Finally got a chance to play with my new toys, and it's clear I have a ways to go.
I kind of expected to give myself razor burn while figuring out how these sorts of razors work, and I did. (Goal for first time was something like: Try everything, learn from stupid mistakes)
Questions for next time:
1. From my reading, it seems that the least irritating shave involves 1-2 quick passes used for reducing the beard and one slow finishing pass for bringing the stubble down to the skin. In my reducing passes, I didn't really notice much hair getting cut, and after expanding the 1-2 passes to more like 4-5 passes, I managed to irritate my skin (surprise!). Also, is it vital to avoid repeating an area without adding some lather? I noticed that I would shave an inch, notice that all I've really accomplished is that I've wiped away the lather, and then I'd shave that inch again without reapplying. Mistake?
2. Any hints on that finishing pass? I'm expecting that to take at least a few weeks to learn, but my first attempt has left me a bit raw and still stubbly.
3. Regarding method shaving, many posts by experienced shavers that try it seem to suggest that it is a fast way to learn all the stuff they've learned over the years. How much does it depend upon using method shaving products?
4. Should I give my skin a break for a few days before trying this again?