(alternate title: Overconfidence results in a bloodbath)
Elements of the story:
2: Sandalwood Art of Shaving cream
3: Hot towel prep
4: (1) Gem Micromatic (open comb) with Ted Pella blade
I've never used the micromatic before, but I got the pella blades so I was psyched to give it a shot.
(missed warning sign - my daughter asked me if I planned to slice off all or just some of my face with the Gem)
I lathered up after my normal prep, and went at it slowly and with the correct angle, no pressure at all. First pass was tough - the head of the razor drags against the skin a bit, so it was slow going. I was a bit sore after pass 1 - checking the beard, I found minimal reduction. "What the heck", I thought, "let's try ATG".
Fast forward 5 minutes.
My girlfriend comes into the bathroom and her jaw drops. I'm a bloody disaster. I mean, I've never cut myself like this - the worst I've ever had was a few weepers, a nick or 2, whatever. I'm bleeding from at least 10 different places - all nicks. No slices, thankfully, but OW.
I threw on some gentle AS and used a styptic, but man. I'm a mess.
I put the gem into a box and hid it way back in my cabinet. I'm not touching it again for a long time.