Well I went and created an account finally. Love all the info. I'll start by explaining my shaving history. My quest for changing my shave regiment of the M3 and can of foam was not due to bad results--I got a great shave--but due to me being so pissed at the unreasonable price of replacement cartridges. I would try to stretch them and end up getting painfull pulling shaves.
I first bought a 160 something dollar electric braun shaver to give it a try and found it easy but poor results on my neck where I would have to go back and finish it with my M3 so I returned it.
Several days later--near my birthday--I was walking like a good boyfriend through the mall with the lady when I saw an Art of Shaving store. This immediately piqued my interest and I went inside and started checking stuff out. I saw the straight razors and knew I wasn't up for the learning curve but then I saw something I didn't even know existed--the DE razor.
After talking to the sales kid I went home with the Merkur HD. Next, I went home and found this forum, spent countless hours on youtube watching videos and reading posts here and then came home the next week with a silvertip #3 brush, and the lavendar pre shave oil, shaving cream, aftershave balm, and a bowl from wallmart.
I'm loving the whole brush/lather thing and don't really have a problem with generating it, the problem I'm having is the quality of shave I'm getting. I'm really getting razor burn--bumps, etc. and ingrown hairs on my neck with this HD with Merkur blades. I never got this with my Mach 3. Now I know you have to be soft with the HD and try to 'let the weight of the razor' do the work, but this doesn't seem to get me anywhere. I do 1 WTG, then 1 XTG, then 1 ATG--lathering with the now cool cream in between passes.
I had the bumps/irritation all over when I first shaved with the DE, but since knowing the kind of pressure I need to use now the irritation only shows up on my neck.I even tried Kyles method--which was better my original outcome--but I still get bumps. The merkur blades feel rough to me--almost as if like they're serrated or something. Is it possible that I'm doing the right procedure but the blades suck or is it deffinately my skills?
I'm 26 and have been shaving with a mach 3 for almost 10 years and I hate paying 20 bucks for 8 razors. I refuse to do it, plus I really like the way the HD looks and feels. Someone please help