This morning, after a few weeks of double edge shaving, I feel I have reached newbie nirvana. I used my Edwin Jagger 89 with a Derby blade and Van Der Hagen glycerin soap. The only difference between prior shaves and this one is thick lather, which definitely protected the skin better. Surprisingly, the blade was on its second go-round. I had been tossing blades after one shave. It was not necessary this time. After a lot of different techniques learned here, plus some trial and error on my part, I achieved a smooth shave with no cuts, nicks or weepers.