Well, I think YMMV on this advice too. I had such a rough time with my first razor, that I had to keep trying blades. I have tough hair and sensitive skin, and I could tell the difference between blades as far as their ability to cut rather than tug at my beard. I eventually gave up and moved to a more agressive razor, and it made all the difference. I thne learned to get a good shave very quickly.
Originally Posted by stuart12dz
I think there is a lot of wisdom in the suggestion though. As soon as I moved to the R41 with feather and a bulldog handle, I learned to get a good shave very quickly, and stuck with it until I could repeatedly get a good shave with no irritation. Only now am I experimenting to find the golden blade for me. As long as the blade you are using is cutting through your hair, stick with the bldae razor and soap/cream that you are doing it with until you can get a decent shave, irritation free. If the blade isn't cutting, no matter what angle you try, then try new blades until you get something tha can cut, then stick with that. A good shave is 45% technique, 45% prep and 10% equipment in my estimation.
I also second the suggestion for journaling. Writing down what you did and the results you got helps you make better decisions as you move forward. You never remember things as well as you think you will.
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