Hey everyone, After going over the old Cold Water Shaving thread entirely and finding the unfortunate "Not open to further replies," I though of starting another on a slightly different tangent. The way I understand it is it's not about hair being softer or harder but rather the hair standing straight up and being cut straight across vs lying down (wet grass analogy) and being cut on its length, requiring more passes. So if the hair is a little harder (as I imagine a difference of temperature you get from you tap won't make the hair go from solid to liquid) I would anticipate a little tugging, although using the sharp Feather blades I don't know if it will be noticeable (I usually get no tugging at all compared to cartridges, even with 5 days growth). Can any CWSers comment on the comfort of the shave itself? Also, I'd like to leave alone the hair being too hard/soft aspect of things for a moment, and ask about the effects on the skin itself. I am one to have a lot of irritation on the neck when I try to go ATG to achieve BBS, as I need to go over many times to get the desired result. I hear cold water retracts the capillaries and stubble to allow for a similar result with fewer passes. Does that mean your skin is also stiffer and more resistant to the sharp edge? Finally, I know you don't want sebum in your pores when you shave and that goes away easier with warm water, which bring the question, How do you proceed? My instinct says warm shower with normal face cleanser, then cold rinse and cold water shave. Regardless, I am going to give it a fair try starting tomorrow and see where it leads me.