I had similar findings, an efficient razor (like a slant) seemed to help in causing less passes. I appreciate the offer on the futur and I may take you up on that. I decided against the prismatic as the more inspoke about here I remembered my old trials of these two razors and the 37c winning twice. It's kinda sad.... I don't have blades, brush, soap, etc anymore haha. When I went down to the guard then finally the electrics I ended up getting rid of all of my 'stuff' like blades, brushes, and soaps so I've got a maggard cart full of misc items ready to go. Thats what I suspected. You get what you pay for these days. Same thing as the RR German 37 vs the merkur 37c: aside from 3pc vs 2pc, you get a very similar feel and result with the RR being a fraction of the price. However not all RR heads are exactly the same and I never had to fiddle with blade exposure in merkur. Sure there are serviceable clones that may leave you happy but you won't touch them once you get your hands on the real thing.