For quite a few months I have been using an R89 and various blades but have felt dissatisfied with my shave.
The R89 felt too mild and it took me too many passes to get all the stubble leading to irritation, and different blades didnt seem to make a difference with them all feeling dull.
A few weeks back I purchased an R41 and have been playing around with a few different blades- Astra SP, Personna red etc.
The key with the R41 for me seems to be a feather light touch, a shallow blade angle, and respect.
Those blades still felt a little dull to me and even inconsistent- some days I would get a great shave and I would think I had found the right combination and other days the shave felt very rough like my prep was lacking but I had followed the same routine etc.
So I thought id try the sharpest blade around and seeing as its Japanese made, I knew the quality and consistency would be good.
What a very nice smooth shave!
I had three days growth and my first WTG pass was the closest I have gotten.
Another WTG/XTG pass and that was all that was needed- I dont go for BBS, my skin is too sensitive.
No registerable irritation with the 10% alcohol Thayers witch hazel.
For the record I used Tabac soap and have sensitive fair skin with light red facial hair and this combination which is said to be aggressive, and is, works well for me providing I pay due respect to them.