Well my first shave with a de razor could have gone better.
Have muhle r89 and edwin jagger best badger brush.
Unfortunately I decided to use what I assume are a bad batch of blades from a sampler for my first de shave a few days ago and it was skipping/jumping.Personna red blades(I have since noticed a thread with someone else having this problem in the razor blade section)
Being my first try I figured technique was my problem and I hadn't shaved in a few days so there was quite a bit of growth.People keep repeating technique is key and stick to basics that I didn't even think to check the hardware.
Stuck with it anyway and after letting my poor nastily razor burned neck heal a couple of days changed to a feather just in case the personna was as blunt as it felt. And it really was blunt. Had a wonderful shave in comparison with the feathers. Or at least as good as a 2nd de shave is likely to go when your a little to overzealous thanks to a previously blunt blade, thus a few nicks :)
Ill try out the others on some paper rather than my face and see if they are all that blunt.
The one I used wasn't slicing paper as cleanly as I would have liked :( My chefs knife cuts cleaner. Definitely not a good sign.
Well at least all is well now and I can build up to a point where I'm happy to go ATG. Feeling pretty great after that. Was getting a little worried for a second there.
The only other problem is that I have been using a mach 3 for years and a few weeks ago when I decided to get into de shaving I also discovered the benefits of using good product and not gillette gell from a can. That alone made a huge difference to my shaving. The AD kicked in bad. But then most here don't consider that a problem.
I now have a range of Proraso product as well as some Speick and Tobs sandalwood cream. With Kent, Goodfella and some random 100% natural vegetable oil NZ soap that comes in a pottery bowl on the way. Ive been enjoying trying out each different cream thus far.
I actually really like Proraso and even though Ive been buying more stuff to try I keep going back to it. The weather is still pretty hot here though.