Been lurkin' around the site for a while and recently joined. I've been wet-shaving for ~3 months and am enjoying the experience with a lot of thanks to this site.
I used to wet-shave in my teens (canned stuff, ATRA razor) but had the usual razor bump and dry skin problems. I switched to electrics and had luck, on and off, for quite a while with Remington razors. Then things changed (possibly an age-thing) and my morning electric shaves degraded (irritation, dry flaky skin, bumps, etc...). So I decided to give wet-shaving another more formal go.
I'm still experimenting with blades (currently like the Derby) and have had good luck with making my own shave soap (mostly olive oil in a glycerin melt and pour base) that I apply with a boar brush (haven't bought the badger yet - need to keep the peace at home). I also recently acquired a slim Gillette adjustable that I like quite a bit and also use a Merkur (classic, not HD).
There's some background - now a question. With attention to technique, I can get a good shave on most all of my face except in an area from about my Adam's Apple down. My beard pattern is pretty typical (if typical really exists), except in that area where the growth changes 180 degrees. What's odd, is that I can't seem to get those hairs to stand up as well as the rest of my face. The hair lays almost completely flat even when using my brush to work the lather into the area (assuming this since I can't see through the lather). I've tried N-S passes in the area, and that only works some of the time. If I try too many passes, I risk razor-bump problems.
Can any one offer suggestions? I know more info may be needed.
BTW - mods and members - great site!!! I've learned a lot in a short time.