So I started off, not watching some of the videos I should have and had quite a few nicks. So I took some time, sat down and watch some of Mantic's videos, read a lot of stuff on here and settled into a routine of doing 2 north to south passes and then a 3rd pass that was kind of a mixed bag, trying some different directions (though I mapped my face, I wanted to map it with the razor kind of). All the while I have been trying different blades (Feather and Dorco so far have been the two that have given me the feeling I wanted, have a couple others in the mail).
So, I have been shaving quite often and the north to south passes are great. When I switch it up to go either south to north or east to west/west to east it is all down hill from there. Right under my ears going east to west/west to east is against the grain and doesn't feel awesome (though if I do it I get BBS), so I stopped that, because let's be honest, this is about feeling good. South to north ends up not feeling very awesome on most of my neck as well. I just don't know where to go from here I guess.
Also, I use an alum block after a cold water rinse (that I dip in some cold water) and even when there are no nicks it stings, in another thread someone suggested I am taking off too much skin during the shave, but if I took any less I would look horribly unshaven lol. Today was the first day I didn't use it and I definitely have less of an after "sting." So I might end up getting some witch hazel to try that?
So that was the shaving method, let me give you some details that may or may not be important...
-I use hot water
-I bowl lather with creams...I have been going through my Geo F Trumper samples, Razorock XXX and TOBS Sandalwood.
-I use a Merkur Futur, till today I have kept it at 1, today I started on 1, adjusted to six for my second north to south pass, then had to adjust it back to 1.
-Just got a new badger brush (lathers great though the GFT Violet I used today might not have produced as good of a lather as my TOBS does)
If I left out anything please let me know and I will check this when I go on break at work or when I get home...I will end with saying that when I don't go the directions that don't feel as great the shave is great, not BBS, but it feels good and I haven't heard any complaints at work about being unshaven or anything.