I Waxed The Badger.
Even if they were lousy lathers, you got a good shave due to the slickness. You really don't need yogurt with peaks, but generally you do need slick and Williams delivers on that. That's about the only thing that keeps me using modern Williams at all. I can get an ok lather but it's more work than it should be, but I cannot complain about the shaves.I don't recall having any problems getting a lather with it, but maybe it was my ignorance at the time and they were really lousy lathers.
Congrats on joining the wet shaving ranks.