So I've been lurking on here for a while now, since I got my first hot towel shave at Truffit and Hill in Toronto. I knew after that experience I had to switch over to wet shaving. Initially I wanted to go the straight razor route, but I don't have enough time to learn all the pieces of that just yet. I just bought my first DE and three nights ago had my first shave. I used the Merkur sample blade that came with the razor (34C) and was greatly impressed by how it felt. Granted it wasn't as nice as the shave I got at T&H but I haven't been doing this for years!
Anyways, first shave was awesome, Proraso soap lathered fantastic (thanks to tips on here!!!!) and I felt like the blade glided beautifully over my skin. Even my wife was impressed.
Fast forward to last night, my second shave. I didn't change much, just used a little less soap to make my lather (I had a whole cup left over Monday, didn't want so much waste). I ensured the lather looked and felt the same as Monday night so I'm not sure what happened aside from thinking the blade was already dull...I felt like I was pulling my face off with 1/2 the passes. I'm hoping it was just the blade and I've switched over to a Precision for tonight's shave so we'll see what happens then.
Anyways, sorry for the long post, the point of which was to ask if there is something I can do to ensure this doesn't happen again? Was I wrong to create less lather (I didn't USE less, just had less left over when I was done)? Nothing else changed, so I have to assume it was either the blade being dull already and/or not working with my skin, or creating less lather somehow translated into a less crisp and clean shave...
Thanks in advance and thanks for all the tips!!