This sounds like my first DE shave, my first straight razor shave, my first straight razor shave with the last razor I bought, hehe. There's just a learning curve and you'll get the hang of it. You seem to be focusing more on pressure, so assuming you're dealing with that already, here are a couple other things to watch for:
Read a bit about straight razor shaving regarding blade angle -- they say you should be approaching the face at a 30 degree angle give or take 15 degrees. Now realize that the DE razor was designed around the turn of the century as an improvement of the straight razor. So, what you're doing when you shave with a DE is kind of like maneuvering a tiny little straight razor over your face. So, you want to maintain the same kind of angles with the DE, and unlike the Fusion you were used to, the straight and DE heads don't pivot with your face. So keep your wrists loose and try to follow the contours of your face maintaining those 15-30 degrees. There is little more painful than dragging a very sharp razor blade along your skin perpindicular to your face. But, that's what cartridge razors teach us to do by getting us in the habit of shaving with the razor handle parallel to your cheek. So, take a look at your HD and figure out the relationship between the direction of the blade and the direction of the handle. My guess is that it's somewhere around a 60 degree angle. If that's true, it means that the razor handle should be about 30 degrees off your face. If you're following what I'm saying, you'll see that it will be relatively easy to figure out the optimal blade angle with some practice.
Hold the razor down towards the bottom, don't choke up. This gives the razor head the proper leverage and allows the heft of the razor to do the cutting. If you choke up on the blade, it will be your unsteady hand that determines the speed of the cut. I always have better shaves when I remember this. Straight razor shaving with the wrong grip/balance is very difficult, and results in immediate cuts. Using a bad grip on a DE isn't quite as urgent a problem, but it will result in uncomfortable shaves.
Keep your face wet and lathered at all times. Don't be afraid to rinse off dry lather with hot water and lather up again. Don't do another pass over skin that doesn't have lather on it. It's so tempting to just go clean up that last little bit, and believe me I do this ALL THE TIME, and every time I do it, I pay for it with my own suffering. This is the hardest thing to retrain yourself to do when wetshaving. It doesn't matter how much you want to go over that patch again, or how moist it might still seem, just don't do it without relathering.
Last edited by russellnyc; 09-06-2006 at 02:11 PM.
[SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"][SIZE="1"]If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas. This sum may be soon spent, the regret only remaining of having foolishly consumed it; but in the other case, he escapes the frequent vexation of waiting for barbers, and of their sometimes dirty fingers, offensive breaths, and dull razors.
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