This morning I loaded a another Gillette blade and paid close attention to good technique and applying no pressure.
While this was an improvement from yesterday, it wasn't as close or comfortable as the Merkurs. I'm concluding that these Gillettes just aren't my style.
I also tried out an alum block for the first time. The jury is still out on it. Not exactly pleasant, but it gave my face a... uhhh... different feel. Smooth, but maybe dry. Need to have a decent shave before I can really say whether I like this or not.
"Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly."
- Thomas Jefferson, February 21, 1825