Face: Sensitive skin with coarse beard, Rosacea present.
Cutting rig: Muhle R41 with Personna Medical Prep, American Safety Razor version. I need this sharp, aggressive setup to lessen the irritation that shaving does induce.
For science: Normally, I discard the blade after 2 shaves, but now I'm going to push the envelope and use it a third time with this reviewed product in mind so if it fails, I will suffer.
I showered and scrubbed off as much of my natural oil on my face . I apply a seemingly tiny amount of oil which is a bit thick, but not as thick as Art of Shaving oil (a small amount seems to go a long way). I don't know if it softens my beard or not, but It most probably helps retain the moisture and provides additional cutting lubrication to each hair. I begin to shave Juuuust a bit slower than usual (fearfully maybe?). The results are, to me, unmistakable. My face is smooth, less irritated and the towel is devoid of red (except for one tiny, tiny little spot which could be also from my rosacea. But experience for me has shown that the third use of this blade would have left several larger weepers and using my alcohol based aftershave would have confirmed the self inflicted brutality on my face. This seems to work as advertised and helps confirm other satisfied reviewers reports. Now to try it with the a fabled Feather blade loaded.