I think you might be using too much pressure. I noticed some drag with my Blackbird when I first got it. I eased up on the pressure and never noticed it again.Shave #3 today and more of the same. I really do think the angle I use is correct...but the razor just doesn't glide as well as others I own. Still the best BBS shave without irritation of any razor I own, so this one is here to stay even if I don't love the way it "runs" over my face.