Got back to serious wet shaving in June. Here's my experience:
1. I get a great lather regardless of which soap or cream I use. I currently have Mama Bear, Proraso, Nancy Boy, Classic Shaving, Palmolive, Hydrolast, i.e., a full collection, and I work up a great lather, whether on my face, in a cup, or in my palm. Each day feels different--I wake up and feel that it's going to be a Proraso day, or whatever.
2. I've been using a Merkur Futur, set at 1.5, and shaving only NS. (tried SN, but the consequences weren't worth it. (i.e., too much razor burn.)
3. I make one pass, going NS, rinse, re-lather and repeat, getting a very smooth and generally comfortable shave.
Here's my problem: I developed a perpetual area of razor burn on the right side of my neck--but only in that location. Holding the razor as lightly as possible, just guiding it in short strokes.
Yesterday, I said "I need to get away from the pain for a bit. Back to the M3 Turbo." Got a very comfortable shave, no razor burn, shaving the same way as in #3 above. Today: same thing, and area of razor burn is gone.
So here's my question: (and I realize that it may be tough, because you can't watch me shave, but, ...) what, if anything, am I doing wrong? What needs to change? Or are there simply some people for whom the DE isn't the instrument of choice?
Background: I've been using a brush and cup since 1963, as I said, I get great lather. Moved away from a DE when all the new toys came out, but I'm wondering if these aren't the best idea for me.
Something else I've noticed: Even with the M3 Turbo, the shave, while close and smooth all around, appears to be minutely closer on the sensitive area. I'm right-handed, and this is the right side of my face. Could it be the way I'm holding the razor, whether it's the DE or the M3? I'll try anybody's idea, but I'm wondering if fate hasn't destined me for multi-bladed gizmos.
thanks for any help/advice/comments you can offer.
FYI: here's my page: http://www.badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=4953