After 2 years of DE blade shaving, I have not found a solution to the blade tugging on my beard. I use good shave soaps that lather and seem to protect well. Have tired many blades. Feathers give me the best results, but even they do not cut through my whiskers "like through butter". Everything else feel like more dragging than smooth cutting. I do clean and hydrate well in the shower before shaving. I have not found any pre-shave oil or other product to do anything. I am now using a Muehl R41 after earlier using a mild Edwin Jagger. I usually get no cuts and burn and have a fairly nice close shave after only 2+ passes (1st pass NS, 2nd+ EW) But I just continue to feel something is not right. That constant tugging just won't quit - at least for the 1st pass. Any experienced suggestions are much appreciated.