Another first DE post

Discussion in 'Shave Clinic & Newbie Check-In' started by Rosencrantz1, Dec 12, 2009.

    So my Merkur 34C and sample blade pack from WCS arrived this week and today was my first DE shave.

    First things first, though: because my wife wants her mother to make a gift of shaving gear for the holidays this year, I have not yet picked up a brush. Therefore, I'm working with AOS Sandalwood cream and a hand-lather. What I've found is that by doing the same steps of Kyle's prep, but using my hand instead of brush, I'm still able to get a relatively decent lather going on my face. I've been practicing this for the last few weeks with the Mach 3 in prep for the move to DE.

    Anyway, I took a nice shower, put on a little Anthony Logistics pre-shave oil and some hand-lathered AOS cream, and covered that with a hot towel for a few minutes.

    The great thing about this when doing the hand lather is that there is a lot of water left in my beard/on my face, so I am able to get a surprisingly thick lather without the brush.

    So, I relathered and went in for the first shave. I have a Derby loaded in the HD, and I went for very short, slow strokes with a focus on 1) my blade angle and 2) NO PRESSURE!

    I think I was pretty successful with both of these. The blade angle seemed good - there was clearly beard cutting happening - and I did a very good job with "no pressure".

    First WTG pass: not too bad! no nicks or cuts, very little burn, generally good beard reduction.

    Relathered, second WTG pass: also pretty good. A wee bit of burn, but certainly no worse than (and probably better than) what I am used to with the M3

    3rd relather and a very gentle, slow XTG pass. On my cheeks, this was particularly good - nice and close. Chin, neck and upper lip area are still tricky for me XTG.

    I stopped at this point. I think it's a pretty good shave for my first time out with the DE (and no brush). I had been getting a fairly good shave with my M3, so certainly at this point I wouldn't say the DE is closer than M3, but I certainly enjoyed the shave and can see how, with a bit more practice, I'll be super-close and irritation free.

    Thanks, everyone. I'm definitely enjoying my new hobby.
     
  1. Welcome to wide world of wonderful shaving! Once you get a brush you'll see what shaving paradise is all about...
     
  2. Hi,
    welcome to B&B.
     
  3. +1!!
     
  4. DSB

    DSB

    Welcome. Now go get that brush!
     
  5. Luc

    Luc Moderator Emeritus

    Welcome to B&B!
     
  6. JPM

    JPM

    Welcome to the group!
     
  7. Hi there.

    Welcome to B&B :thumbup1:
     
  8. welcome to the wonderful world of B&B
     
  9. Welcome aboard!
     
  10. Welcome!
     
  11. Welcome!
     
  12. +2! Brushes make a huge difference in the quality of a shave. Welcome!
     
  13. Limey

    Limey Moderator Emeritus

    Congrats and welcome to B&B!
     

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