I know that the way wet shavers rate their "best" type of shave is one of the subjective things that makes this hobby interesting. I've been using open-combs and solid guard DE's with various blade combinations lately. I know what crossing the line to irritation feels like but I've been hitting a new level of shave closeness. I can reach a DFS shave with a Tech/Feather combo quite easily and can reach a BBS shave from a Tuckaway/Astra or Senator/Lab combo. Lately, my shave outcomes straddles the line between BBS and irritation without crossing over to the dreaded red side.
I've loaded my Criterion NEW Deluxe with a Gillette Yellow blade and today I loaded my Aristocrat Jr. with a Feather and it felt like a precise surgical procedure (in a good way). I was vigilant about my technique and pressure. The outcome was amazing. I used my Alum pass as a marker and had no weepers or burn. It was great. It's not something I'm striving for but WOW!!!
Don't get me wrong, I love a nice smooth shave most of the time but this is the furthest I've taken my shaves. Is this what the R41's shave feels like? The only way to describe it is that I had an Aggressive Comfortable Shave. Can anyone relate?