Did a touch up on the razor before this shave with the balsa strop. 40/40/60 (Green/Red/Leather). Passed the HHT.As I had almost 2 days of stubble I did a light first pass with the DE. My stubble is very course and grows fast (unlike the hair on my head, which is course, but falling out fast) so I thought it best to reduce with the DE first.
Relathered and did a WTG on the whole face. Again the courseness of the whiskers on the moustache and cheek were tough to get through. I found short guillotine strokes to be the answer.
Neck is coming along. Short strokes with maximum stretching and not being concerned with whether the stroke was truly WTG. This is helping me figure out the riddle of shaving my neck with the straight. Noahpictures advice of not worrying about missing a spot is helping, as many of my nicks came from trying to finangle a spot that was missed.
Relathered and did a XTG on the face. This is also coming together. Did another WTG/XTG pass on the neck. Touched up the neck and chin with the DE.
Results: DFS everywhere and almost BBS on the cheeks. I definitely get closer in a WTG then XTG with the straight than I used to with the DE on the cheeks. I would have had to do an ATG or an opposite direction XTG to get as close. Neck is coming along.
Newbie advice to newbie's:
I noticed on some areas over the last couple of shaves, the razor would stick (i.e. not fully cut the whiskers). I first thought that the blade was getting dull. However the balsa strop and HHT eliminated that as a possibility. What I found is that some areas may not be ready for the next change of pass angle i.e. the XTG after the WTG. It seems, especially on courser areas, that another repeated pass is needed before moving on in the progression. It's as if more reduction is needed before moving on. I'll have to explore this further.