Hey guys. I started wet shaving in earnest after I got a tub of Proraso soap, Merkur 33, Tweezerman brush, and Big Ben blades for giftmas. I've been loving it and up until recently, I was getting a consistently pretty good shave. The first time it went wrong, I put in one of the two remaining fresh blades from the little sample pack of Big Bens, but somehow this seemed a lot duller. I just couldn't get much cut on my whiskers, which weren't very thick at all. I chalked it up to face-lathering instead of using a mug as usual.
Next time, I tried another blade and used the mug to mix up a decent lather. Again, it was like trying to shave with the wrong end of a butter knife. Were these just two bad blades in a row? I don't think I've changed technique much if at all since I was getting a good shave. I'm going to be ordering some Shark Super Chromes soon, but if that doesn't fix it, I don't know what will.