I just used my Gem Damaskeene SE to shave off a 4-day beard. Two passes, got a CCS and no blood or burn. I don't shoot for BBS, if such a thing exists.
For the OP, maybe a bad blade or one not to your face's liking. You're experienced so I won't ask about prep or lather. I recommend trying it again with a different blade...or try a different SE razor.The G-Bar is a good razor not requiring too much technique.
FTR, the 1914 is affectionately called a "little lather catcher" but is not a true lather catcher.
Last edited by retturn2blades; 07-23-2012 at 08:17 AM.
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