Hi, I'm new here but I must admit I've lurked around without registering for a few months but I felt I must post a topic to find out where I'm going wrong!
First of all, my lather is weird. I've tried lathering in a bowl, on the hand, on my face yet I really can't produce something to the standard which is shown on here. I've read multiple tutorials, watched tons of videos and still all I keep producing is a lather which, when applied to my face, isnt thick.
I can see my face through the lather, the lather looks great in the bowl, very thick and has peaks all over, on the top of the brush looks good too, yet all of the lather seems to just be on the sides of the brush. I can get a thick lather if I just 'paint' over my face with the brush (which is just basically applying the lather on the sides of the brush) The only thing I can think of is that the lather isnt mixing well in the 'breach?'(is that only used in method shaving? I'm sure you get my idea!) of the brush. The lather can look good on my cheeks, but around my chin is the main offender, it just seems like the brush is actually moving lather out of the way, which could be a sign I need more water in my mix? Also theres little holes in the lather too! But I have tried different amounts of water, maybe not pushing it enough though.
I also find it strange that whilst lather up, my face stings a little, I don't know weither this is because my brush is new and quite prickly, but when the lather is on my face it really starts to sting by the end of my shave, this surely can't be right!
I have a few problems that will mostly just come with practice, thus being I find it hard to shave my jawline, it seems I can't get good contact with any whiskers unless i shave across it, which would be XTG.
I also have trouble shaving my neck, and maybe thats because it's really contoured(sp) and I can't keep my razor angle, if anyone has any tips on any of the above they'd I'd be very grateful.
The setup I use is:
Merkur HD 38c
Edwin Jagger Best Badger
Trumpers Rose/EJ Sandalwood
I shave after a shower
Sorry for the very long first post, and to any of those who get through it I salut you!