I will try to keep this as short as possible. My first DE shaving experience was amazing! I used a Merkur Razor as well as a Merkur razor blade. No cuts, no irritation, and a close shave! I got about 4 shaves out of the razor and then tried my new Astra SP's....ouch ouch ouch! I'm pretty sure it was my unrefined technique that caused all the pain and suffering. I shaved about 6 times with the Astras trying new things and crossing my fingers each time. Finally I gave up. I went to the BX on base and found some cheapo DE blades (the exchange brand) and wow! They work amazing. I'm sure its cause the Astras are sharper and my technique was crappy, but I couldn't be more happy!!!!
I was so excited about DE shaving but after the Astra fiasco I was starting to get discouraged. I have some Shark Super Chrome blades on the way. I hope they are as forgiving as the cheapo blades I bought at the BX. Thanks for reading!!