Just joined first shave today.
Just thought I'd drop a line after lurking for a couple of weeks & soaking up as much information as possible before embarking on my first real attempt at a 'real' shave. At the ripe old age of 41 I had got completely sick of cartridge razors. The cartridge would only lat me about a week & I never got a smooth shave. Over the years I must have tried every brand of cartridge & every can of foam/gel but could not get an adequate shave. I even had a brief flirtation with an electric razor but never in my life have I experienced such burns & bumps. So after much internet research I took the plunge & ordered an EJ89L. I have spent the last week practicing lathering with a cheap bristle brush & some Col Conk Lime soap. Even with the cartridge I have noticed a big improvement by using this instead of canned foam & also using the multiple pass technique. Anyway, today my new razor arrived along with 3 different packs of blades which were thrown in for free by the vendor. I eagerly loaded in an Astra blade & lathered up. I am now the proud owner of the sorest, reddest face imaginable, but only one nick & extremely smooth. I beieve I have made the classic newbie error of too much pressure coupled with not enough lubrication. I'm sure I'm not the first & I'm pretty sure I won't be the last. Anyway I am determined to persevere but would welcome any tips regarding blades & soaps to match with my razor.
I gave up hope, ironically, for lent.