We visited my mother-in-law last weekend, and I happened to discover my late father-in-law's Gillette adjustable. It's a black-handled model manufactured in 1969 (number 9 in the photo here), and it looks like it's been used a lot.
I asked my mother-in-law what she wanted for it, and she said I could just take it. So after just three weeks of DE shaving I had acquired razor number two, and the first twinges of RAD.
On Tuesday morning I gave it a spin. I popped in a brand-new Personna blade, set it on '1' because I've seen the advice to start with the least aggressive setting, whipped up the lather, and had at it, being careful to watch the angle and the pressure.
I must have done something wrong. It felt like the blade was shifting a bit in the razor as I shaved, and I saw numerous nicks appearing on every part of my face and neck. The razor was tugging on my face a bit, but it wasn't uncomfortable, just noticeable. I move the setting to '3' for the last pass, and that seemed to take care of the shifting-blade feeling.
When I rinsed my face after finishing, I saw that the entire right side of my face and neck had turned a bright red. It looked like a bad sunburn. Definitely the worst razor burn I've ever had. By the time I got to work an hour later it had mostly faded. So I didn't look like an escapee from the shaving clinic.
Liberal use of the styptic pencil kept me from needing a blood transfusion. And my face hurt all day.
On the positive side, I have to say that I got a very close shave.
I'm blaming myself for the bad shave. There might be something wrong with the razor, but it was probably me. I've been holding the Merkur Classic at an aggressive angle, and did the same with the Gillette, so this might have been the problem. Or that fresh blade might have been a bad blade. I'll give this razor another try at some point.
Any thoughts on what I should do differently next time?