After a few weeks of using DE razors, I am wondering (HERESY!) if I actually get a closer, less irritating shave from my Gillette Mach 3 Turbo. Here's what I've done so far, please advise if I am doing something wrong.
First of all, the Equipment.
Gillette Fatboy, set to 2 to 5. With Derby or Israeli blade.
Gillette TTO (black hande) with same blades.
Proraso cream, C&E Best badger brush. Shower first and put conditioner on beard.
Proraso afterhave balm. Plus alum block.
Next, the Operator.
My beard is very heavy, grows fast, and by nite I have severe 5 oclock shadow historically. My skin is medium sensitive. With the Mach 3 I never have nicks or skin irritation. With the DE's I have a general burning feeling after shaving.
I find it hard to really get a close shave with the DE razors. I can get a decent shave, but not a close close shave. If I try to use more pressure, I get minor nicks, or irritated, but still don't get close. More passes, same.
I do N-S, E-W, and S-N passes. The hardest parts to get are my neck under the top of the jawline, and the thick beard parts that are on either side of my chin.
So what am I doing wrong? I'm waiting for a Schick Injector from ebay, and also a Gem, and I've already got some teflon Gem blades and Feather injector blades for those, so maybe I'll get a better shave from different technology.
Should I try feather DE blades? Or a different razor? I bought a Tech after reading the other thread (damn this forum!!!$$$$)
The one thing I can say is that by applying wetshaving methods to my Mach 3, it has greatly improved that shave!
Heresy is this...I am wondering if I should box up all of the razors and blades and go back to the good old trusty Mach 3. Please convince me not to, as I greatly enjoy my new obsession....