Holy cow! Who knew there was this parallel universe known as wet shaving? I've been using a Gillette Fusion for 2 years. Saturday I tried my first DE--a Merkur 1904 with some Truefitt and Hill pre-shave oil, and a sample of their 1805 shave cream and after shave. (My blade was also Merkur--platinum.)
I showered, then lathered up with an old e-Shave badger brush. Tried 1 pass with WTG. Then another lathering and WTG pass. Youch! Not so good. Some razor burn and a bit of a stinging sensation from the cream.
I've now shaved twice since then, and I hope I'm getting better (although, I'm leaving a lot of stubble on my face as a result). Everything I've studied on B&B has told me to be patient. It just seems so strange to go from what I thought was a good shave with the cartridge Fusion to a not so good shave with better equipment and product. So I guess I'll keep trying to perfect my technique.
Anyway, I'm having fun with this and am glad to be on board