Okay, now this is just weird. I was under the impression that blades should be their sharpest and their most effective at first, but I swear, I get a better and better shave with each time I use a given blade. (Up to a certain point, naturally!) My first shave with a blade is usually not very close, with numerous weepers to boot. But once I've used that blade maybe three or four times, I get very close, very comfortable shaves. Granted, these are unfortunately Merkur blades, so I know I shouldn't be expecting anything TOO amazing, but it still seems counterintuitive! It seemed to happen when I used disposables, too...sometimes I'd be hesitant to start with a new razor, because this typically meant a more uncomfortable shave for a while.
Does this mean my face just works better with duller blades? Are sharper blades simply exaggerating deficiencies in my technique that aren't problematic with duller blades? I can't figure it out! Does this happen to anyone else?