Took me a good month of cutting the shit out of myself to get great at it, and now I LOVE my DE and would not trade it for an uber-expensive $3.00 a blade vibrating Gillette "Fusion".....I get an extremely close shave and bought a box of blades that will easily last me the next five years for around $10. Not to mention I don't get razor bumps anymore
Trade sounds good. Of course, I have nothing to trade yet!
It sounds like you are sticking with it. It sounds like you didn't have a great start???
Have you tried Feathers??? I'm starting with a Merkur blade as it seems to be the standard bearer.
Will be PMing you soon, so prepare yourself!
PM me your address and I will mail you out a little pack of Derbys to try (free of course), I have a huge box of em' and basically got them for free myself. I have Merkurs too and have tried Feathers, but I think unless you have extremely course hair and thicker, less-sensitive skin these blades seem a tad "too" sharp (Merkurs less so than Feathers). I was cutting the crap out of myself with these and switched to Derbys.....same close shave, no cuts (then again I partially attribute this to perfecting my technique). What cream did you order? I would recommend becoming a member of B&B and ordering the cream sampler (6 creams) from Scotto......great deal, great price, and great variety!