Hey. Thanks! As of today, I'm a DE shaver convert. After 25 years of bad shaving techniques and stubble, the need was forced upon me due to my new career. where I must be clean shaven.
I have started with an Edwin Jagger DE89 and am currently working out which blade is best. Today I started with an Astra SP which were pretty smooth. I only shaved with the grain for this one. I'm coming from Gilette Mach 3 Turbo which I used to shave both with and against the grain for a reasonably close shave.
For my first DE shave, I did find the shave remarkably smooth. Much more than expected. I only copped a couple of tiny nicks on the neck and only had 2 minor issues.
I use Proraso balm afterward, which settled it all down. I usually shave in the shower, due to saving time in the morning.
- The shave was not as close as I'd liked. This is likely related to finding the right technique, but could it also be the blade? Should I change to something like the Feather in a few weeks once I get used to DE shaving? Or, is there another blade I could try? I bought a sample pack of 5 blades (Astra, Derby, Wilkinson, Parker & Rockwell).
- My neck was pretty red and irritated. Again, possibly technique. I hadn't had this issue with the Mach 3s. Any tips here?