Hey guys, just tried my first safety razor shave! On the bright side, didn't cut my face up nearly at all ;)
It was really confusing, though. I got a sampling of razors to try, including the Parker Butterfly 99R and the Jagger De98bl. Here's what happened- I started with the Jagger (with a Derby blade), and nothing was being cut. I kept going over and over at every possible angle, and it was extremely inefficient- very little hair was being removed no matter my approach. With the grain, against; perpendicular to my face, almost parallel, and every angle in between. I watched a number of videos and there seemed to be no difference between how the guys were stroking the razor across their face and how I was doing it. Looking at the razor itself, it sort of made sense- there was so much distance between the razor's edge and where the blade itself began- maybe 1.5-2mm. I inspected the blade carefully and yep, there was no real way to install it incorrectly! It was right.
Well, undeterred, I grabbed the Parker and decided to give it a try (with a Shark blade.) Now this thing cut! I finally was cutting a sensation of hairs being sliced. I was actually getting a few nicks now (good sign, IMO), and I could see how these actually worked- angle affected how it cut, etc. etc., jibing with everything I saw online. Inspecting this one, I found that the blade was indeed much, much closer to the razor edge.
So my question is, how on Earth do people shave with ones like the Jagger, or am I missing something? With what appears to be a football field of space between the contact edge and the actual blade, how are you supposed to get a clean shave?
I clearly have a promising path ahead with the Parker if I choose to stick with these, but given all the praise I've seen for the Jagger, it just left me puzzled. And if it is such a big factor, I'd think "edge distance" or whatever would be a huge property of any razor you buy (i.e. 0.2mm Jagger, 0.4mm Jagger, etc. etc.) Maybe it's all up to the blade width itself, but then when I laid the Derby atop the Shark, they were an identical width.
Alright guys, have at it!