I tried the blue painters tape method today, wow, so much smoother. First pass I did without shims, and it felt like it didn’t really do anything, but adding two shims and this became a very smooth shave. I wouldn’t say it was efficient and as normal I had to do a some buffing on my problem areas. But the buffing was so much nicer on my skin, and very care free.
Also I found this set up to be by far the most chatter free set up I’ve rigged on this razor and ATG was quite easy, whereas before on my chin it was impossible with two shims.
Interestingly to me, I actually felt less need for pressure with this set up as well, even though it is quite mild.
Now since this is my only razor, can any of you pros tell me what would be an similar razor. I don’t mind tweaking the set up but at some point I’d rather find a razor with similar characteristics. I’m starting to think I’m one of those that genuinely prefer a milder style razor.
In part that’s also due to one of my trouble areas being right at the inner edge of the corner of my lips and it feels that anything too aggressive would be risky there.
Cool! I'm glad that the painter's tape under the cap edges worked for you, too. Once I started using tape strips, I didn't stop. It just made the EJ Kelvin work better and allowed me to tailor blade exposure in combination with shims. I'm doing stuff like that now with the Bevel razor. It's normal for me now to modify razors, even though it's not ideal. I'd rather find a razor that works best for me without modification, which is similar to your quest to find a milder razor.