OK everyone. First off, want to say a big THANKS to the forum. Been lurking for nearly 2 years now and joined up last week. Been using pre-shave oil (my own creation), badger brush and many different creams and soaps over the past couple of years with MACH-3 blades. Had a family member give me a GEM Micromatic open comb about 3 months ago and just got the nerve up to give it a try. From what I have read this is one of the most aggressive SE out there, but I had it so figured why not! Been shaving with it for a week now and all seems to be going OK. Still some irritation on my neck (lots of changes in growth direction near the base of my neck) but getting better.
Doing 4 passes on face (WTG, XTG 2x's, ATG) , 3 on the neck (WTG 2x's, XTG). Finding that post shave is much more important now than it ever was! Using T&H badger brush and have used both CO Bigelow and KMF Bamboo & Green Tea, find that Bigelow is much slicker! Post shave is alum block followed by Witch Hazel and then Nivea balm. Question for everyone. Should I rinse prior to applying Nivea, or just put it on top of the other two? I have tried both approaches and seem to need more Nivea when I don't rinse, but not sure what is the "typical" process.
Ordered an EJ DE89 & a blade sampler from West Coast late last week and am looking forward to giving it a shot later this week! Should be interesting to see which I like/works best for me.