One of the things I keep intending to bring up in wet shaving is the issue of pressure. At the risk of creating a firestorm over my post, considering virtually everyone says use little or no pressure, I am going to disagree. Gillette engineers knew that using a shallow angle and appropriate pressure would provide the closest shave and longevity of a blade. Marketing however, knew that a sharp blade would cut well at a steeper angle when new, and then rapidly degrade in performance after a few shaves because the steeper angle dulled the blade faster. They also knew that using little pressure would result in a close shave for the first few uses of a blade but would not work well as the blade edge dulled. In spite of what engineering knew, Gillette marketing recommended a method that would work well for only a few shaves, necessitating a new blade after only a few shaves. Obviously this was a recommended procedure which produced the most blade usage. Marketing justified promoting this method as the safest for the shaver, in that no pressure would result in fewer cuts, and using only a sharp blade would not require pressure resulting in a safer shave for the user. The real purpose obviously was to sell more blades while at the same time ensuring shavers had comfortable trouble free shaves. Using light pressure and a steeper angle was a no brainer as no thought or adjustments were needed by the shaver. Use a blade a few times, discard it and put in a new one. The reality is that a shallow angle, and using pressure that is appropriate to the users personal characteristics is the method providing the best shave and longest life of a blade. Using pressure that is appropriate for the user, means using the greatest amount of pressure that is comfortable for the shaver. Those with sensitively, razor burn, etc. issues would use less pressure, and those who were able to use more pressure without issue (cuts, weepers, irritation etc.) would use the greatest amount of pressure they were comfortable with. Unfortunately, most everyone repeats the warning about using little or no pressure and letting the weight of the razor do the work. This is one of those things that is perpetuated as truth by saying something often enough it eventually is accepted as fact. This is very simple to prove. After doing a sufficient prep and using a new blade, shave using a shallow angle and the greatest amount of pressure you are comfortable with on one side of your face. Shave the other side using a steeper angle with little or no pressure, and evaluate the results. Make sure you use the shallow angle and pressure method first, as the steeper angle and little to no pressure, will slightly dull the blade and skew the results. If you're like the thousands of shavers Gillette used in their shaving method evaluations, you'll find the shallow/pressure method provides the best shave.