Shaving with brush/soap for about a year now, and have been shaving with a DE (merkur HD) for about a month now. So far, I have tried a feather, derby, merkur, and personna blade. One thing that I find with any blade is that even when I try not to use any pressure and shave slowly, when I am done I feel as if a very thin layer of my skin (i have pretty sensitive skin...) has just been sliced off. I rarely get a nick, maybe 1-2 per week, but even so, as soon as the after shave balm (i use nivea) hits my face, I get that burn, and my face feels pretty raw. Using the same brush/soap, a sensor excel, and the same ASB, I don't get that raw, burning feeling. Is this normal with DE shaving, or is this more likely a blade angle or lather problem? I might try running out and getting some KMF as I hear it lathers well....currently I have been using col conks almost exclusively.