When shaving with carbon blades, you need to make efforts for superior prep and build an excellent lather, and you need to slow your shave strokes. They will still tug a bit on the initial pass, but it's not painful. A re-lather and subsequent pass with unhurried, short, deliberate strokes will produce a fine shave, even with the NOS blades.
If you shave with the carbons for a couple of weeks straight, you'll find the somewhat rougher 'carbon experience' becomes 'normal' and you can get some great shaves with them. All without 'burn' from Alum or Aftershaves.
-- John Gehman
- [URL="http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=9553"]BroJohn's Hall of Fame entry [/URL]