I just shave with mine, I haven't really analysed the type/length/direction of strokes. I have 5 DE merkur razors and I have no doubt I use them all differently as blade angles are different on them all.
[SIZE="1"]Ah... You can't beat the cold steel and the badger. All this electrical rubbish, little wheels spinning around all over the place for callow youths and peach fluff, Not for a man's beard. Razor blades for men! I think we'll have this on number 9. If you're going to have a shave have a close one!
Tony Hancock, The Bedsitter, 1961.[/SIZE]