After about 2 and half weeks things are still going well. My shaves are getting consistently better with more practice. My method has settled into shower, preshave oil, lather, one pass WTG, re lather, one pass XTG, cold water rinse, witch hazel, aftershave. That gives me a real close shave, not BBS, but almost. Last Friday I added a ATG pass and got my first BBS result. I typically don’t shave on the weekend and was surprised how long it took for visible growth to reappear. I also have noticed that my skin looks 10X better than before, not sure how to discribe it as I really did not have bad skin before but it just looks younger.
Today I introduced my first variable into the process. I had been using some Art of Shaving Saddlewood soap but today I tried some Lucky Tiger Shaving Cream. I really liked it a lot and think it gave me a better result. I enjoyed the change and can see why people have acquired a lot of different options. Thanks for all the help. The forum has been a great source of info and inspiration.