Three days ago I had about the best shave yet with a fresh Gillette 7 O'Clock in my 1948-50 Super Speed, Proraso pre & post, Simpson Wee Scot, and Mama Bear Diogenes Club. Least blood, closest shave. I got the good result by following, more or less, the 4-pass method outlined in the sticky attached to this thread. But the last two days have seen an incremental falling off: shaves not quite as good, more blood, and my face is just plain sore. So I'm skipping my nightly shave--yes, I'm a night shaver, if it's a wet shave, anyway--and plan to run an electric, or an M3, or both, over my mug in the morning. I'll recommence my efforts tomorrow night or the next, depending on how tender my chin remains. Maybe I need to go on a 2-day rotation; I dunno. I'm having a lot of fun with it, even so.
I haven't had the nerve or facial fortitude to tackle Uncle Harold's New Criterion DeLuxe that I dug up out of storage, but I plan to do so in the next few days.
Here's a question for you old and not-so-old hands: How long does it take you to execute a 4-pass shave? (I have lots of shaving questions, but let's stick to nice simple one for now!)