or what not. I've always had great success in just a good old fashioned face wash, especially onboard the ship. That said...
I got news for you. Ever noticed the heavy pushing of Fusion razors in an AOS store?
Gillette bought the AOS chain 2009-ish. And who's Gillette's parent company?
Proctor & Gamble. Just sayin'..........
I'd like to add something that is VERY important for new wet shavers: Management of change.
Consistency is everything; If you change something in your routine, change only ONE THING at a time. There is nothing more frustrating than chasing that BBS by changing soap and blade and razor, etc...
Welcome to B&B!
"He who is not fit for the this day will be less so tomorrow."
Learnt that one in Latin class....:tongue_sm
My personal fav: "Audaces fortuna iuvat, sed favent promotione gutless tabulas."