My first 2 weeks of DE shaving have been pretty awesome! I've learned SO much from all of you, and I wanted to pass along to other newbies what I have found to be MOST important to an awesome shave.
First... didja notice that these DE blades are SHARP?!
I nearly sliced my nose off repositioning my Merkur HD. On a related topic... when correcting my mistake from my aforementioned accident, I learned that syptic pencils STING LIKE HELL. Good lord, I had no idea just how much until I touched it to my bleeding nose. Nearly brought tears to my eyes.
<--- graphic representation of HedoDiver using a syptic pencil for the first time.
OK, the BIGGEST thing that I've learned is to correct a bad habit from shaving with a cartridge. With a cartridge, the blades get so mucked up with shaving cream, that you can (relatively) safely make a pass through the shaving cream, and then go over the same area once or twice without relathering.
This morning, I made sure not touch any part of my face with a razor that wasn't already covered with shaving cream (in my case, Col. Conk's glycerin soap). While I've gotten some REALLY close shaves, I've always ended up a little red. This time... it was GREAT.
Reading all the "how-to" information here was critical in those first few shaves, and now I'm learning the little quirks of my own razor, blades, and face. I can't wait to see my results in another few months! My lovely bride said my face was as smooth as our 6-month olds son's.
Thanks to all of you, newbies and veterans alike. I look forward to both learning and sharing from my experience.