I find Proraso works great - usually add quite a generous amount, about an inch or so squeezed out of the tube. I add water sparingly, usually just a couple of drops at a time by shaking them from my wet hand into the shaving mug.
Re cuts and nicks, I usually only discovered I've nicked myself when I clean off the lather with a facecloth, there usually is no pain.
Razors: English Gillette Tech
Cream: TOBS Shaving Shop, Proraso
Soap: TOBS Sandalwood, Wilkinson Sword
AS - "Noir", Old Spice
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