SO my saftey razor just arrived about twenty minutes ago and I happened to have just stepped out of the shower (I'm a late riser). I decided it was time to become a real man. I put in a Long's DE blade, lathered up my aloe cake, also from Long's (I've been a brush and soap man for a couple years) and went to work. In most of the areas I was very pleased at how easy it was to get a good angle and a close shave, but some spots were trickier. I assume it will take a week or two till I get it down. Even with this being my first time and ending up with a dozen plus weepers on my neck, this is probably the closest shave I have ever had! And I only did about two passes, it's going to be a bit before I try going across under my jawline. I can't wait to get some decent blades and improve my technique because this is great. Even with all my knicks, my face and neck especially is less irritated than when I used to use a mach3.
Styptic pencils hurt like hell and I don't think I will be using mine again.