This is consistent with my long-ago recommendation that those new to double-edge (DE) shaving begin with a single razor and blade model and master that as much as possible before experimenting with sampler packs or trying other razors.
I also continue to marvel at the irony of my first DE razor purchase, the Merkur 33C Classic. When paired with my favorite blade, the Personna Platinum (the red-label blade), I consistently get close, comfortable, shaves with minimal skin insult. This may be the optimal razor-and-blade combination for my skin and beard -- and if it is not, it is certainly the leader in the club house at this point.
|Merkur 33C Classic DE Razor|
Yet in my ignorance born of inexperience, after my initial purchase of the Merkur 33C Classic I acquired many (too many) other makes and models of DE razors. Most are good, but none give me the consistent high-quality outcome of the mild 33 when paired with a sharp blade.
I should also mention something that I've been meaning to share for a long time about DE razors. Many razors have a more-aggressive side. It is often subtle but discernible. Once you identify the more-aggressive and less-aggressive sides of your DE razor in a given shave, you can use that knowledge to your advantage. For example, you can use the more aggressive side for a closer shave on your cheeks, where there may be less risk of injury. But on your neck, which is often a higher-risk region, you can use the less-aggressive side of the razor for finishing strokes in that area.
This aggressiveness variation exists in my 33 Classic. I use that variation just as I've suggested, with very good results. Perhaps you will find the same possibility in your preferred shaving instruments.