... or do Merkur platinum Blades suck? After a week of great shaves using my NB Cream and Futur/ Feather combo I was confident enough to attempt an against the grain pass, not wanting to push my luck any farther than I had already, I decided to use an HD with a Merkur blade for the final S-N pass. Much to my surprise, the HD/ Merkur combo was very smooth and there was no irritation going against the grain on the final pass. I had originally stopped using the Merkurs because they were causing razor burn and seemed to be lacking any sort of smoothness.
This morning I decided to use the HD/ merkur combo again and 4 passes later my face was red raw (and I didn't even go against the grain this time.)
So, what gives? IS anyone else experiencing the same lack of satisfaction with the Merkur's. Although they are not renowned for their sharpness, I know that a lot of people are fond of the Merkur's and value them for their forgiving Nature and supposed "smoothness" but for me shaving with barbed wire would probably be less excruciating.
Any insights from the more experienced? As for my setup this A.M: I used Taylors Avocado (had to try and break my addiction to and dependence on the Nancy Boy) and my prep was better and more thorough than usual.