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Welcoming thoughts or insights from others on next step in razor progression since I seem to have fairly high tolerance so far to aggression/efficiency.
Progression? Sounds like an excuse for shopping to me
I don't buy into the notion of beginner and advanced razors. They're just razors, and you either have one that works well for you, or you don't.
My primary razor is an Edwin Jagger DE3D14, which many would call a beginner razor. After I got settled in with that, and got good with it, all any other razor can do, is get me to exactly the same place... once I've figured what changes I need to make in my technique to get there. What's progression when you can already get completely stubble free with zero irritation?
For this month, I'm using a Game Changer I was recently given, and I'm enjoying it. It isn't shaving better than the Jagger, but I am still finding it a very enjoyable razor to use. I haven't gotten good with it yet though, and when I do, I will probably find that I'm all out of sorts with the Jagger, because I have been calibrating myself to something else.
Any change of kit, may need a change of technique, as the goalposts will have moved. If you want to buy something new, go for it. Something spendy? Something shiny? Something in fancy materials, made on CNC machines? Absolutely, treat yourself. Enjoy. But don't call it progression. Progress is how much better the lump of meat at the other end of the handle performs.
That's just my personal bias though. I'm just a shaver, not a shopper or collector. You must follow your own path, and find your own happiness with it
For full disclosure, I spent about 20 years with a black plastic Wilkinson Sword Classic razor, then about 10 years with my Jagger, so I'm pretty clueless about most of the razors out there. Aside from this Game Changer and a Merkur Open Comb razor, I've been disappointed with everything else I tried, as it just took a boatload of effort to get right back where I started. I get the best results with the kit I know best.