Received my Merkur 38c yesterday. I went with the 38c after handling an HD in a cutlery shop and thought it to be puny. For the beginner DE shaver, from the opinion of a beginner DE shaver, I think it is perfect due to its length being closer to that of the cartridge razor you might be used to using.
This mornings shave;
Merkur sample blade.
VDH boar brush.
C.O. Bigelow Premium Shave Cream with Eucalyptus Oil
Normal routine, shower then shave with the brush and bowl in the sink with hot water during the shower.
1st N –S pass which makes a WTG upper face and near WTG on the neck.
2nd Same as 1st.
re-lather rough spots
4th Clean up rough spots
Warm rinse, cold rinse followed by a splash of Brut Aftershave.
My conclusion is that is was a good close shave. I have a couple of places up high that have tiny tiny razor burn, likely due to angle issues. That problem will diminish with time. I also had issues with the usual suspects with my face. The bottom of my neck on either side of the throat are spots that seem to grow semi circular. That has always been an issue but I will address it more when my DE technique is firmed up. Picked up pack of Personas from Wal-Mart and will order a sample pack to find the “right” blades.