Was the razor honed and shave ready when you received it?
Beard prep-mentioned previously-is very important. always hydrate your face and maybe add a touch of water to your soap/cream between passes.
Always keep your skin taught as you shave.
Maybe just start with your cheek area, then finish with a cartridge. each day expand the area you use with the straight.
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