Hey guys, I just bought my Merkur HD a few days ago and have been getting a better shave every day, totally happy with it!
The first day, I had a terrible shave - no irritation, but tons of stubble left on the face when I went 1 pass WTG only (as recommended 1st time). And a little razor burn on the neck since I got the angle totally wrong.
The next day I said hell with it and went WTG XTG ATG and got a better shave, also no irritation...
Today I did WTG plus 2 passes ATG and have the smoothest shave of my life so far, awesome! Again no troubles with any sort of irritation.
Now, I'm only using Williams mug soap, crappy Wilkinson Sword brush (Which definately needs replacement with a badger now that I've held one at the shop) and Merkur blades, which I bought a pack of with the razor since it seems any DE blade is rare here in my city.
I read of people having no end of razor burn with these products (I was pretty hesitant on the first shave, expecting to tear up my face...) - so do you think I just have super-sturdy skin?
I actually really like the Williams soap, I have been using it for a few months with my mach3 up until I bought my Merkur. I just love its classic barbershop smell, and I always get good lather and no burn... though the mach3 shave was nowhere near as close as today's shave, even with a brand new blade. Always had little stubble stubs remaining.