I would like to thank all of you for the information you have so graciously shared on this forum. I never knew I'd come to enjoy shaving like I have.
Yesterday was the best shave I've ever got. It was nearly a BBS, except for a couple of really tiny spots where the hair could be felt (but not seen) against the grain. Normally, I have some stubble left on my chin, and the jawline, and sometimes on the neck too, after I'm done shaving. In the past, I got cut pretty bad trying to get a BBS on these spots, and never actually managed it successfully. This time, it worked like a charm, and there were only two very small nicks which stopped by the time I was on my third pass. There was very little irritation to speak of. I found the stretching tips to be most useful, and probably a key addition to the technique this time around.
FWIW, I used Proraso pre-shave on each pass (4 passes), Proraso cream, and a Merkur HD with Derby blades. It was the first time I used the Derby blades, they are awesome. Worked better for me than Merkurs and Feathers. YMMV.
Needless to say that the technique and the products are all based on the posts I have read on B&B. I'm looking forward to many more great shaves!