My advice would be the inverse. Ditch the razor for a week or two, practice making and using foam, run the old cartridge with it, see how your shave improves. Then, when you feel confident with face prep and lather, bring on the DE.
Great advice. Unfortunately, I already tossed the canned goo. I will do some daily "practice" lathering as I can see it's not as easy as it looks on the various vids. I do well with trial and error...so I'll just keep at it.
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retturn2blades - I had my first shave with my new fatboy yesterday and I heard your "voice" in my head as I raised it to my cheek.
"...check the adjustment.."
So I lowered the razor and doubled checked it was on "3". Went on to have a very nice shave. I don't generally like TTO razors, I think because of the head geometry, but the fatboy is a keeper!
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Turned my Slim up to 9 yesterday to try to get a difficult spot on my neck. Big mistake! Major razor burn, but hey, if I hadn't tried, would have never known.
Now, I wonder what would happen if I jumped off this bridge . . .
My first ever DE shave was with a Fat Boy set on 9 as well. Great results, but it wasn't too comfortable. I didn't change the setting till my next shave. My progress has led me toward 3 piece razor's. TTO adjustables do a fine job, but I have just developed a preference for 3 piece shavers.
Congrats on the first shave
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