Grasshopper here. Now have 10 shaves down the drain. Have been stubborn and tweeking the elders instructions posted here time and again. Have a Merkur Futur and got my first shave with absolutely no neck abrasions/redness last evening. Went back to start, read the elder scrolls again, swallowed my pride and followed dictums dilligently. Result, BBS shave, no redness, no burn. May I be worthy of your wisdom and achieve the Katana blade.