*sigh* Alright. Guess I need to order some Veg now.
I made a shim this morning with a used Feather blade. Tossed it under my Med Prep in the AS-D1 (3rd time use) and went to town. Three passes with minimal cleanup along the jawline and I was done. Saved me from another 10 minutes of repeated spot buffing and J-hooking along the neck and jawline. So you've convinced me, maybe there is something to this. Open it up just enough and you still get a super smoove shave with just the right amount of effeciency. Gonna keep trying this out through next week, as not having to do umpteen billion passes along my neck/jawline to get those pesky hairs helped save on irritation and ultimately would help extend blade life. I'll change out to a Feather blade again over the weekend and then test out my new set of 7 O'Clock Blacks that I just got this week.