Many thanks to all of the gentlemen who contributed to helping me turn the corner in my wet shaving experience. After much reading and planning (my God this is only a shave) I have successfully mapped out my face (great idea on the use of cotton balls to achieve this…Kudos to whomever) eliminated the variables and have come to the conclusion that the culprit was the Feather blade (and most likely poor technique on my part)
I have a Derby blade in use now and run a 4 pass on my face (ATG included as the final pass) and a 2 pass on the neck then with specific touch ups as needed. What can I say…BBS 100% of the time with no nicks, irritation or pimples. Shaving nirvana has been achieved and I can now see for myself that this is not a myth nor a cover up conspiracy.
This is a big “Thank You” to all the men who took the time to post.