Originally Posted by Bouji
I too just switched to a DE razor. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong, but I think its a lot worse.
I've always used a shave brush and good cream, but with a mach 3 power rather than a DE razor.
So my 1st shave with the DE razor was actually pretty good, but I had already shaved that day, I used L'Occitane en Provence Cade (Juniper) shave cream, lots of hot water etc, no cuts. I'm sure its due to the minimal preassure I was exercising, becuase I had already shaved that morning. (There is noticable growth on my face by evening). Either way, it was a pretty good shave; it felt closer than the mach 3 power, but then again I don't shave twice a day, so that could be part of it. I always shave just against the grain, and I don't get irritation problems, same this shave.
The 2nd shave with the DE razor was really something else altogether. It was done 1st thing in the morning after a hot shower, used American Crew shave cream with a brush, as I normally would and shaved against the grain. This lead to 1 minor cut, which healed itself pretty soon, and a pimple was where the cut was, so I don't atribute it to the razor. The problem with this shave was the closeness. It was nowhere near as close as the M3 Power. Now, I did not press as hard as I would with the M3 Power, and I also used a lot more strokes, but it left my beard far longer than it usualy would, and with a bit of mild razor burn, which I never experice. The longer beard really irritated me all day.
3rd time, because I was not going to give up on my new investment so easily, I switched back to the L'Occitane en Provence Cade shave cream because I thought that may be the cause, I changed the blade too, and I also thought it could be the fact that I only shave against the grain, so I shave with 1st then against. No luck, went through the shave, and as expected was nowhere near as close as I would normaly get. So I just think fuck it, at this stage I was already very pissed off, because I've already relathered once, and have to do it again... so I get out the M3 Power, give it the once over with another layer of shave cream, and low and behold, its much closer than with the DE... Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong.
The DE razor I'm using is quite cheap, non-adjustable one, and has (well it says) platinium coated blades.
Count me in the camp that thinks DE is all hype. I actually enjoy shaving with it, but think the mach 3 is the best in terms of a consistent shave. Think about this, at on point in time, shaving with a DE razor was the only option available. When double-bladed razors hit the market, most men dumped their DE in favor of the newer technology. I have to believe it was for good reason. Then comparing double-bladed razors to triple-bladed, I can personally attest to it working better. Like most men, I tried both, and went with whichever was better for my needs.
In my opinion, for your daily razor, shave with as many blades as you can get away with, meaning without irritation. Of course, if you enjoy the art of shaving or have the time, by all means, go with the DE. Except for weekends, it's not for me.