I've been wet shaving for almost 3 months now, and have slowly built a small contingent of various razors, blades, soaps, creams, and splashes (I'm lagging in brushes...). Yesterday afternoon, I received my new (to me) 37C, courtesy of Triad, and a NEW. With a 2-day growth, I was looking forward to how the slant would take it on.
I prepped my normal way this morning - shower, face scrub, Proraso Pre. Face lathered my go-to soap, Cella, with an Omega boar. I dithered a bit on choosing a blade - I had most recently used a Gillette 7-O'Clock yellow in my DE89 and wasn't too impressed. My first thought was to use an Astra platinum, but went against my better judgement and slapped in a Bolzano Superinox.
First pass WTG was great. I don't think I've ever had a closer, more comfortable, irritation-free first pass than with the 37C. Finding the angle wasn't as easy as with the DE89 or my first DE, the long-handled Merkur 23C, but I got along with it alright.
I cleaned off the remnants, and lathered my second pass, also WTG. I think my error here was that I didn't load up enough Cella...the soap was the right consistency, but not thick enough...particularly for the Bolzanos. I felt the drag, had an even harder time finding the angle, and knicked myself in a couple of places. I should have stopped there - it's the weekend - but I wanted to do a cleanup.
For the 3rd pass, XTG, I made sure I loaded more Cella, and built a good cushion. No knicks this time, but I did cause a pretty mean weeper underneath my nose.
My alum block took care of the mess and also informed me that I had been a bit aggressive along my neck. I finished with Neutrogena balm to take care of the irritation rather than my usual Floids splash.
So...slant users out there - thoughts on Bolzanos in your slant (which I know is a very subjective issue), and avoiding knicks underneath your nose/avoiding irritation on your neck? I'm all ears on improving my technique!