I recently put some of this together for a newbie SE shaver and thought it might be useful to others in expanded form. So, in no particular order are my tips and tricks for successful SE shaving. As always, YMMV. 1. prep cannot be over emphasized, especially on your neck. I find a pre-shave oil treatment or very thorough hot towel and lather prep absolutely necessary. Or, when I don't have time, I use an undercoat of brushless SC followed on top by my regular lather. RazoRock brushless is particularly good (lubricating) for this purpose. SE shaving can be more aggressive than DE and your throat is particularly easy to irritate. At the very least, you will want to use your slickest soap/cream. 2. Don't even attempt against the grain on your neck (just go with the grain and maybe across) until you get everything keyed in right. 3. The shaving angle is different than DE. With SE, the "hood"/razor cap needs to be almost flat against your face with maybe a slight angling down (toward / into your face) of the cutting edge. 3a. As with DE shaving, no pressure! Let the weight of the razor do the work. 4. Be sure the blade is seated correctly... there should be two small tabs on the leading edge of the razor; the blade needs to be under these. Some razor models will also have a slight nub in the center of the base plate which will line up automatically with a corresponding hole in the blade. If your razor does not have both tabs on the leading edge, do not shave with that razor. The blade will move too much and you will hurt yourself. Possibly, badly. 5. Be sure to use SE blades designed for shaving. Very similar blades can be gotten at the hardware store; DO NOT use them. They are for utility knives and not for shaving. Your face will pay the price! 6. You may wish to experiment with some slight skin stretching (a la' straight razor shaving) to get your face even smoother once you get your technique down. 7. Audio feedback with SE is like nothing else. This is a good thing. Be prepared to hear your whiskers being cut. The scraping sound you will (most likely) hear means you're doing it right. 8. Take it slowly; rinse your razor frequently; enjoy! Added 2/13/14: 9. Don't attempt ATG under you nose. It just won't work without injury. Instead, do XTG passes right to left and left to right.