Pretty much what I do. When I first got the Slim I went up in settings with each pass, 1-3-5. After a few years I tried starting higher and lowering the settings, and that worked much better.I know I’m in the minority here but I do usually change settings with subsequent passes. This let’s be open her wide up for the WTG where I can remove a lot of hair in the least skin sensitive direction. Then I scale down XTG and down again ATG where my skin is most sensitive. When I do this I get consistent BBS results with zero irritation.
With my Rockwell 6S, and depending on the blade, I either use plate 4 for the initial pass and plate 3 for the last two passes; or plate 3 for the initial pass and plate 2 for the last two passes.... I wonder how many that buy modern adjustable razors (with different plates) actually change out plates during their shave?
Probably none - they find the one they like and leave it be.
^^That's typically about what I do. I may vary the setting based on hair growth, or simply because I want a quick & easy shave or something a bit more aggressive.Also, consider this. Most of us have way more than one razor and those razors range from mild to aggressive. If we have a lot of growth we are more apt to grab an aggressive razor. If however we need to shave again soon for an event, without much growth, we are more likely to grab a milder razor. Well I also use my adjustables in that regard. I dial up for two days growth or more, and down for one day of growth.
I saw one on auction on eBay a few days ago. I’ll have to bite the bullet myself one day and learn to trim the blades. I also have my eye on the Gibbs Replica being developed by Heritage Collection, if it ever comes to fruition.How is one lucky enough to find that many Gibbs? I'd love to have one, but they seem rarer than hen's teeth, even on French ebay. I don't have the time to sit on all the auction sites waiting for one to pop up.