After using an electric for 20+ years I decided to try a DE a couple weeks ago..
My first attempt was surprisingly successful, but then it went downhill from there. My last attempt ended up being a 6 pass (lather between each), and a few hours later I tried another 3 passes..
Seems no matter what I do I can't get the stubble under my jawline, chin, and bottom of neck. Shaving WTG goes smooth, but does nothing in those areas. .Shaving ATG immediately stops the razor as it catches the stubble. XTG is little better than WTG..
With light pressure it tries to pull my skin off. With zero pressure the blade hops along my face..It "sounds" like it's slicing each hair, but when I rub my hand on it nothing has changed..
I've tried all angles and 3 different blades. I'm using a Merkur HD with Proraso soap. Always after showering. I've watched a good 12 hrs on YouTube, but none of the videos end up with pink soap!
I know this is wrong, but ironically the only way I stand a chance of cutting those hairs is to hold the razor at almost 90 degrees (perpendicular), push down hard, then drag it on it's head a mm at a time, slicing 1 hair at a time..
The rest if my face (cheeks, sides) are perfect in 2-3 passes..
I have a feather blade I didn't try, but I'm hesitant considering the amount of bloodshed I've experienced with the milder blades..
Having said all that, I still look forward to each and every shave. Adds excitement to my life LOL