Well I have a few wet shaves underneath my belt. It's been pretty interesting so far. I'm enjoying the process. I applied too much pressure the other day and happened to be going over a the only mole on my face. And yes, I cut the top off. It sure does bleed more than the nicks I've gotten on my neck! Thank goodness for the styptic pencil. No if only I can remember to not shave it tomorrow... I used a different brush today that worked a lot better. It was stiffer and seemed to have more hairs. It worked a lot better when applying the lather so I'll have to buy a new one as this one was borrowed from my bro inlaw. I guess my only question is advice for the neck area. I get some nicks on the bottom of my neck, although today wasn't as bad. Any tips on how to tackle the neck so it's a smoother shave? Well so much for only one question. In regards to blades, how do you determine the best one for you? Are you more concerned about the closest shave possible or a happy medium between close and comfortable shave? I suppose that is more than likely a personal preference. I used the Derby first and my face burned for about 2 hours after each shave, but my shave was fairly smooth. The Astra's seem to not get as close for me but the razor burn is minimal to non-existent. If you have any criteria for judging blades, please share!